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Raspberry Lemonade

3 cups fresh lemon juice

1 1/2 cups Clearly Organic Sugar

4 cups water or sparkling water

1 cup raspberries, fresh or frozen

Ice cubes, for serving

Squeeze lemons collecting juice in a bowl. In a glass pitcher mix together Clearly Organic Sugar and water (or sparkling water) stirring until sugar dissolves. Pour lemon juice into pitcher and stir. Top pitcher with raspberries and gently stir. Taste mixture, if needed, add more water or sugar depending on desired level of sweetness.

Raspberry Lemonade

Raspberry Lemonade

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Food Journaling

If you’ve ever embarked on a weight loss journey, and met with a nutrition or fitness professional, you’ve likely been asked to keep a food journal. It’s a dreaded activity in most peoples opinion. However, if you’ve accepted the challenge to food journal for a few days you’ve likely realized how eye opening and insightful it can be. Journals reveal the source of your calorie consumption. It can also help identify situations or circumstances that cause you to eat too much or to little.

 

In our modern era it’s easy to use online calorie trackers to help estimate your consumption, but a piece of paper and pen still work just as good for showing the reality of your meal plan. Sometimes people think they’re eating adequate amounts of vegetables and fruit, but once they journal a few days they realize they’re only eating one serving of vegetables a day and over 70% of their calories are coming from carbohydrates or processed foods. The simple act of writing down the foods you consume also makes people more aware of portion control. By measuring the cereal you put in the bowl one can become aware that they might be eating more than they think. If you’ve never been challenged to keep a food journal, consider this your opportunity to try it out. It’s time well spent to improve your health.

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Crispy Baked French Fries

Seasoning blend:

1 Tablespoon seasoning salt

1 teaspoon Clearly Organic Chili Powder

1 teaspoon Clearly Organic Parsley

1/8 teaspoon Clearly Organic Cumin

1/8 teaspoon Clearly Organic Black Pepper

For the Fries:

4 Russet potatoes

2 Tablespoons Clearly Organic Olive Oil

Combine seasoning ingredients in a small bowl. Wash and peel potatoes. Cut potatoes in thin slices, about 1/4 inch wide, and place in a large bowl. Cover the potato slices with cold water and let soak for 30 minutes. Drain and rinse fries then lay on towel or paper towel to dry. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Grease a pan with Clearly Organic cooking spray. Add potato slices back to the large bowl (be sure it’s dry inside) and add olive oil and half the seasoning mix. Toss to coat evenly. Line the baking pan with the fries in a single layer, try not to over lap or they won’t cook evenly. Bake for 30 minutes, flipping with spatula once during this time. Then increase oven temp to 425 degrees and continue cooking until fries look golden brown, usually another 10-15 minutes. Remove from oven and sprinkle fries with other half of the seasoning mix. Serve immediately.

Crispy Baked French Fries

Crispy Baked French Fries

Crispy Baked French Fries

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Lifestyle Change

Lifestyle changes can take many forms. They can be conscience decisions to change an aspect of your life, like your exercise or eating habits. They can also be sparked by a change in your circumstances that ultimately leads to a shake up in your daily routine. I’ve recently been going through a lifestyle change. My husband and I had a baby on May 21st of this year. Our little girl has enriched and blessed our life beyond measure. However, much like everyone warned me, kids change everything! I don’t wake up in the morning refreshed and ready to go workout. In fact, I’m lucky if I get to the gym. I also don’t have as much time to prepare meals and snacks. I use to love recipes full of unique ingredients and spices, now I much prefer something simple.

 

I say all this not to join the band wagon of “kids are the reason we eat poorly and don’t exercise”. I mention these struggles to point out that I am finding a new way to enjoy my traditional activities of daily living with my little girl. Dinner preparations may be scaled back and simplified for awhile, but cooking with local organic food is something I wish to instill in my child. Therefore, finding easy family friendly recipes is my new passion. You’ll likely see some of these options appear on the Clearly Organic blog. I look forward to sharing this journey and lifestyle change.

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Shrimp and Spinach Dip

1 8oz package Clearly Organic Cream Cheese, softened

4 oz bag cooked salad shrimp, thawed

2 cups fresh spinach leaves, chopped

1/2 cup shredded Parmesan or mozzarella cheese

3 Tablespoons mayonnaise

1 Tablespoon Clearly Organic Butter

1 clove garlic, minced

1 teaspoon lemon juice

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a skillet, heat butter on medium then add shrimp, garlic and spinach. Gently stir contents continually, heat until spinach is wilted, about 3-5 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in lemon juice. Transfer mixture into a mixing bowl. Add mayo, 1/4 cup cheese and cream cheese. Mix well then place mixture into an 8×8 dish and sprinkle remaining cheese on top. Bake uncovered for 15-20 minutes, until warm through and browned on top. Serve warm with Clearly Organic Rice Crackers.

Shrimp and Spinach Dip

Shrimp and Spinach Dip

Shrimp and Spinach Dip

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Easy Homemade Vanilla Ice Cream

July is National Ice Cream month, so here is an easy way to make your own ice cream treat at home. No churning needed for this delicious 3 ingredient recipe.

2 cups heavy cream

1 (14oz) can sweetened condensed milk

1 Tablespoon Clearly Organic Vanilla

Add sweetened condensed milk and vanilla to a large bowl and stir to combine. Pour the heavy cream into a separate mixing bowl or standing mixer. Using a hand mixer or standing mixer whip cream until it holds stiff peaks, about 3-4 minutes. Adding one scoop at a time gently fold whipped cream into the sweetened condensed milk mixture. It will look lumpy at first but as all the cream is folded in it will become smooth. Don’t over stir or stir vigorously it may cause the cream to deflate. Using a spatula transfer the cream base into a freezer safe container. Smooth the top and cover. Freeze for at least 6 hours.

Easy Homemade Vanilla Ice Cream

Easy Homemade Vanilla Ice Cream

Easy Homemade Vanilla Ice Cream

Easy Homemade Vanilla Ice Cream

Easy Homemade Vanilla Ice Cream

Easy Homemade Vanilla Ice Cream

Easy Homemade Vanilla Ice Cream

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Curried Chicken Salad

1 1/2 cups chopped cooked chicken breast

3/4 cup Clearly Organic Raisins

1/2 cup celery, finely chopped

1/2 cup cilantro, chopped

3 Tablespoons mayonnaise

1 teaspoon Clearly Organic Honey

1/2 teaspoon Clearly Organic Curry Powder

1/2 teaspoon fresh lemon juice

1/8 teaspoon Clearly Organic Salt

1/8 teaspoon Clearly Organic Ground Black Pepper

1 Tablespoon sliced almonds, toasted (optional)

In a small bowl whisk together mayonnaise, honey, curry, lemon juice, salt and pepper. In a medium size bowl combine mixture with the chopped chicken. Then add chopped celery, raisins and cilantro. Gently stir until contents are evenly distributed. Sprinkle with almonds just before serving.

Curried Chicken Salad

Curried Chicken Salad

Curried Chicken Salad

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Frozen Greek Yogurt Bark

This healthy snack alternative is simple and delicious. It can be made with a variety of toppings. Nuts and chocolate chips for something sweet and salty or strawberries and pistachios for a colorful refreshing treat.

1 cup plain Greek yogurt
2 Tablespoons Clearly Organic Honey
1 teaspoon Clearly Organic Vanilla
1/4 cup chopped nuts
2 Tablespoons mini chocolate chips

In a mixing bowl place Greek yogurt, honey and vanilla. Mix to combine. Add mixture to parchment paper or a greased 8×8 dish. Spread yogurt to make an even layer. Add toppings, nuts, chocolate chips or desired fruit toppings. Place in freezer for at least one hour. Break into chunks with sharp knife.

 

Frozen Greek Yogurt Bark

 

Frozen Greek Yogurt Bark

 

Frozen Greek Yogurt Bark

 

 

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Smoothie Time

Smoothies are great any time of year, but I find myself pulling out the blender far more often in the summer months. Between the availability of seasonal fruit and the cool refreshment of a hydrating drink summer is prime time for smoothie making. Classic smoothie ingredients include yogurt, fruit, juice and ice. However, there are lots of unique items that you can blend in to add flavor and a nutritional boost.

My favorite thing to add to any smoothie is greens. Spinach, kale and even turnip greens add fiber and a host of vitamins and minerals. They may turn the liquid a shade of green or brownish but when blended with fruit and a little orange juice the drink still tastes sweet and refreshing. Other unique smoothie ingredients include oats, wheat germ and almonds. They can add thickness and texture making nuts a nice substitute for yogurt if you’re wanting a dairy free smoothie. Depending on the season avocado, coconut, pumpkin, ginger and any spice for that matter can be mixed in to add thickness and flavor.

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4th of July Favorites

This patriotic holiday is a great time to enjoy all the fresh seasonal fare that midsummer produce has to offer. Blueberries, cherries, sweet corn and melons (just to name a few) are at the peak of flavor and freshness in the beginning of July. So now is the time to incorporate these seasonal foods, and the many other delicious options, into your July 4th celebration.

Here are some ways to add seasonal produce into traditional recipes. Instead of the typical coleslaw, potato salad, hamburgers and hot dogs try these unique spins on family favorites at your next backyard barbecue. All of these recipes can be found on the Clearly Organic website.

Strawberry Slaw

Melon and Mint Salad

Mango Avocado Salsa

Herbed Quinoa Burgers

Picnic Pasta Salad

 

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