My Sweetie Smoothie

Of course I am celebrating Valentine's Day morning with a delicious sweetie smoothie! Made with love and amazing ingredients. <3

I am all for the typical strawberry banana smoothie but to make this smoothie even more bright and festive, I add some frozen raspberries for a more tart flavor and vibrant smoothie color. A perfect combination and a great start to my day.

Sweetie Smoothie

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup strawberries, frozen
  • 1/4 cup raspberries, frozen
  • 1 banana
  • 1/4 cup non-fat vanilla yogurt
  • 1-ounce walnuts
  • 1 tablespoon chia seeds
  • 1 cup water

Directions:

  1. Combine all ingredients in a blend

Gluten Free Valentine's Day Granola

So I'm going to be over here on Valentine's Day snacking on some home-made granola! :) That's my kind of celebration! hehe. but seriously, if you have to work all day on Valentine's Day and/or you're in a long distance relationship like me, you find ways to enjoy this "holiday" by treating yourself to some home made goodies.

This granola is gluten-free and simple to make. This is also a great DIY Valentine's Day gift/recipe to share with your loved ones. <3

GF Valentine's Day Granola

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup almond flour (I used almond meal in the pictured recipe and it still tastes great!)
  • 1/2 cup shredded coconut flakes
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • 1/4 cup chocolate chips
  • 2/3 cup Valentine's Day M&Ms
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil, melted
  • 1 tablespoon chia seeds
  • 1 tablespoon flax seeds

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 F.
  2. Combine all ingredients in a bowl and mix well.
  3. Line a baking pan with parchment and spread mixture evenly into one layer and bake for about 20 minutes or until mixture starts to brown (I stirred the mixture with a wooden spoon twice while it baked, to evenly bake throughout).
  4. Let cool for completely and enjoy or gift to your loved ones!
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BBQ Turkey Sloppy Joes

I'm getting ready for SuperBowl Sunday and I am making these bad boys! BBQ Turkey Sloppy Joes are not only THEE BEST game time food, but everyone will love it! The flavor, the simplicity (in preparing it) and the filling-ness of a big meal!

Perfect for half time or after the big game.

Who are you rooting for?

BBQ Turkey Sloppy Joes

Yield: 8-10 servings

Ingredients:

  • 1 lb. ground turkey, lean
  • Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 1 medium onion, diced
  • 1 tablespoon garlic, minced
  • 3/4 cup BBQ sauce (your favorite kind)
  • 1/4 cup ketchup
  • 1 tablespoon mustard
  • 1 tablespoon light brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • salt and pepper, to taste

For Coleslaw:

  • 1 head of red cabbage, diced
  • 1 green bell pepper, seeded and diced
  • 1/4 cup light mayonnaise
  • 4 tablespoons wine vinegar
  • 4 tablespoons Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 1 tablespoon light brown sugar
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  • 8-10 Hamburger buns

Directions:

  1. In a sauce pan, combine ground turkey, olive oil, onion and minced garlic. Cook until turkey is cooked completely.
  2. Add BBQ sauce, ketchup, mustard and brown sugar. Mix well. Add in garlic powder, onion powder, salt and pepper and stir. Let turkey simmer for 5-8 minutes, to absorb the amazing sauce flavor.
  3. While meat simmers, prepare the coleslaw. In a large bowl combine diced purple cabbage, green bell pepper, mayonnaise, wine vinegar, olive oil, brown sugar, salt and pepper, and mix well. Add more sugar for sweetness or more win vinegar for tang!
  4.  With toasted buns, add cooked BBQ Turkey Sloppy Joes mixture to bun and top with coleslaw. Enjoy immediately and enjoy the game!
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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