Healthy Summer Cookouts

Summer Cookouts are happening left and right which can usually mean a lot of tempting appetizers and snack foods at your fingertips. Here are two great dips to make for your cookout or bring to one you are attending. Pair them with some homemade pita or tortilla chips or fresh cut vegetables for a healthy and delicious appetizer.

Classic Guacamole



2-3 medium avocados
¼ cup of cilantro
¼ cup of white or red onion
salt, pepper & garlic powder
fresh lime juice

Cut each avocado in half and remove the core and outer skin
Mash avocado into bigger chunks using a fork
Add in the chopped cilantro and onion and continue to mash to the consistency of choice
Drizzle lime juice into mixture to prevent from browning
Sprinkle salt, pepper, and garlic powder to taste and mix well

Optional: chop cherry tomatoes or red peppers into small pieces and mix into guacamole for an added flavor and crunch

White Bean Dip
(adapted by Giada De Laurentiis’s recipe)


1 can of organic white beans and/or cannellini beans
4 cloves of garlic
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
A small bunch of basil (about 6-8 medium basil leaves)
3 tablespoons olive oil

In a food processor combine beans, garlic, lemon juice, basil, salt and pepper.
Pulse a few times until the mixture looks somewhat chopped.
Add in the 3 tablespoons of olive oil while the machine is still running.
Let process until the mixture is creamy.

Homemade Pita or Tortilla Chips


Food for Life Tortilla Wraps or Pita Pockets
Olive Oil
Salt & Pepper

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.
Cut the tortilla wraps and/or pita pockets into small pieces
Place tinfoil on a baking sheet and spray with olive oil and/or coconut oil
Spread the pieces evenly all over the baking sheet and drizzle with olive oil
Sprinkle salt and pepper lightly – you can also add other spices to flavor how you like them
Bake in the oven for 20 minutes; flipping the chips about half way through.

Back on Track Green Smoothie

Did you have too much chocolate and wine over the weekend or is this cold winter weather leading you to overindulge?

Here is my favorite Green Smoothie recipe that makes me feel detoxed, replenished, and kick starts me to get back on track during the week..

What I love most about this smoothie is that it does not deprive you of any nutrients or calories. It is a complete meal that just makes you feel great.



Ingredients (2 servings):
4 handfuls of kale/spinach
2 cups of almond or coconut milk
2 bananas
1 mango
avocado (optional)*
1 tsp of ginger
1 tsp of cinnamon
1/2 tsp – 1 tsp maca powder (optional)*
Protein (choose 1-2):

1-2 scoops of all natural plant protein powder (recommend vanilla/vanilla chai flavor)
2-3 tbs of hemp seeds, flax seeds or chia seeds (or a combination of two)
2 tbs of almond butter
1/2 cup of cooked quinoa

*two optional ingredients that have GREAT health benefits:
Avocado: is a great addition to your morning smoothie because of its nutrients and healthy fat content. Dr Lipman suggests having 1/2 avocado daily with breakfast for sustained energy and fullness. It adds an amazing creamy texture to your smoothie as well!
Maca powder: is a newly discovered Superfood that is known to boost energy, libido, improve skin & hair and even balance hormones. It adds a great strong flavor that compliments the ginger and cinnamon as well.


Fill up your blender with all of the ingredients and blend until smooth and creamy.
Portion into two glasses and enjoy! Can easily store the second serving for the next morning 🙂

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