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PROTEIN PEANUT BUTTER BLOSSOM COOKIE RECIPE

In my food critique book, there is “healthy good” and “good good” – these peanut butter blossoms are “good good” Plus, they’re healthy and protein packed!

You know by now, I’m obsessed with the holidays. I thought it would be fun in this post to share 10 things that I do during the holiday season.

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1. CHRISTMAS CARD – I go all out on our Christmas card. We schedule a family photo shoot. I take time planning coordinating outfits & a location (typically I have to plan around my husbands outfit because go figure he is the most picky). I even do a photo stamp which is my favorite part. I’ll be sure to share our cards when they arrive!¬†

2. 25 DAYS OF CHRISTMAS – I get the 25 days of Christmas schedule as soon as it comes out and I record all the movies I love. I’m not a big movie person but I could easily watch a Christmas movie every day. Elf & Christmas Vacation are my favorite.

3. FAMILY PJs – this is a tradition I’m beginning this year. For as long as my kids will put up with it (haha!), I will be buying family Christmas PJs. Some of my favorites include (these¬†+ these (ours this year). I give them for St. Nick and then we can wear them all throughout the season.

4. XMAS EVE – I host Christmas Eve at our home and I have every minute planned: gingerbread house contents, cookie decorating, yummy food, and of course we watch Christmas Vacation to end the night. Oh yeah… and you’re only allowed in the door if you’re wearing your Christmas PJs! Even my dad wears red sweatpants lol.

5. MONEY ON MEMORIES – Anthony and I have been together for 11 years now, so gift exchanging feels like an everyday activity. Several years ago, we came up with a “money on memories” gifting approach. Certain years and for certain occasions we will decide the only “gifts” we can give each other are if they create a memory (examples: concert tickets, weekend getaways, dinner/movie gift cards, etc.) It’s so much better than material things!

6. CHRISTMAS MUSIC DANCE PARTIES – every morning we blast and I mean BLAST Christmas music as we get ready and eat breakfast. My boys love it! We have little dance parties in the family room and my littles are all smiles.

7. DECORATING – oh, I almost forgot to mention my husband’s decorating timeline. He says: November 1st we can begin decorating inside. The day after Thanksgiving we can put up exterior decorations. It’s so premature but I will soak up the red and green for as long as I can!¬†

8. CAR COSTUME – yes, I am one of those crazy ladies who has a car costume. Red nose on the front. Tail on the back. I’ve done if for 2 years and sadly, last winter, we had a tragic antler loss on the highway when we opened the window by mistake. Should I get a new costume this year?!

9. WRAPPING PAPER – I plan out my wrapping paper style. OCD gal meets Christmas. Last year, I had a brown paper theme. I used all brown paper and really dressed it up with ribbons, bows and I even added in greenery. I’m not sure what style I’m going for this year. Paper Source is my favorite place to find stuff.

10. GIVING > RECEIVING – I so look forward to giving gifts over the holidays and I put a lot of thought and care into what I get for other people. My mom is the ultimate gift-giver and I believe I inherited part of her gift giving style. She just has a ways of gifting things (even inexpensive things) that make you feel like she truly cares and knows you inside and out. Can’t wait to see everyone’s reaction to what I got them this year!

lauren gleisberg's healthy peanut butter blossom cookie recipe

INGREDIENTS:

1 cup smooth peanut butter

1/2 cup coconut sugar

1 egg

2 scoops vanilla protein powder

12 Hersey’s kisses

Sea salt

INSTRUCTIONS:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

In a large bowl, combine the peanut butter, sugar, egg and protein powder.

Fit a large, rimmed baking sheet with parchment.

Divide the mixture into 12 balls

Place on parchment. Using the tines of a fork, flatten into a disc. Turk the fork to create a criss-cross pattern.

Place the chocolate in the middle of the cookies.

Bake 10-12 mins or until golden brown.

Season with a bit of salt and let cool on a cooling rack.

 

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Protein Peanut Butter Blossom Cookie Recipe
Course Sweets
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Course Sweets
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Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. In a large bowl, combine the peanut butter, sugar, egg and protein powder.
  3. Fit a large, rimmed baking sheet with parchment.
  4. Divide the mixture into 12 balls
  5. Place on parchment. Using the tines of a fork, flatten into a disc. Turk the fork to create a criss-cross pattern.
  6. Place the chocolate in the middle of the cookies.
  7. Bake 10-12 mins or until golden brown.
  8. Season with a bit of salt and let cool on a cooling rack.

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THE PERFECT PM SNACK… POPSICLES (WHY I’M OBSESSED)

Click bait? Nope. The reality is that I have popsicles regularly and I’m actually encouraging it if you’re an evening snacker. If you’re thinking, “oh that is me” then this post is for you!¬†

This tip sounds silly but I wanted to share it because it’s truly helped me curtail my evening snacking. I am all about practical tips like this. So often I read the same generic nutrition tips like: meal prep, drink lots of water, watch your portions. ZzZzZz…. lol. I hope to always provide you with quality, creative ideas to help you get to your goals!

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STEP 1: ADMIT YOU’RE A SNACKER

I am an evening snacker. I can eat healthy all day long but then 7 PM rolls around and I could nibble on this, take a bit of that and have a handful of just about anything.

Knowing yourself – your strengths and your weaknesses – is an essential part of being successful at anything. I find this very true when it comes to health and fitness.

For example… after work, after dinner and after I put my baby to bed, I have zero energy. I used to be able to hit the gym at 7 PM. Now, I know the evenings are my “weakness” for getting anything done so I strategically structure my day to prioritize my most important tasks (including a workout) first.

With nutrition, I know that my weakness is in the evenings. I have a few things that I do to help with this but the biggest one and one I want to share today… healthy popsicles!

 

THE ULTIMATE HEALTHY EVENING SNACK: POPSICLES

What the what?! I know this sounds bizarre coming from me but yeah I think popsicles are the ultimate evening stack to help you stick to your eating routine and your goals.

Tell me if you can relate….

I eat dinner. Healthy – check.

About an hour or two later, I start thinking “hmmm, what snack could I have?!”

I’ll choose a healthy snack and just a little bite of it. Maybe a handful of popcorn. Maybe a hard boiled egg. Lately, I love some red bell pepper slices. Okay, cool.

About 30 minutes later, I’m thinking, “well, that didn’t really satisfy me. What else can I have?” …this never ends well for me haha.

Now, most of the time, this is just mind over matter and I can just tell myself no snack. Eat a healthy little meal and go relax before bed.

BUT, then I discovered healthy popsicles and my evening snacks have never been the same.

 

WHY POPSICLES ARE ACTUALLY A HEALTHIER SNACK

If my above snacking scenario sounded like you then the problem you (and SO many of us) run into is that evening snacking is not the actual issue… overconsumption is. If you decided to have 1 chocolate chip cookie for a snack, it really wouldn’t be the worst thing.

BUT, it’s the fact that again for so many of us one cookie leads to two or twelve haha.

The handful of popcorn turns into walking back into the pantry 10x getting a handful of other things.

Because we are truly never “satisfied” with the snack, we continue to snack and snack, eat and eat.

A lot of the times what it actually the road block in getting to our goals is not that we are eating bad stuff but that we are just eating too much overall. This is especially true when it comes to evening snacking.

Now popsicles… they’re so stinkin’ satisfying.¬†

Sometimes I crave something smooth and creamy and I’ll have a froyo pop. Sometimes I’m in the mood for something refreshing and I’ll have a fruit pop.¬†

I eat 1 popsicle and it’s like okay, yum that’s all I need… onto something else.

If you’re a PM snacker and snacking can get the best of you, you really need to try my popsicle trick! It feels like an indulgence but it’s so not.

 

MY FAVORITE POPS

Now, here is the thing… I am not recommending you go to your grocery store and pick out any kind of popsicle and enjoy. Well, I am not not recommending that because you know I am all about balance but I think the best decision here is to look for all natural, low carb popsicles!

First off, I flip over and look at the ingredient list – I just look for the most natural, whole ingredients possible. Secondly, I look at carbs. I try to pick a popsicle with no more than 15 carbs. The majority that I like fall right around there

I have 2 favorite brands as well as some really good homemade options!

GOOD POP – this brand is my favorite for a classic, refreshing popsicle taste. I get mine at my local HEB grocery store. I’ve also seen them in Whole Foods. I linked their website. This isn’t sponsored. Do I still have to always say that or can you just believe in me when I swear I will only share products I’m in love with myself hehe. These are AMAZING! I even give them to my son.

Favorite flavors in case you’re wondering: watermelon agave, strawberry, strawberry lemonade, cherry + lemonade, and banana cinnamon. I’m not a chocolate person but my mom LOVES the chocolate ones!

 

YASSO – now this brand you’ve heard me talk about A LOT. If you’re more into an ice cream treat, these are the better pick.

Favorite flavors: pistachio brittle, mint chocolate chip, cookie dough. Again, chocolate isn’t my thing but my mom and husband rave about the chocolate fudge ones.

 

HOMEMADE – this is the other, amazing option. First things first, I’ve tried a lot of homemade popsicle molds and it can be a nightmare.¬†THIS one is by far the best brand I’ve tried! I’ve had mine for 4 years and still use the same one.

I will make anything in these. Fresh juice is always a good option like orange juice. Trader Joe’s makes an all natural lemonade my family loves that I’ll turn into pops. I’ll blend fruit and put them in these. I’ll make my own FroYo pops by using store bought yogurt. I even put Diet Coke in these as a joke for a Diet Coke obsessed friend. The options are endless!

 

There ya have it… my popsicle trick that has totally changed my evening snacking. I hope it helps you as much as it has helped me!

FROYO BITES HEALTHY RECIPE

You know how I feel about treats… we deserve them and they should be a regular part of our meal plan. In addition to simply indulging on occasion, it’s so easy to find ways to make treats that are healthy.¬†

If you’re not great at it… no worries! That’s what I’m here for!

The theme of this week’s Summer Meal Menus is SUMMER SWEET TREATS! I would say it’s already the most popular meal menu thus far… I mean I can obviously see why. I wanted to share a sweet treat on the blog as well for those of you who aren’t meal plan members to enjoy the sweetness of summer.

I really like these FroYo Bites because:

1) FroYo #EnoughSaid

2) I can sit and enjoy 3 for a serving of fat & carbs in addition to my meal 

3) when I’m craving something sweet, I just enjoy 1 at a time randomly throughout the day and these curb those cravings

INGREDIENTS:

1/4 cup roughly chopped almonds

2 tbsp coconut sugar

2 tbsp room temp coconut oil

1/2 tsp sea salt

3/4 cup Greek yogurt

1 1/2 cup fresh strawberries, diced

3 tbsp honey, divided

 

INSTRUCTIONS:

Mix the almonds, sugar, coconut oil and sea salt together in a small bowl.

Divide between 6 muffin cups. Level with an offset spatula.

In a medium bowl, combine the yogurt with the strawberries and 2 tbsp of honey.

Dollop the yogurt mixture over the almond mixture in the muffin cups.

Drizzle with remaining honey.

Freeze for 4-6 hours or until hardened. 

 

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Froyo Bites
Course Sweets
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Course Sweets
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Instructions
  1. Mix the almonds, sugar, coconut oil and sea salt together in a small bowl.
  2. Divide between 6 muffin cups. Level with an offset spatula.
  3. In a medium bowl, combine the yogurt with the strawberries and 2 tbsp of honey.
  4. Dollop the yogurt mixture over the almond mixture in the muffin cups.
  5. Drizzle with remaining honey.
  6. Freeze for 4-6 hours or until hardened.
Recipe Notes

Recipe makes 2 servings (1 serving = 3 bites)

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MY CURRENT TOP 3 FAV COOKIE-ISH RECIPES

Here’s a little hump day happiness for you in the form of cookie (and cookie style) recipes. I think my sweet tooth typing this post. In case you’ve missed some of these recipes in the past, I wanted to share the ones I’ve been recreating a lot lately.

If you’ve tried one of these in the past, make it again with a twist. For example, I just made a batch of the breakfast cookies, but I added in nuts and raisins and it felt like a totally new recipe. Variety! Variety! Variety! I hope you enjoy these yummies!

 

4 INGREDIENT PROTEIN COOKIE DOUGH

This high protein, low carb recipe has been a hit in my home. The recipes that work best for me are those that 1) take very little time to prepare and 2) are not just delicious, but satisfying! This protein cookie dough definitely does just that. I’ve literally eaten this in bed (and 110% guilt free!).

 

HEALTHY BREAKFAST COOKIE

Cookies for breakfast sounds like a serious joke, but I actually started making these cookies back in college. I would make a big batch and take them to class to have a healthier option that worked as a grab-and-go meal. I love pairing them with a protein shake for a complete meal.

 

CHOCOLATE CHIP PROTEIN BALLS

You know this about me by now, but if a recipe contains an ingredient that I don’t normally keep stocked in my refrigerator or pantry, it just doesn’t happen. Like with all my recipes, this one uses the most basic ingredients but it’s so yummy!


 

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HEALTHY CHOCOLATE CHIP GREEN MUFFIN RECIPE

I’ve been wanting to create a sweet muffin recipe with spinach snuck in forever. The results… these are delicious and green!¬†How stinkin’ adorable are they?! When I whipped up a batch, I ate them with a protein shake for breakfast otherwise they make a great¬†take along item for any meal you’re eating on the go or outside of your home.

INGREDIENTS

3 cups baby spinach

1/4 cup unsweetened applesauce

1/2 cup coconut oil, room temp

2/3 cup agave syrup

1 tsp vanilla

2 eggs

1 very ripe banana, mashed

2 cups unbleached flour

3 tsp baking powder

1/2 tsp sea salt

2 tbsp dark chocolate chips

INSTRUCTIONS

Process the spinach and applesauce in a large blender until smooth.

In a standing mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, beat the spinach mixture, coconut oil, agave, vanilla, eggs and banana until smooth. 

Add in the flour, baking soda and salt. Mix until well blended. 

Divide mixture between 6 large cupcake liners, and top with chocolate chips. 

Bake for 20-25 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. 

Let cool on cooling rack.

 

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Chocolate Chip Green Muffin Recipe
Course Breakfast, Sweets
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Course Breakfast, Sweets
Servings
Instructions
  1. Process the spinach and applesauce in a large blender until smooth.
  2. In a standing mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, beat the spinach mixture, coconut oil, agave, vanilla, eggs and banana until smooth.
  3. Add in the flour, baking soda and salt. Mix until well blended.
  4. Divide mixture between 6 large cupcake liners, and top with chocolate chips.
  5. Bake for 20-25 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
  6. Let cool on cooling rack.
Recipe Notes

Recipe makes 6 muffins (1 serving = 2 muffins)

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Healthy Chocolate Protein Pudding Recipe

You read that right!! Chocolate. Protein. Pudding. And yes, HEALTHY! There’s not much more to say about this recipe other than… go make it asap! This recipe requires just 5 main ingredients and I bet you already have them in your kitchen.

Chocolate Protein Pudding Recipe

INGREDIENTS

1/3 cup vanilla protein powder

3 tbsp unsweetened almond milk

1 tbsp almond or peanut butter

1 tbsp unsweetened coconut

1 tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder

Sprinkles (optional)

 

INSTRUCTIONS

Combine all of the ingredients in a medium sized bowl

Refrigerate for 30 minutes

Devour! 

 

 

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Chocolate Protein Pudding Recipe
Instructions
  1. Combine all of the ingredients in a medium sized bowl
  2. Refrigerate for 30 minutes
  3. Devour!

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Chocolate Chip Protein Ball Snack Recipe

A protein-packed, low carb “snack” tops the list in my book. If I can find or create one… game over! It’s instantly a hit! Make it¬†one that tastes just like a cookie and I’ve found myself at a loss¬†for words (well, not entirely lol). With just a few ingredients and a couple of minutes of hands on prep, this is a snack you’ll enjoy again and again!

 

In general, one of my healthy habits is to eat meals and not snacks. Reason being… snacks tend to be carb heavy and low in protein (ex: granola bars, crackers, etc.). They satisfy that lingering hunger but don’t do much for my goals. On the contrary, a well balanced meal – even one that feels more like a snack – can hit all my macronutrient needs (ex: protein smoothie, greek yogurt + side of veggies + hummus).

Lately though, I’ve been such a snacker. Thanks a lot, pregnancy lol. I wanted to have recipes I could turn to that would fit¬†that snack-ish look but still pack a punch in the nutrient department. These Chocolate Chip Protein Balls do just that! I see a lot of Prison Break with protein balls in my future haha.

INGREDIENTS

2 tbsp almond or peanut butter

1 tbsp organic maple syrup

3 tbsp coconut flour

1 scoop vanilla protein powder

2 tbsp almond milk

4 dark chocolate chips

Sprinkles (optional)

 

INSTRUCTIONS

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees

Heat almond/peanut butter and syrup on a small bowl in the microwave for 10 seconds

Using a fork, combine the flour and protein powder to work out any lumps. Stir in warmed almond/peanut butter and syrup

When well combined, stir in almond milk until the mixture just holds together

Divide dough into 4 balls and place on a nonstick baking sheet

Using the tines of a fork, gently press down on balls. Top each with a chocolate chip. Bake for 8 minutes. Top with sprinkles if desired.

Let cool or eat while still warm

 

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Chocolate Chip Protein Ball Recipe
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees
  2. Heat almond/peanut butter and syrup in a small bowl in the microwave for 10 seconds
  3. Using a fork, combine the flour and protein powder to work out any lumps. Stir in warmed almond/peanut butter and syrup
  4. When well combined, stir in almond milk until the mixture just holds together
  5. Divide dough into 4 balls and place on a nonstick baking sheet
  6. Using the tines of a fork, gently press down on balls. Top each with a chocolate chip. Bake for 8 minutes. Top with sprinkles if desired.
  7. Let cool or eat while still warm
Recipe Notes

Recipe makes 4 protein balls (1 serving = 4 balls)

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HEALTHY CHRISTMAS COOKIES: CRANBERRY COCONUT COOKIE RECIPE

For awhile now, I’ve been trying to come up with a healthy, holiday cookie recipe that isn’t like all the others out there. These are so delicious and unique, so if you bring them to a holiday party, there won’t be ten other ladies bringing a similar one lol. Plus, there’s just something about those cranberries (fresh or dried) that looks so Christmassy!

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INGREDIENTS

1+1/2 cups almond meal

1/4 cup dark chocolate chips

1/2 cup unsweetened coconut

1/3 cup dark brown sugar

1/4 cup roughly chopped fresh cranberries or 2 tbsp dried cranberries

1/2 tsp baking powder

1/2 tsp sea salt

1 large egg

2 tbsp coconut oil, room temp

1/2 tsp vanilla extract

INSTRUCTIONS

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees

Stir the almond meal, chocolate chips, coconut, brown sugar, cranberries, baking powder and salt together in a large bowl

Whisk the egg well and add in the coconut oil and vanilla extract

Stir the wet mixture into the dry mixture. Refrigerate for 1 hour

Line a large, rimmed cookie sheet with parchment paper.

Using 2 large tbsp of batter, form dough into 1-inch balls. Press down slightly to flatten. Space the dough about 1 1/2 inches apart

Bake for 7 minutes or until edges are golden brown

Place cookie sheet on a cooling rack and let cool completely before transferring to a plate.

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Christmas Cookies: Cranberry Coconut Cookie Recipe
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees
  2. Stir the almond meal, chocolate chips, coconut, brown sugar, cranberries, baking powder and salt together in a large bowl
  3. Whisk the egg well and add in the coconut oil and vanilla extract
  4. Stir the wet mixture into the dry mixture. Refrigerate for 1 hour
  5. Line a large, rimmed cookie sheet with parchment paper.
  6. Using 2 large tbsp of batter, form dough into 1-inch balls. Press down slightly to flatten. Space the dough about 1 1/2 inches apart
  7. Bake for 7 minutes or until edges are golden brown
  8. Place cookie sheet on a cooling rack and let cool completely before transferring to a plate.
Recipe Notes

Recipe makes 20 cookies (1 serving = 5 cookies)

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THE BEST DARN HEALTHY BROWNIE RECIPE

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Every once and awhile you discover a healthy recipe that feels like winning the jackpot. You know…. those ones ((like LG Cookie Dough)) that are just so stinking good you 1) find yourself making it over and over and 2) you just have to share it. Well, thanks to Megan aka @megan_lg.fit¬†we now have another one of those to add to our recipe box.

Introducing….. the best darn healthy brownie recipe that’s ever existed!

Megan emailed me this recipe last week and I knew it would be one that this entire community would go crazy for! My tummy and tastebuds are screaming, “thank you, Megan!”

Ingredients:

  • 3/4 cup plain nonfat Greek yogurt
  • 1/2 cup oats (optional – gluten free oats)
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/4 cup cashew or unsweetened almond milk
  • 1/2 cup truvia or natural, sugar-free sweetener
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • Pinch sea salt
  • Optional: 1/4 cup dark chocolate chips

*Recipe makes 9 brownies (1 serving = 2 brownies)

Eat Your Way Lean Food Plate Sections Fulfilled: 1/2 carbohydrate, extra

Instructions:

Mix all ingredients in a blender or in a bowl with a hand blender.

Pour batter into a baking dish & sprinkle chocolate chips on top.

Bake at 400 degrees for 15 minutes. Then, let cool for 10 minutes before cutting.

In case you needed another reason to make a batch of these brownies… not only can this recipe tantalize your tastebuds but it may just help you see results like Megan! Check out that abdominal definition!¬†

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The Best Healthy Brownies
Instructions
  1. Mix all ingredients in a blender or in a bowl with a hand mixer.
  2. Pour batter into a baking dish & sprinkle chocolate chips on top.
  3. Bake at 400 degrees for 15 minutes. Then, let cool for 10 minutes before cutting.
Recipe Notes

Recipe makes 9 brownies (1 serving = 2 brownies)

HEALTHY PUMPKIN ICE CREAM RECIPE

When fall rolls in, there’s
a balance between embracing the cuddly, cool weather and not wanting to let go
of summer and all it entails… like ICE CREAM!
As you know, I’m all about
balanced healthy eating. This once chicken, brown rice and broccoli only eating
girl is now on a mission to create the most delicious yet nutritious recipes
that fit into the LG Meal Plan, so we can see results while enjoying!
Ice cream always seems a
little overwhelming to make without a machine, but a food processor and the freezer
does a pretty darn good job! This recipe is a little more firm than
store-bought ice cream, but just let it sit at room temperature for a couple of
minutes and dig in!
To fit this into the Eat
Your Way Lean guidelines, I enjoyed this ice cream with dinner the other night,
making Chicken Cordon Bleu ((recipe in the Guilt Free Food Guide)) with a
serving of this!
Ingredients:
4 ripe bosc pears
1 cup pumpkin puree
1/3 cup organic honey
NOTE: recipe makes 6
servings

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Sections Fulfilled:
carbohydrate, vegetable, extra
Instructions:
Halve pears and remove the
seeds with a spoon. Remove the stems and roughly chop the pears.
Place the pears, pumpkin
puree and honey in a food processor. Process until smooth.
Place the ice cream in a
bowl and let freeze overnight.
Let sit at room temperature
for 5-10 minutes to soften slightly before eating & enjoy! 
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