Posts Tagged ‘beverage’

Friends. I ached this past weekend. Sore throat, head and nose congestion all accompanied with a headache. Not fun! As I write this post, I am still feeling under the weather…

…not for long! I’ve made it a priority to drink this vitamin C-packed “cold buster” smoothie once a day! I used a food processor because my blender is broken. 🙂

I call it “easy” because it only contains three ingredients! Not including the dash of cinnamon on top. (1) frozen peaches, (2) orange and (3) non-fat Greek yogurt. The peaches are a great source of Vitamin C and especially oranges!! I know that Vitamin C won’t cure my cold but it will prevent it from getting worse. Thank you Vitamin C! Not only does the Greek yogurt thicken the smoothie but it gives me protein and energy I need to fight off this cold.

Is there a specific meal or beverage you make when you’re not feeling well?

Easy “Cold Buster” Smoothie
Serves 1

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– 1/2 cup frozen no-sugar-added peaches. Using frozen fruit helps thicken the smoothie without needing to add ice cream or ice.
– half an orange
– 1/4 cup nonfat or low fat Greek yogurt
– a dash of cinnamon

Place first three ingredients in a blender or food processor. Blend until smooth. Pour into your favorite glass and add a dash of cinnamon on top. Enjoy and goodbye cold!


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Temperatures are soaring and my appetite for light meals and cool eats is rising. I like this relationship because I truly enjoy light meals and cool grub.

In my house, fruit is always available. I actually feel like a fish out-of-water if I don’t have fresh produce in my inventory. Does anyone else feel this way? If so, we’d make great friends!

I was recently in the mood for a smoothie. Why not?! Smoothies are pretty darn good. Nevertheless, I wanted to create a fruity and cool lassi. A pink lassi…how about a strawberry and banana lassi?!

What’s a lassi? A lassi is a yogurt based drink found in Pakistan and India. The most common lassi is a mango lassi, which is a combination of yogurt, water or milk, sugar and mango and topped with spices. You can learn more about lassis here.

Rather than going the traditional route, I created a mouth-watering strawberry and banana lassi, sprinkled with yellow curry powder. It’s a yummy alternative if you don’t have mango, you’re allergic to mango or simply don’t like it. This strawberry and banana lassi is refreshing and the curry is a nice and subtle touch!

Nutritional perks –

    Strawberries – They pack a punch! Strawberries protect the heart, help prevent cancer and are anti-inflammatory. They also help protect against rheumatoid arthritis.
    Bananas – A great source of calcium and an excellent source of potassium. The high presence of potassium helps promote bone health.

Strawberry and Banana Lassi

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– 1 cup fresh strawberries, halved
– 1 medium banana, sliced
– 1/2 cup low fat or non-fat Greek yogurt
– 1/4 cup low fat or non-fat milk
– 1 tsp agave nectar, honey or evaporated cane sugar
– 1/4 tsp yellow curry

Place the first five ingredients into a blender and give it a whirl! Pour into a drinking glass and sprinkle yellow curry on top. Stirring the curry into the lassi is surprisingly good!

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meyer lemon lemonade

meyer lemons…la di dah! fancy schmancy!

meyer lemon lemonade…yup, you read right. La di dah, indeed!

So why would meyer lemons be fancy schmancy? Meyer lemons are not a typical lemon, like the ones we often see in super markets. If you notice, the meyer lemon has a warm orange hue. It’s believed meyer lemons are the love-child of a mandarin orange and a lemon. Scandalous!

Lemonade is best when it’s fresh squeezed! Don’t you agree? I love fresh squeezed anything. In fact, I even love to say “fresh squeezed.” What a great adjective, right?! What if we started applying it to other aspects of daily life?…

Hi, Joe. Here are the fresh squeezed copies you asked for.

I can’t believe I got this fresh squeezed ticket!

How does this fresh squeezed sweater look on me?

Ok, I am getting carried away. I digress.

With a pile of meyer lemons on-hand, I needed to enjoy their sweet/tart nectar! A holiday weekend definitely warranted lemonade…with agave (a natural and low glycemic index sweetener)!

Nutritional perks –

    Citrus – aids in weight management and promotes heart health. Contains numerous antioxidants and nutrients, as well as potassium and Vitamin C.
    Agave – a natural sweetener. Contains a low glycemic index, which provides sweetness without the unpleasant “sugar rush.”

Meyor Lemon Lemonade
[Individual servings]

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For 4 servings

– 2 meyer lemons, halved and seeded
– 4 cups cold water
– 4 tsp agave. 1 tsp per serving, but if you want the lemonade to be sweeter increase the amount of agave.
– ice

Place one half of the meyer lemon at the bottom of your drinking glass. Using a mortar or other solid kitchen instrument, pound on the lemon and macerate it. Leave the macerated lemon in the glass. Add the 1 teaspoon agave and 1 cup of cold water. Stir well. Top with ice.

Enjoy. Have seconds too!

more please!

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