Homemade Almond Butter

Do you know how easy making your own nut butter can be? I LOVE making my own nut butters because they are so easy to make and you only need one ingredient… your favorite nut! Some suggestions are peanuts, almonds, cashews, etc. The list goes on! All you need is a food processor to blend the nut together for several minutes. They will become hot in the food processor and if the consistency remains thick, you can add a little vegetable oil to it (you don’t need a lot!) What better way to add some nut butter to your sandwich or to enjoy as a dip and you can create your very own jar?


*Picture taken by Danielle Colombo, RD*

Pomegranate Guacamole


*Picture taken by Danielle Colombo, RD*

Have you ever tried pomegranate in your guacamole? This adds a little sweetness into your dip and tastes excellent!

Here’s what I used:

  • 2 ripe avocados, peeled
  • 2 tbsp. fresh lime juice
  • 1/2 cup pomegranate seeds
  • 1/3 cup diced onion
  • 1/4 cup cilantro
  • 1/4 tsp. black pepper

You can either throw all the ingredients in a food processor or mash them together in a bowl. If you like a finer consistency, a food processor might be a better option!

Happy 4th!

This weekend is known for parties which could also mean that some of us may overeat on some of our favorite barbecue treats! Today, I have a healthy snack that you can bring with you to your next party. Not only is it very fast, but it’s also very simple to make! Bring it to a party for not only you, but your families, friends, coworkers, etc. Why not make something sweet and enjoyable for everyone to enjoy, even children! This is a sweet treat to make made from nature’s very own candy.. fruit! In the following recipe you will need toothpicks, raspberries, blueberries, and mini marshmallows. You can always substitute for other red fruits. Instead of using marshmallows you can also try to use bananas, however they might brown very quickly after slicing them.

The great thing about these little snacks is that you can enjoy them on Memorial Day, the Fourth of July, or any other patriotic holiday to celebrate the USA! Happy 4th everybody! Enjoy the day and be safe!

*Pictures were taken by Danielle Colombo, RD*


Fruit Lady Bugs

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This is a great one for the kids! Looking for something creative for your kids to make? Why not make a lady bug? This recipe is easy for anyone to make! All you need is chocolate frosting, a blueberry, and a strawberry! In order to draw in the legs, I used a white paper plate for the background in order to see them clearly. These make excellent snacks and the kids can get involved in making them too!

Yogurt Banana Split

Ice cream doesn’t always have to be the answer when it comes to looking for something cold to eat on a hot summer day! Why not replace ice cream with yogurt? Greek yogurt especially has a higher protein content than regular yogurt and if you choose a plain flavor, you’re skipping all of the added sugars that yogurt can contain! With all of the other flavors on this delicious banana split coming from natural fruits, you won’t need a flavored yogurt!

Here’s what I used:

  • 1 cup of plain Greek yogurt (any brand)
  • 1/4 cup of raspberries
  • 1/4 cup blackberries
  • Sprinkle of granola (I used Bear Naked, cinnamon flavor)
  • 1 banana, split in half


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Watermelon Fun!

Today is the first day of July and the summer time is here! What better way to celebrate the first day of July with a fun watermelon drink? Watermelon is a good source of vitamin C,  has plenty of antioxidants (watermelon gets it reddish-pink shades primarily from lycopene!), and has a rich supply of an amino acid called citrulline.

A fully ripened watermelon will feel heavy for its size. Heaviness in a watermelon is a good thing because the water content of a watermelon will typically increase along with ripening, and a fully ripened watermelon will be over 90% water in terms of weight! A fully ripened watermelon will also often have a ground spot that has turned creamy yellow in color.

Looking for ideas on what to do with watermelon? Make it into a fun drink. I used plain seltzer water mixed with watermelon for a light spritzer drink to enjoy on a hot day. About 1 liter of seltzer mixed with the inside of the watermelon makes a fantastic drink! I scooped the inside of the watermelon out with an icecream scoop and blended it in a blender with the seltzer water. You can add a hint of lime juice to the drink if needed. I picked up a handy watermelon kit at my local ShopRite that came with stands to hold the watermelon balanced, and a spout to pour the drink out of the watermelon– very easy to use!!


I also made a delicious watermelon and feta salad last month! It was DELICIOUS! Did you ever think of mixing watermelon with cheese? The next time you are thinking of making a salad and you are a watermelon lover, this is definitely the choice for you!

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The possibilities with watermelon are endless! What better way to enjoy the summer than with a refreshing watermelon recipe?



Tomato & Feta Cracker

IMG_8254Looking for a quick, healthy snack? Adding vegetables to your snacks does not have to be hard. Here is a simple idea… tomato and feta cheese on a cracker! Take your crackers to work, school, or when you’re on the go!


  • 5-6 Multigrain crackers (I used Triscuits)
  • 1 tomato sliced thin
  • 2 tbsp. Low-fat feta cheese
  • Italian herbs or oregano
  • Olive oil or pepper to taste


1. Slice some tomatoes and place them in your container, then cover with plastic wrap. Crumble some feta into a pile in your container and sprinkle with dried oregano or Italian herbs. Pack your crispbread separately. When you get hungry, top your crispbread with tomato, feta and herbs, and drizzle with your stashed olive oil and freshly ground pepper.



Cucumber Pomegranate Bites

These delicious cucumber bites are packed with vitamins and nutrients. They make a perfect snack or appetizer! Not only are they simple to make, but they are colorful and something that everyone can enjoy!

cucumber bites

Makes 1 serving


  • 6 (1/4-inch) cucumber slices
  • 1 TBSP whipped low fat cream cheese (or any type of spreadable cheese)
  • 2 TBSP pomegranate seeds


  • Slice the cucumber into 6 slices
  • Add 1 tbsp. cheese (ex: cream cheese, feta cheese, goat cheese)
  • Sprinkle with pomegranate seeds
  • Keep chilled until ready to serve


Homemade Super-Seedy Granola Bars

Looking for a high fiber, protein filled snack? These homemade super-seedy granola bars are the perfect fit! These bars are filled with delicious peanut butter and super seeds! Make extra bars, freeze or refrigerate the rest for later! A fantastic grab and go snack.

granola bars

Makes 16 bars


  • 1 1/2 cups quick-cooking oats               1/2 cup sliced almonds
  • 1/4 cup sesame seeds                             3 tablespoons chia seeds
  • 1/4 cup hemp seeds                               1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt                                   1 cup unsalted peanut butter
  • 1/2 cup honey                                         1 tsp. vanilla extract


  1. Line a 9 by 9 inch square pan with parchment paper or plastic wrap with enough overhang for easy removal
  2. In a large mixing bowl, combine oats, almonds, sesame seeds, chia seeds, hemp seeds, cinnamon and salt
  3. In a separate bowl, whisk together peanut butter, honey, and vanilla extract until very smooth.
  4. Pour liquid mixture over dry ingredients and using a wooden spoon, stir until evenly  combined.
  5. Transfer mixture to the prepared pan and firmly press the mixture evenly into the pan.
  6. Cover and refrigerate for at least one hour or overnight. Gently lift the parchment paper to remove from pan and slice into 16 bars. Place in a freezer-safe bag to store in the fridge or freezer. Serves 16.

Nutrition Info: Serving 1 bar (45 grams) Calories: 209; Total fat: 13g; Sat fat: 2g; Sodium 77mg; Carbohydrate: 20g; Fiber: 3g; Sugars: 11g; Protein: 7g

Adapted from: Alexandra Caspero January/February 2016 Food and Nutrition Magazine

Dark Chocolate Peppermint Bark

dark chocolatePerfect for the holiday season: This delicious recipe is not only simple, but delicious and filled with antioxidants! If you are a chocolate and mint lover, this combination is fantastic.

Makes 16 servings


  • 10 oz. dark chocolate chopped or 1 1/4 cup bittersweet chocolate chips
  • 4 candy canes, crushed


  1. Melt chocolate in the microwave or over a double broiler
  2. Once the chocolate is melted, mix until the chocolate is smooth
  3. Pour the chocolate onto a sheet of wax or parchment paper. Spread into a thin layer
  4. Sprinkle the crushed candy canes on top of the chocolate and press in lightly
  5. Refrigerate the bark for 20-30 minutes to let harden
  6. Break the bark into 15-20 uneven pieces. Keep refrigerated before ready to serve