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We’ve just returned from a refreshing family retreat in the mountains of Pennsylvania.  After splurging a little too much on vacation, and after a long day out yesterday (dr. appt., lunch, Trader Joe’s), I enjoyed making this refreshing – HEALTHY – afternoon snack.  Then I realized almost every ingredient was from Trader Joe’s.  (No, they haven’t asked me to advertise. 😉 )

Here’s the simple recipe.  Modify to your liking…
1. Layer the bottom of the bowl with walnuts (got those from Costco)
2. Cover the walnuts with organic Greek Yogurt
3. Top with a handful of Organic Raspberries and Sliced Almonds
4. Add a couple squares of Trader Joe’s soy-free, sugar-free dark chocolate candy bar.


Side-note: Something about this recipe makes me want to have a girls’ day watching Anne of Green Gables.




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Guilt-Free Mango “Ice Cream”

Mango Ice Cream

Mango Ice Cream


I just made this mango “ice cream” for breakfast.  It began as a quick smoothie with what we had on hand, but it turned into a light, creamy mango ice cream!  My two-year-old ate at least half of it!  And it only takes three ingredients! (Well, four if you count the water :))

Mango Ice Cream: the amount it actually made

Mango Ice Cream: the amount it actually made

1. Trader Joe’s Coconut Cream.  I used 1/2 a can, maybe a little more (my coconut cream had been in the fridge, leftover from a previous recipe; I think that added to the ice cream texture).  Coconut cream is also great for making dairy-free whipped topping. 🙂

Trader Joe's Coconut Cream

Trader Joe’s Coconut Cream

2. Half a slice of frozen pineapple (more if you want it sweeter).

3. About 2 Cups of Frozen Mango Cubes.  The Costco near us just started carrying this big bag of organic mango cubes!
IMG_6504Ingredients in Vitamix: note: the vitamin looked fuller the first time. When I took this pic my coconut cream wasn't refrigerated, plus I had no pineapple.

Add these all to the Vitamix (or a high-quality blender) in the order listed, then add 1/4 cup of water (just enough to help it blend). I also have raw honey that I got from Trader Joe’s; may add that next time if anyone wanted it sweeter.  I enjoyed the light taste of this though!  Great as a quick, healthy breakfast!

Quick Overview for those who NEED an EXACT Recipe 😉

  • 3/4 cup coconut cream (Best if refrigerated first)
  • 2 cups frozen mango cubes
  • Half Slice of Frozen Pineapple
  • 1/4 cup water
  • Add in the order listed, then blend until creamy and enjoy 🙂
Toddler Loved It :)  Excuse the "bed-head."

Toddler Loved It 🙂
Excuse the “bed-head.”