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A Berry Good Smoothie

I am SO late to the protein shake game, but I’m not going to apologize for that. I have tried various protein shakes, and they are awful. Also, they are not that filling and I’m still hungry an hour later. But, I am trying to be healthier so I decided to try my hand at a smoothie that incorporates protein powder. I happened to get a hemp protein powder that does not taste half bad. I went with vanilla, and used vanilla almond milk (sweetened – I mean baby steps here) and honestly I could barely taste the protein powder. What I like about a smoothie vs a shake is I am controlling the ingredients and the fruit combinations. Since school is back in session, more kids are at daycare, and we are now all exposed to more germs, I’m boosting my immune system with a triple berry threat. To make my breakfast a bit more filling, I usually have a piece of whole grain toast with some peanut butter to help hold me over. It’s also a great, fast breakfast and something I can easily eat/drink on my ride into work.

Berry Vanilla Smoothie

Berry Vanilla Smoothie

Ingredients

Instructions

  1. Add all of the ingredients to your blender, and blend until smooth.

Notes

Not So Basic Pumpkin Spice Syrup

 

I know some of you may be thinking, pumpkin already?! Yup! I adore the fall time. I live in Massachusetts, it’s stunning and a time to be celebrated, for sure. Maybe it’s the cooler morning air, or the solar eclipse, whatever it is, I had the itch to make something pumpkin. Before I go all out pumpkin crazy, I thought it best to ease in with this awesome syrup recipe. With the highly anticipated PSL and pumpkin flavored coffees making there return, why not get in on the action first? Be a rebel and make your own PSL syrup. Not only will you be a rebel, you will actually know what is being put into this syrup and won’t be consuming a ton of chemicals. You autumnal rebel you! Also, this syrup takes minutes to make and your house will smell better than a seasonal candle. I kid you not. It’s so yummy. Now I just pop 1-2 tbsp, depending on how sweet I want my coffee, right into my morning cup. You can also get fancier and make your own latte by steaming your milk and adding it to strongly brewed coffee.

Pumpkin Spice Syrup

Pumpkin Spice Syrup

Instructions

  1. Combine the water and sugar in a medium saucepan. Heat over medium heat, whisking occasionally, until the sugar is dissolved. Add in the cinnamon sticks, nutmeg, ginger, cloves and pumpkin. Whisk together to combine. Continue to cook for about 5 minutes, stirring frequently, without letting the mixture come to boil. Remove from the heat and let cool for about 10-15 minutes. Strain the mixture through a mesh strainer and store in an airtight container. Keep refrigerated.

Notes

Adapted slightly from Annie’s Eats.

Spa Water

 

As my son always says: Oh boy, oh boy, oh boy. This water is something else. I love infused water. I’ve experienced a few that seriously look like someone took frozen fruit cocktail and dumped it into water. It just did not look appealing.  I was talking with a colleague last week about an event we did in Dallas. We stayed at the Crescent Hotel, which is absolutely beautiful. I was a nursing mom at the time I traveled, so of course when we arrived at the hotel, our rooms were not ready. I had to pump somewhere, so they sent me to the spa! There were no tears coming from this girls eyes…..well maybe happy tears… While I was trying to get situated a wonderful staff member offered my some spa water. Let me tell you, pumping never felt so luxurious. That water was basically the highlight of my trip. It was so darn tasty! So naturally, when this summer cold that’s been making it’s rounds hit our entire house, I needed something to cure my sore throat. Seriously, it feels like I swallowed fire ants. What better than a water that not only tastes refreshing, but provides some serious vitamin C. The hint of mint really makes this water refreshing. It’s so easy to put together and just let it sit. I let mine sit for about an hour before I started to drink it. I used still water, but you could definitely add some sparkling if you wanted to add something fun.

For this super simple water I added a handful of mint, 1/4 cucumber (sliced), lemon, lime, orange, and about 8 strawberries (sliced). First I added the mint to the pitcher and crushed with a wooden spoon. I added in the fruit and then filled the pitcher with water. I mixed it around a bit and let it sit in the fridge for about an hour before I started to drink it.

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Fresh Mint Cookies and Cream Shake

I cannot believe I am already toward the end of my vacation. This week flew by but I guess that’s always the case when you are enjoying some much needed time at home. It’s just been me and the little one home this week, so we’ve been having fun hanging out. One of the best things about vacation is getting to enjoy things like this. I wouldn’t typically make this during a work week, but during vacation it’s entirely appropriate. It’s also a great way to incorporate the herbs growing in our garden. I’m that weirdo that walks around my deck admiring my herbs. The mint has been my favorite recently, it just smells so wonderful (shhhh please don’t tell the basil which is seriously my favorite). I was dreaming of mojitos or mint tea, and then I found this recipe and made it pretty much immediately. The original recipe was easily convincing when she mentioned that it’s healthy when there is basically little pieces of lettuce in it. So if you are trying to be uber healthy, just think of it as a smoothie….. But in all reality, the freshness of the mint in here is so nice. Also, any recipe that calls for Oreo’s, is a must obvs. I mean Oreo’s. I didn’t adjust anything in this recipe and it was absolutely perfect. If you want it mintier, just use a bigger handful. If you want a bit less, just use a smaller handful. I think I used 6 or so leaves and I thought it was great.

Ingredients

Instructions

  1. Add all ingredients into the blender, and combine. Enjoy!

Notes

Recipe from How Sweet It Is. 

Homemade Mocha Frappuccino

 

I love those fancy pantsy drinks, but not always at the fancy pantsy prices. Also, it’s not always easy to drive right out and get one. So I made my own. If you have a blender and can brew coffee…you are good to go! I made a mocha version, pictured here, that was so tasty. I used crushed ice, which is what the original recipe called for. I’m not sure that was necessary, it was no as icy as I would have liked. Also, my blender is uber powerful, so that could have been an issue as well. But they were delish. Of course, the best part of making these at home is that you get to control the flavor, sweetness….and free refills!

Ingredients

Instructions

  1. Add ice cubes, coffee, milk, vanilla syrup and chocolate syrup to the blender. Blend until smooth and top with whipped cream and a drizzle or two of chocolate syrup.

Notes

Recipe from Annie’s Eats.