The Dogs days of Summer

daisy enjoying dogsters

Can’t believe how fast this summer is passing! What happened to June and July?! It has definitely been a hot summer but before school and traffic starts and we get back to our routines, we had to enjoy a last minute family gathering. All we needed was good food and good company. Our good company included our three dogs along with lots of hungry friends. And wanted to end the summer on a good note so our Good Food included healthy ice cream treats this time.

I definitely have to tell you all about Dogster because I never knew that there was ice cream for dogs. I’m not talking about having your dog lick your ice cream bowl when you’re done but real ice cream dedicated for dogs.  Dogsters are small cups of ice cream that come in Mint and Peanut Butter and Cheese flavors. We were so excited to have our dogs try these treats out and we weren’t disappointed – they loved it! We had a box of the Mint ice cream and all 3 dogs took their cups and started licking away. We removed the paper lid and put the ice cream cups inside their food bowl so it wouldn’t be too messy but there was not even a drop left by the time they finished. The oldest dog took her cup to a corner and licked her cup non-stop in record time until there was no more. She cleaned it up so well that I almost thought she was going to eat the cup too. I’m sure if they were to write a review they would give Dogsters Ice Cream 10 stars! The box states it’s all natural and there are no added sugar, no milk, and no artificial flavors/colors so that was a major plus!

We didn’t forget the humans at the party either as we had our own version of healthy treats. I was skeptical at first as I am a die-hard chocolate lover but there was no chocolate in sight here and I was in for a sweet surprise. We served Whole Fruit Fruit Bars in Coconut and Raspberry, Whole fruit Sorbet in Mango and Raspberry and Whole Fruit Frozen Juice.  The Mango flavored sorbet was the most popular flavor. After all, you can’t go wrong with Mango. My favorite was the Coconut Fruit Bars ( I love anything coconut). Both the Mango and Raspberry sorbet can go well by itself or as an addition to another treat such as Key Lime Pie. These bars were only 70 calories each and the frozen fruits juices were 60 calories each which made this the perfect treat after a big barbecue.

Overall, it was a successful gathering of family, friends and dogs. We had great food and our sweets didn’t break any diets either but more importantly I feel this is what summer is all about. Hope you all got a chance to celebrate the season with the ones you care – humans and non-humans.

Disclosure: I was provided with Dogster and Whole Fruit coupons, free of charge for review purposes. I was not compensated for this review and all opinions expressed are my own.

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Healthy made delicious

desiree-rodriguez

It’s a new year and I am sure that some of you probably had “eating healthy” on your list as one of your new year’s resolution. I know I did and broke it the next day but don’t worry as I want to introduce you to one of my good friends, Desiree Rodriguez. Not only does she inspire people to eat healthier but she has a list of amazing plant-based recipes that anyone can make. Desiree loves incorporating her Puertorican roots into her dishes and you will be amazed how easy and delicious they are to make. Her collection of original and Latin inspired plant-based recipes along with her blog will definitely motivate you to live a healthier lifestyle. We sat down to have a quick chat with her and her future plans. Don’t forget to visit her website at www.ricanvegan.com to learn more about her and her amazing recipes.

Can you please explain what consists of a plant-based diet?

A plant-based diet consists of eating only real whole foods that are nutrient dense such as fruits, vegetables, legumes, whole grains, seeds, and nuts. This way of eating does not include eating any meat, fish or animal byproducts such as cheese, eggs, or cows milk. Also, processed foods containing chemical preservatives, excess sugar, salt and oil are avoided.

Who is your favorite role model?

My favorite role model is Oprah Winfrey because she is very inspirational and she inspired me to find what I love to do and make it my job. My blog is the combination of my love for creating recipes and helping people and without Oprah helping me realize it I would have never started it.

Any tips and advice you can share to help us start making healthier choices in our busy schedules?

Planning and making your meals in advance can help ensure that you will always have a healthy meal available to eat when you have a busy week ahead of you. Preparing double batches of your meals also saves you time because you would only need to cook once and can eat twice. I would also recommend carrying healthy snacks with you where ever you go so if you get hungry you can eat one of your snacks and avoid buying something unhealthy.

Any future collaborations in the works?

I am actually getting ready to film a recipe demonstration video with another blogger who makes vegan dishes. We are collaborating on a dessert recipe that consists of making ice cream from frozen bananas instead of milk. That video will be posted on my blog and YouTube channel. I am working on a cookbook that will be available on my blog later on in the year. I have The Spark Program which is my 6 week plant-based coaching program where I work one on one with people helping them properly transition to eating a plant-based diet.

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