Chocolate Caramel Banana Ice Cream Bars (Vegan + Gluten-Free)

A healthy frozen treat, these banana ice cream bars are topped with date caramel, sprinkled with walnuts and coated with a crunchy chocolate magic shell. They’re absolutely delicious, vegan, gluten-free and paleo!

A HEALTHY frozen treat, these banana ice cream bars are topped with date caramel, sprinkled with walnuts and coated with a crunchy chocolate magic shell. They’re absolutely delicious, vegan, gluten-free and paleo!

Summer is almost here and before we know it, the temps are going to be crazy high and we’re going to be sweating through our clothes as soon as we walk outside. In case you didn’t know, that’s what the summer months are like here in Richmond. It’s lovely… if you have a pool. Sadly we don’t, so we have to find other ways to cool off, like eating copious amounts of  fro yo, ice cream and popsicles.

I’m all about no bake treats that don’t require an oven during the summer months. I’m sure many of you are in the same boat so today I’m teaming up with some of my favorite blogging friends to bring you six healthy no bake treat recipes that are absolutely perfect for summer.

6 HEALTHY No Bake Treats

They all look pretty amazing, right? Let’s check them out:

Fit Foodie 5K Recap + New PR

The past few weeks have been crazy rainy here and the rain was in full force this weekend for the John Hancock Fit Foodie 5K in Fairfax, VA.

Fit Foodie Run

Alyssa and I were ambassadors again this year so we traveled up from Richmond to Fairfax on Friday night and arrived just in time for the pre-race Party with a Purpose at True Food Kitchen.

True Food Kitchen

Alyssa’s face accurately depicts how we both looked the day we got the email saying True Food Kitchen was hosting. Soooo much excitement!

Fit Foodie 5K Party

I snapped all the delicious food so if you’re following me on Snapchat you already saw it, but here’s a little recap:

Pre-race fuel

My first plate. Everything was tasty, but the tofu lettuce wraps and the kale avocado dip were definitely the highlights.

mini quinoa cakes with hummus

I also loved these mini quinoa cakes with hummus and veggies. I think I ate three.

Wine

And I definitely had three glasses of wine. <— At this point we already knew it was going to be raining for the race so we made an executive decision to enjoy ourselves the night before and make it a fun-run rather than a race it.

Pre-Race Party

After meeting and chatting with another blogger friend, Julie of Table for Two, we hopped over to Swirl & Sip for a wine tasting and did a little shopping. Last but not least, we grabbed gelato at Dolcezza Gelato before heading to our hotel room to prep for our 6AM wakeup.

gelato

OMG, this gelato was so good! I had the peanut butter stracciatella gelato and the avocado orange sorbet. Alyssa got the orange honey cardamon sorbet and the valrhona dark chocolate gelato. Gah, I want more right now. 🙂

Despite the late night wine and gelato we woke up feeling pretty good, but the pouring rain definitely put a damper on things. Like most races, this one was rain or shine so we made the most of it.

Alyssa is much faster than me (she got 3rd place last year!!) but she said that she was up for running the race with me if I wanted. <— True friend right there!

Having her run with me was awesome for so many reasons. 1.) We didn’t have music so it was nice to be able to talk during the race. Although I couldn’t talk much at the pace we were running and totally stopped responding after mile two. Sorry Lyss. 2.) Running with someone is always more fun than running alone. 3.) Alyssa paced and pushed me throughout the race and I know I ran much faster than I would have without her by my side.

So despite the rainy conditions, we finished in 23 minutes and 26 seconds, which is a 7:33 pace! This beat my last year’s time of 25:20 by almost two minutes and I broke my personal 5K record!! It’s kind of crazy because I didn’t train at all this year. I’m pretty sure all the HIIT training I do at OrangeTheory helped a ton, but I know Alyssa’s encouragement was a big part of it too.

Fit Foodie 5K

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Want to lose your love handles fast? Here’s a workout with five exercises that target the core and obliques to help you lose those love handles. I recommend these moves in combination with a regular exercise program and clean eating to see major results.  When I asked a few friends what type of workout they’d like […]

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4-Ingredient Seaside Paleo Breakfast Salad

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Brownie Batter Overnight Oats

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Chocolate brownie batter overnight oats topped with walnuts, chocolate chips and a peanut butter drizzle. They look and taste so decadent you won’t even realize you’re eating something that’s healthy.  What if I told you that you could eat chocolate for breakfast and keep it healthy? Would you think that I was joking or that […]

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Hummus Collard Wraps

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These easy and healthy veggie packed hummus collard wraps are perfect for light lunch, appetizer or snack. Vegan and gluten-free. Made in partnership with Sabra. Guess what today is? Friday. Woo-hoo. But wait, it’s also National Hummus Day!!! Y’all know how much I love hummus… so obviously I’m celebrating. I can not think of a […]

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