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Healthy Cobbler, Eating at Cookouts, & How to Tell if a Page is Fake

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Healthy Cobbler! Wait, what? Well, healthy is a relative term. This quick and easy batter cobbler recipe remake is a lighter and more nutritionally dense version of my grandmother’s cobbler. Before you scroll past, I have to tell you it is so dang close to the original that you won’t believe it. This Healthy Honey Peach Cobbler perfect for July 4th cookouts and picnics — and all summer long!

Good and Good for You is early this week due to the 4th of July. You’ll need some reading between food and fun.

This issue shares

  • The Best Life Living Tip: How to Tell if a Facebook Page is Fake
  • The Self-Care Technique: How to Eat Healthy at Cookouts
  • Ideas and Inspo from The Recipe Rebel

Read on for more — including my recipe revamp for Healthy Cobbler — made with sweet Georgia  peaches! You are going to love it.

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Best Life Living Tip

How to tell if a Facebook recipe page is real? With the surge of AI or “artificial intelligence,” there are thousands more fake sites plus the AI content generated by Facebook. My feed is flooded with images of impossible cakes, recipes that don’t match the photos, and clickbait that doesn’t have anything to do with food.

My fave of the week was a site with an image of an American flag with the caption, ” Once all our soldiers are home then and only then should we pay off student loans.” The only thing missing was a ghostly AI image of Jesus in the background.

According to McAfee, “Scammers create fake accounts to try to friend people and get access to their personal information. Identity theft is their motivation.”

Cyber hackers profit from this private information by taking out loans or credit cards or selling the info. And, buying and selling Facebook fans is a multimillion-dollar business, as both brands and individuals pay big money for fans and likes. The crazy thing is that the Facebook algorithm is sharing these fake accounts to our feeds!

Then there’s the AI created by Meta. Here’s a post from my friend and colleague Ashley at the Recipe Rebel, ” AI is a problem for content creators because it is scraping information from websites that a creator has put hours/days/weeks into testing and researching. There’s no guarantee that what it spits out will be accurate….”

Don’t trust AI recipes from a fake site OR generated by Facebook. It’s guilty until proven innocent, not the other way around.

How to tell if a Facebook recipe page is real?

  • Check the profile picture. If there’s only one and hasn’t been changed, it’s likely a fake.
  • Many fake Facebook accounts have different names in the URL and the profile.
  • Look for misspelled words, bad grammar, random caps, and other signs of a translator bot. (Sadly, many real humans are guilty, too.)
  • Sounds crazy, but if they are too pretty, too handsome, too adorable, too “everything” — it’s likely a fake.
  • Check the admin location under the About tab. It’s not to say that someone in Pakistan doesn’t have a killer recipe for Grandma’s recipe for Chocolate Chip cookies, but it’s not likely.
  • Do a Reverse Image Search on Google.

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Self Care Technique

“How to Eat Healthy at Cookouts?” is a trending question this week! It can be hard to figure out what to do when you are trying to eat healthy or lose weight when faced with a buffet of BBQ ribs and potato salad.

Here are my Lucky Seven Tips for Eating Healthy at a Cookout.

  1. Eat before you go. Don’t arrive starving. Eat a healthy and filling breakfast.
  2. Drink lots of water and go easy on the alcohol. Drink water between boozy drinks.
  3. Stand back from the buffet and look at what’s being offered before you fill your plate.
  4. Choose options that are lower in saturated fat, such as lean cuts of beef and pork, skinless poultry, or fish.
  5. If all the main course options are fatty, decrease portion size and increase the volume of healthy sides.
  6. At least 50% of your plate should be fruits or vegetables.
  7. Eat the damn cake or cobbler, or pie or whatever it is. Don’t make yourself sad or mad. Watch your portion control.

Then, in the end, what if you blow it? Well, you blow it. Don’t beat yourself up. Healthy eating is not an “all-or-nothing.” My philosophy is “more often than not.”

You can do it!


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Ideas and Inspiration

I mentioned Ashley, the Recipe Rebel regarding AI recipes. We met on a Feta PDO discovery trip to Greece sponsored by the European Union. She’s sweet, smart, and fun! A former high school English teacher, she’s not a trained chef.  She’s a mom and her recipes are easy family meals and sweet treats with simple ingredients and fewer dishes.

She’s got a huge following online and on her social accounts. She was able to quit her job — and her husband quit his, too – to work with her as a content creator.  Her “mommy blog” has become a successful career. I love her work and she inspires me, not only with her food and delicious recipes but also with her grit and business acumen. She’s from the wide-open prairies of Manitoba, Canada  — and an internet superstar.

This is what is good about the internet — real food, real people, real recipes, real stories, and real problems.  I love that she’s educating her audience about AI and how those bots affect real people. When we share, we help one another.

Give Ashley a follow on IG and check out her site.  I hope she inspires you, too.

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Point it Out

Hope you love my Healthy Honey Peach Cobbler. It’s only 163 calories and 6 WW points per serving. Here are a few more items for your cookout: Grilled Potato Salad with Bacon Vinaigrette, my Sweet Heat BBQ Ribs on Food Network, and Watermelon Lemonade to quench your thirst.

Thanks so much for reading. Please let me know if you try this recipe and tag me on social if you post.

Bon Appétit Y’all!

Virginia Willis

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Healthy Cobbler - Honey Ginger Peach

"Healthy" as a relative term. My mother and grandmother have made this version of a cobbler my whole life. I have kept the flavor of the original and revamped it with more healthful ingredients, but the basic flavor and texture are the same. Other fruits may be substituted, but peach has always been my favorite. Baking this in cast iron is a beautiful presentation as the golden brown batter swells around the sweet summer fruit.
Prep Time15 minutes
Cook Time30 minutes
Total Time45 minutes
Course: Breakfast, Dessert
Cuisine: American, French, Southern
Keyword: cobbler, cookout dessert, fruit cobbler, healthy cobbler, healthy dessert, peach cobbler, summer dessert
Servings: 10
Calories: 163kcal


  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter or plant butter
  • 1/4 cup light olive oil
  • 1 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1 teaspoon freshly grated ginger
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon fine salt
  • 3/4 cup skim milk
  • 1/3 cup honey, more for serving
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 4 cups summer fruit such as sliced peaches blueberries, blackberries, or raspberries
  • Frozen Yogurt for serving
  • Mint for garnish


  • Heat the oven to 350°F. Place the butter and oil in a 9 x l3-inch ovenproof serving dish or 10 1/2-inch cast iron skillet and transfer to the preheated oven to heat, 5 to 7 minutes.
  • Meanwhile, combine the flour, baking powder, grated ginger, and salt in a bowl. Add the milk, honey, and vanilla and stir to combine.
  • Remove the hot dish with the melted butter and oil from the oven. Add the butter oil mixture to the batter and stir to combine. Pour the batter into the hot pan. Spoon the fruit evenly over the batter. Return the pan to the oven and bake until brown and the batter has risen up and around the fruit, 30 to 35 minutes.
  • Remove to a rack to cool slightly. Serve immediately with frozen yogurt and garnish with fresh mint.


Calories: 163kcal | Carbohydrates: 16g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 10g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 5g | Trans Fat: 0.2g | Cholesterol: 13mg | Sodium: 232mg | Potassium: 152mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 381IU | Vitamin C: 3mg | Calcium: 68mg | Iron: 1mg
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Virginia Willis

Georgia-born French-trained chef Virginia Willis has foraged for berries in the Alaskan wilderness, harvested capers in the shadow of a smoldering volcano in Sicily, and executed the food styling for a Super Bowl commercial seen by over 160 million people. Virginia is a Beard award-winning cookbook author, chef, content creator, and motivational speaker. She has lost 65# and kept it off for more than 3 years. Because of her own health journey, she is a cheerleader for others seeking to make lifestyle changes to feel healthier and happier. Her experience inspired her to launch “Good and Good for You” a lifestyle brand rooted in culinary that shares health and wellness content through digital channels; public speaking; and print media. Fans love her approachable spirit and friendly down-to-earth style. For more information visit

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  1. Evan B

    One of my favorite go to desert recipes!

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