Smart Snacks: Peanut Butter + Toppings Apples

Tamera Mowry Recipe

Peanut Butter Apples

I am a big believer of everything in moderation, and always having a balance in life. I especially try to apply this concept to the food we eat in our house! I want my children to grow up understanding the importance of eating nutritious meals, and also to have a healthy relationship with food.

That is why I have been especially focused lately on making sure that we snack smart! Recently, I was on the hunt for some healthy on-the-go snack for inspiration, and I came across the idea of topping apple slices. I decided to make this concept my own, and I played around with a few different variations — And they all turned out great! The best part is that they are really fast to make as an on-the-go snack, and prevent me from reaching for something less nutritious just because I am starving!

These topped apple slices are really easy to make, and you can pretty much get as creative as you like with the toppings! Simply cut up slices of your favorite kind of apple, and remove any remaining pieces of the core. Next, top with your favorite nut butter (I used peanut butter). Finally, finish off by topping them with whatever you like! I used a mix of the following toppings:

  • organic granola
  • vegan chocolate chips
  • fresh shredded coconut
  • crushed walnuts

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This snack is also very customizable for any diet! It is already vegan, it can be made gluten free (make sure your granola is made with gluten free oats), and it can be made Paleo. I am just about to start eating a Paleo diet, and so I love that I can modify this recipe by using almond butter, and skipping granola. You can also easily limit the sugar intake by changing your toppings to other healthy options like: raisins, pumpkin seeds, dried cranberries, banana or cinnamon!

Let me know if you guys try these apple slices, and if so, how you like them!

Xx
Tamera

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My Favorite Occasion Dresses This Season

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I love the chance to get dressed up! Whether it is for a wedding, a party or for a work event, I always jump at the chance to put on a cocktail dress and feel glam for the night. The whole process is fun for me — From finding the perfect dress, to doing my hair and makeup, and putting on a pair of heels.

Whenever I have a reason to get all dressed up, I get so excited to start the search for the perfect outfit for the occasion. This season, I have a few fun events happening that call for cocktail / formal attire, and I am already on the hunt for the perfect dresses (other than the one I am wearing in the photos above, which I adore). While I can definitely get behind a simple and classic silhouette, I am way more into a dress that also has some kind of wow factor and that highlights my personal style. The dress doesn’t need to be crazy expensive or over-the-top; but small details or embellishments like a dramatic sleeve, a sheer panel or a perfectly placed ruffle are things I look for to make the dress special.

Above all, I always want to find a dress that suits my personality, and that I feel good in. I think that confidence is the most attractive thing that a woman can wear, and if you can find a dress that you feel like a million bucks in, you will light up the room!

Here are some of my favorite occasion dress looks this season!

What do you guys look for when you are choosing an occasion dress? Let me know if you have a go-to style! 

Xx
Tamera

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TOP ROW, LEFT TO RIGHT: Black Halo Maple Two Piece Maxi Dress | MILLY Selena Mini Dress in Peach |  LIKELY Driggs Dress in Yellow
BOTTOM ROW, LEFT TO RIGHT: Marissa Webb Mateo Dress |  Fame and Partners Sasha Dress |  JILL, JILL STUART Ruffle Off the Shoulder Maxi Dress in Black

Ready For Fall With These Paleo Banana Nut Muffins

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Tamera paleo muffins

I really love the changing of the seasons, and I always try to embrace each one to the fullest extent. With fall just around the corner, that means that I am starting to look forward to cooler weather, pumpkin patches with my children and getting cozy and baking!

Baking for my family is one of my favorite things to do, but I also try and make an effort to keep my recipes as healthy as I can (it’s all about balance!). So, when I decided to seek out a new muffin recipe for fall, I got really excited about the idea of trying one out that is grain free, refined sugar free and would be a healthier alternative to a traditional muffin.

These Paleo Banana Nut Muffins certainly did the trick! Even though they don’t quite taste like your classic muffin (they are made with almond flour), my family all really enjoyed them. I really love the addition of vegan dark chocolate chips to this recipe, because it ties together the savory and sweet favors very well!

Let me know if you guys try these muffins, and if so, how you like them!

Xx
Tamera

Paleo Banana Nut Muffins | Yields: 12 | Total Time: 45 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 3-4 large ripe bananas, mashed
  • ¼ cup of melted coconut oil
  • 2 eggs
  • ⅓ cup of agave nectar (or you can use honey)
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 cups of almond flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • ¾ cup of vegan chocolate chips
  • ¾ cup of walnuts roughly chopped

Directions:

  • Start by pre-heating your oven to 350ºF.
  • Line a muffin tin with paper cups and set aside.
  • In one mixing bowl, combine all wet ingredients (mashed banana, coconut oil, eggs, agave nectar and vanilla)
  • In another mixing bowl, combine almond flour, baking soda and salt.
  • Slowly blend with the wet ingredients (stir by hand).
  • Fold in your chocolate chips and walnuts.
  • Pour batter into your muffin tin.
  • Bake for 25-30 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center of a muffin comes out clean

Enjoy!

 

 

 

Festive Drink Idea: Infused Water Recipes for Fall

I know how much many of you love infused water as a healthy alternative to juices and soda – it can be amazing. But are you still drinking enough of it when cooler temps roll around? The fruity, refreshing taste of infused water is ideal for summer, meaning you probably reach for that glass a whole lot more. But we need water year-round, every single day, which is why I wanted to create some recipes that you could easily find yourself enjoying while cozying up on the couch or hosting a holiday party. Gotta have that water!

Here are two tasty combinations to get you started:

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Fall Infused Water Recipes

Apples + Cinnamon – You might think of this as the recipe for a great hot beverage, but you can infuse it into your 8 glasses a day too. If you’re making a whole pitcher, make sure you put enough apples in – at least two whole apples, thinly sliced. Add in 2+ cinnamon sticks, depending on how cinnamon-y you like it, and chill. This is one of your longer waters to infuse – it’s helpful to prep and throw in the fridge before bed so you can enjoy the full apple cinnamon taste the next day.

Orange + Pomegranate – Pomegranates are in tons of infused water recipes because they’re great detoxifiers thanks to their fiber, antioxidants and ability to reduce inflammation. They’re also super sweet, so it pairing it with orange makes for a refreshing burst of flavor that still looks beautiful on a fall table. For this combo, slice up a whole orange and add it to your pitcher. Add about ½ cup of pomegranate seeds and mix before storing. Let chill for at least a few hours before serving, and add more seeds if you’d like to up the intensity.

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My tip? Single servings look cute in mason jars. Garnish with fresh ingredients when ready to drink.

If you have trouble reaching your recommended daily intake of water, infused is the way to go. See more infused water recipes here.

Xx,
Tamera

Wear It: 10 Cute Cold Weather Sweater Dresses

If you couldn’t tell by my fashion posts on my blog and my outfits on The Real… I love, love wearing dresses. A good fitting dress is hard to come by, but when you find it you feel ready to take on the day—or night. It’s easy to think you have to put away the dresses when fall rolls around because after all, most dresses aren’t exactly warm enough to wear without having to hide it under a jacket. Not to mention how hard it is to find the right shoes!

Sweater dresses are an exception, however. If you get a sweater dress with the right cut and length on you, you won’t be buried in layers any longer. And they’ll go with all your fall boots. Win win!

Tips for Wearing Sweater Dresses:

Long Dresses – Long dresses are hard to pull off, but ones with side slits or ties usually add movement, which gives it a modern look. Many boots can look bulky with a long knit dress, but ankle booties and heeled boots can look refined.

Short Dresses – If it’s too cold to wear a short dress out where you live, get one that’s a length you can wear with leggings, tall socks, or tall boots. That way, you’ll show the right amount of skin without exposing yourself to the elements! Be sure to be on the lookout for short dresses in warm knits like the cable knit and gray patchwork dress above.

Party Dresses – Yup, a sweater dress isn’t just for casual occasions. There are surprisingly many ways to dress up a look as cozy as this! Two of the dresses above have glitter embellishments, and a little metallic sheen instantly ups the chic factor.

How do you wear dresses in the fall?

Xx,
Tamera

The Best Lipstick Colors for Fall 2016

The family get togethers? The yummy foods? The cozy sweaters? There are a lot of things to love about fall and I’ve got one more for you: gorgeous, romantic fall lip colors! As much as I love a girly bubblegum pink look and natural makeup any time of year, I can’t deny how fun it is to get all dolled up with some bold eyeliner, a little blush, and of course… that classic fall tip.

To name just a few of my faves…

Best Lipstick Colors for Fall 2016 - Tamera Mowry

Merlot / Metallic Raspberry / True red / Plum / Crème coral / Bronze shimmer / Dusty mauve

Gotta love how many of these are inspired by food and wine, lol.

Merlot. A deep red is a must-have this time of year. Whether it’s just a pop of color to pair with cozy fall fashion staples or later in the season when it’s time for holiday parties, this is a color that can amplify any look! 

Raspberry. For those who like a berry lip, this one has a bit of a shimmer that makes it a little flirtier than the other reds you see this season.

True red. Speaking of red… Do you guys all have your signature red lipstick? A vibrant true red is sure to turn heads.

Plum. This plum is the boldest of the bunch, but wouldn’t it look amazing with a sultry fitted dress? Try this when you’re in the mood for something new.

Crème coral. Alright, no worries if you’re not that bold. Makeup should only enhance your true beauty and personality, so if a more subtle hue is more your thing, go for it. This creamy coral is just the shade to wear with casual fall layers. So classic.

Bronze shimmer. An eye-catching shimmery bronze can go from day to night in an instant – it provides you with a subtle sparkle for work or errands and a sophisticated vibe during happy hour.

Dusty mauve. Fall doesn’t have to be all dark colors and mystery. This dusty shade of mauve is feminine and sweet. Try this one out if you normally gravitate toward light pinks and nudes during spring and summer.

Ah, fall. Got a favorite lipstick? Share it with me in the comments!

Xx,
Tamera