Make It Fresh – 12 Steps to a Healthier You


Get Shopping!

You thought I’d say cooking didn’t you? Hehe surprise!!

Yes get shopping; which will lead to cooking.

It’s now fast approaching Autumn. The colors are changing on the trees and at the Farmer’s Markets. What’s in season? Apples, pumpkins, end of summer squash, figs, plums, eggplants (aubergines) and pears to name a few. And the fresher you buy the better the taste.

The air will be chilling soon and soups will call to us along with hearty stews.

One of my favorite recipes is surprisingly simple. Ok many of my recipes are simple. I find it’s easier to be healthy if it’s simple.

Warm Figs, Apples and Pears with Goat Brie


6 Figs
1 Apple cored and cut into wedges
1 Pear cored and cut into wedges
1 Round Trader Joe’s Goat Brie
1/8 cup Dubliner Cheddar shredded
2 teaspoons olive oil
2 teaspoons mixed fresh herbs finely chopped – choose your favorites. I like rosemary, lavender, thyme, basil, and a hint of mint.
Himalayan pink salt

Oil a cookie sheet
Place fruit cut side up on sheet
Grind over fruit or sprinkle with salt
Sprinkle herbs lightly over fruit
Cut Brie into 1/4″ squares
Place one square on each piece of fruit
Top with a bit of finely grated Dubliner

Bake at 350 until Brie melts

Serve with red wine; as an appetizer to lamb or steak and follow with a dark green salad highlighting fresh citrus flavors.


About Smoothie Essentials - ShelleRae

Welcome! I am ShelleRae and I am very excited you are here. I joined the Smoothie Essentials team about 5 years ago now. Always health conscious and into prevention versus medication it seemed natural when the opportunity came up to take on the creation of this blog and the MatchaGT blog as well. As mother to three and surrogate to many more I've practiced much of what I write on sometimes with great success and other times with a bit less. My friends and family are my test kitchen and my facts are most often from WebMD - they seem to have a fairly accurate and conservative approach. The Smoothie Essentials product is a line of boosts that add functionality to one's daily foods without adding flavor or colors. (except for MatchaGT and green blend) making it easy to "hide" them from the finicky eaters we all know and love. From stirring them into yogurts, smoothies, frappes and even juice drinks it all come out with the original flavor being center star.. My inspiration comes from others who also are striving to live a better life through lifestyle changes. More information is available at or by emailing

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