Treat Yourself Trim and Sassy Recipes of the Week!

When you work hard, you need a treat.

Part of building a happy, healthy lifestyle is rewarding yourself for the good work you’ve done. Depriving ourselves of those things that bring a smile is never a part of happy-fying. The truth is, our bodies produce happy hormones when we enjoy the company of others, when we feed ourselves nourishing, tasty foods, and generally when we look and feel good.

Cutting back on those things that we overdo is important, but finding moderation in the things that we enjoy is vital to our overall well-being, knowing that we must take care of us…who else will?

So in honor of getting into the warmer months, salad dressings, and cookies (eh hem, power bars) can be wonderful ways to bring sweet delights to our palates without feeling like we’re punishing our bodies in order to feel good in a bikini (come on, that’s SO 10 years ago). Get your raw veggie on in style, and enjoy your power bar cookie half an hour before your pilates routine!

Here are a couple of great gluten-free summer recipes to try, that have a cooling effect on the body, and a sweet effect on the mind :)

Peanut Butter Cookies

1 cup natural creamy peanut butter

1/2 cup coconut sugar

1 tsp vanilla

1 egg

1/4 teaspoon sea salt

1/2 cup dark chocolate chips (optional)

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Mix the ingredients together and roll into 1-inch balls. Place the balls on a cookie sheet and make a criss-cross with a fork to flatten them into 2-inch cookies. Sprinkle with a little natural cane sugar for a pretty crystal garnish. Bake for 8–10 minutes, or until golden and slightly crisp on the tops. YUM!

Seasonal Fruit Dressing

1/2 cup of fruit of your choice

1/2 cup good olive oil

2 tablespoons white balsamic vinegar

3 tablespoons maple syrup

Juice and zest of 1/2 lime

1 tablespoon chopped fresh basil

1 tablespoon chopped fresh cilantro

1 tablespoon chopped fresh mint

Salt & Pepper to taste

Mix all ingredients together and happy-fy in a good processor for at least one minute to emulsify, or up to 3 minutes. The mixture should combine into a sauce-like texture. Keep it in the fridge all week!