Easy Peasy Gluten-Free Lemon Bars

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Perhaps due to the recent glimpses of spring or maybe there’s an internal lightening and brightening occurring as I shake off the winter season, but the past few weeks, more so than usual, I have delighted in bright colors. Bold ensembles, taste-the-rainbow bowls of greens and grains, you name it.

I’ve have been drawn to lemon everything. Sliced lemons in my water, as decor for my tablescape, in my essential oil diffuser, and in my desserts!

Ever since I was a kid, I have L*O*V*E*D lemon bars! For me, it was like bright lemony sunshine in a dessert. The tangy sweetness has always been my favorite flavor profile, but lemon bars have not been amongst my adult baked goods.

I (mistakenly) thought they would be too much work, the crust in particular. After embracing a gluten-free, low sugar lifestyle, I favored muffins and breads as my creative comfort zone until a recently-inspired excursion to the grocery store.

During this spark of epicurean insight, I decided I would not be outwitted by a made-from-scratch gluten-free crust. I bought one 🙂 Storebought gluten-free crusts can be just as delicious as homemade and a heckuva lot easier!

After preparing the crust as its instructions directed, I poured in the lemon filling, baked for a quick 20, and enjoyed for days! Low sugar and refreshing offering just the right tanginess and perfect as a stand-alone dessert or topped with whipped cream or coconut cream, it’s become a daily staple! Try it out, make it your own, and share your style with us!

Easy Peasy Gluten-Free Lemon Bars

Yields 4-6 squares

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups monk fruit extract granules, sugar or sweetener of your choice
  • 1/2 cup lemon juice (or the juice of ~4 lemons)
  • 2 tablespoons lemon peel grated
    Pro tip: Grate the lemons before you juice them.
  • 4 eggs lightly beaten
  • 2 Tbl gluten-free flour
    I have accidentally forgotten the flour, and they still turned out well. If you’re going grain-free with your crust, you can skip the flour and still have a delectable dessert!

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350F.
  2. Spray a 9×9 baking dish with nonstick spray.
  3. Press the glutenfree crust into the baking tin or baking dish of your choice, shaping a little bit of the crust up the sides.
  4. Bake for approximately 20 minutes or until slightly golden brown. Remove from oven and set aside.
  5. In a mixing bowl, stir together all of the filling ingredients until smooth.
  6. Pour mixture over the crust and bake for 20-25 minutes or until set in the middle. It may split like a pumpkin pie does, or you can insert a fork or knife to check. When the utensil comes out clean, you’re ready to go!
  7. Let cool on the counter for one to two hours, or as long as your self-control allows 🙂
  8. Cut into squares and top with powdered sugar, whipped cream or coconut ice cream, if desired.
  9. Best to store the squares in the fridge if you’re not immediately serving or plan to have leftovers.
  10. Enjoy!

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All the best for your health and happiness,

 

 

 

Upgrade the Candy Bowl with Healthier Halloween Treats

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Halloween marks the beginning of the Holidays! Sure, Thanksgiving is the heavier kick-off to the Season, but Halloween marks the beginning of the teeter-totter of balancing your health goals with the onslaught of temptation of sweet treats, shorter days, sleepier bodies and sluggish feelings.

Want to keep your health goals in check, and maybe uplevel the neighborhood Trick-or-Treating? Try these healthy swaps!

Instead of candy, try…

  • Small boxes of raisins
  • Individually-packaged dried cranberries
  • Fruit strips, like these
  • Mandarin oranges, like Halos or Clementines
  • Packages of pretzels
  • Granola bar bites
  • Mini bottles of water
  • Plastic rings in the shape of spiders, skeletons and the like!
  • We had one client who passed out quarters, half-dollars and rolls of pennies instead of candy!

To mitigate the possibility of higher costs for these healthier options, shop sales and bulk stores, like Costco and BJ’s. It’s well worth it to share healthier options and you certainly won’t feel as guilty when you sneak some treats from the pile 🙂

How do you make Halloween healthier? We’d love to know! Share your ideas with us below!

S&R’s Strawberry Mint Spritzer | Summer’s Most Versatile Mocktail

glass wine glass of strawberries and mint with club soda

 

Summer is the perfect time to get your hydration habits up to par. From the heat and humidity to the outdoor sweat sessions, you need enough water and other non-caffeinated, non-sugary beverages to replenish what you lose over the course of the day. So many health benefits stem from getting enough H2O, least of all being clear, plump skin & weight management!

S&R’s Strawberry Mint Spritzer is the perfect bev for summer with its refreshing mint, tangy strawberries and crisp carbonation. It’s pleasing to the eye and the waist line, and it’s perfect for a brunch, bridal shower or cocktail party (good for the non-drinkers or as a mixer 😉 )

If you want to kick it up another notch, serve it in wine glasses for a little pep and pizzazz. Even in the office! It makes for a great conversation starter and puts a little more style in your day.

S&R Strawberry Mint Spritzer

Serves 1-2

Ingredients

  • 12 oz. lemon-flavored seltzer (La Croix, Perrier, etc; if you prefer, use a flavor you enjoy!)
  • Two strawberries sliced
  • Two sprigs of sweet mint
    You can find this packaged or as a living herb in the produce section or at a local nursery where you can grow it yourself

Directions

  1. Slice the strawberries into the glass.
  2. Place the leaves of the sprig into the glass; for aesthetic, pull the lower leaves on the stem and place the sprig into the glass as a garnish.
  3. Pour the seltzer to the desired level.
  4. Add ice, if desired.

We love to hear how you put your own spin on our recipes! Leave a comment below or tag us in a social post from your next party when you serve up this favorite!

Wishing you a week of greens and grace, lovelies!

 

 

 

A Classic Twist on Homemade Applesauce

If all the fall apple picking leaves you with more apples than you know what to do with,
put them to use with this easy, yet decadent homemade chunky applesauce. Low in sugar, but big on flavor with a hint of sweetness, you can eat it by itself, use it to top your oatmeal  (or pancakes!) or enjoy with a dollop of your favorite whipped topping. (One friend suggested using it as apple pie filling because it was so tasty!) The secret ingredients are a Granny Smith apple and … Chinese Five Spice, a blend of cinnamon, anise, fennel, cloves, and <gasp> pepper!

However you choose to indulge, you can do it without the guilt with this one!

Homemade Applesauce

Ingredients:

  • A variety of 5-6 apples, including one Granny Smith (for tang)
  • 1/2 cup of water
  • 1 1/2 Tbl. Chinese five spice
  • 3 Tbl. date sugar
  • 1/4 tsp sea salt

Directions:

  1. Peel the apples.
  2. Core, then coarsely chop.
  3. Place all the ingredients into a pot on the stove on medium heat, cover and cook until soft (about 25 minutes).
  4. Stir occasionally to ensure the applesauce doesn’t get too hot or stick to the bottom; if it sticks, add a little more water and stir.
  5. If you want a smoother consistency, put into a food processor or blender after it cools  and blend until you reach your desired consistency. Make sure the applesauce has cooled though!
  6. Enjoy!
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So easy! Put all your ingredients in the pot.
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Voila!