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Meyer Lemon Poppy Seed Pancakes Are a Sweet Twist on Citrus

As a kid I was known as a pancake devourer. As an adult I’ve been deemed the “pancake queen.” Devourer, queen – either way you put it you can tell I love a stack of warm, fluffy pancakes in the morning just as much (or more) than the next girl. So, when I recently caught wind that there was a type of lemon I’d never tried – Meyer lemons – I couldn’t wait to create a new pancake recipe utilizing them as the star ingredient.

Meyer lemons get their name from Frank M. Meyer who worked for the U.S. Department of Agriculture in the early 1900s and brought the fruit back to the U.S. from China where they were cultivated. They are still tart but lack any harsh acidity, and taste slightly sweeter than a regular lemon.
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10-Calorie Fresh Sweet and Sour Mix for Your Skinny Cocktails

We keep experiencing these little glimpses of spring, which immediately puts me in the mood for summer. Does that make me an over achiever or impatient? Either way, both seasons make me want to sit on my patio, sip something delicious, and revel in my family and friends. I can’t be alone in this – just look at the Mason Jars full of beverages on Pinterest. We’ve all got the itch.

The scratch? My Sweet and Sour Vodka. It’s as light and refreshing as a tart glass of lemonade but has that little somethin-somethin to bring you back down after a long day. It’s. Amazing.

I stopped buying the jug o’ drink mixer at the grocery store years ago. Master of Mixes’ Sweet ‘n Sour has 110 calories and 25 grams of sugar per four-ounce serving. Our recipe has TEN calories and LESS than 1 gram of sugar. That neon yellow color, ridiculous after taste, and undesirable ingredient list left me thirsty for something better.

The answer was in front of me all along – my own lemons and limes squeezed to cocktail-mixing perfection.
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Announcing Baker’s Dozen: Our First eCookbook with 13 Healthier Breakfast and Brunch Recipes

Price Break! Now Get Baker’s Dozen for only 99 Cents!

If it’s not entirely apparent yet, we really love food! We love food that’s fresh, homemade, wholesome, and pretty. We love food that tastes really, really good.

So we put all of that in our little mixing bowl and whipped up our first e-cookbook, a collection of our 13 best breakfast and brunch recipes. The book’s called Baker’s Dozen and will tempt you with each turn of the page. You’ll have no excuse not to get in the kitchen and prepare a healthier morning meal!

Download Baker’s Dozen Here for just 99 Cents! You’ll receive a PDF file to use on your iPad, iPhone, laptop, or other digital devices, which makes it easier than ever to have your favorite recipes right in front of you in the kitchen.

Some of the Baker’s Dozen recipes are personal favorites, like Sweet Potato Hashbrowns and Blood Orange Mimosas. Some forced us to step outside our own comfort zones to create something truly unique and delicious, like the Fig and Honey Breakfast Quinoa or the Savory Asparagus Prosciutto Crepes. Of course, we had to include exciting new takes on classic breakfast fare with our Sunny Side Up Breakfast Sandwich, Chocolate Covered Strawberry Pancakes, and Mason Jar Omelets.

Beautifully appetizing photography adorns every page with approachable ingredient lists, clear and easy-to-follow instructions, and nutrition facts for each recipe, provided by CalorieCount.com. Plus, we tell the story behind each recipe so it feels like we’re enjoying a casual Saturday breakfast together as friends!

Get a taste of what’s inside Baker’s Dozen with a preview of our Apple Cinnamon Streusel Doughnuts.
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HealthBuzz September 7: Jillian Michaels Returns to Biggest Loser, Creating a Workout Schedule, and Last Chance Summer Recipes

It’s the first Friday and the first weekend of September, which means it is time for some healthy news! This week’s HealthBuzz consist of hot headlines from DIR and our partner sites, like HelloGiggles, FitBottomedGirls, Bob Greene’s Best Life, and a mouth-watering recipe from Truvia.

You don’t have to wait until the last day of the week to hear from us! Follow us on Twitter, Pinterest, or ‘Like Us’ on Facebook!

Jillian Michaels Announces Return to Biggest Loser With a Big Twist [VIDEO]

Jillian Michaels left the Biggest Loser in May 2011, and earlier this week she announced that she will be returning to the program’s 14th season in January. The next Biggest Loser will be unlike the previous 13 seasons as they tackle childhood obesity off the ranch.

Candice Ball Lost 41 Pounds with P90X and Insanity

Candice Ball of New York City had been struggling with her weight a majority of her life. Embarrassed by her body, Candice developed a low confidence level. In December of 2011, she decided to shed her unhealthy weight and change her lifestyle by using two of the most powerful weight loss methods available.

National Yoga Month Educates the World About Yoga’s Health Benefits

September is national yoga awareness month. Yogis love to spread the word and love of yoga to those who aren’t familiar with the practice. Our resident yoga expert, Jill Lawson, educates our readers on the history and health benefits of yoga.
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Surprise! Avocado Frozen Yogurt is Simple, Versatile, and Yummy

I like food trends far more than I do fashion trends. For one, even if cupcakes aren’t “in,” it’s still socially acceptable to eat them. The black Crocs in the back of my closet, well, I’m saving those for a bad Halloween costume.

One of the biggest food trends this summer has been the one ingredient banana ice cream, which we shared a few weeks ago. For those who love ice cream or have a sweet tooth, it’s got to be the best idea ever. Freeze bananas, blend, and watch it turn in to a creamy ice cream texture that would have you believe it’s the real deal. Except, it’s totally good for you. How could it not be when it’s just bananas?

Well, I don’t love bananas, but I do have a full blown obsession with avocados. That creamy, buttery flavor that’s neutral enough to go with just about anything… could these be my banana ice cream?


I took advantage of a 10 for $10 special at the grocery store and got enough to experiment with avocado frozen yogurt and have plenty for sandwiches, smoothies, and salads all week. Yes, I eat that many avocados. (Hello… they are so good for you.)

I started with six avocados and split them lengthwise so the pit could be removed and the flesh easily scooped out. These avocados were perfectly bright green and separated from the pits without much mess. They were also a little firmer than I might ordinarily use for guacamole, but certainly not nearly as hard as the ones you could play baseball with.



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