Friday, February 13, 2015

Creamy-Dreamy Super Healthy Chocolate Mousse

Creamy-Dreamy Super Healthy Chocolate Mousse

This truly is delicious!  The first time I made this up and tried it, I couldn’t believe how yummy it was.  I felt like I was being bad and having a treat.


¾ cup Unsweetened greek yogurt

1 tbsp cocoa powder

1 tsp liquid stevia

½ tsp coconut extract (or almond extract or vanilla extract)

½ tsp cinnamon (optional)

If you like your sweets really sweet add ½ - 1 tbsp honey*

*Garnish (a few sprinkles of unsweetened coconut flakes, sliced almonds, strawberries or raspberries.)

Directions:  Combine the greek yogurt and the cocoa powder in a small bowl.  Then, add in the stevia and extract of choice and stir the blend.  Top with desired garnish.  Makes 1 serving.

Nutrition Facts:  Cals. 112   Fat 0.5g   Carbs. 9.75g   Fiber 1g   Protein 1g

*Nutrition facts do not include any garnish or honey.

A fun tip about cocoa: Cocoa has Flavanols which are a specific type of compound found in the Flavonoid classification.  Flavonoids are a plant based compound, found mostly from vegetables and fruits.  It has been proven by scientific studies that the bodies circulatory system is boosted after ingesting the flavanols from cocoa, which is great for cardiovascular health.  So, go ahead and have some of my Creamy-Dreamy Super Healthy Chocolate Mousse with some hot cocoa while you snuggle under the fleece blanket (The Easiest Fleece Blanket Ever! - from my DIY crafts page) with the cocoa mask on (Super Moisturizing & Anti-Aging Cocoa Face Mask - on my beauty regimes page).

The Easiest Fleece Blanket Ever!

The Easiest Fleece Blanket Ever!

This blanket makes a great gift! For a cut wrapping idea, cut a thin strip off of the blanket before cutting the strips and use it to wrap around the rolled up blanket and tie a bow, super cute!

You will need:

3 yards fleece fabric & a pair of scissors.

To make:

(Check out the pics below) At one corner, start at about 3 inches inwards.  Cut a 3 inch line.   Then, next to the 1st line cut about ¼ - ½ inch over cut another 3 inch strip.  Continue doing this until you reach the end of that side of  fabric, leaving about 3 inch access.  Count the strips making sure you have an even number, this is VERY important!  Then, cut a 3 inch square out of the corner and then continue cutting the fabric strips around the entire fabric blanket.  It is not necessary to be super accurate with the cutting, if one strip is wider or longer it won’t be very noticeable.  Next, starting at a corner take two strips and tie them together, making a semi-loose knot.  Then, immediately tie a second knot on the same two strips, this time making it a tight knot.  Continue tying knots moving around the entire blanket.

That’s it, no sewing!

Roasted Veggie Frittata

Roasted Veggie Frittata


2 red bell peppers, sliced and seeded

1 orange bell pepper, sliced and seeded

2 zucchini, sliced

½ small onion sliced

6 egg whites

4 eggs

⅓ cup parmesan cheese, finely grated

1 tbsp olive oil

2-3 tbsp garlic cloves, minced

2 tbsp parsley

1 tsp salt

¼ - ½ tsp cayenne pepper

Olive oil cooking spray

Directions:  Preheat oven to 425 degrees.  Spray a baking sheet with olive oil cooking spray.  Then, place the peppers, zucchinis and onions on a baking sheet, drizzle olive oil and sprinkle the garlic on top.  Place in the middle oven rack and roast for 15 - 20 minutes.  Spray a 9 inch casserole dish with olive oil cooking spray and place the vegetables in the casserole dish.  In a medium sized bowl whisk the eggs and egg whites.  Then, and the parsley, cayenne pepper, salt and cheese and stir to combine.  Pour the mixture over the vegetables in the casserole dish.  Bake, uncovered, for about 50-60 minutes at 350 degrees.  Makes 6 servings / slices.

Nutrition Facts: Cals. 139   Fat 7g   Carbs. 8g   Fiber 3g   Protein 12g

Saturday, February 7, 2015

Super Moisturizing & Anti-Aging Cocoa Face Mask

Super Moisturizing & Anti-Aging Cocoa Face Mask


1 tbsp Cocoa Powder

1 ½ -2 tbsp Greek Yogurt

Directions:  Combine both ingredients together in a bowl starting with only 1 ½ tbsp yogurt.  If to thick to stir and blend together add in another ½ tbsp yogurt.  Apply to face gently with clean fingers and let sit / soak in for about 15 minutes.  Then gently rinse off with warm or cool water, not hot water.  Wash face after rinsing the mask off, while softly smoothing the mask off don't pull hard. You don't want to create wrinkles, the very thing that this mask helps to reduce and prevent!  Keep extras in a container or covered in the frig for about a week. (There was enough for two masks covering my face, neck and chest area.)

Millions of women in history have used cocoa as part of their beauty regimen since it is very moisturizing.  The Aztecs used it way back in the day; and it is still used in many cultures today.  Cocoa has anti-aging properties from its Flavanols, which defend against inflammation causing free radicals.  The less inflammation going on in and on the body the better, because inflammation causes a plethora of negative side effects including premature aging.

Valentines Doily L-O-V-E Sign

Valentines Doily L-O-V-E Sign

This craft is super quick, super easy and super cheap!  The 3 things I love in a craft, pun intended.

You will need:

Doilies* (I used small and medium sizes,); Glitter glue*; Glue stick; String or yarn (I used some yarn that I had); Scissors; Stickers* (optional)

*I got all these items from the Dollar Tree, but I’ve also seen them at other craft stores for cheap.

Directions: Use the glue stick on the front of the larger doily where you will place the smaller doily on top, then place the smaller doily on the larger doily making sure it is center.  Use the glitter glue to draw one of each letter, spelling “love” or any other Valentines themed word.  Next, place stickers on the doilies in various places, if using stickers.  Then, cut the ribbon or yarn the length needed with a little extra, for wherever you are planning on hanging it.  Weave the string or yarn in the top holes of the doilies.  I use little Command stickers to attach the yarn to the top of my bookcase, tying a double knot and cutting off the extra. And, done!

Spicy Shrimp with Oven Roasted Tomatoes and Cheesy Quinoa

Spicy Shrimp with Oven Roasted Tomatoes and Cheesy Quinoa

This has a surprising spicy bite to it, and is super tasty!  Adding spice to your menu is great because it increases your metabolism temporarily.  This meal is super healthy with lots of nutrients and protein!


8 oz shrimp, deveined

1 tbsp minced garlic

¼ tsp cayenne pepper

6 roma tomatoes, halved

1 tbsp olive oil

½ tsp salt

½ tsp black pepper

¾ cup quinoa

1 ½ cup vegetable stock

⅛ tsp cayenne pepper

½ cup parmesan romano cheese

2 cups arugula w/   1 tbsp olive oil, ½ tbsp balsamic vinegar and 1 tsp black pepper (for dressing)

Directions:  preheat oven to 400 degrees.  Line a baking sheet with foil and spray with olive oil.  Cut both end of the tomatoes (so they can lay facing up) and then cut them in half, so that way the middle is facing up once laid on the baking sheet.  Sprinkle with 1 tbsp olive oil, salt ½ tsp salt and black pepper.  Roast them in the oven for about 20 minutes or until they are shriveled and very soft.  In a medium sauce pan combine the vegetable stock with the quinoa and bring to a boil over medium-high heat.  Then reduce the heat to medium low and stir the quinoa every minute or so, cooking them about 10 minutes.  Then remove from heat and  strain any extra stock, add in the cheese and ⅛ tsp cayenne pepper and stir / fluff with a wooden spoon or fork.  Heat 1 tbsp olive oil in a pan, then combine the shrimp, garlic and ¼ tsp cayenne pepper and cook over medium heat until the shrimp are fully cook.  Combine the 2 cups arugula, with the 1 tbsp olive oil, ½ tsp balsamic vinegar and 1 tsp black pepper and toss to coat.  Divide all the ingredients by fourths (makes 4 servings).

Nutrition Facts: Cals. 274   Fat 14g   Protein 21g   Carbs. 19g   Fiber 5g