Dole Spinach Hummus & Pita Christmas Trees + Giveaway

Dole-Christmas-Tree-Spinach-Hummus-Pita-10Dole-Christmas-Tree-Spinach-Hummus-Pita-1 Dole-Christmas-Tree-Spinach-Hummus-Pita-4Dole-Christmas-Tree-Spinach-Hummus-Pita-2 Dole-Christmas-Tree-Spinach-Hummus-Pita-3Dole-Christmas-Tree-Spinach-Hummus-Pita-5 Dole-Christmas-Tree-Spinach-Hummus-Pita-6 Dole-Christmas-Tree-Spinach-Hummus-Pita-8 Dole-Christmas-Tree-Spinach-Hummus-Pita-9Seasons green-ings little bunnies! Christmas is approaching and it’s time to think outside of the box, I mean bowl (salad bowl, that is!) for creative healthy holiday appetizers! I created these adorable Christmas tree appetizers out of pita bread, pretzel sticks, homemade spinach hummus (made with Dole Baby Spinach), and red bell peppers as decorations. There is no cooking required, which makes it a win in my book, plus they’re great for kids and adults. These adorable little appies will be the talk of any holiday party! Lettuce celebrate! ha ha ha!

Dole Spinach Hummus & Pita Christmas Trees
Makes about 1 1/4 cup of hummus
Each pita round makes 8 “trees”

Dole Spinach Hummus
2 cups Dole Baby Spinach, packed
1 cup chickpeas
1/2 Tbsp olive oil
1 Tbsp lemon juice
1 Tbsp tahini
1/4 tsp red pepper flakes
1/2 – 1 whole clove garlic
pinch of sea salt

Combine all ingredients in a food processor and blend until evenly mixed. Scrape down the sides of food processor with a spatula occasionally if needed.

Christmas Trees
whole grain pita bread
pretzel sticks
1 red bell pepper

Cut each round of pita bread into 8 triangles. Gently poke a pretzel stick into the bottom end of each pita using a twisting motion. Spread a thin layer of spinach hummus on each piece of pita. Thinly slice and chop the bell pepper into small pieces and decorate the pita trees (like tinsel or garland).

For more healthy holiday recipes, try Dole’s Laurel RougeWinter Citrus SaladButternut Hummus Tartine with Parmesan, and Green Pancakes with Pear-Lime Relish!

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This post has been sponsored by Dole. I received compensation for this post. All opinions are my own.

Siggi’s Yogurt Breakfast Bark


I am so excited to partner with siggi’s Icelandic-style strained yogurt for this colorful, creative healthy breakfast recipe! I remember the first time I saw siggi’s on the shelf at Whole Foods. In a refrigerated aisle filled with cups of yogurt, siggi’s adorable minimalist recyclable packaging definitely stood out to me, so of course I bought it – totally based on looks (although the nutrition stats were pretty awesome as well)! Go ahead and judge siggi’s by their super awesome packaging, because their product is just as amazing on the inside as it is on the outside! Just like their motto states “simple ingredients, not a lot of sugar.”

“In fact, every container of siggi’s yogurt contains more protein than sugar. siggi’s products do not contain any artificial preservatives, thickeners, sweeteners, flavors or colors and is made with milk from cows not treated with rGBH.” -siggi’s

What is “Skyr” or Icelandic Yogurt?
Skyr, pronounced “skeer,” is the traditional yogurt of Iceland. It is made by incubating skim milk with live active cultures. The whey, the water naturally found in milk, is then strained away to make for a much thicker, creamier, concentrated yogurt. So to make just one cup of skyr, with all that water going out, you need 4 times the amount of milk required to make a regular cup of yogurt. As a result of this process skyr comes out with 2-3 times the protein count of standard yogurt.

Want to try Siggi’s?
Find siggi’s in a store near you with their store locator!

Want to save on siggi’s?
Save $1 on your purchase of 2 siggi’s yogurt cups with a coupon (located at the top right of their website)

Siggis-Icelandic-Yogurt-Breakfast-Bark-1 Siggis-Icelandic-Yogurt-Breakfast-Bark-2 Siggis-Icelandic-Yogurt-Breakfast-Bark-3 Siggis-Icelandic-Yogurt-Breakfast-Bark-4 Siggis-Icelandic-Yogurt-Breakfast-Bark-6Siggis-Icelandic-Yogurt-Breakfast-Bark-7Siggis-Icelandic-Yogurt-Breakfast-Bark-5 Siggis-Icelandic-Yogurt-Breakfast-Bark-8I love siggi’s recyclable packaging. The outer label is removable so it can be recycled separately from the plastic – so clever!

For today’s recipe, I used a 5.3 oz container of siggi’s Vanilla, which has only 100 calories 0g fat, 14g protein, and 9g sugar. I love love love the Madagascar bourbon vanilla used in this flavor. You can see flecks of real vanilla bean in the yogurt, and the flavor is just magical!

With thick creamy Icelandic-style yogurt, sweet pomegranate seeds, and crunchy pistachios, this breakfast bark has the perfect combination of salty and sweet, plus an added punch of protein and antioxidants to start your morning off right!

There is minimal prep, plus it’s easy to store! Keep extra breakfast bark on hand for mornings when you’re short on time or as a healthy snack option.

siggi’s Yogurt Pomegranate Pistachio Breakfast Bark
Serves 1-2

1  5.3 oz container siggi’s Vanilla Yogurt
2 Tbsp pomegranate seeds
2 Tbsp pistachios, crushed

Mix ingredients together in siggi’s container until well combined. Line a baking sheet or small freezer safe pan with wax paper. Spread the yogurt mixture out onto wax paper evenly (about 1/4 inch thick). Freeze uncovered overnight. In the morning remove from the baking sheet and cut or break into small piece and eat cold. Store extra pieces in a freezer safe container.

The Rabbit Food Pyramid Breakdown:
Produce: pomegranate seeds
Whole Grain: none (would be great with 1/4 cup rolled oats mixed in!)
Protein: siggi’s yogurt
Plant Based Fat: pistachios

Next time you’re in a morning rush about to have a meltdown; relax, open the freezer, grab some breakfast bark, and avoid being hangry at all costs!

For more creative recipes using siggi’s, visit their website!

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siggi’s rather delicious yogurts with simple ingredients and not a lot of sugar.
Try delicious flavors like vanilla, pumpkin & spice, and mixed berries & açai, power up your breakfast with their recipes and print a coupon.

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of siggi’s Dairy. The opinions and text are all mine.

Strawberry Banana Candy Cane

Strawberry-Banana-Candy-CaneI am all about cute healthy snack ideas, and this one is is sure to please kids and adults! It would be a super cute holiday breakfast for little ones, or a fun festive setup for a chocolate fondue date night with friends or loved ones! All you need are freshly sliced strawberries and bananas!

I cannot believe how quickly Christmas is approaching! I’ve been doing pretty much all of my Christmas shopping online this year, and I cannot wait to give my family and friends their gifts because I feel like I totally nailed it! Have you gotten close to finishing (or starting!) your holiday shopping?!

So on Sunday, Matt came home from a month on tour (he has been on the road since Nov 1st)! I drove down to San Diego to see him and get lunch with his parents before he left again 4 hours later for the Jingle Ball tour! I thought you guys would get a good laugh from this photo we took. Full “Grumpy Cat” face (perfect that my nickname is Cat), latched onto his leg at San Diego International Airport, haha.

Matt-and-Cat-airportBeanie: Ebay (color: mustard)  |  Sweater: Forever 21  |  Leggings: Zella  |  Boots: Stuart Wizeman (also here)

Health & Happinessxo-Catherine

Toilet Paper Roll Gift Boxes

DIY-Toilet-Paper-Roll-Gift-Box-Pillow-Box-13Introducing the easiest DIY gift boxes you will make. like. ever. No scissors, glue, or tools required! Just 4 folds and you are set! These DIY pillow boxes are super easy to make, and are great for small gifts like jewelry (necklaces, earrings, rings, etc.), money, lipstick, chapstick, cufflinks, or other tiny treasures! They aren’t quite long enough to fit a gift card inside, but if you use a paper towel roll, and cut it to be an inch or so longer than a toilet paper roll, it can easily make a gift box for a gift card!

These adorable recycled and repurposed toiled paper roll pillow boxes look great with their natural color and tied with a holiday ribbon, wrapped with festive gift wrap, or even hand stamped like I did below!

If you are interested in making your own holiday gift wrap, this DIY polka dot stamp technique can be used on the inside of a brown paper grocery bag to make recyclable wrapping paper for larger gifts! It’s super easy, quick, and has a cute wintery look!
DIY-Toilet-Paper-Roll-Gift-Box-Pillow-Box-4To make your pillow box, start with a leftover roll of toilet paper (stamp it first before folding).
DIY-Toilet-Paper-Roll-Gift-Box-Pillow-Box-5Smash the toilet paper roll in half – flat like a pancake.
DIY-Toilet-Paper-Roll-Gift-Box-Pillow-Box-6Next fold one side in towards the center (it should form a half moon shaped crease). Make the crease nice and sharp by smoothly running your nail along it.
DIY-Toilet-Paper-Roll-Gift-Box-Pillow-Box-7Turn the roll around, fold the other edge inwards, and smooth out the “half moon” shaped crease.
DIY-Toilet-Paper-Roll-Gift-Box-Pillow-Box-8Repeat the previous steps and fold the opposite ends in until the pillow box is formed!
DIY-Toilet-Paper-Roll-Gift-Box-Pillow-Box-12Tie with bakers twine and add holiday tags (free printable download here!) and your gift boxes will look like a million bucks!
DIY-Toilet-Paper-Roll-Gift-Box-Pillow-Box-11DIY-Toilet-Paper-Roll-Gift-Box-Pillow-Box-9 Like the holiday tags I used to wrap my gifts? Get a free printout here!
DIY-Toilet-Paper-Roll-Gift-Box-Pillow-Box-10I love stuffing my pillow boxes with crinkle paper – it makes them extra adorable when they are opened!

I hope this holiday hack helps make your holiday prep easier this year!
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11. I don’t need the internet, the internet needs me shirt

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I’ve taken the guess work out of holiday shopping for the health foodie and/or blogger in your life! Check out all of the fun and fabulous goodies I’ve curated – plus I’ve done all of the hard work, and found the Cyber Monday sales, promo codes, discounts, and free shipping for you! Now all you have to do is narrow down your favs!

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