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Food, Healthy Living, Holiday, Nutrition Tips, Quick Tips, Snacks

Candy Corn Veggie Tray

candy corn

Let’s take a minute and talk about Halloween candy shall we?

That sh*t is AWFUL for you!

Just how awful…check out these nutrition facts on some of the most popular Halloween candies:

  • Rolo Caramels in Milk Chocolate: 1 Rolo (6g): 27 calories, 0.9 g sat fat, 3.7 grams sugar
  • Wonka Mini Laffy Taffy: 1 mini taffy (8.6g): 30 calories, 0.3g sat fat, 4.2g sugar
  • Hershey’s Assorted Miniatures: 1 miniature (8.6g): 42 calories, 1.4 g sat fat, 4.4g sugar
  • Starburst Fun Size: 2 Starburst candies: 40 calories, 0.8g sat fat, 6g sugar
  • Smarties: 1 roll (7g): 25 calories, 0g fat, 6g sugar
  • Hershey’s Milk Chocolate Fun Size: 1 bar (0.49 oz): 77 calories, 2.7g sat fat, 7g sugar
  • Kit Kat Wafer Bar, Snack Size: 1 bar (0.49 oz/14g): 70 calories, 2.3g sat fat, 7g sugar
  • Reese’s Pieces Snack Size: 1 bag (13g): 67 calories, 2.7g sat fat, 7.3g sugar

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Healthy Pumpkin Pie Dip

pumpkin pie dip

We’re about 4 days into October which means it’s FINALLY appropriate to eat all things pumpkin!

Growing up I never liked pumpkin. I hated the texture, thought it tasted disgusting and was always the one eating the apple pie instead of the pumpkin pie on Thanksgiving.

But boyyyy have things changed.

Now I simply can’t get enough pumpkin in my life. I’ve been putting Pumpkin Pie Spice in my coffee every morning, eating Pumpkin Yogurt for dessert, enjoying PaleOMG’s Pumpkin Pie Protein Smoothie for breakfast and can’t wait to go to Trader Joe’s this afternoon to buy more pumpkin products after drooling over A Cup of Kellen’s Favorite Fall Trader Joe’s Finds.

But pumpkin isn’t just a fun, festive, trendy thing to eat during the Fall. It’s also packed with healthy nutrients…let’s discuss…

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Dinner, Food, Healthy Living, Holiday, Lunch

Tropical BBQ Chicken Skewers

skewers

Can you all believe Labor Day Weekend is THIS WEEKEND?

I personally have no idea where this Summer went and I’m so not ready for it to be over.  Long days, hot weather, sunshine, the beach, fresh fruits and veggies… please don’t end.

To help savor every last second of summer I wanted to share a recipe this week that tastes like a tropical summer vacation and is also perfect for grilling up over Labor Day Weekend. Introducing, Tropical BBQ Chicken Skewers!!

These skewers are so easy to throw together and are delicious eaten directly off the skewer or they’re also great for meal prep. Last time I made these I actually took everything off the skewer and served the meat and veggies over white rice….SO GOOD!

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Red, White & Blue Fruit Salad

red, white & blue fruit salad

Hi from Minnesota…again!

Yep, I’m back out in the Mid West for work and am completely exhausted from this time change so this is going to be a short, quick and to the point blog post.

Anyway…

Just in case you all forget…the 4th of July is TUESDAY!

I have no idea how this holiday snuck up so fast but what I do know is that I have an absolutely delicious (and festive) fruit salad recipe to share!

Not a fruit salad person? Check out some more healthy, fun, patriotic recipes here & here and this one about healthy hot dog options for your 4th of July BBQ!

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3 Healthier Hot Dog Options For Your 4th of July BBQ

healthier hot dog

I truly can’t believe that the 4th of July is in less than 2 weeks.

Where the heck has this year gone?

Normally, I don’t do much for the 4th since it’s kind of amateur hour here in San Diego with a bunch of drunk tourists getting arrested at the beach. But, this year I have plans. My family has a house on Lake Michigan and it’s been years since we’ve all made the effort to get out there. Last week we pulled the trigger and officially booked tickets!

Buying these tickets got me thinking of all the 4th of July foods and just how terrible most of the meats, appetizers and sides are for you. So, I started brainstorming some healthier options to share on my blog.

I made a healthy, festive, delicious side dish recipe I’m sharing on the blog next week but today I wanted to talk about my favorite 4th of July food…HOT DOGS!

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Food, Holiday, Snacks

3 Ingredient Brie & Fig Bites

brie & fig bites

When I think about the holidays I never sit there dreaming about potatoes, cookies, ham, pie, rolls or anything like that. 

I have one thing on my mind and that is CHEESE! Specifically fancy goat cheese logs and anything involving brie!

It’s an addiction!

Last year I shared my pishacio goat cheese log and this year It’s time to share my other favorite holiday cheese appetizer: Brie & Fig Bites. The sweet flavor of the figs perfectly compliments the buttery brie creating the BEST flavor combination ever- trust me!

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Last Minute Holiday Hummus

holiday hummus

There are 2 kinds of people during the holidays: the ones who have everything planned weeks in advance and those who will be scrambling around Wednesday night at 9:00 pm to find a turkey.

I tend to be the latter.

In fact I just figured out TODAY what I need to bring for Thanksgiving dinner– thankfully it’s just booze and an appetizer haha!

But with work, traveling, grocery shopping…etc this week just figuring out an appetizer to bring is overwhelming right now. Then I remembered this incredible hummus recipe I saw on What’s Gaby Cooking a couple weeks ago. Gaby actually makes her own hummus and PEELS the chickpeas…seriously? Ain’t nobody got time for that!

In true lazy girl, last minute fashion I decided to try this recipe out this past weekend using my favorite Trader Joe’s hummus and you know what…IT’S FABULOUS, takes less than 5 minutes to make, healthy and oh so very festive. Doesn’t get much better than that!

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Crescent Mummy Dogs

crescent mummy dogs

I’ve been blogging now for a little over 1 year… CRAZY how fast time flies when you’re trying to create meaningful content week after week.

In celebration of my blog’s first birthday I went back and looked through some of my first posts and it was incredible to see just how far I’ve come in 1 short year. I believe my photography has improved, my content has gotten much more valuable and I’ve stopped blogging for myself and have been focusing on blogging  for my readers. My goal with Live Lean Eat Green is to share some parts of my personal life but mostly to inform and educate everyone on healthy eating and fitness by providing quick tips, nutrition facts, easy recipes…etc.

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3 Healthy Halloween Snacks

healthy halloween

Last Halloween I gave you all my “Healthy Holiday” rant. 

Just in case you missed it… I’m going to go over it again because I think it’s so important!

Halloween kicks off the holiday season sugar binge! Think about it, In the next 3 months we have Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years…all holidays centered around food, dessert and booze!

So many people go into a mindset this time of year thinking “Oh, I’ll worry about exercise in January” or “I’m going to eat whatever I want until New Years then make my resolution to lose 20 lbs.”

NO. NO. NO.

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Patriotic Fruit Pizza

Memorial Day Weekend is creeping up FAST!

And what does that mean…food, desserts, booze and most of the time more booze.

I’ve personally sworn off booze until after my marathon so to make up for that this Memorial Day is going to be all about desserts like this amazing Fruit Pizza.

What is Fruit Pizza you ask?

Well imagine if a cookie and a cheesecake had a baby. 

Seriously! The crust is basically a coconut sugar cookie and then the frosting is a magical cream cheese mixture topped with fresh fruit.

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