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26 January 2018

Healthy Apple "Doughnuts" for Valentine's Day Snacking




As I've mentioned, my house has been on somewhat of a health kick. Or at least our version of a health kick. We haven't been indulging in things like donuts, cupcakes, and cookies in an effort to embrace a healthier January. The plan is to carry it right on into February, too!

However, as we all know, the hard part of February is all of the fun things that happen during that month. We basically kick it off with "the big game" which is followed by Mardi Gras which is promptly followed by Valentine's Day. In an effort not to totally go off the bandwagon, I've been thinking creatively about chocolate-ridden holidays like Valentine's Day, and today, I've got a fun alternative perfect for little kids and kids at heart: healthy apple doughnuts. 





Apples are a staple around here. I keep them for on the go snacking, easy baking, and fun recipes like this one. I love this concept because it's perfect for even the smallest kiddos to get involved. I can see my friends with kids taking these for classroom snacks - you can even skip the added sugar by just cutting the apples into fun shapes.

I used Autumn Glory apples for this recipe because frankly, they're my favorite. These apples have the absolute best flavors with hints of cinnamon and caramel which perfectly compliment the chocolate and white chocolate. They're crisp, sweet, and never mealy. They're especially handy for healthy apple donuts because they're firm enough to hold the shape and the weight of the chocolate and candies. I just love them! 




Want to make healthy apple doughnnuts of your own just in time for Valentine's Day? Here's how you do it:

Healthy Apple "Doughnuts"

You will need:
- 1 Autumn Glory apple
- melting chocolate chips (I used semi-sweet and white) 

To prepare:

Begin by slicing your apple into 1/4 thick slices. I got about 6 slices out of my apple, but only used the largest 4. 

Next, take an appropriately sized cookie cutter and press it into one of your slices. Find the smallest heart-shaped cookie cutter in the set, and use it to cut the core. 

Pat dry. 

Melt your chocolate in the microwave being careful not to burn it. I like to melt mine in 30 second intervals, stirring vigorously each time. 

Drizzle your chocolate over your heart shapes and sprinkle with festive candles and sprinkles.

Place in the freezer for 5 minutes. 

Allow to sit at room temperature for a minute or two.

Enjoy! 

This post was sponsored by Autumn Glory Apples. All opinions are my own!

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17 January 2018

Quick, Easy, & Tasty Lip Scrub



It has been crazy cold in Atlanta for at least the past month, and I'm not even remotely ashamed to admit that a few weeks ago, it was so cold (in the teens all day, every day), that I didn't leave my house for almost a week. It's sounds ridiculous to say out loud, but it was freezing...literally. 

During the course of that time, I developed super dry lips. I was drinking water, wearing some sort of balm, and doing all of the "right" things, but my lips got to be so chapped, they physically hurt. I did a little research and discovered that if your lips are chapped, and you never rid them of the dry skin (ew), adding more and more balm isn't necessarily going to do anything. You have to remove the dry skin in order for them to heal. 

Makes sense to me! 



So, I whipped up a quick sugar scrub using ingredients I already had on hand. It kept for almost a week, and I used it every other day. I cannot tell you the immediate difference in my lips after just ONE use. If you're having issues with dry lips, too, make a batch of this quick, easy, and tasty lip scrub. 



Quick DIY Lip Scrub for Dry Lips

You will need:

- 2 tbs sugar
- 1 tbs honey
- 1 tbs coconut oil, warmed/melted

To prepare:

Warm or melt your coconut oil in a small bowl. Add honey and thoroughly mix. Add sugar and mix well to combine. Place in air-tight container

To use:

Gently massage dime-size amount onto lips, working slightly into skin until some of the sugar dissolves. Rinse with warm water. Immediately apply moisturizer, lip balm, or coconut oil to lips to lock in moisture. 

Note: If you have one handy, use a small paddle to get the scrub in and out of your container to avoid excess germs or contamination. 


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