Honey-Sweetened Strawberry Fruit Leather

As summer winds down, I am clinging to every last bit of the season that I can. I refuse to acknowledge it’s almost over. Keeping with the theme of healthy summer road trip snacks this Honey-Sweetened Strawberry Fruit Leather is the perfect way to take the sweet tastes of summer with you, wherever you go.

This fruit leather recipe calls for strawberries but you can use this as a guide to create fruit leather with whatever fruit you have an abundance of. Peaches, apricots, apples and so on. You can even create a blend of your favorite fruits.

Honey-Sweetened Strawberry Fruit Leather

Fruit leather gets a wrap for being a kids-only snack, but I can tell you, adults truly love the stuff, too. This could partially be the fact that it will instantly transport you to being a kid. It’s also great for travel and being on-the-go, just roll it up with a little parchment paper and pack it into your bag and you are ready to go. Sweet, summer berry goodness, wherever you are. Try out different berries or other seasonal fruit for additional variations. For a smoother leather, you can strain the seeds or any pulp before dehydrating, if you’d like. You can cook the fruit first if you’d like to intensify the flavor a bit.

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Grain-free Peach and Fig Crumble

by Beth @ Tasty Yummies

Grain-free Peach and Fig Crumble

As someone who has maintained a 100% gluten-free lifestyle for over 10 years and is constantly making major and minor shifts to my diet and lifestyle, in efforts to heal my body, I find great inspiration in the work that my peers do. As I have navigated my way through various elimination diets and protocols, oftentimes it’s other bloggers who have come to the rescue for me in these most challenging times. Sharing their research and their own personal experiences and of course, delicious recipes. Lauren of Empowered Sustenance is the perfect example of this. As a Nutritional Therapy Practitioner, Lauren’s approach to holistic wellness has not only allowed her to heal her ulcerative colitis, but to also share her knowledge and experiences in this journey on her website for the rest of us, no matter what our diagnosis.

Grain-free Peach and Fig Crumble

When Lauren asked if I would guest post on her site and share a grain-free, nut-free, dairy-free recipe with her audience – I jumped at the chance. Though I am fortunate to not have to avoid these items 100% of the time, I prefer to avoid all three in large amounts, my gut is happier that way and a happy gut = a happy Beth. Additionally, I also really empathize with those that do need to avoid these 100% of the time. Restrictions to your diet, no matter what they are, can be a challenge, I know this all to well. So, if this recipe can brighten just one day, if it can take the burden off just one person – than my work here is done.

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When Figs Fly // Spiced Rum Fig Kombucha Cocktail

At our core, we are all balance. It’s how we are meant to exist, it is necessary to our survival. It is how we choose to live our lives, in the most simplest of forms, that take this delicate rhythm away from it’s natural state. As I was creating this recipe, it struck me, like a huge truck in fact, I am truly the epitome of a libra and a middle child, through and through. I like when things are even and balanced, I like to see all sides, I like the middle and I love the way life feels when equanimity is at the forefront. The scales may flutter about, but ultimately I don’t feel right when my life is not in balance. I firmly believe that when life is imbalanced, this is when we suffer mentally, physically, emotionally and spiritually. When I am not in balance, I am not connected to the world. When I am not connected to the world, I get lost in myself and it never ends well.

When Figs Fly // Spiced Rum Fig Kombucha Cocktail

When Figs Fly // Spiced Rum Fig Kombucha Cocktail

This Spiced Rum Fig Kombucha Cocktail is just another example of how I truly embody the idea of balance, even in the most casual of moments in life. It’s something I crave even in the play time, I seek it and I am drawn to it, oftentimes in a completely subconscious manner. I’m sure, if you’ve been visiting this website for sometime, you see these very trends in my food. Many paleo recipes, yet lots of vegan, after many grain-free recipes will might find some grains, with a dozen vegan recipes, you’ll log on to find meatballs. There are sweets, but after too many, you won’t find them for a while. Many times I add a food to a recipe, just for a balance in color. I like to include ingredients that offer a compliment to balance another strong element. This is just how I live my life. Sometimes this need for balance will even show up in a dessert like a cake with some greens snuck into it or cookies with zucchini. It’s balance. My body craves it. The extremes, they just don’t work for me.

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Curry Popcorn Snack Mix

by Beth @ Tasty Yummies

Curry Popcorn Snack Mix

As far as my husband is concerned, no summer road trip is complete without some popcorn. Though if he had it his way, he’d be eating popcorn daily. This man and his stomach of steel LOVE popcorn and he constantly begs me to make it for him. Left to his own devices in a previous life, I have a feeling he would select some of that electric orange colored “cheese”-flavored stuff at the gas station, so this is a perfect compromise.

Curry Popcorn Snack Mix

Though popcorn and I (aka my digestion), we don’t always see eye-to-eye, I am very aware that not everything has to revolve around me and my eating, so when it comes to creating road trip snacks I try to be a team player and bring a little for everyone. This popcorn creation is the perfect example of just that. A snack created with my tastes in mind, so I can sample a small amount and be happy, but still something that will make hubby (and any others along for the travels) happy. While he snacks away in the drivers seat on this popcorn mix, I’ll be crunching away on my Salt and Vinegar Kale Chips and we are both content.

I actually packed this snack mix for a recent drive to Santa Barbara when my parents were in town. As we headed of to wine country, the inside of car sounded as if we had a crew of squirrels chomping away, everyone was so furiously munching on this stuff! I’d say that’s a win.

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