Celebrate National Nutrition Month

Celebrate National Nutrition Month

This blog post is sponsored by BabbleBoxx. All opinions are mine.

When it comes to my daily eating habits, I require two things…it has to be EASY and it has to be BALANCED! I always search for a healthier option that I can create quickly. Today I’m sharing some of my newest finds and I can personally attest to the fact that these are all DELISH!  

Coconut Secret 

Who else loves soy sauce? Me too! But that high sodium always leaves me feeling bloated! Coconut Secret offers 72% less sodium than traditional soy sauce, providing the perfect 1:1 soy sauce replacement! It tastes amazing with a savory, slightly sweet umami flavor. Bonus points for being soy-free, gluten-free and MSG-free! 

Coconut Secret offers a delicious Asian-inspired taste to your veggies, stir-fries, marinades and more! Learn more about the product by visiting their product page here.  

Mighty Sesame 

Mighty Sesame Tahini is a creamy, ready to use tahini with just ONE ingredient! Tahini is made with roasted hulled organic sesame seeds. It’s 100% natural, smooth and drizzle-worthy for all your recipes. I love creating a creamy hummus or using on a salad or sandwich as a dressing. You can even add it to your smoothies for extra protein! 

Mighty Sesame is packed with nutrition! It’s rich in Calcium, Iron, Vitamin B6, Folic Acid, Omega 3, Omega 6 and so much more! 

I am all about convenience and their unique squeeze bottle is the bomb! No more spooning from a jar, just shake, squeeze and enjoy! 

Check out their full line of Tahini products here. 

Minute Rice 

I would venture we all have heard of Minute Rice! They have been around since the 40’s providing wholesome, quick and easy rice products. But, these new rice cups have taken things next level! 

Ready in just 60 seconds, with no water needed, it doesn’t get any easier! They make an excellent choice for easy, on-the-go breakfasts, lunches, snacks or dinner. Just add some protein and your done in seconds! 

Minute Basmati microwaveable rice cups are nutty, aromatic and great to eat alone or as a base for a tasty meal. 

Minute Brown Rice and Quinoa microwaveable rice cups combine the crunchiness of red quinoa with the chewy texture of brown rice. Each serving contains 55g or whole grains so you meet your recommended goal in just one meal! 

Learn more about Minute Rice cups here. 

Nutiva Hazelnut Spread 

What I LOVE about Nutiva Hazelnut Spread is they offer a creamy organic product with 40% less sugar than the leading brand! Yes, you read that right!! Better yet, they are vegan, non-GMO and offer the great taste that everyone in the family will enjoy! 

I love to use on my toast, pancakes, waffles, fruit or sometimes straight from the jar! 

You will definitely want to give this one a try! You can learn more about Nutiva here.  

RECIPE 33 Infused Almonds       

If you’ve ever tried flavored almonds you know the messy seasoning gets all over your hands! RECIPE 33 set out to find a better way and infused almonds were born!  

RECIPE 33 takes real ingredients and infuses flavor into each almond without adding any artificial additives or flavors. With flavors like Black Truffle, Lemon Rosemary, Smoky Serrano, Garlic Dill and my favorite, Cinnamon Vanilla, you are sure to find one you love!  

These mess free flavored almonds are great for on the go snacks or even added to a salad or a charcuterie board.  

Save $2.00 on any 4oz bag by using code: TryRECIPE33 here.

Lightened Lemon Blueberry Cheesecake Bars

Lightened Lemon Blueberry Cheesecake Bars

Lightened Lemon Blueberry Cheesecake Bars

I think it’s clear by now that when it comes to my recipes you can count on three things: easy to make, tastes great, and a lightened version. I am not disappointing with these Lightened Lemon Blueberry Cheesecake Bars! I’ve swapped the butter/cream for my favorite, protein-rich Stonyfield Organic Greek Yogurt and WOWZA it’s amazing!  

My quick tip on lightening recipes: always keep a quart of Stonyfield Organic yogurt in the fridge!  You’ll have the perfect ingredient to whip up last minute dressings, marinades, dips…or cheesecake bars! I sometimes just mix in some fresh fruit and cinnamon and the perfect snack is served! Plus, you can rest easier knowing that it’s made from the highest quality ingredients and contains no harmful persistent pesticides.  

Check out the ingredients and instructions below and ENJOY!  



5 full sheets (10 half sheets) graham crackers  

4 tablespoons melted coconut oil  


3/4 cup Stonyfield Organic Plain Greek Yogurt (I used 0% fat)  

1 8-oz packaged reduced-fat cream cheese (softened)  

2 tbsp honey  

2 tbsp lemon juice  

Zest of one lemon  

1 tsp vanilla extract  

2 tbsp almond flour  

2 egg whites  

1 cup fresh blueberries  


Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Line an 8×8 inch baking pan with aluminum foil and set aside.   

To make crust:  

  1. Using a food processor, chop the graham crackers into fine crumbs. Add in the melted coconut oil and pulse until well combined.   
  2. Scoop the graham cracker mixture into the baking pan and press down. Bake for 8 minutes. Remove from the oven and set aside to cool.   

To make the filling:  

  1. Beat yogurt and cream cheese until smooth (I used a handheld mixer). Beat in the honey and mix until combined. Add in lemon juice, lemon zest, vanilla, almond flour and egg whites one at a time and mix until fully combined.   
  2. Gently fold in blueberries into cheesecake mixture.   
  3. Pour the filling over the crust and return to the oven for 25 minutes at 350 degrees.  
  4. Remove the cheesecake from the oven and allow to cool at room temperature for 30 minutes. Transfer to the refrigerator for at least 3 hours then cut and devour!  

Lasagna Stuffed Portabella Mushrooms

Lasagna Stuffed Portabella Mushrooms

Advice from a mushroom: Be down to earth, keep a low-profile, know when to show up, start from the ground up and most importantly be a fun-guy (or gal)! Seriously though, did you know that mushrooms are jam-packed with so many nutritional benefits? Aside from the fact that they’re low in calories, gluten-free, cholesterol-free, fat-free and extremely low in sodium; they also contain a variety of nutrients like Vitamin D, B Vitamins and Selenium.  

In honor of the @MushroomCouncil initiative to spread awareness about the many positive nutritional benefits of mushrooms, I wanted to share with you one my favorite mushroom recipes: Lasagna Stuffed Portabella Mushrooms. Just like other fruits and vegetables, mushrooms can play a positive role in supporting your healthy immune system. Of course, in my normal fashion, this recipe is both delish and easy to make:  


4 large Portabella Mushrooms  

1-2 tablespoons olive oil  

1 cup marinara sauce  

1 ½ cups light ricotta  

1 egg  

1 ½ cup chopped spinach  

½ cup fresh basil chopped  

1 cup shredded mozzarella  


  1. Heat oven to 400 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.  
  2. Remove the stem and scoop out the gills of the mushrooms. Wash gently and pat dry with a paper towel.  
  3. Brush tops and insides of mushrooms with olive oil.  
  4. Spoon ¼ cup of marinara sauce into each mushroom.  
  5. In medium size bowl, mix together the ricotta, egg, spinach and basil. Divide evenly into the four mushrooms.  
  6. Sprinkle each mushroom with ¼ cup of shredded mozzarella.  
  7. Bake for 20 minutes or until mushrooms are baked through.  
  8. Enjoy immediately or store in fridge or freezer to enjoy later. For freezer storage, allow each mushroom to cool completely, wrap in foil then place in larger storage container.