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Lemon Gingersnap Parfaits

These Lemon Gingersnap Parfaits are the perfect holiday dessert recipe. Made with just a few simple ingredients, they’re easy to assemble and oh so festive!

These Lemon Gingersnap Parfaits are the perfect holiday dessert recipe. Made with just a few simple ingredients, they're easy to assemble and oh so festive!

Thanks to Davidson’s Safest Choice Eggs for sponsoring this post.

Hi Friends!

As you know, I’ve been teaming up with my friends at Davidson’s Safest Choice Eggs this year but bring you a bunch of delicious recipes! Today’s recipe is the last in the series and it’s absolutely perfect for the holidays!

To recap, so far we’ve covered protein-packed snacks with these Baked Scotch Eggs, veggies for breakfast with this  Spring Breakfast Salad (would be delicious with your fav winter veggies), an easy dessert with this Strawberry Cookies and Cream Ice Cream (no ice cream maker required!),  a quick back to school breakfast with this Egg-In-A-Hole Breakfast Sandwich and a Pork and Egg Breakfast Pizza that’s perfect for morning tailgate parties!

Remember that Davidson’s Safest Choice eggs are pasteurized, which means you can safely eat them raw or undercooked without worrying about bacteria! But they can also be used and cooked just like normal eggs in recipes like this one!

These Lemon Gingersnap Parfaits are the perfect holiday dessert recipe. Made with just a few simple ingredients, they're easy to assemble and oh so festive!

Today we’re focusing on dessert. If you’ve never tried the Lemon-Gingersnap flavor combination, you’re in for a real treat! These parfaits are made with crushed gingersnaps, plain yogurt and homemade lemon curd. Plus they’re topped with pomegranate arils for a festive touch! The lemon curd makes a small batch that’s perfect for making just a few parfaits for your family.

You could swap the plain yogurt for vanilla for some extra flavor if you wanted, or add a few pumpkin seeds to make them red and green for the holidays and add a little crunch!


This should be enough to make 2-3 parfaits depending on how much lemon curd you put in each parfait. The curd may thicken up as it cools. If it gets too thick, just add a splash of water and stir to thin it out.

These Lemon Gingersnap Parfaits are the perfect holiday dessert recipe. Made with just a few simple ingredients, they're easy to assemble and oh so festive!

Head over to the Safe Eggs blog to grab the recipe! Just click the link below:

Lemon Gingersnap Parfaits

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2016 Food Prep – Week 49

Hi Friends!

I’m doing my best to get back in the food prep game before the new year. It’s hard with the kiddos, but last weekend I did get some stuff done. Squish even helped! He loves to peel carrots and tear up lettuce for salads!

food prep

I made:

Lettuce for salads
Hummus topping
Sweet Potato Bites with Cranberries
Mint Chocolate No Bake Bites
Graham Cracker Toffee
Lentil Soup + extra lentils – used to make Lentil Sloppy Joes – recipe coming soon.
Instant Pot BBQ Chicken – just put chicken in the instant pot, mixed some bbq sauce with a little water, poured it over the top and used the poultry button.

What are you prepping this weekend?


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7 Great Gift Ideas for The Fitness Fanatic

gym gifts

Forget your standard fallback items; use these gift ideas to lean into your loved one’s fitness habits and give something they’ll put to good use immediately!

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Bean Bytes 219

Hi friends!

Time for a quick roundup of what you may have missed last week!


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Good reads:
Raising Intrinsically Motivated Kids via A Healthy Slice of Life
Want to Raise a Trailblazing Daughter?  via Inc.
Navigating the Lasting Effects of Blogger Burnout via In It 4 The Long Run
My Binge Eating Story + ‘How to Eat’ Course Launch via Imma Eat That
Sleep Loss Tied To Changes In Gut Bacteria via Science Daily
To The Mom On The Brink Of Breaking via Scary Mommy
Viral Meme Spreads Important Message About Kids and Consent via Scary Mommy
Why Every Man Should Cook With His Kids via Men’s Health
How Dieting Makes You Gain Weight via Goodness Gracious Living
I’m Not Anti Weight Loss, I’m Anti Weight Focus via No Green Smoothies
Congress Passes Groundbreaking Postpartum Depression Legislation via Huff Post
10 Things I Wish I’d Known As A Teenager via Scary Mommy
How To Negotiate Exclusivity In A Brand Contract via Businessese



Cinnamon Toast Waffles w/ Spiced Pomegranate Orange Syrup + Toasted Almonds
Lemon Blueberry Buckwheat Ricotta Pancakes
Everything Bagel Breakfast Casserole
15 Mouthwatering Waffle Recipes
Whole Wheat Gingerbread Pancakes
Apple Cheddar and Breakfast Sausage Strata

Paleo Beef Pho
Gluten-Free Chicken Curry Pot Pies
Mini Meatball Minestrone
Cheesy Rice and Potato Enchiladas with Shredded Chicken Ragu
Easy Sheet Pan Shrimp Fajitas
Slow Cooker Chicken and Farro Chili

Skillet Bread and Spinach Artichoke Dip
Gingerbread Peanut Butter
Banana Gingerbread Loaf
Large Batch Holiday Puppy Chow

Mini Gingerbread Cheesecakes with Candied Walnuts
Peppermint Crunch Ice Cream
Homemade Almond Toffee
Gingerbread Slab Pie
Chocolate Mocha Glazed Gingerbread Fritters
Healthier Homemade Cookie Butter

scenes from the week


Gym Babies
Hanging with Dad
Arts and Crafts
Smiles and tears (so many tears)

Little Miss is a bit of a crier (to put it mildly) which is much different than our experience with her brother. We took her to the doctor last week to make sure her weight gain was on track and try to determine if reflux was to blame or not. She’s currently up to 11 pounds, so clearly not having any trouble gaining weight. We’ve had her on reflux meds for 5 days now. The doctor said we’d definitely notice a difference after a week and I don’t think it’s made much of a difference, which means we’re most likely dealing with colic and let me tell you, it’s brutal. I’m sure i’ll write a post on it at some point.

But we’re hanging in there. She’s growing so quickly and her personality is definitely starting to develop. Squish continues to be a good big brother. This was one of my favorite videos of the week:

Although he prefers to hammer her on the head most times, we’re making a little progress on “gentle”😂

A video posted by Lindsay L, RD (@theleangreenbean) on Dec 15, 2016 at 9:47am PST


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