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Spinach Pesto Dip

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This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Stonyfield and Late July Snacks as a Stonyfield YoGetter. All opinions are my own, as always.

How is it the last week of June? I just can’t handle it. You know I’ll be saying the same thing a month from now. And before I know it, September will be here and I’ll be thinking of boots, jeans and Fall running.

Seriously?

I don’t want to think about any of that yet.

I want an endless summer.

What’s not to love about summer? Warm weather and longer daylight hours means BBQ’s, picnics in the park and impromptu gatherings of friends and family on the deck.

With the 4th of July coming up this weekend, I know my summer days are limited. I’m committing to more picnics, deck sitting, beach days, cook outs, hikes and generally spending time enjoying the season.

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This Spinach Pesto Dip is perfect for all of that. With only three ingredients, it comes together in minutes, so you can spend less time in the kitchen and more time soaking in the fresh air and good times. And using Stonyfield plain Greek yogurt instead of cream cheese, ups the nutritional value without sacrificing taste.

You know what goes good with dip? Chips. Late July Organic Sea Salt by the Seashore Multigrain Tortilla Chips are my new favorite. Perfectly crisp with just the right amount of salt. They are organic, gluten-free non-GMO and made with 100% whole grain. But to be completely honest, I’ve never met a chip I didn’t like. #ChipAddict

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5.0 from 1 reviews
Spinach Pesto Dip
 
Ingredients
  • 1 cup plain Greek yogurt ( I use Stonyfield)
  • ½ of a 10 ounce package frozen chopped spinach, thawed, squeezed dry
  • ¼ cup pesto (store bought or homemade)
  • salt and pepper to taste
Instructions
  1. In a bowl, mix yogurt, spinach and pesto. Add salt and pepper to taste
  2. Serve with tortilla chips or fresh cut veggies.

 

For more Meatless Monday recipes, check out Tina and Deborah’s link up.

Super Power Smoothie Bowl

Super Power Smoothie Bowl | happyfitmama.com

I love smoothies. But the problem is that I usually drink it in 5 minutes and then am searching for something else soon after. I need to work my chompers. I need the chew.

Enter the smoothie bowl.

Over the years, I’ve been randomly making smoothie bowls. But when we were in Hawaii, I fell in love with Acai bowls. SO good! I knew I had to try to recreate it once we got home. With the endless winter that soon followed, a cold smoothie was the last thing that I wanted.

But once the weather started warming up, I got back into it. Around the same time, my daughter decided that she didn’t really like smoothies anymore. All that changed once she saw what went into a smoothie bowl.

She’s just like her mama – it’s all about the toppings!

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A smoothie bowl is simply a smoothie served in a bowl and topped with granola, nuts, coconut, chocolate chips, fresh fruit — whatever your heart desires!

Dream big, people – the options are endless.

This recipe calls for simple ingredients that you probably already have on hand. You can really make this with any fruit and any topping. It’s also a great way to sneak fresh spinach or kale into your daily eats if you so desire.

Full of superfoods and healthy fats, this bowl of goodness will keep you satisfied for hours.

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Super Power Smoothie Bowl
 
Ingredients
  • SMOOTHIE
  • ½ frozen banana
  • ½ cup frozen mixed berries
  • ½ cup unsweetened almond milk (or milk of your choice)
  • 1 scoop vanilla protein powder ( I used Orgain Vanilla Bean) OR ½ cup plain Greek yogurt
  • 1 spoonful nut butter of your choice (I used almond)
  • Optional: Fresh spinach or kale
  • TOPPINGS
  • Sliced banana
  • Fresh berries
  • Granola
  • Chia seed
  • Hemp Seed
  • Nut butter
Instructions
  1. Place all ingredients for the smoothie in a high powered blender or food processor. Blend till smooth and creamy. Add more almond milk to thin if desired.
  2. Pour into a bowl and top with desired toppings.

And don’t think smoothie bowls are just for breakfast.

They are good morning, noon and night!

Here are more of my favorite smoothie recipes that are just as good in a bowl as in a glass:

Purple Power Smoothie

Apple Pie Smoothie

Kale Protein Smoothie

Find more Meatless Monday meal ideas with Tina and Deborah.

Kale Blueberry Superfood Salad

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One day last week, I was in no mood to cook anything. Ron volunteered to swing by the grocery store to pick up items to grill. My only request was to bring home some kind of lighter salad from the deli for a side dish. I was shocked when he came home with a kale salad. First of all, shocked that Ron bought anything with kale in it and second that the grocery store he went to had such a thing. Most deli items from that store are mayo with a side of a vegetable. Yuck.

It was love at first taste. I declared that I needed to recreate it. Isn’t real food just so pretty?

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A word about kale – I personally don’t like it raw. I love it steamed, as kale chips and in dishes. But raw….ick. It is rather bitter and tastes like eating grass. Not that I’ve ever eaten grass but you know what I mean. A couple of years ago, I learned two secrets to make your kale taste even better:

1. Remove the stems when you plan on eating it raw, the stems are the bitter part of the plant. I used to always use the stems and wonder why my kale salads tasted ridiculously bitter. Now I just use the leaves and the bitter taste is gone.

2. Massage the dressing into the leaves and let it ‘marinate’ for at least 10-15 minutes or longer. A kale salad tastes best when the dressing has had a chance to soak into the leaves. This also helps soften the leaves which is especially important if you are using the curly variety.

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When I started using these tips, my kale salads went from bitter and hard to swallow to mind-blowing delicious!

5.0 from 4 reviews
Kale Blueberry Superfood Salad
 
Ingredients
  • 2 bunches of kale, stems removed
  • 1 cucumber chopped
  • ½ of red onion, chopped
  • ½ cup Goji berries
  • ½ cup roasted sunflower seeds
  • 1 pint fresh blueberries
  • Dressing:
  • ½ cup Extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons honey or maple syrup
  • 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • salt and pepper to taste
Instructions
  1. Place dressing ingredients in a small bowl. Whisk together.
  2. Place kale in large bowl. Pour dressing over it. Using your hands, massage the dressing into the leaves for 5 minutes.
  3. Place cucumber, red onion, Goji berries, sunflower seeds and blueberries in with massaged kale.
  4. Using your hands or with a spoon, gently mix.
  5. Place in refrigerator to "marinate" for 10-15 minutes or longer for maximum flavor.

The nice thing about this salad is that you can mix in your own variations of superfoods too. Adding diced avocado, walnuts or almonds, pears, apples or any fresh berry you can think of. Serving it alongside salmon, perhaps? Perfection!

I think I’ll be eating this salad all summer long.
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