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Watermelon Wishes and Caviar Dreams

I came across this photo of Watermelon Pizza and am completely inspired. I love the vibrant color of the fruit and that it is healthy.

This idea is perfect for a party and especially for a children’s party so they can have a fun treat. I have made fruit pizza with a cookie crust, but this new twist is a must try for me. I love how they cut the watermelon into thin circle slices, sliced bananas, and tossed on other fruits such as grapes, blueberries, and blackberries. You could jazz it up for adults by adding really nice balsamic vinegar drizzled on the top. Slice into triangular shapes to create the pizza pie and you are all set. I can’t wait to bring this to a pool party this summer and delight everyone with this mouth watering fresh treat.

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Strawberry “Nicecream”

I was in the mood for ice cream when I got home today, but wanted to try to win the battle with being healthy, so I resisted the urge to drive to Baskin Robbins. Instead I turned some leftover strawberries into “Nicecream.”

I broke out my trusty little food processor and tossed in a cup of frozen strawberries, 1/4 cup of light coconut milk (I got mine from Trader Joe’s and it comes in a can), a drop of vanilla bean paste, one small squeeze of light amber agave syrup. I then blended all the ingredients until they became a smooth ice cream-like consistency. Scoop out of food processor into a bowl and enjoy! The result is a creamy, fresh flavored strawberry dessert that is guilt free and a close second to ice cream. I’m not going to lie and say it is better than Baskin Robbins Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough, but it is refreshing and delicious. You will be pleasantly surprised.

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Cha Cha Cha Chia….Pudding

I am always on the hunt for healthy, easy, delicious breakfast options and recently have been obsessed with Chia Pudding. It is super easy to make and has a tapioca-like texture with a slight crunch and is packed with anti-inflammatory omega-3’s.

You will need chia seeds, I buy mine from Trader Joe’s, vanilla, light coconut milk (the kind in a can), and honey or agave if you prefer. In a small bowl, you will mix 1/4 cup chia seeds, 1 cup light coconut milk, 1 tsp vanilla, 1 tsp honey. Simply stir until combined and pour into a mason jar or other air tight container and chill in the refrigerator overnight. In the morning, you will wake up to thick, creamy chia pudding that can be topped with fresh fruit or eaten plain. This fiber rich treat can be eaten for breakfast or a snack and will help you debloat. I love how fool proof this is to make and that it is perfect for people that need something ready to grab and go.

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Let’s Get Naked…With Our Cakes That Is

I recently came across a trend in cakes, Naked Cakes. These are beautiful layered cakes that have frosting in between the layers and very little to no frosting covering the entire cake. They are usually decorated with lovely fresh flowers and fruits and void of elaborate fondant coverings and designs.

This style of cakes has been very popular for weddings and showers lately and I must say, they are breathtaking ways to showcase a sweet confection. The minimalist, but extraordinary design of the cakes draw the focus to the colors used, and to the raw edges of where the cake meets the barely frosted layers. Many of the cakes also have a dusting of powdered sugar around the exterior of the cake, or a pretty caramel or fruit drizzle. I love the simplistic nature of these desserts and the endless possibilities for decorations. Some feel these cakes look unfinished, but I think the imperfections are the appeal of this cake. They show more personality and whimsy, which is perfect in my opinion.

I have included several of my favorite naked cakes below. Please enjoy and try to recreate them at home.

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Fresh Fruit Galettes

I was watching The Barefoot Contessa the other day and was inspired to make her Fruit Galette.

The french pastry is super easy to make and I promise your home will smell amazing as they bake. You will need to purchase frozen puff pastry dough and fresh fruit of your choice. I used strawberries and Granny Smith apples. You will also need sugar, cinnamon and butter. I like to use unsalted butter for all of my baking needs. Apricot jam will be used to make a glaze. A knife, measuring cup or a regular spoon, and a cutting board are all needed.

You will need to thaw the puff pastry dough for about 30-45 mins until it is defrosted and ready to use. Then simply cut it into rectangular shapes. When I unfolded mine it naturally had lines to make three long sheets from where it was folded. I cut it along those lines and then halved those so I ended up with 6 small rectangles. Slice your fruit thinly and evenly spread onto the pastry dough in whatever pattern you like. Generously cover the top of the fruit with sugar. The sugar will sweeten the fruit and caramelize upon baking. I sprinkled a bit of cinnamon on the apples to add extra holiday flavor. Cut small bits of butter to dot on the top of the sugar. This will ensure richness and a beautiful color to the top of the pastry. Bake at 350 degrees for 40 minutes or until the pastry is puffed and a nice golden brown color.

Take out of the oven and let cool. While they cool you can make the glaze. Take a cup of the apricot jam and add a bit of water to thin it out and mix in a saucepan to heat through. Take a pastry brush and gloss the tops of the treats with the glaze. The thin layer will leave your pastries looking store bought and add to the depth of flavor.

Let the glaze set and serve!


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Pitaya- The It Girl Fruit

My dear friend, Lisa, leads a healthy lifestyle and is my go to source for workouts and heathy food choices. She made a beautiful pink Pitaya smoothie one day and posted about it on her instagram, @eatcleanla, and I needed to know more. I asked her to write this guest post for me on how to make this delectable delight. Her post is below. Love you girl! 🙂

Every couple of years the health food industry has a new star. Whether it’s an ancient grain from a far off place or a diet inspired by a cave man, these trends are everywhere.

It is safe to say that the Pitaya aka Dragon Fruit is the current “It Girl” on the health food scene. The beautiful fruit is native to Central America and can be found in Asia. It sprouts from a beautiful white flower that only opens its petals at night. The petals are burned off during the day by the sunshine and the fruit is all that remains. The Pitaya is jam packed with antioxidants, vitamin C, fiber, and is relatively low in sugar so it easily fits into any diet. The Pitaya is a perfect addition to smoothies, yogurt, oatmeal, salads, or simply eaten raw. This fabulous fruit has a mild taste somewhere between a pear and a beet and blends beautifully into a hot pink hue.

All of this nutritional value packed into this flirty little fruit! No wonder every “It Girl” on Melrose Ave is holding a florescent pink smoothie made with this fruit.

Lisa’s favorite Pitaya smoothie recipe is as follows:

1 pack of Pitaya Plus Smoothie Pack

1 banana

1 scoop vanilla protein powder

1/3 cup frozen pineapple

1 cup coconut water

Blend, top with shredded coconut, and enjoy!

Pitaya Plus Smoothie Packs retail for $39.99 for 16 packs and can be purchased at

You can also purchase at your local Whole Foods