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    Banana Nut Bread Bars

    How many times have you walked into a coffee shop with the intention of only getting a cup of coffee, to walk out with a pastry from their mouth-watering selection? It’s hard not to when they all look so delicious and that scone would go so well with my latte… Next time you feel that way, make this banana bread instead. I swear, it’s better than any other banana bread I’ve had and doesn’t have any added sugars. That’s right, none. It’s also gluten and dairy free. You’re welcome. Ingredients Makes approx. 8 squares -2 ripe bananas, mashed -2 eggs -2 tbsp collagen (I use Anthony’s Goods) -1 tsp vanilla…

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    The Bare Necessities of a Foodie

    It’s been a little while since I’ve written a helpful blog post, sorry for the silence over the past month! I’m currently in the process of moving from Austin to Denver, so things have been pretty crazy for me lately! Recently, I’ve had several people come to me asking how I go about grocery shopping and planning my meals for the week, so that’s what I’m going to focus on in this post. It’s really simple to eat healthy and most of the items I buy are not expensive, so get your grocery list ready! First, I have my pantry staples. If I don’t have the following in my pantry…

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    Healthy Cookie Dough Bites

    I’ve been finding myself experimenting with recipes a lot more now that the gloomy days in January have me curled up inside. The pressure of the holidays is gone and I can create new recipes and not worry if they don’t turn out great. This is one that I’ll definitely be using more often when I’m craving chocolate cookie dough. There are only 6 ingredients and it takes less than 10 minutes to make. Enjoy! A post shared by Caroline Kennedy (@a_dash_of_sweet_caroline) on Jan 27, 2018 at 2:34pm PST Ingredients Makes approx. 10 bites -3/4 cup chickpeas, rinsed & drained -2 tbsp maple syrup -2 tbsp almond butter -1/4 cup…

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    Monster Granola Cookies

    When prepping for a weekend of adventuring, there’s one thing that is often overlooked- snacks. Most of the time, it’s easiest to grab a handful of granola bars at the grocery store and call it done, but if you could whip up some delicious snacks at home, without all the preservatives, wouldn’t you prefer that? I would. I’ve posted a few recipes for granola bites and energy balls, but for my upcoming ski trip I wanted something heartier to keep me full during a long morning of skiing. This is a healthier version of my mom’s Monster Cookie recipe, adapted from a¬†BeazysBites recipe I came across the other day. As…

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    Grain-Free Date & Nut Bites

    How often do you crave a cookie? I bet you’re craving one right now. I love cookies as much as anyone, but I don’t always have time (or patience!) to make a batch from scratch and wait while they bake. They also have a lot of added sugar and never taste quite as good with sugar & flour substitutes. So, I’ve come up with a super quick, healthy solution. No-bake, grain-free, guilt-free bites! That’s a mouthful. Literally. As always, feel free to adapt the recipe according to what you have on hand, the only staple in this one is the dates. A post shared by Caroline Kennedy (@a_dash_of_sweet_caroline) on Jan…

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    Butternut Squash & Cauliflower Curry Soup

    It doesn’t get much more satisfying than a hearty, warm bowl of soup on a cold, winter night. Especially, when someone in the household is sick- which is my situation currently. Fortunately, some of my favorite ingredients boost immunity, reduce inflammation, and taste great¬†which leads to a delicious, immune boosting bowl of comfort. The key spice in this recipe is… curry! This recipe can be adapted depending on the ingredients you have on hand, so feel free to switch it up! A post shared by Caroline Kennedy (@a_dash_of_sweet_caroline) on Jan 10, 2018 at 10:42am PST Butternut Squash & Cauliflower Curry Soup Makes approx. 4-6 servings For the base -1 butternut…

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    Easy Risotto with Scallops, Mushrooms, and Leeks

    A post shared by Caroline Kennedy (@a_dash_of_sweet_caroline) on Jan 7, 2018 at 1:59pm PST I don’t know why most people think that risotto is difficult to make. The truth is, it’s very simple and can be modified according to the ingredients you have on hand! The only ingredients you need are the arborio rice, olive oil, and vegetable broth; everything else can be added or subtracted as you please. Go ahead, give it a try! Easy Risotto Makes approx. 4-6 servings -2 tbsp olive oil -1/4 cup chopped onion or shallot -2 cloves garlic, minced -1 leek, white part only, sliced thin -1/2 cup sliced mushrooms -1 & 1/2 cups…

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    5 Healthy On-the-Go Snacks

    As we ramp up the new year and try to stick to our goals, there’s one thing that can really get in our way- the office snack shelf. It’s so much harder to stick to your healthy eating goals when there’s a wall full of chips, crackers, and bagels staring at you from across the room. You think “one bagel won’t kill me”or “I could use a bag of chips to go with my salad” then before you know it you’re eating bagels for breakfast everyday and your diet is over before you began to see any results. I’ve had this problem and have given in to the snack shelf…

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    8 Bulk Items I Always Have in my Kitchen

    It’s that time of year again. The Holidays are over, you’re trying to get back in your normal routine, get healthy, and start preparing for the summer but there’s one thing holding you back- your bank account. January is often the lowest-spending month of the year, with good reason! After splurging on gifts for friends and family, ordering an extra round at the bar, and paying for flights across the country (or the world) it’s understandable that we want to cut back this month. But how am I supposed to afford the boutique fitness classes? Those adaptogens that every food blogger seems to have an abundance of? The answer is…