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Greek Yogurt Bark

Greek Yogurt Bark ~ This is a simple and quite versatile recipe. 
Greek Yogurt of choice (flavored ones work too)
Fruit of choice, you can do dried fruits or fresh berries. I used dried fig, apricot and pumpkin seeds.
Nuts (optional)
Parchment paper
Spread the yogurt over the parchment paper in an even layer (don’t make it too thin, it will break easily). You can use a cookie sheet or a plate – depending how large you want your bark. Place fruit on top.  Freeze for at least 3 hours. Use a knife to break into pieces. Serve COLD! It does melt.
Healthy treat any time of the year.  Use your imagination and make this holiday themed too.  This one looks like a Halloween treat.   You can add so many things to the recipe so there is a mix for everyone.

Healthy Fruit Bars

Healthy Fruit Bars ~ Similar to a Lara Bar
Ingredients ~
1 cup of chopped up dried fruit of choice
1/4 cup of chopped dates
1/4 cup of chopped nuts (optional)
Put all the ingredients in a food processor until the ingredients form into a ball. Take an amount, size of a golf ball (give or take),
 and put it on some parchment paper (dough is quite sticky), and use it to form your bars. I press it against a cookie sheet, as it helps make the sides straight.
The amount of the ingredients above make 2 bars, each measuring 3.5 inches x 2 inches. I individually wrap them in plastic wrap, as I like to take them as a snack for work.  Mine lasts in the fridge for about 7 days

Refreshing Homemade Tea Recipes


15 refreshing homemade tea recipes perfect for any time of the year.

Need a boost to start up your morning but not a big fan of hot coffee and tea?  Here are 15 refreshing homemade tea recipes that will keep you energized when your day needs a little pick me up.

Peach Iced Tea Slushie

Orange vanilla iced tea

Strawberry tea

Apple Mint Iced Tea

Iced apple cinnamon tea with honey

Honey Rhubarb Iced Tea

Very Berry Hibiscus Refresher

Five minute raspberry iced tea

Starbucks iced passion tea

Watermelon green tea

Sweet green tea

Copycat Starbucks Green Tea Frappuccino

Copycat Chai Tea Frappuccino

Iced chai latte

Iced green tea latte

Cranberry Orange Bread

With fall upon us more and more of us start baking.  Cranberry bread is always a favorite during the fall time, so why not add a zip to your normal cranberry bread.   This is such a hearty and delicious bread you will have your family and friends begging for the recipe.


Cranberry Orange Bread:
1 cup fresh cranberries
2 cups all-purpose gluten free flour
2.5 tsp xantham gum
1 cup white sugar
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1 tbsp orange zest
4 tbsp butter, softened
1 large egg,
3/4 cup orange juice
1 tsp vanilla extract
Pre-Heat Oven to 350 degrees and grease a loaf pan.
In a small bowl, combine egg, orange juice and vanilla extract.
In a large bowl, whisk together flour, xantham gum, baking powder, baking soda, salt and orange zest.
Add in butter and wet ingredients.
Fold in cranberries.
Pour into prepared pan and bake 50-60 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean from the center.  Let cool on a wire rack for about 10 minutes, then remove from the pan and continue to cool before slicing.
Enjoy ~

Non GMO Meal Plan

The awareness of GMOs, genetically modified organisms, is on the rise. Genetically modified organisms are used in a myriad of foods to produce, bigger food that grows faster. However, since GMOs have been introduced to our everyday foods, like fruits and vegetables, there has been a rise in cancer rates and more! Because of this, many families are choosing to eat organic, locally grown, and GMO free foods. It can be overwhelming when you first make the switch to GMO free, but this non-GMO meal plan is designed to make your transition feel effortless. With a range of comforting foods and classic dishes, you’ll never notice a difference in taste, but you’ll likely notice a difference in your health!


You’ll notice that a few of the meals are brand name meals. This is because they are pre-packaged and ready to cook and also GMO free certified! The nice thing about switching to GMO free food is that there are certainly convenient options just like with normal food, making healthier eating an option for busy families! There are also meals marked with (*) and those meals are linked directly here for you to find and save with ease!

Additionally, you may have to alter these recipes a bit to make sure they are meeting non-GMO standards and this includes shopping at local farmer’s markets, buying only organic foods, and checking the ingredient list on any additional items you buy to ensure that you’re not buying foods with GMOs. While following this meal plan, you’ll notice that eliminating the guessing of what to eat every day will be extremely helpful when you switch to organic GMO free food. It can be overwhelming at first, but the plan is designed to help you stay on track and make healthier choices with your food.

Easy Non-GMO Pancakes
Feta Pasta Salad
Pan Fried Buttery Carrots
Homemade Chicken Noodle Soup
Should you find yourself wanting to know more about GMO food and how to make healthier choices, there is some great literature on Amazon like:
Whatever it is that drives you to make healthier choices is worth it, absolutely. GMOs can be extremely dangerous and the time to take control of what you put in your body is now!

To learn more about GMOs ~

What are GMOs ?

Are There Hidden GMOs in your food?

7 Easy Ways to Avoid GMOs

7 Easy Ways to Help Reduce GMOs

Having Fun With Flavor Thanks to #DASANIDrops

Disclosure ~  Living Smart Girl has been compensated for a review of Dasani Drops.
All opinions are 100% that of Living Smart Girl. 


I am all about water.  I drink water all day long, just plain ol’ water.  I grew up in a household where we only drank water, because it was not in the food budget to have pop or other beverages in the house.  This was of course way before awesome products like DASANI Drops.   Now, hubby on the other hand does not like water.  AT ALL!!  It is seriously like trying to get a kid to eat brussels sprouts or something.  He gags, turns his nose up, and just hates it!!

Well thank goodness for products like DASANI Drops.  Now, he drinks water all the time. He keeps a huge jug in the fridge with his favorite flavor for the day, and drinks the whole jug daily.  Because I am a believer in getting your water daily, this has helped him with his allotted water intake.  And, because we are on the go a lot on his days off, I keep a bottle in my purse so when we are eating out, he orders water and squirts his flavor in the water.  Yeah, for awesome things like this that help us live a healthier life!

But, just because DASANI Drops are made for water, our use of them doesn’t stop there.   Hubby loves yogurt, but we only buy the vanilla for him as he just buys in big tubs.  He will squirt a flavor into his yogurt and enjoy something new every day.   He really liked the Pineapple Coconut in his yogurt.

There are many ways you can use DASANI Drops.  Here are a few that I came up with ~
Add drops to your coffee, hot or cold.   Add drops to your favorite protein smoothies.  Add drops to oatmeal, yogurt, vanilla ice cream, mix with cream cheese for a fun spread, add to your iced tea, mix with vodka for your favorite fun drink, add drops to milk to make a new fun flavor for the kids (and so much healthier than syrup flavors), add drops to your vanilla pudding, or mix into your vanilla frosting to add a twist to your cake.  I am sure you can come up with others?

I can see now how the holiday’s can be more fun if you host a party and offer DASANI Drops for your guests to use to come up with their own favorite beverage flavor.  It would be fun to do a contest and see who could come up with the most unique and best tasting beverage using DASANI Drops.  Do you have ideas?  Leave a comment and tell me how you can use your DASANI Drops.

A few fun facts about DASANI DROPS:
• Are flavorful, fashionable accessories for busy moms and calorie-conscious people alike
• Are zero-calorie liquid beverage enhancers that allow people to add a burst of flavor to their water
• Are packaged in a squeezable 1.9 fluid ounce bottle with a flip-top cap—perfect for those on the go
• Are a great value with each bottle providing 32 servings per container

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Sweet Potato Waffles


Sweet Potato Waffles


1 medium sized sweet potato

1 cup milk

2 eggs

½ cup brown sugar

¼ cup melted butter

1 ½ cups flour

1 tbsp baking powder

1 tsp ground cinnamon

pinch of salt

Cooking Spray



Start by peeling and cutting up the sweet potato into four wedges. Steam the sweet potato till soft, drain water and mash. Set aside 1 cup of sweet potato mash.


Add all dry ingredients into a large mixing bowl. In a small bowl, mix all the wet ingredients except for the sweet potato mash.


Spoon the wet ingredients into the dry mix, stirring as you go to reduce clumps. Use a spatula to mix well, but don’t over mix the batter.



Spoon your sweet potato mash into the waffle mixture, a spoonful at a time, only mixing until there are no lumps of sweet potato in the batter. Your batter should be a nice light orange color at this point.


Ladle batter into a heated waffle iron that has been sprayed with cooking spray. Cook until the waffle iron indicates your waffle is ready, sweet potato waffles do not require any additional cooking time.



Party Fun with Pudding Shots


It’s that time of year again, when I am packing like a crazy woman trying to get ready for our main summer vacation.   Rock Fest 2015 here we come.  I look forward to this 5 days all year long.  This year, I decided to have a little extra fun and make some pudding shots, and jello shots.   I have made jello shots before, but never even heard of pudding shots till last year at Rock Fest, let alone make them.  They are so easy, and dang… so good!!   I tried my hand at a couple of my own recipes.   Check them out, and make them yourself.  Let me know your thoughts.


Root Beer Float

2 Boxes Vanilla Instant Pudding
2 Cups Milk
2 Cups Root Beer Schnapps
1 1/2  Tubs of Cool Whip  (8 oz tubs)

Mix pudding and milk till smooth, slowly add root beer schnapps and mix till blended.   Fold in Cool Whip, gently till blended nicely.  Spoon into cups or dishes of choice.  I used 2 oz condiment cups.  Place in freezer for a couple hours, and enjoy.

Note ~   to make non alcohol ones replace the schnapps with same amount of root beer pop.   Regardless of made with our without alcohol, root beer pudding shots will be a hit at any party.



CCR Pudding Shots

1 Box Chocolate Instant Pudding
1 Cup Milk
3/4 Cup Coffee Liquor
1/4 Cup Root Beer Schnapps
1 Tub Cool Whip (8 oz Tub)

Mix pudding and milk till smooth, slowly mix in coffee liquor and root beer schnapps till well blended.  Fold in Cool Whip gently, till nicely blended.   Spoon into cups or serving dishes.  Place in freezer for a few hours, eat and enjoy.

I named these CCR because I couldnt’ come up with anything else.  CCR = Chocolate, Coffee, Root Beer.   They might sound a bit strange, but turned out really good.   Kinda like a root beer barrel.

Enjoy ~



Getting My Chocolate Fix #Foodie

Disclosure ~  Living Smart Girl received compensation for our participation in a #Foodie collection.   @Foodie @FoodiebyGlam

Check out Getting my Chocolate Fix

by Sheila Cooper Thomas at

Ok, I know what you are going to say.   I am a health/fitness writer and shouldn’t love my sweets.   Well if you follow my blog you know I have a sweet tooth.. or a couple!  I can’t help it as chocolate is a huge weakness of mine.   I have to indulge myself sometimes and after putting this collection together I have to say… dang I want some chocolate!!

I love anything chocolate!  Cake, brownies, cookies, drinks, dips, spreads, fudge, etc.  If it has the word chocolate in it, I will try it.

What is your favorite chocolate fix ?


Gluten Free Banana Bread


My husband and I totally love banana bread!!  But, with me trying to eat more gluten free, and him trying to steer clear of lots of carbs, I decided to try my hand at a gluten free, low carb banana bread.   This is as close as I could come.  I don’t know what the carbs per slice are, but the flour I used is almond meal flour so it has low low carbs.   Regardless, it is healthier than any banana bread I have ever made, and tastes just as good, if not better.  This bread is great, and really a good one for those staying away from gluten.   I have included some affiliate links in this recipe if you want to shop at Amazon for the items I used.


4 medium bananas – mashed
3 eggs
1 T. vanilla
1/4 C. honey
1/4 C. melted coconut oil
2 C. Almond flour
1/2 tsp. salt
1 tsp. baking soda
1/4 C. sour cream (low fat)
1 T. cinnamon

Mix all dry ingredients in one bowl and set aside.   Mix wet ingredients in another bowl.  Add wet ingredient to dry ingredients and blend well.   Pour into large bread pan.  Bake at 350 degrees, middle rack, for 40-50 min or until toothpick inserted in middle comes out clean.


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