About Lindsay

Lindsay Livingston is a Registered Dietitian from Columbus, Ohio. On her blog, she shares simple, healthy recipes, nutrition tips, workouts and snapshots of her life. Follow her on Twitter @LeanGrnBeanBlog and Instagram @TheLeanGreenBean and be sure to subscribe via RSS or email so you never miss a post!

Wild Blueberry Ice Cream

This post is sponsored by The Wild Blueberry Association of North America. I was compensated for my time. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Hi friends!

It’s Friday! Let’s celebrate with ice cream. This is the last in the series of recipes I developed for the Wild Blueberry Association. In case you missed the first three, I also made:

Wild Blueberry Turkey Burgers
Wild Blueberry Ice Cream Sandwiches
Wild Blueberry Zucchini Bread

And this month, it’s all about ice cream! I actually developed this recipe several weeks ago so it could be included in the ebook they’re giving away to everyone who entered their Taste of Summer Sweepstakes, which ends today! (Go check it out!)

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And now it’s finally time to share the recipe with all of you. So let’s chat about ice cream for a little bit.

For me, there’s something about summer and ice cream that just go hand-in-hand. As a young child, we used to visit a place called Cup & Cone almost weekly. It was a small free-standing shack that served ice cream during the Minnesota summers and it shared its parking lot with a retired train caboose. I can still remember the thrill of ordering and devouring my ice cream cone and then spending endless hours climbing on, running around and wandering through that caboose with the other local kids.

As I got older, I spent my summers working for a landscaping company. We worked long hours in the hot Kansas sun and let me tell you, there was nothing better than getting off work and heading straight to the local ice cream store where we could sit in the air-conditioning and enjoy some ice cream.

As an adult, my husband and I often ride our bikes to our favorite ice cream store to enjoy a summer treat, and with a baby on the way, I can’t wait create our own family ice cream tradition!

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Yet, while going to get ice cream brings back a lot of memories for me, sometimes it’s not the most economical choice. Especially during the summer when I seem to crave it all the time! So, to ease the burden on your wallet, the next best option, in my opinion, is to make your own! With the help of a relatively inexpensive ice cream maker that pretty much does all the work for you, you can spend your summer dreaming up and creating dozens of your own ice cream flavors that are customized just to your liking!

I’ve had a lot of fun with my ice cream maker over the years, both recreating store-bought favorites and coming up with new ones. As I started brainstorming for my newest flavor, I knew I wanted to include Wild Blueberries for several reasons:

  • The color- so vibrant and pretty to look at.
  • The flavor- wild blueberries are smaller and more flavorful than regular blueberries making them ideal to use in recipes like this where you really want their flavor to shine!
  • The health benefits – ice cream is not always the healthiest dessert option but the addition of Wild Blueberries means your ice cream gets a healthy dose of antioxidants. Wild Blueberries have been shown to have positive effects brain and eye health, heart health and more!

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As for the mix-ins, I’m a huge proponent of pairing blueberries and chocolate together, so I added some dark chocolate chips. I also added in some crumbled graham crackers for a touch of added sweetness. To keep the ice cream making simple, I kept it egg-free and instead of all cream, I used some 2% milk to make it a bit healthier without sacrificing flavor or creaminess!

Here’s how you make it!

Wild Blueberry Ice Cream
An easy, homemade ice cream recipe with delicious mix-ins and vibrant color!

  • 2 cups frozen Wild Blueberries
  • ⅔ cup sugar
  • 1 ¼ cups heavy cream
  • ¾ cup 2% milk
  • 1 cup crumbled Graham Crackers
  • ½ cup dark chocolate chips

  1. Combine first four ingredients in a blender and blend until well mixed.
  2. Pour into ice cream maker (do not overfill).
  3. Turn on ice cream maker and let run for approximately 20 minutes. As the ice cream starts to thicken, you may need to scoop out some if your ice cream maker gets too full. Consider it a taste testing opportunity!
  4. About 2 minutes before turning off, pour in grahams and chocolate chips and let run until mixed in.


Pretty simple right? My apologies to those of you who don’t have an ice cream maker. You could try just blending and pouring into a pan and stirring every so often while freezing but I make no guarantees!

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Grab a spoon, friends. It’s time to dig in!

Let’s chat:
Have you ever made homemade ice cream?


August Foodie Penpals Reveal Day

Hi Friends!

Time for another Foodie Penpals Reveal Day!

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This month I was lucky enough to be connected with Erin who blogs over at Erin’s Inside Job! I got to meet her in person a couple months ago at Fitbloggin and she’s a total sweetheart. Here’s what she sent me:

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She’s getting me ready for fall and I couldn’t be happier about it! My package included:

  • Pumpkin Fig granola- haven’t tried it yet but I just know it’s going to be amazing in my fall yogurt bowls
  • Cranberry Almond GFB bar- I hadn’t tried these bars yet and I actually really liked it!
  • Maple & Pecan Kind bar- I don’t eat a lot of bars but when I do, KIND is one of my top choices. Hadn’t tried this flavor yet- it was yummy.
  • Homemade cookies- YES. Amazing. She made Oh She Glows Trail Mix Cookies. They’re GF and vegan and holy cow are they delicious.

Thanks so much Erin for a great package!


If you want to participate next month, here are the details:

-On the 5th of every month, you will receive your penpal pairing via email. It will be your responsibility to contact your penpal and get their mailing address and any other information you might need like allergies or dietary restrictions.
-You will have until the 15th of the month to put your box of goodies in the mail. On the last day of the month, you will post about the goodies you received from your penpal! 
-The boxes are to be filled with fun foodie things, local food items or even homemade treats! The spending limit is $15. The box must also include something written. 
-Foodie Penpals is open to blog readers as well as bloggers. 
-Foodie Penplas is open to US, Canadian & European residents.  Please note, Canadian Residents will be paired with other Canadians only. Same with Europeans.  

If you’re from the US or Canada and are in participating for September, please CLICK HERE to fill out the participation form and read the terms and conditions. 

You must submit your information by September 4th as pairings will be emailed on September 5th!

If you participated this month, link up below and go check out a few other posts to see what they got!



14 Healthy After School Snacks

This post was sponsored by Foodie.com. I was compensated for my time. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Hi Friends!

I’m so glad you all are enjoying the My Favorite Things Giveaway! If you missed it, you have until Monday to enter so go check it out. Today’s post is another recipe roundup with my friends at Foodie. This month we’re talking healthy after school snacks. I rounded up 14 snack options from around the web to share with you guys, plus a little collection of my favorite Lean Green Bean snacks! Most are kid-friendly but would be great for adults as well!

Check out 15 Healthy After-School Snacks

by Lindsay L, RD at Foodie.com


I chose these snacks because they cover a wide range of taste preferences. Some have meat, some are vegetarian. Some are no-bake, some can be made ahead of time and most will help you get an extra serving of protein and maybe even some extra fruits and veggies!

What do you think? See any you want to try?

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In case you’re looking for a few more ideas, here are some of my favorite snacks:

Pumpkin Pie Balls
No Bake Protein Bars
Healthy Microwave Popcorn
Sweet Potato Bites
Peanut Butter Banana Oat Muffins
Sweet Potato Protein Pancakes
Fro Yo Bites
Tuna Quinoa Cakes


Let’s chat:

What’s your favorite afternoon snack?


My Favorite Things Giveaway

Hi Friends!

As promised, I’m back today with a HUGE giveaway for you guys! To celebrate 4 years of blogging, I reached out to some of my favorite companies to see if they’d be willing to help me spread the love and share some of my favorite products with you guys! (Be sure to check out my Best of the Bean: Year 4 post for a roundup of all the best recipes and posts from my 4th year of blogging!)

I’m super pumped about what I lined up for you guys! One lucky winner is going to receive all sorts of good stuff:

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Let’s take a closer look at what the giveaway includes:

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2 headbands from BondiBand
These are some of my favorite headbands to workout in! They stay in place, keep the sweat and hair out of my face and don’t give me a headache!

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A love drop from Love Grown Foods
I’ve worked with LGF for over 3 years now and they’re such a great company. The owners are the absolute sweetest and SO passionate about what they do. Plus their products are delicious and they’re constant coming up with brilliant new food ideas! You’ll get some of each of their products in your love drop!

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$100 gift card to Swanson Health Products
One of my absolute favorite sites to get food products from! This is where I order a lot of my favorite nuts, seeds and flours and I’m always finding healthy new products to try! Plus, they have tons of great baby products and beauty products as well!

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Tasty Food Photography Ebook from Pinch of Yum
I bought this myself a couple years ago and it’s one of the best resources I’ve found for improving your photography skills. Lindsay is one of my favorite bloggers and in the ebook she does a  GREAT job of breaking things down and giving you tips to improve! PS – ipad not included icon wink My Favorite Things Giveaway

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A tank top of your choice from Living Proof Gear
I first stumbled upon this shop on Etsy and immediately fell in love. Since then I’ve gotten to meet the owner Miranda in person and watched her company grow at an amazing rate. I’m so proud of her and all her success. I own like 5 of these tank tops and love them all!

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1 case of Hint Water & 1 case Watermelon Hint Fizz from Hint Water
I was recently sent some of this to try and even though I have no problem drinking plain water, this was a fun treat. Both hubby and I enjoyed the regular Hint Water flavor but we especially loved the Fizz, which was a surprise since I’m not usually a fizzy water kinda girl. Watermelon is one of our favorite flavors!

yogurt My Favorite Things Giveaway
3- 32 oz cartons of yogurt from Stonyfield
This yogurt is organic and GMO-free and it’s perfect for eating and baking! I’ve been raving about my love for full-fat yogurt lately and this is what I buy. I use it in my favorite muffins, in cookies and eat it plain with fresh fruit and granola!

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$50 cheese pack from Cabot Cheese
Cabot makes great cheese in tons of great flavors. As a member of the Cabot Cheese Board they’re constantly feeding my cheese addition…because you can never have too much cheese, right?! If you haven’t tried it yet, you must!

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An Agility Tote Bag from FitMark
You may recall that this is the company who makes the gym bag I use every day for Crossfit and LOVE! I reviewed it last year and have been using it ever since. The Agility Tote isn’t the exact same as the one I have but I love it as well. It’s stylish, not overly big- but still has plenty of room- and even holds your yoga mat! Plus they’re made from high-quality material and hold up to every day use!

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1 jar of Chocolate Nuttzo & 15 to-go packets from Nuttzo
Another one of my favorite companies. Danielle, the owner is such a sweetheart and I absolutely love the story behind how and why Nuttzo was developed and the amazing charity work they do! Plus it’s pretty much the best nut & seed butter ever!


All of these are products I use and love myself and I want you guys to be able to experience them as well! All products were generously donated by the companies listed above for this giveaway but as always, my thoughts and opinions about them are my own and I was not compensated for including them in my giveaway!

Ready to win?

Use the rafflecopter giveaway below for your chance to win! This giveaway is open to US Residents only and will run thru 11:59 pm EST Sept 1st. Winner will be chosen randomly using Rafflecopter.

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Good luck!


Best of the Bean: Year 4

Hi Friends!

Something very special happened yesterday- this little blog turned 4 years old. I absolutely cannot believe it’s been 4 years since I published my first post. When I started I was a student, I had about 5 readers and never in my wildest dreams did I ever think that blogging would become not only a huge part of my life, but also a part of my career!

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I know that a lot of my success is due to my endless work hours and dedication to the blog, but I also strongly believe that a large part of my success is because of you, the readers. Thanks for reading and sharing. Thanks for taking an interest in my posts and recipes and for giving me suggestions and feedback. Thanks for supporting me in all my ventures and helping make this blog what it is today. I’ve also gotten to work with some great companies and organizations that align perfectly with my personal nutrition beliefs and the mission of this blog and I’m eternally grateful to them as well.

I’ve grown close to so many people who have far surpassed the role of everyday readers/bloggers and become people I call friends. People who I rely on for support, encouragement and words of wisdom. I’m a lucky girl to have each and every one of you in my life!

As I do every year, I thought I’d take some time to recap the past year of blogging, including the recipes I’ve shared and posts I’ve written….so settle in, this is going to be a huge roundup.

If you see something you like, please PIN IT, SHARE IT, PRINT IT, etc!


breakfast Best of the Bean: Year 4


Breakfast Enchilada Casserole
Apple Cinnamon Dutch Baby
Baked Oatmeal
Sweet Potato Protein Pancakes
Cinnamon Vanilla Crepes
Whole Wheat Oatmeal Pancakes

apps Best of the Bean: Year 4


Healthy Green Bean Casserole
Cranberry Cheddar Salmon Sliders
Fresh Cranberry Sauce
Jalapeno Cheddar Sweet Potato Puffs
Black Bean Guacamole
Veggie Corn Muffins
Enchilada Cups
Sweet & Spicy Sweet Potato Wedges
Summer Salsa
Cheesy Broccoli
Wild Blueberry Corn Salsa

  main dish Best of the Bean: Year 4

Main Dishes

Greek Yogurt Chicken
Spicy Sausage, Lentil & Kale Soup
Pork Chili Verde
Asian Noodle Salad
Pork Lo Mein
Crockpot Cilantro Lime Chicken
Balsamic Chicken & Strawberry Panini
Thai Peanut Salmon Burgers
Salmon Chop Salad
Wild Blueberry Turkey Burgers
Salmon Corn Chowder
Honey Mustard Pork Tenderloin

  dessert Best of the Bean: Year 4


Freezer Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups
Blizzard Bites
Peanut Butter Cookies with Fresh Cranberries
Sweet & Spicy Almonds
Chocolate Dipped Peanut Butter Popcorn Cups
Black Bottom Cupcakes
Healthy Peanut Butter Oatmeal Cookies
Gluten-Free Sweet Potato Brownies
Blueberry Cashew Bars
Healthier Puppy Chow
Freezer Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

  snacks Best of the Bean: Year 4


Pumpkin Pie Balls
No-Bake Protein Bars
Pistachio Pumpkin Seed Butter
Homemade Cheez-Its
Cinnamon Roasted Sweet Potato Parfaits
Peach Cobbler Smoothie
My Favorite Ways To Eat Almonds
No Bake Granola Bars
Healthy Cherry Limeade
Peanut Butter Banana Oat Muffins
Sweet Potato Energy Bites

  diy Best of the Bean: Year 4

Baking & Homemade DIY

Homemade Corn Tortillas & Chips
Dutch Oven Bread
Lemon Avocado Salad Dressing
Salt-Free Seasoning Mix
Homemade Soft Pretzels
Salsa Verde
Whole Wheat Flatbread
Gluten-Free Blueberry Muffins
Grapefruit Yogurt Cake
Healthy Blueberry Muffins
Wild Blueberry Zucchini Bread
Homemade Gingerale

  tips and tricks Best of the Bean: Year 4

Tips & Tricks

My Top 10 Kitchen Gadgets
Pinterest For Meal Planning
Blogging Tips
Move for Five
What Do Registered Dietitians Feed Their Kids- Part 1
What Do Registered Dietitians Feed Their Kids- Part 2
15 Creative Ways To Use Ice Cube Trays
5 Simple Diet Changes
Top 10 Foods For Sunday Food Prep
10 Foods That Freeze Well
15 Ways To Use Mason Jars In The Kitchen

  baby Best of the Bean: Year 4


It’s Not Easy For Everyone
Baby Bean
Our Pregnancy Journey
Baby Bean Gender Reveal Guesses
Baby Bean Gender Reveal Answer
100 Posts on Pregnancy, Motherhood & Parenting
On Worrying

  guest posts Best of the Bean: Year 4

I’ve been lucky enough to have some great friends fill in for me on the blog occasionally and share some delicious recipes and informative posts!

Guest Posts

Chickpea Buckeyes
Dark Chocolate Bark – 3 ways
No Bake Carrot Cake Cream Cheese Bars
Tomato Basil Mozzarella Quinoa Muffins
Fermented Foods- Back in Vogue?
Gingerbread Protein Balls
Rice Krispie Chicken Tenders
Roasted Cabbage Wedge Salad
Peanut Butter Cookie Dough Dip
Is A Calorie Just A Calorie
5 To Thrive
SEO 101 For Bloggers
Yoga 101


hubby Best of the Bean: Year 4

It wouldn’t be possible for me to do what I do without the support of my hubby. He’s my biggest fan and is always there to offer support, ideas and lend his proof-reading skills. He also writes his own posts occasionally!

Mr. Bean Posts

Help I’m Married To A Blogger
There’s A Tampon In My Pocket
You Might Be Married To A Dietitian If


Plus a couple randoms that wouldn’t fit anywhere else:

Doing More & Less Thanks To Technology
15 Minor Life Annoyances

Hope you guys enjoyed this round-up. Hopefully it reminded you of a recipe you wanted to try or led you to a post you may have missed!

Thanks again for being awesome and cheers to another great year!