Healthy Girl’s Flourless Peanut Butter Cookies For Everyone!

Are you craving flourless peanut butter cookies? Do you LOVE Peanut butter cookies, but avoid flour at all costs? (You don’t have to explain to me why – I live in LA – it’s normal.)

WELL YOU’RE IN LUCK!

These delicious flourless peanut butter cookies were made with only 3 ingredients, give or take, (depends how much “love” you add). Try them out for yourself the next time you’re craving a healthy breakfast treat, late night snack, or peanut butter fix for any time of day – you’ll love it! There’s just the right amount of peanut buttery goodness to satisfy your heart’s desires.

Flourless Peanut Butter Cookies -  Great recipe to make for Breakfast | Find it here: https://itsalisa.com/2015/08/09/flourless-peanut-butter-cookies-recipe/

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Satisfy Your Cravings with this All-Natural Skinny Chocolate Smoothie Recipe (150 Calories)

Healthy Chocolate Smoothie Recipe, 150 calories! | itsaLisa.com

Want a satisfying treat that can fill you up without maxing out your daily caloric intake? This guilt-free smoothie is guaranteed to hit the spot. Just blend the following ingredients, pour into a glass, and enjoy the creamy chocolatey goodness…

Skinny Chocolate Banana Smoothie Recipe:

  • 1 tbsp cocoa powder
  • 1 small banana
  • 1 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 1 cup ice

The sweetness of the banana offsets the bitterness of the cocoa powder, and the creaminess of the almond milk all whipped up makes the drink as enjoyable as any ordinary dairy-infused drink. For 1/3 the calories of a typical smoothie, and no added preservatives, this chocolate smoothie makes a perfect trade in for a snack that is worth having any hour of the day.

Check out more Healthy Smoothie Recipes here in my Smoothie Column

I input the ingredients to Livestrong’s calorie tracker so you can see how they add up: Calorie Counter: chocolate banana smoothie for only 150 calories on from My Plate / Livestrong | itsaLisa.com

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Feel the love on Valentine’s Days with these 3 easy ideas!

With the nation’s most romantic holiday just around the corner, everyone is asking the same questions:  “How will YOU celebrate?” Though I’ve been single for more years than I can count on hands and feet, I’m a hopeless romantic at heart. That being said, I’ve whipped up a few hearty concoctions for you to try at home this year: A smoothie recipe with extra charm, a Mac and Cheese recipe made with love, and a super easy chandelier DIY to romance the atmosphere…

Smoothie Love ~ itsaLisa.com

Smoothie Love

For this Valentine’s Day favorite you can romance the heart with any kind of smoothie you desire. Above is a kale & coconut milk concoction which you can find in my Healthy Smoothies column, however, the real secret here is using strawberries to make little hearts in and around the cup. To cut the strawberry in the shape of a heart begin by laying one strawberry down on its widest side and use a knife to cut the stem out in a deep V. Now slice the strawberry along the same axes into 4 slivers, each will now be in the shape of a heart! Place one of these hearts along the rim, and put the rest inside of the smoothie. To put them along the edge of your glass  place the strawberry along the inside wall at the top of the drink, then use a knife to press the strawberry slice against the wall of the glass as you push it down into the drink. Repeat with the other strawberry hearts. Share your drink with a partner or make enough for the entire soiree. This smoothie recipe also makes a great breakfast to surprise your love bright and early.

Mac with Love, mac and cheese made with love, itsaLisa.com

Mac with Love

Everyone loves Mac and Cheese, so you’re already on your way to winning over hearts the moment you decide to make this dish. The additional romantic twist is in the heart shaped sausages. I used bratwurst for flavor, but hot dogs are the popular solution to this five-star delicacy. Begin by cooking your mac as you normally would, <<here’s a link to my personal favorite recipe for a healthy mac>> to add the hearts use a knife to cut out a 1/5 size chunk of meat down the length of the sausage, then slice them into quarter-inch divisions and toss the hearts into the recipe. Serve as you normally would and enjoy the surprised look on your guests’ faces as they realize the mac really was “made with love.”

Love Chandeleir DIY ~ itsaLisa.com

Love is in the Air

Here we have a ceiling adorned with hearts to set the romantic atmosphere. Before going into details, I want to share with you two of my favorite tricks for decorating for parties, that I’m sure you will find useful:

1. YOUR LOCAL DOLLAR STORE. They will have cute and inexpensive themed decorations, just shop early enough in the season before they sell out. When everything costs a dollar, a little goes along way. Remember that the decor from a dollar store isn’t necessarily meant to last, but it makes a beautiful statement when decorating a home! Your purchases were worth the short-lived investment if they made people happy and if they helped make the occasion more memorable.

2. NEEDLE AND THREAD. For this decorating trick, you do not need to know how to sew, the only technique you must know is getting the thread through the eye of the needle. Trust me – it’s not that hard! The thread will be used for dangling decor from your ceiling. Thread is perfect for this because it is so thin that you can’t see it unless you’re looking for it, and it’s really quite durable and easy to manipulate into knots. While many people opt for fishing line because it’s clear, the tangled mess fishing line will make is not worth the effort; thread will be easier to work with and just as unnoticeable. Please use thread, it’s cheaper too.

Now that you know two of my party secrets I hope you can venture to your local dollar store and find what you need! To create the heart chandelier as pictures above I found a heart garland at the dollar tree, and bought red and black construction paper along with it. I draped the garland around my ikea lights with tape and flair. Then I filled the ceiling with hanging hearts on a string. To recreate this look you can cut colorful paper into varying sized hearts and string them together with needle and thread, tying a small knot at the base of each heart before stringing the next one on. I formed about 7 different threads of dangling hearts and hung them up on the ceiling with tape around the chandelier to create a ceiling full of love.

The reason I aim for the ceiling when it comes to party decor, is so people will not be bumping into it and messing it up, decor is best when it stays out of the way! With a fanciful ceiling, you are not creating any extra clutter at the scene of the party you are merely creating an ambience, as if to say “love is in the air!”

Pink Sprinkle California Donuts With Donut Heart For Valentine's Day | The Best Donuts in LA

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Conclusion: Feel the Love

With these three healthy, tasty, and crafty Valentine’s Day ideas I hope you now feel a little more prepared to celebrate one of my favorite occasions! Whether your holiday looks like a romantic night for you and your boo, or a rom-com fest with your girls, or perhaps a love appreciation day with the family… the truth is, everybody has someone to love, so be sure to tell them how much they mean to you.

Thanks for reading! I’d appreciate if you could spread the love here on my blog by SHARING your favorite idea in the comments below, which DIY will you be trying? Also, don’t forget to let Pinterest and Twitter know how you feel! 😉 Happy Valentine’s Day!

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Drinking Pink Rabbits

This is one of many posts where I guarantee reference to Pink Rabbits.  For any The National fans out there, don’t be too hopeful, this is just a smoothie recipe, but add some liquor and we can toast to the real Pink Rabbits later.

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For every one else, just know Pink Rabbits is a song from the much anticipated and very excellent 6th album by The National.  My favorite band, give them a listen, they will be your favorite band too one day.

What you need

  • Pineapple, 3 rings
  • 1 Banana
  • Strawberries, a handful (approx 1 cup)
  • 6 oz Coconut Milk
  • Ice

Pile them into the blender,  pulse, blend.

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Observe the lovely pink color and sweet aroma.  Now top with pineapple stalks, two each for rabbit ears.  Sit in a fainting chair, enjoy. (or add tequila – get buzzed, Matt Berninger style) 

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For more of my healthy and nutritious smoothies, try the recipes listed below

And for more about The National… keep coming back! 😉

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Pineapple Kale Smoothie

We all love smoothies.  Especially in the summer when the fruit is fresh and the air is hot!

Pineapple Kale Smoothie | itsaLisa.com

I made this one today after I got back from the gym and it was the perfect refreshment, a strong flavor and the texture of a frappucino… all for 100 calories a serving.

This recipe makes 2 glasses (2 servings)

What you need

  • 1 full cup of kale leaves (about 4 stalks)
  • 1 cup pineapple chunks (or 1/2 of a fresh pineapple)
  • 2 cups coconut milk
  • 1/2 cup crushed ice

Combine ingredients and blend!  The more you blend, the more frothy it will become.

pineapple kale smoothie with coconut milk | itsaLisa.com

pineapple kale smoothie | itsaLisa.com

I added the pineapple stalk into the cup which can be used as a spoon. Or a serving suggestion for children to make a healthy smoothie more exciting.   …Enjoy!

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