Yogurt Dipped Ombre Strawberries

Yogurt Dipped Pink Ombre Strawberries for Valentine's Day! | Eat Yourself Skinny

Valentine’s Day is THIS weekend ladies so I thought it’d be fun to celebrate with a delicious dessert that is festive yet a much healthier option!  No these aren’t chocolate covered strawberries, but hey Greek yogurt can be just as great for dipping fruit, especially when colored in different shades of pink!  I’ve always been a fan of the ombre look so I was excited to dive into these little treats.

These yogurt dipped strawberries are perfect for a romantic night in with your man or even a pretty party with your girlfriends, but either way you serve them I promise you they taste crazy delicious……especially paired with your favorite champagne *wink*

These are actually much easier to make too than I had originally anticipated because dipping fruit in yogurt is WAY quicker than dipping in chocolate.  I don’t know about you and your dessert  making skills, but chocolate tends to clump really easily for me making it hard to coat the strawberries evenly which usually ends up looking more like a hot mess than a pretty dessert.  That and I’m horrible at decorating ANYTHING so yeah.  But yogurt on the other hand goes on really smooth which is perfect for this overall look.

And they are much better on your waistline so win-win!

Yogurt Dipped Pink Ombre Strawberries for Valentine's Day! | Eat Yourself Skinny

So once you’ve dipped your strawberries, lay them out on a baking sheet and place them in the freezer for about an hour so they can set.  After that you’ll dip them again for a second coating which is super important – do not skip this step!  Yogurt tends to crack after being frozen so this ensures the strawberries are covered completely making them look super smooth and delicious.  Stick them back into the freezer for another hour or two until ready to serve then dive in!  The second coating is great too because it makes the strawberries much more creamier when biting into them.  I would also suggest using vanilla Greek yogurt for some added flavor too!

For those of you wondering, I used Wilton icing color in “Rose” to create this ombre look and you can see above how many drops I used for each shade.  Next time I’ll probably use a few extra drops in each bowl just to make the colors a little more bold, but you get the idea!

Yogurt Dipped Pink Ombre Strawberries for Valentine's Day! | Eat Yourself Skinny

With Valentine’s Day falling on a Sunday this year, the hubby and I are actually going to enjoy a nice long brunch rather than a fancy night out which I’m actually looking forward to!  I mean nothing says ‘I LOVE YOU’ like champagne and a veggie omelette….am I right??

Have great Valentine’s Day Weekend babes! xo

Yogurt Dipped Ombre Strawberries

Serving: 5 Servings

Ingredients

  • 1 lb. strawberries (I used long stemmed)
  • 22 oz. vanilla Greek yogurt
  • Pink food coloring

Instructions

  1. Divide yogurt into 4 small bowls; one bowl with no coloring, one bowl with 2 drops of coloring, another bowl with 4 drops and the last bowl with 6 drops. Mix colors well and set aside.
  2. Dip the strawberries into bowls of colored yogurt and place them on a baking sheet to set, freezing for one hour.
  3. Remove strawberries from the freezer and re-dip each into the colored yogurt. Place them back into the freezer for another hour or two until ready to serve. Enjoy!

Nutritional Information

Serving Size: 4 dipped strawberries • Calories: 71 • Fat: 0.1 g • Saturated Fat: 0 g • Carbs: 12.1 g • Fiber: 1 g • Protein: 6.6 g • Sugar: 9.2 g • WW Points+: 2 • Smart Points: 3

http://www.eat-yourself-skinny.com/2016/02/yogurt-dipped-ombre-strawberries.html

Yogurt Dipped Pink Ombre Strawberries for Valentine's Day! | Eat Yourself Skinny

Turkey Pinwheels with Cranberry Spread

Healthy turkey pinwheels layered on a sweet yet spicy cranberry spread with fresh spinach wrapped all together on a whole wheat tortilla!  This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Hillshire Farm®.  All opinions are entirely my own.

Healthy Turkey Pinwheels with Cranberry Spread | Eat Yourself Skinny

Is it just me or is it HARD getting back into a healthy routine after the holidays?!  All those cookies, pies and, don’t even get me started on all that delicious candy from my stocking (yes my parents still give me one!)  Well all that indulging is definitely fun, but it can be a challenge transitioning back into healthy eating habits and normal meal prep routines come February.  I find it especially hard when wanting to entertain for a large crowd, yet still trying to keep the food healthy and wholesome.  These turkey pinwheels are perfect for a large gathering of people (or even your kiddos!) as they are hearty, packed with flavor and make for a much more health conscious choice than say cheesy dips or fried wings!

I was actually inspired to make these pinwheels from these incredible croissant sandwiches that were served to us in our bridal suite while we were getting ready for my wedding.  The sandwiches had this delicious creamy (and pink!) cranberry mayo layered with smoked turkey slices and crunchy veggies all on fluffy croissants.  I have been DYING to re-make these delicious sandwiches forever now and after seeing the large selection of meats that Hillshire Farm® Naturals offers, I knew they’d be perfect for these wraps!

Healthy Turkey Pinwheels with Cranberry Spread | Eat Yourself Skinny

I chose to make pinwheels because they make perfect little finger foods, are smaller portion sizes for healthier eating and well they just look really cute on the plate!  To make these lighter in calories in comparison to the fluffy croissant sandwiches previously mentioned above, I used whole grain tortillas with reduced-fat cream cheese instead of mayo.  Now here’s the fun part!  I made the most delicious sweet and spicy cranberry spread from my favorite cranberry salsa that I love to make during the holidays.  Simply combine the cream cheese with a cup of cranberry salsa, mix everything together and you’ve got yourself a delicious creamy spread that pairs perfectly with Hillshire Farm® Naturals smoked turkey breast!  Top with spinach, wrap tightly together and refrigerator until ready to slice then serve.

So easy, right?!

I chose to use Hillshire Farm® Naturals Hardwood Smoked Turkey Breast because they contain no artificial ingredients, preservatives, colors or added nitrites/nitrates (except those occurring in naturally in celery juice!) not to mention they’re super delicious!  They have all sorts of flavors to choose from too like Black Forest Ham, Honey Roasted Ham or Slow Roasted Turkey and you can find them all at your local grocery store.  I picked mine up at Food Lion!

Healthy Turkey Pinwheels with Cranberry Spread | Eat Yourself Skinny

Not only do these pinwheels make perfect party appetizers, but they’re great for kids lunches too!  They are just the right size to fit into small baggies for lunch boxes and are way more fun than the usual sandwich they are used to getting.  If you are making these for kids, I would suggest omitting the jalapenos from the cranberry salsa as they are only added for a touch of spice, but not needed for the overall dish.  This cranberry salsa recipe DOES make about 3 whole cups of salsa so feel free to halve the recipe or enjoy all the extra deliciousness!

I will definitely use this cranberry spread on other sandwiches from here on out!  It adds such a sweet flavor which tastes perfect paired with the saltiness of the turkey slices and crisp spinach!

Can we say morning bagel anyone??

Healthy Turkey Pinwheels with Cranberry Spread | Eat Yourself Skinny

I hope you all really enjoy these easy-to-make turkey pinwheels!  Having healthy alternatives for lunches, parties or even fun options for kids really does make life so much easier, especially after the craziness of the holidays.

Make these for your next gathering and I’m sure your friends will be pleasantly surprised!

Turkey Pinwheels with Cranberry Spread

Yield: 11 Servings

Ingredients

  • For the Cranberry Spread:
  • 1 (8 oz) block reduced-fat cream cheese, softened
  • 1 cup cranberry salsa
  • For the Pinwheels:
  • 2 large whole grain tortillas
  • 12 slices Hillshire Farm® Naturals Hardwood Smoked Turkey Breast
  • 24 fresh spinach leaves, divided

Instructions

  1. To make the cranberry spread, mix the softened cream cheese with one cup of cranberry salsa and mix well until all combined. Cover and refrigerate until ready to use.
  2. To make the pinwheels, divide cream cheese mixture among 2 large tortillas and spread evenly all the way to the edge. Top with 10 to 12 fresh spinach leaves on each, pressing down slightly so that the leaves stick to the tortillas.
  3. Layer with about 6 turkey slices on each then begin tightly rolling the tortillas and wrapping with plastic wrap to keep them together.
  4. Refrigerate for about 1 to 2 hours so that the tortillas hold their shape, then gently cut the rolled tortillas into 1/2-inch slices. You should yield about 20 to 22 pinwheels total.
  5. Serve and enjoy!

Nutritional Information

Serving Size: 2 pinwheels • Calories: 178 • Fat: 8.6 g • Saturated Fat: 4.7 g • Carbs: 13.6 g • Fiber: 1.7 g • Protein: 8.3 g • Sugar: 6.8 g • WW Points+: 4 • Smart Points: 7

http://www.eat-yourself-skinny.com/2016/02/turkey-pinwheels-with-cranberry-spread.html

Healthy Turkey Pinwheels with Cranberry Spread | Eat Yourself Skinny

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Hillshire Farm®. All opinions are entirely my own.

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Hillshire Farm®. The opinions and text are all mine.

Zucchini Noodles with Creamy Avocado Pesto

Zucchini Noodles with Creamy Avocado Pesto | Eat Yourself Skinny

Happy #MeatlessMonday!

No I’m not a vegetarian, but sometimes I just love having a day where the only thing I fill my body with are fresh fruits and veggies, especially after a big Super Bowl weekend!  Yup.  My diet yesterday pretty much consisted of beer, chicken wings, cheesy dips and pizza…..uh I think my body is screaming for a serious detox, but you know what, I enjoyed every second of it!  Especially the commercials.  And Beyonce.  I mean the Super Bowl only comes once a year so I totally welcome the little, err BIG splurge that comes with it!

This recipe is perfect because it’s super filling, crazy healthy and the best part is you feel like you’re eating a big bowl of pasta!  It’s also incredibly quick and easy to make too (literally under 20 minutes), especially the creamy avocado pesto that’s gets drizzled over the top.  No need to heat up either!

Zucchini Noodles with Creamy Avocado Pesto | Eat Yourself Skinny

See how easy that is??

Just throw everything into your food processor and blend away!  I think I could literally eat that whole thing too in one sitting, just hand me a spoon.  To make the zucchini noodles, all you need is a spiralizer (or you could julienne them, but seriously who has time for that??)  I highly recommend investing in a spiralizer because you’ll really get so much use out of it, not just zucchini, and you can get one at around $30 or less!

I also love zucchini noodles because they don’t take that long to cook either.  Now zucchinis are made up of 95% water – crazy right?! – so it’s important to try and get out any excess water so you don’t have soggy noodles.  The easiest way for me to do this is by putting them in a colander in the sink, sprinkling them with a little salt and letting the water drain out.  Then I just pat them dry with a paper towel and they’re crisp and ready to go!

Zucchini Noodles with Creamy Avocado Pesto | Eat Yourself Skinny

Now this dish honestly tastes just as good cold too, especially if you like crisp raw veggies, but since I prefer my zoodles having that “pasta-like” feel, I simply sauteed mine for a few minutes on the stove and then just tossed them with the pesto sauce.  Super simple!

Just a quick note: avocado tends to brown easily so if you do want to enjoy any leftovers, make sure to wrap tightly with plastic wrap (making sure the plastic wrap is pressed up against the pesto sauce) to prevent from browning.  This tastes best served immediately though – enjoy!

Zucchini Noodles with Creamy Avocado Pesto

Recipe adapted from Eating Well

Ingredients

  • 2 large zucchini, spiralized
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • For the Sauce:
  • 2 ripe avocados
  • 1 cup fresh basil leaves
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 1/4 cup pine nuts
  • 2 Tbsp lemon juice
  • 1/2 tsp. sea salt
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • Cracked black pepper, to taste

Instructions

  1. Spiralize your zucchini and set aside on paper towels so that any excess water is soaked up.
  2. In a food processor, add avocados, basil leaves, garlic, pine nuts, lemon juice and sea salt and pulse until finely chopped. Then with the motor still running, add olive oil in a slow stream until emulsified and creamy.
  3. Drizzle olive oil in a large skillet over medium high heat then add zucchini noodles, cooking for about 1 to 2 minutes until tender.
  4. Add zucchini noodles to a large bowl and toss with avocado pesto. Season with cracked pepper and a little Parmesan, serve and enjoy!

Nutritional Information

Serving Size: 1 1/2 cups • Calories: 172 • Fat: 16.1 g • Saturated Fat: 2.1 g • Carbs: 7.5 g • Fiber: 3.6 g • Protein: 2.9 g • Sugar: 3.2 g • WW Points+: 5 • Smart Points: 6

http://www.eat-yourself-skinny.com/2016/02/zucchini-noodles-with-creamy-avocado-pesto.html

Zucchini Noodles with Creamy Avocado Pesto | Eat Yourself Skinny