Two healthy recipes that will help create your healthier tomorrow

People throughout Michigan are making changes towards better health, I seem to be witnessing it wherever I go. They are taking the initiative to get outdoors to play with their kids, taking walks with their friends, riding bikes with their spouse, the list is endless. It’s great to see that the MI Healthier Tomorrow  movement has caught on and countless people are doing their part to make our state healthier.

As Michiganders are focusing on more daily activity, they are also increasing their awareness of healthier food choices. It’s exciting, to say the least!

In fact, I’m pretty certain that you may have noticed the increase in healthy recipe sharing through social media sources in recent months. I feel that it’s a great way to allow others to learn of new ways to prepare healthy food items that don’t particularly taste very exciting alone but when added to a few other items, they not only excite the taste buds but establish a love for ‘good-for-you’ foods that can last a lifetime.

Here are two of my recent healthy recipes favorites that are not only delicious, but will also give you a boost of energy so you will be more apt to achieve your daily physical activity goals.

Guilt Free “Cookie Dough” Greek Yogurt


1 tbsp all natural peanut butter
1-2 tsp stevia (or any sweetener)
1 tbs mini dark chocolate chips
¼ teaspoon vanilla extract
1 single serving, 6 oz. container of plain Greek yogurt


Mix it all together and enjoy. To make more like ice cream freeze for at least 30min.

The next recipe comes from the “Today” show co-anchor Al Roker, who knows a thing or two about healthy eating.  Al lost 115 lbs. a few years ago and has developed a healthy lifestyle, which includes exercise and good food choices.  I happened to try Al’s smoothie recipe and found that I absolutely love it!  Try it yourself and you may agree with me on this one:

Al Roker’s Smoothie Recipe


Protein powder
8-oz. vanilla almond milk
4 – 6 oz. frozen berries mix (strawberries and blueberries)
1 tablespoon minced ginger
1 teaspoon Agave Nectar


Blend together and enjoy!

Photo credit: Jodi Davis

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  1. Have learned in recent weeks from several sources that agave is NOT healthy as was once purported to be. We all know that high frutose corn syrup isn’t healthy and while it has about 55% frutose, agave is about 85% frutose. Christina (Christina Cooks on PBS) was the first who gave this warning on agave.

    1. Cheryl,

      Thank you for sharing the information regarding agave – the warning is surely something to be aware of.

      I appreciate you taking the time to inform me, as well as the individuals who may be interested in preparing Al Roker’s Smoothie Recipe, about the fructose numbers… this will surely help many people understand what they are “really” consuming.

      Please visit again soon!


    2. Hi Cheryl,

      Thank you for your comment and reading. Great question about agave. Here are some of the facts:
      -Agave is a natural sweetener, but it still has calories and no real significant “health” benefits.
      -Agave has about 60 calories per tablespoon, compared to 40 calories for the same amount of table sugar. But because agave is about 1 1/2 times sweeter than sugar, you can use less of it – which means you can achieve the same sweetness for about the same number of calories.
      -Agave nectar or syrup is as high as 90% concentrated fructose (a simple sugar that occurs naturally in fruit), and the rest glucose. But the agave you can buy ranges from 90% to as little as 55% fructose (which is similar to high-fructose corn syrup), depending on the processing.
      -Long story short, all simple sugars should be limited because Americans eat too much of them. This includes table sugar, agave, honey, maple syrup, molasses, etc.

      Thanks for the question. It is a good one. I hope this information is useful.

      Best regards,
      Grace 🙂

  2. Hello Mary!

    The Greek “cookie dough” flavored yogurt does not require baking, I’m sorry for any confusion. It’s delicious when served cold – please let me know if you prepare this recipe and how you like it!

    Thank you for visiting ~Jodi

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