My First Blogiversary!

IMG_4328It’s hard for me to believe that one year ago today I made my first blog post on The Lemon Wedge. Over the past 12 months I have written 40 blog posts, received 221 “likes” on my posts, and gained 88 followers. To some that might not seem like much but I never thought anyone more than my family would be reading my posts. In high school I swore I would never write anything that wasn’t for school assignment. It is amazing how writing about something I love has turned my most hated school subject into a hobby. Over the next year I hope to write more, cook more, and learn more about food and nutrition that I can share with you.

Enough with my rambling and onto the celebration. Yes, my blogs 1st birthday calls for a celebration! In true Lemon Wedge fashion, I decided to conjure up a lemony and healthy dessert for the occasion. The result: Lemon Frozen Yogurt. It came out a little more frozen and icy rather than smooth and yogurty, but it still tasted great and made for a good celebration treat! I scooped it into a hollowed out lemon for this photo op, but if I make it again, I would definitely make it into popsicles to enjoy on a hot and humid summer day. The recipe is below so you can freeze it in whichever form suits your fancy.

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Thanks for reading my blogs over the past year and I hope you look forward to another year full of posts. What topics would you like me to write about over the next year?

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National Nutrition Month + Healthy Ice Cream

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Happy National Nutrition Month! While I probably should have written this post for the beginning of the month, I figured it is still March so it is still acceptable. Each year, the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics runs a campaign for the month of March that focuses on the importance of “making informed food choices and developing sound eating and physical activity habits”. This years theme: Savor the Flavor of Eating Right. The message: healthy eating can and should taste good. I am definitely a fan of this year’s theme because there is no way to have sustainable healthy eating habits if you do not enjoy what you are eating. With this in mind, I though I would share this healthy and delicious ice cream recipe that won’t break the calorie bank. Plus, you can make it will all natural ingredients. Hope you enjoy!

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Study abroad update: Dublin was absolutely amazing and is definitely near the top of my list of favorite cities. This week I’m headed to Prague, Czech Republic and Nuremberg, Germany 🙂

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Cliffs of Moher, Ireland

Justin’s Hazelnut Butter

I want to introduce you to my new friend Justin. I have never met him before, but he makes some pretty amazing hazelnut butter similar to Nutella. Nutella is made out of hazelnuts, along with many other ingredients, including sugar- lots and lots of sugar. In fact, the first ingredient (the most prominent by volume) in Nutella is…Can you guess?…SUGAR!

So what makes Justin’s Hazelnut Butter so special? When compared to an equal amount of Nutella, it has about twice as much protein and fiber and less than half as much sugar. Not to mention, almost all of the ingredients are organic. Overall it is a much more nutritious option when is comes to sweet, chocolatey snacks.

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My favorite is to enjoy this one plain, directly out of the 1.15oz squeeze packs. If plain hazelnut spread is not your thing, try it on strawberries, apples, bananas, pretzels, or marshmallows. I like the squeeze packs because they are easy to grab on the go and I don’t have to think about how much I am eating, although it does also come in a 16oz jar.

Next time you have an after-dinner craving for something sweet, Justin’s Hazelnut Butter is the way to go.

Here is a link to some recipes Justin has come up with using his hazelnut butter. You can also try some of his other products (his almond butter is pretty tasty too!).