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Strawberry Apple Fruit Leather

Strawberry Apple Fruit Leather

After making strawberry peach fruit leather a while back, my husband has been asking me to make more. I figured that since we needed good snacks for our road trip, homemade fruit leather was definitely in order!

If you have never made your own fruit leather, I can tell you that it’s really very simple. Just blend up your favorite fruits and then bake at a low temperature for a few hours until it dries out, cut into strips, and then eat it up! I like to roll mine up in parchment paper so they look like Fruit Roll-Ups just like the good old days! Fruit leathers might seem more kid-friendly, but they are really great for the whole family and are especially perfect for a road trip when it may be more difficult to get your fruit in. There are so many different kinds you can make, though I am partial to using strawberries, but that’s just because they are my favorite and I love the natural sweetness they add.

Strawberry Apple Fruit Leather

Staying Healthy on the Road

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Greetings from Florida! After 3 long days in the car, we are finally in Florida! If you have been reading this blog for a while, you may already know that my husband and I are no strangers to the road. Sometimes airline tickets are just too costly so we have done many cross-country road trips. From L.A. to Florida. Florida to Cleveland. Cleveland to Phoenix. We’ve done it all and we have done it many times!

Being on the road can make eating healthy a little difficult. Although it is always fun to scope out local places, we have gotten to the point where we just want to get from Point A to Point B as quickly as possible and don’t like making long stops unless it’s to sleep for the night. When you are in the middle of nowhere, your options for food are obviously quite limited. There’s always McDonald’s and other typical fast food restaurants and that can be it. Unless it’s In-N-Out, we do not stop for fast food while on the road. I hate the way it makes me feel and when you are going to be in the car for days, you can’t always eat fast food for every meal. I thought it might be fun to share some of our best tips for keeping things light and healthy on the road! It doesn’t have to be a lot of work. We just follow 4 simple rules!

So, here you go!

Peanut Butter Banana Trail Mix

Peanut Butter Banana Trail Mix

Welcome to Road Trip Week! Or actually, it might even be Road Trip Week(s). Hubs and I are off on another cross-country road trip to Florida to spend time with my family. We may end up driving to more places to see more family, so we decided to drive to avoid crazy airline ticket prices. And also, we are masochists and love to torture ourselves with endless driving.

Summer is a big time for vacations and road trips! Whether you’re just driving for a few hours, or a few days, I thought it would be fun to share some of my favorite recipes for road snacks along with some tips to keep things healthy while you’re on the road so I am going to do a little road trip series over the next couple of weeks!

Road trips are often synonymous with eating a lot of junk food. When you have done as many cross-country trips as my husband and I have done, junk food every time and all of the time just doesn’t fly. I spent yesterday in the kitchen prepping lots of homemade snacks for us to take in the car. It’s worth the extra time to prep some of our road food myself.

Fruit Dip

Fruit Dip

I’m eating so much fruit lately and can never seem to get enough, especially watermelon. I think it’s because I’m so dang thirsty. I have been spending a ridiculous amount of money on fruit over the past few weeks and have been loving just making a huge container of assorted fruits to snack on during the week.

Fruit dip is one of those things I rarely have, but sometimes I just get a hankering for it. And how perfect would fruit dip be for your summer parties? Totally perfect. Fruit dips can be made in a lot of ways. I’ve seen them with marshmallow fluff or pudding. I opted for light cream cheese and a container of vanilla yogurt. It helps keep the sugar and calories down, but you’ll still feel like you are treating yourself to something special. So you’ve got cream cheese and yogurt. I know, so difficult, but summer eats shouldn’t be difficult! I added in some lemon juice and lemon zest for extra flavor. I didn’t add any sweeteners to mine because I felt the yogurt made it sweet enough, but you can easily sweeten it if you prefer. You can also have fun experimenting with different flavors of yogurts. You know I love versatility!

Fruit Dip

This dip is so fluffy and is the perfect accompaniment to a big bowl of fresh fruit. How could you NOT dip fruit in this?! And I think at this point, I have tried pretty much every fruit you can imagine and they all pair perfectly so go crazy!

Pesto Tortellini Salad

Pesto Tortellini Salad

Next week is Memorial Day which means summer is here! It’s time for all of the BBQ’s. You guys already know that my least favorite thing about summer is really disgusting hot weather. My favorite thing about summer? BBQ’s. No doubt. I love sitting around with family and friends eating burgers and all kind of sides.

Today I have a ridiculously easy pasta salad recipe for you. It just requires cooking the pasta, chopping up a few veggies, and then just mixing everything together! Pasta salads don’t have to be super complicated. I prefer them nice and simple with a good amount of fresh veggies for added crunch and texture. I used tortellini instead of plain pasta. It makes the pasta salad a little more special I think. I then added in diced green bell pepper, peas, and cherry tomatoes for the veggies. To top it all off, I then mixed in some pesto. See? Not complicated here.

You can make the pesto from scratch if you prefer, but you can also buy the premade stuff from the refrigerated section of your grocery store and make your life easier. I love this pasta salad because it’s super easy to throw together and it’s perfect if you need a last minute dish to bring to a summer party! Since tortellini is a stuffed pasta, it’s more filling so it can feed more people. It’s also pretty versatile with the veggies because you can really add whatever the heck you want to add! Hello summer!

Fruit Infused Water

Fruit Infused Water

It’s officially triple digit temperatures here in Phoenix which means I hate life from now until about September! Hooray!

One thing you learn really quickly when living in the desert is that you have to stay really well-hydrated. As soon as the hotter temperatures hit, you start seeing people walking around with huge gallon-sized jugs of water. We know we can’t leave the house without a big bottle of water.

Sometimes I end up drinking so much water, that I actually start to get a little tired of it. We love sparkling flavored waters in this house so I started experimenting with my own fruit infused waters. I love these because they don’t contain any weird ingredients, food dyes, or any added sugar which makes it a much better alternative to sports drinks or sodas.

Fruit Infused Water