Get your Jam on this Easter!


Keepin' it simple this year for Easter Sunday!

With my insanely busy (but amazing) schedule with work, school (almost done with that thesis!) and dietetic internship (3.5 more months!), I have been making recipes ahead of time on the one day I sort of have time... Meal Prep Sunday. When I saw this month's Recipe Redux "Easter is April 1. Passover begins March 30.  Whether or not you are celebrating either holiday, show us your favorite family recipes for springtime celebrations." I knew I had to whip up something simple, sweet and distributed among the whole family. Why not make a big batch and gift home-made mixed berry jam this Easter?! All you need are 4 simple things:

  • Frozen fruit (I used leftover berries I toss in the freezer for smoothies)
  • Pectin
  • Sugar
  • Mason Jars (containers)

Mixed Berry Jam

Yield: 4- 16 oz mason jars

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  • 7 cups frozen mixed berries
  • 6 cups granulated sugar
  • 1.75 oz container fruit pectin


  1. In a large pot over medium heat, combine mixed berries, sugar and pectin. Stir constantly and bring to a boil, about 10-15 minutes.
  2. Remove from heat and let sit for about 5 minutes. Pour into mason jars and let sit over night. Mixture will start to thicken. 

Serve on a biscuit and enjoy!


Dark Chocolate Raspberry Smoothie


Not sure what to do for #Valentinesday ? Treat yourself and a loved one to a refreshing, nutritious treat. Try my Dark Chocolate Raspberry Smoothie for two. Sweet and simple 🍫🍓💘 full of antioxidants, vitamin C, calcium and flavor!


Dark Chocolate Raspberry Smoothie

  • 1 cup frozen strawberries
  • 1 medium banana
  • 1/2 cup frozen raspberries
  • 1/4 cup nonfat milk
  • 1 cup water
  • Dark chocolate shavings for topping


  1. Combine all ingredients in a blender. Blend until smooth. Top with frozen raspberries and chocolate shavings and enjoy!

Power Bites


I am all for pre-prepped meals and snacks that make my day easier as a dietetic intern. So when I saw this month's Recipe Redux theme -- "Did you receive a trendy new cooking gadget as a holiday gift? Or do you have a tried-and-true kitchen tool you couldn’t do without? Show us a healthy recipe highlighting a favorite kitchen tool, gadget, or gizmo"-- I knew I had to highlight my favorite kitchen tool- mini food processor!


It is a quick and simple tool I use for almost anything.

Lately I have been using it to break down my oats for my oatmeal. I also have used it for shredded carrots for my favorite carrot cake recipe (on the blog soon!). Now I have been continuously making power balls by using the food processor to chop up walnuts, almond, cashews, etc., to make the perfect bite sized power balls.


For this post I am sharing one of my favorite recipes that includes 5 simple ingredients.

Power Bites


  • 2 ounces raw almonds (you can use your favorite nut or a mixture!)
  • 2 heaping tablespoons unsweetened sunflower butter (or your favorite nut butter)
  • 1 tablespoon flax seed (optional)
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons maple syrup or honey
  • 1 tablespoon dried cranberries
  • 1 teaspoon chia seeds (optional)
  • 1 tablespoon dark chocolate chips/chunks


1. In a food processor, add almonds. Process until almonds are finely chopped. Add sunflower butter, and maple syrup. Process until a smooth texture comes out that is sticky enough to roll into balls. Add more maple syrup to get sticky consistency.

2. Pour mixture into a bowl and add dried cranberries, chia seeds and chocolate. Stir with a wooden spoon until well combined.

3. With about 1 tablespoon of the mixture, roll into a ball. Repeat until all mixture is used then place on a plate and refrigerate for 1 hour or enjoy immediately.




Kelly Sloan

Hi, I'm Kelly! I am a Cali girl who loves food, nutrition, hiking, and writing. I recently graduated from the University of Hawaii at Manoa with a Bachelor of Science in Food Science and Human Nutrition. I grew up with an active lifestyle and eating healthy, however, I do have a major sweet tooth! I do believe that everything in moderation is good for a healthy lifestyle! I love to bake and create new recipes and I love to share food. I love to stay active and healthy with continuous fitness and nutritious foods throughout the week and I hope to share my recipes, food photography and travel experiences with you on my blog! #RD2Be