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Guilt-Free Finger Food: My Kind of Fries!

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Written by Jenna Coker- Jones Tuesday, 16 February 2016 11:21

Always on the search for healthier snacks & getting my full servings of veggies I struck gold on my girl Michelle’s blog: http://une-deuxsenses.blogspot.com.  The whole blog is dedicated to “food, fashion & other lovelies.”  She has uncovered an incredibly delicious HEALTHY snackie or accompaniment to a main dish.  YES PEOPLE---- Zucchini Fries.  They are decadent.  They taste like you are seriously spoiling yourself but without any of the guilt.

You can find the recipe here.  I didn’t have a lot of time, but I wanted these babies and I wanted them IMMEDIATELY.  I cheated….ran out and bought a low-sodium fat free marinara from Trader Joe’s, instead of making the homemade version. (I will NEXT time, I promise).  I also subbed whole wheat panko crumbs for the regular version, cause that is what I had on hand.

So, DO IT. DO IT NOW. You will love every bite of this incredible treat.

Photo: Michelle Huynh, une-deux senses (used with permission)

Chilled Fruit Soups: Soup's On For Summer Meals

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Written by Savvy Girl Wednesday, 22 July 2015 08:28

We love soup for it's savvy triumvirate of fast/cheap/filling, but ech, with 90 degree weather heating things up here at Savvy Central, hot soup is the last thing we want to dish up for dinner. But chilled, fruit soups? Where do we sign up!?

Chilled fruit soups are ultra-refreshing and although seem like the perfect lunch/brunch bet, we don't see any reason why they can't happen at night. You could serve them accompanied by an omelette, fritatta, quiche, or even as a desert. We tend to gravitate toward fruit soups without a lot of sugar, and frankly, when made with sweet, ripe fruit in peak season, no one will notice they're practically sugar-free. Some of these recipes call for half and half or heavy cream, but you can substitute fat-free half and half, light cream or milk to save on calories and you’ll hardly notice the difference.

Best Chilled Fruit Soup Recipes:

Savvy Scoop: Save a few berries or cubes of melon for garnish and add a sprig of mint if you've got any on hand. Presentation is everything!

Just Peachy! My FAVE Healthy Summer Dessert

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Written by Jenna Coker- Jones Tuesday, 09 June 2015 14:54

With peaches kicking into prime season right now, I cannot get enough of this easy dessert!  It’s healthy… you are getting tons of amazing nutrients from the fruit, the calcium, protein & probiotics from the yogurt and you will feel like you are indulging.

Grilled Peach Deliciousness
Serving Size:  2 peach halves
2 serving recipe


  • 2 medium ripe peaches, cut in half (pit removed)
  • 1/4 cup fat-free PLAIN Greek yogurt
  • honey (to drizzle)
  • 2-4 walnuts or almonds, chopped
  • cinnamon (to taste)

Place peaches cut side down on grill until soft.  Anywhere between 2-4 minutes. (Have the temperature on low or just put in indirect heat)  **If you don’t have a grill, you could use a george forman OR just soften in pan on stovetop.
yogurt & cinnamon. Pour 1 tbsp yogurt over each peach half. Drizzle lightly with honey.  Sprinkle with nuts and EAT UP!

Photo: Mike McCune via Flickr

Individual Sun Teas: Perfect Summer Sippers

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Written by Savvy Girl Tuesday, 09 June 2015 14:53

Sun tea was a big summer beverage staple at Maison Savvy Girl when I was just a wee one.  It rocks because it's a) cheap, b) delicious, and c) easy—le soleil does all the work for you, so if you're labor-shy, this is the summer sipper for you!  You can either let Mother Nature brew you up a family-sized batch in a big glass container, or if you've got a stash of small clear glass mason jars, jelly jars or other glass bottles—such as those leftover Starbucks' Frappucinos or Snapples—you can make a set of small brews, perfectly portioned for tossing in your lunch tote or picnic basket.

Savvy Travel: First Class Flying on a Coach Ticket

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Written by Carrie Crow Monday, 06 April 2015 13:49

So you didn't get the upgrade, join the club.  With airlines holding ever-more-dear the magic fairy dust that turns a cheap ticket into a luxe joyride, it seems that those of us who travel on a budget are forever destined to the cold, cramped confines of the steerage coach cabin.

Before you say "moooooo" and resign yourself to a flight from hell —particularly if it's going to be a long one—try some of our heavenly ideas for making yourself feel right at home, even if you are 40,000 miles above it.

Happy Hour Savvy in Naughty & Nice Versions

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Written by Savvy Girl Monday, 06 April 2015 13:49


Going out for Happy Hour is certainly savvy compared to regular priced drinks ringing in at anywhere between $10-14 a pop, but even savvier?  Happy Hour at Home (H3).  The only thing that prevents us from doing an H3 at Savvy Central is the thought of making obligatory, expensive, and time consuming snacks and boozy concoctions comprised of homemade simple syrups, mottled sugar/mint blends, and hand-crushed ice, etc. etc. etc.  So NOT Savvy.  Might as well imbibe at the Ritz and save ourselves a few bucks!

With the help of a dear Savvy Friend, we've concocted a Savvy Cocktail of the Week which costs less than $2 a drink, beating out any Happy Hour deal, any time.

Easy Entertaining: Savvy, 5-Minute Tapas

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Written by Carrie Crow Monday, 06 April 2015 13:49

Having friends over for a budget-friendly nibble doesn’t have to mean off-brand cheese puffs you scored at the local bodega, nor does it imply a full sit-down dinner for ten.  For light entertaining, easier gets the job done faster, happier, stress-free and for this, we have our dear friends in España to thank for the invention of...the tapa.

You don't need to sacrifice style or flavor with any of these savory, 5-minute tapas* you can whip up in...well...5 minutes.  All you have to do is sit back, relax and enjoy your company, which is what you invited them over for in the first place, n'est-ce pas?

*Purists will note these are Americanized tapas, not true Spanish tapas, which you'll just have to hop on a flight to Spain to experience first-hand.

What To Do When You Don't Have a Rolling Pin

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Written by Savvy Girl Thursday, 08 January 2015 09:15


Mr. Savvy and I have embarked on a quest to make one Julia Child recipe a week.  Far less ambitious (read: we are lazy) than the dear one who made a recipe a day, alas, we've decided to make Sunday Slave Day.


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