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Peanut Butter Protein Power Smoothie

Peanut Butter Protein Power Smoothie

Posted on Monday, April 7, 2014 in Beverages

Yep, more protein! In last Wednesday’s post, I talked about my recent decision to start including extra protein wherever I can think to add it. So, naturally, more of the recipes I share here are going to have more protein in them while I see how this new dietary tweak goes. I hope that’s cool with you!

When I decided to start packing more protein into my recipes, naturally, smoothies were one of the first things to come to mind. I mean, I’m already on a smoothie kick. So: smoothie kick, meet protein kick. And then hello, Peanut Butter Protein Power Smoothie.

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How to Make Cold-Brewed Iced Coffee Concentrate

How to Make Cold-Brewed Iced Coffee Concentrate

Posted on Friday, April 4, 2014 in Beverages

Ahh. Iced coffee. Deep, rich, cool, and creamy. Even chocolaty. There’s nothing like it. And it’s so easy (and inexpensive!) to make at home. I even created a handy-dandy little infographic to show just HOW easy and inexpensive!

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Cinnamon Dolce Iced Coffee

Cinnamon Dolce Iced Coffee

Posted on Friday, March 28, 2014 in Beverages

I’m proud of myself. In 2014, I’ve really cut down on my Starbucks habit. I drop by maybe once per week, which is a huge improvement over my previously daily habit. Okay, maybe twice per week. Okay, okay – occasionally three times.

But still! I’m doing better.

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How to Make Almond Milk Coffee Creamer

How to Make Almond Milk Coffee Creamer

Posted on Wednesday, March 19, 2014 in Beverages, Foundations

Fact: I need cream in my coffee. I cannot drink it black. For the most part, I find plain black coffee vile, watery, and bitter. But a nice splash of half-and-half transforms it into a creamy, warm, soothing, comforting elixir of the gods.

So yeah. I need my cream. But my thighs do not need it. And so that’s why we’re here. That’s why I figured out how to make almond milk coffee creamer, a healthier, non-dairy alternative to half-and-half. And I’m so excited about it, now I’m going to share with you!

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Toasted Coconut Coffee Smoothie

Toasted Coconut Coffee Smoothie

Posted on Thursday, February 6, 2014 in Beverages

I’ve got a definite thing for smoothies lately, and a definite definite thing for coconut smoothies. I mean, coconut is good in just about anything, but when I add it to a smoothie in any form – milk, water, flakes, toasted flakes – I feel like I’m drinking a milkshake.

A smoothie that’s pretty healthy overall, but still feels indulgent? Win. And I’ve got a definite definite DEFINITE thing for this Toasted Coconut Coffee Smoothie.

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Strawberry Ginger Smoothie

Strawberry Ginger Smoothie

Posted on Thursday, January 23, 2014 in Beverages

Iiiiiit’s time! Valentine’s Day is just around the corner. Bring on the pink, the hearts, the red velvet, the mushy-mush. Gushing proclamations of love and stubborn anti-V.D. sentiments are sure to abound in equal measure.

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Toasted Coconut Smoothie

Toasted Coconut Smoothie

Posted on Thursday, January 9, 2014 in Beverages

I am a walking cliche. It’s a brand new year, I have vowed to eat healthier, cleaner, less overall, and just plain better this year. I’ve re-joined a gym, I’m ready to start up Couch to 5K (ahem, again), and, boy. Am I ever on a serious smoothie kick.

After enjoying smoothies that are every color of the rainbow (and loving every second of it), I think this pure white Toasted Coconut Smoothie is oh-so refreshing. Both in the looks department and in the taste department. Is there a taste department? If there was, I’d totally go there. Except then I might have a problem with my 2014 resolutions.

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Two-Minute Hot Chocolate By the Mug

Two-Minute Hot Chocolate By the Mug

Posted on Monday, January 6, 2014 in Beverages

I hear it’s a bit cold outside for quite a few of you right now. The “Polar Vortex,” they’re calling it? Even just reading those frigid words makes me shiver. Brrrrrrr.

So even though it’s the time of year for detoxes and smoothies*, I thought I’d quickly share my super-simple formula for single-serving Hot Chocolate By the Mug. No packets or powder, here … just milk, chocolate, brown sugar, vanilla, and a tiny magic-making pinch of salt. A little heating, a little stirring, and a lot of comfort-in-a-mug.

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Spiced Apple Sparklers (Non-Alcoholic)

Spiced Apple Sparklers (Non-Alcoholic)

Posted on Friday, December 27, 2013 in Beverages

I am not one of those people that hates leftovers. In fact, I think they’re sort of awesome. Maybe it’s my inner frugalista … or my inner lazykins. I mean, basically, a free meal – and virtually no work to make it happen? What’s not to love?!

I’m also a fan of taking a leftover ingredient and re-purposing it in a whole new way. And because I tend to go a little crazy on the Crock Pot Spiced Cider around holiday time, we often have a little left over at the end of the night. So I thought, hey! What if I made this into ice cubes?! And then turned those into something all fizzy and stuff?

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Power Berry Smoothie

Power Berry Smoothie

Posted on Monday, December 23, 2013 in Beverages

The holidays are upon us, and dang, did Christmas come fast this year, or what?! I thought I had it together, but today, I’m a little stressed. I don’t know about you, but I feel like I need an extra boost (or two, or three) to get me through my endless to-do list.

Oh, and hey! A Power Berry Smoothie (or two, or three) should fit the bill just fine.

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Crock Pot Cranberry-Orange Mulled Wine

Crock Pot Cranberry-Orange Mulled Wine

Posted on Thursday, December 12, 2013 in Beverages, Popular

This recipe, my friends, comes with a warning.

CONSUME WITH CAUTION.

There is something oh-so very drinkable – and almost weirdly addicting – about this Crock Pot mulled wine. I don’t know if it’s the tart/sweet combo, the cinnamon, the cloves, the wine, the brandy, its ability to warm you from the inside out, the magic of the season, all of it together, or what, but it is very easy to drink.

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Spiced Apple Sangria

Spiced Apple Sangria

Posted on Thursday, November 7, 2013 in Beverages

I’ve decided to try a slightly different angle this year when it comes to winter: I’m going to fully, enthusiastically embrace each phase of the season as it comes.

Rainy but mild? We’re donning raincoats and wellies and heading out to splash in puddles. Dark and dreary? Time to haul out the big blanket and cuddle in front of the fire. Thanksgiving, Christmas, Valentine’s Day, Saint Patrick’s Day … there will be crafts to make, books to read, events to attend. A snowman will happen, and hot chocolate afterwards. And, of course, recipes to make for every season. Lots and lots of recipes.

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Candy Corn Infused Vodka

Candy Corn Infused Vodka

Posted on Thursday, October 17, 2013 in Beverages

This one belongs in the so wrong/so right files, and I fully admit candy corn infused vodka lies very solidly on the “so wrong” side of that equation.

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