Fresh Squeezed Lemonade….

Fresh squeezed lemonade
Fresh squeezed lemonade

There is nothing like fresh squeezed lemonade on a hot summer day.  This weekend my son and I made fresh squeezed lemonade and set up a lemonade stand.  It was so much fun.  Making homemade lemonade is very easy.  There’s a ton of sugar, but there are ways to cut the sugar and still enjoy that fresh tart sweet taste…. 
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All in the sauce….

I’ve come up with a new recipe which is a combination of two dishes I’ve made in the past.  A vegan alfredo recipe and a roasted red pepper pesto.  I wanted the richness and creaminess of the alfredo and the smokey intense flavor of the pesto.  What’s interesting is how thick and rich something can taste without adding cream, cheese, butter and/or eggs.  So much flavor without the saturated fat and stomach ache, for that matter.  I don’t have a name for my creation, so I’m just refering to it as “the sauce”….
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Muffins passed the taste test!

After a lot of configuration, I think I nailed this batch of muffins!  Every time I make them, I seem to take a slightly different approach.  So the goal is to make them as healthy as possible, but of course, still taste great!  My tasters (husband, Mother in law) gave them a big thumbs up!  Very happy about that.  My Thursday morning running partner (Rachael) will try them tomorrow! Fingers crossed she loves them. 

As mentioned yesterday, the muffins are Vegan & Gluten free.  I also use no white sugar.  This batch was sweetened with bananas, granny smith apple, carrots, molasses and raisins.  I used brown rice flour and I make a flax seed egg.  Anyhow, I will post the actual recipe and variations further down the line.  I find these to be great after an intense work out, like a long run or bike ride.  I put fresh ground nut butter on top for extra protein to help my muscles recover.  

What’s your health inspired sweet treat recipe?