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July 9, 2012 7:16 PM | Comments | Categories: Lifestyle | No Tags

Creamy Protein Fudge Pops

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I said I was going to make fudgesicles, and I did!  Only I didn’t use the recipe I mentioned.  I just made up my own.  They are yummo.  Gluten-free, low-glycemic, vegan, healthy-protein-and-fat-packed, delightful fudge pops.  These are hearty enough to be an actual healthy snack, not just a sweet treat.  The addition of avocado and coconut oil makes the pops as creamy-dreamy as store-bought fudge pops.

Here’s what you need:

2 scoops chocolate-flavored protein powder, your choice*
1 large avocado
2 tbsp virgin coconut oil
2 cups unsweetened coconut milk
optional: a little extra stevia to taste, depending on how sweet your protein powder is

*I used this Total Vegan, which I don’t love the flavor of and am trying to use up; but it’s gluten free, contains only 4 grams of sugar per serving, and is a complete vegetarian protein.  Fortunately, B isn’t all that particular about the flavor as long as it’s sweet and creamy.  I prefer Manitoba Harvest Chocolate Hemp Protein , but you can use whatever brand you like for your particular needs.

Put all the ingredients in your blender, and blend till smooth and creamy

Pour the mixture into your popsicle molds, or in our case, the Zoku. Freeze overnight, or wait the required 7-9 minutes for the Zoku Pops to freeze :)

Eat em up! (“Yummy Sicles”, as B says.)

July 9, 2012 2:49 PM | Comments | Categories: Food, Lifestyle, Recipes | Tags: , , ,

Pretty fabrics for a baby quilt

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Happy Saturday all! Just writing this post is making me remember how much I’ve missed youfrillme. It’s been a few crazy weeks of summer fun, traveling, transitioning, job searching, etc. Hopefully I’ll be a bit better about posting in the coming weeks.

So my best friend from childhood is due to have her own sweet girl this October. And since we have been the best of friends for the better portion of our lives AND I just happen to be out of school (and therefore, less busy) for the first time ever, I’ve decided to have a go at my first ever pieced quilt.

Pictured above are the fabrics I’ve chosen, according to my friend’s purple, blue, and teal color scheme she has chosen for her nursery. What do you think? I can’t wait to get to work and show y’all the pattern I’ve chosen for the quilt!

July 7, 2012 11:59 AM | Comments | Categories: Baby, Crafts + DIY, Lifestyle | Tags: ,

Frilling Friday: Links

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We are deep into Summer Fun…

…and Summer Relaxation over here.  Plus a house remodel, some major life changes (on Aurelia’s part), and the willingness to take things slowly… well, posting is less of a priority than swimming, you see.  Don’t worry, we’ll get back to our normal routine eventually (haha, then I will have a new baby in the fall and normal will be another work in progress).  Meanwhile here are a few links that might peak your interest.

A fabulous laundry room makeover (not my style, but very clever and attractive.)

A cute thrifted + ikea nursery (man, I miss thrifting.  I need to get back in the habit.) (via)

This play kitchen made of a set of nightstands is adorable.  (via)

I’m going to be making some fudgesicles like this in the very near future (except I’m going to sub stevia and xylitol for the honey).  The duo at Whole Life Nutrition Kitchen wrote one of my very favorite healthy cookbooks.

I have mentioned my current love of penny tile (I even ordered ours yesterday!).  Have you seen theirs?

 

We’ll be breathing deeply, eating well, drinking yummy beverages, working on projects, and soaking up the sun.  You should too :)

July 6, 2012 1:39 PM | Comments | Categories: Lifestyle | No Tags

Homemade Sparkling Green Tea Spritzer

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My mom and I just read Kat James’ book, The Truth About Beauty, which is chock full of sound nutritional advice, healthful product recommendations, true-beauty advice, and much more.  As a holistic nutritionist, I don’t feel like Kat told me anything I didn’t already know about how to eat well for health and beauty, but just reading the book got me inspired to shift back to eating in a better, less sugar and grain-heavy way.  I feel like ever since our move from San Francisco, I haven’t had my own kitchen and have compromised on a lot of my eating habits; namely, the sugar intake was getting out of hand.   I got out of some of my good routines, and needed a kick in the pants (in this case, Kat’s book) to get back to them.

So, all that to say, the sugar has to go, or at least be seriously reduced (sugar is no good for pregnant ladies anyway).  Kat has tons of great ideas for this, so I took some of her ideas and mixed them with my own ideas to formulate this delicious Sparkling Green Tea Spritzer.

Fran’s Sparkling Green Tea Spritzer:

First, brew up a cup (or a pot) of green tea.

Sweeten the tea with a healthy natural sugar-free sweetener (healthy = not splenda, not nutrasweet, not equal, not aspartame of any kind).  I chose vanilla-flavored liquid stevia, which comes in a variety of flavors you can find at your natural foods grocery.   You could use xylitol, or plain stevia, or leave unsweetened with a squeeze of lemon or a teaspoon of unsweetened cranberry juice like Knudsen’s Just Cranberry.

Fill a glass with ice and then fill that glass halfway with green tea (you should prolly wait for the tea to cool, but I never can; I just pour the hot tea right over the ice).  Fill the remainder with plain sparkling water.  This is where a Soda Stream comes in handy, if you happen to have one; otherwise canned or bottled carbonated water will do.

And there you have a healthy, antioxidant-rich, slightly-sweet, lightly-fizzy summer beverage.  Enjoy!

-f

 

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Fran likes knitting, cooking, reading design blogs, curating her home, and wearing chunky jewelry.

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