Mango Mint Cooler

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The heat wave has finally broken here in NYC! What used to be 95+° weather daily last week has now plunged to near-frigid 85-ish temperatures this week- can you believe how lucky we are? :)

Disgusting humidity and insane heat aside, I’m really enjoying this summer. Wedding preparations are going swimmingly so far (knock on wood), I’ve been knocking a lot off my to-do list, and I’m getting ready to go on a long weekend trip to Montreal on Friday! As you may know, I lived in Montreal for 3 years during undergrad, and I LOVE going back as much as I am able to.

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Montreal is a foodie haven for me- between the smoked meat sandwiches at Schwartz’s, authentic Lebanese fast food at Boustan, and (of course!) the bangin’ plates of poutine at La Banquise, I never leave hungry (or any skinnier) after my visits!  It is one of my favorite cities on Earth, and I really can’t wait to go back in a few days!

But if you’re sticking around here this weekend, and are dying for a good way to beat the heat, look no further. Frozen mangoes, fresh mint, and cool almond milk blend together for a delicious icy concoction that helps keep you cool and tastes amazing to boot.

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Mango Mint Cooler
 
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Serves: 1

Ingredients
  • 1 cup almond milk
  • 1 mango, peeled and diced, frozen (can also use fresh)
  • 1 banana, frozen or fresh
  • 1 handful fresh mint (about ⅓ cup packed)
  • 4-5 ice cubes (if not using frozen fruit)

Instructions
  1. Combine all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth. Pour and enjoy!

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As with all my favorite blended drinks on here, this one is a total cinch to put together and is guaranteed to keep you cool and refreshed!

Any good upcoming summer plans for you all?

Keep cool, and happy eating :-)
mally

Mango Berry Shake

Mango Berry Shake

Hello! I’m finally, FINALLY done with traveling until later on this summer- after 3 straight weekends of travel I am so happy to finally be able to stick around at home for a little bit. That is, until I head to Montreal in about a month, and of course my honeymoon in a few months… ahh, who am I kidding! I love traveling!

This past weekend I had the most incredible opportunity to hang out at the BlogHer Food ’13 conference in Austin, TX. I was there to speak at my very own workshop, Blog on the Run, about the different kinds of apps food bloggers can use to maintain their blog and workflow on the go. It was a thrilling (and just a little bit nervewracking) experience and I literally cannot wait until next year’s conference. I was able to meet so many amazing bloggers and network with a ton of great folks.

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One of the funniest things to happen during my workshop was when my dad texted me during the brief point where I actually had my phone hooked up to the projector. He said something like “How’s it going with your workshop?” I was so embarrassed until everyone started laughing- it ended up being pretty cute. It was only after that I realized my “Do Not Disturb” function on my phone was not enabled… whoops!

So after 3 straight weekends of basically being on vacation, I need a little break from overindulgence. While I love treating myself when I’m away, I always come back feeling like I need to cut back and get back on track with my nutrition. Since I have a lot of exciting wedding related things coming up, including my first dress fitting (!!!) and our engagement photos, I want to make sure I’m in the best shape I can be in.

Enter my long time favorite for breakfast- the smoothie! I know, it’s not Smoothie Sunday, but I wanted to share with you a new concoction I made with fresh mangos that my future mother-in-law gave me on Sunday night. Combined with frozen berries and a little liquid of your choice, this makes for a perfectly nutritious yet sweet breakfast.

Mango Berry Shake

Check out the recipe here:

Mango Berry Shake
 
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Serves: 1

Ingredients
  • 1 ripe mango, diced
  • ½ cup carrot juice, water, almond milk, or your preferred liquid
  • ½ cup frozen berries
  • 2 tbsp protein powder (optional)

Instructions
  1. Place all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth. Enjoy!

Mango Berry Shake

Thanks to Mommy Glo for the fresh mangos, and to all the BlogHer staff for an amazing conference!

Oh and in case you were wondering… it’s officially FOUR MONTHS TO GO until our wedding! :D

Happy Eating :-)
mally

Smoothie Sundays: Tropical Spinach Smoothie

Tropical Spinach Smoothie

So, by far the best perk about being engaged (okay, besides the whole marrying the love of your life thing) is that part where you get to put everything on your dream home wishlist into a public forum, and actually receive all (or most!) of those things with no damage done to you, your person, or your wallet!

That’s right, folks, I’m talking about the best thing ever: the wedding registry!

I am having so much fun adding things to our registries (yeah… we have three, whoops). Our collection of random home and kitchen items is currently an amalgamation from 3 different apartments, some things coming from previous tenants I never even met. Out will go all the cheap plastic plates, metal wire hangers, NY Rangers plastic cups, and random mismatch spoons.

Although, it’s a little daunting because we don’t even know where we’re going to move to after we get married just yet, what our styles will be like in 5 years, or how much space we’ll eventually have. Right now I’m having people send their gifts to my parents’ house because we have no more room for fun things in our tiny, tiny kitchen:

My tiny kitchen

(This is it: yup, that’s all the counter space we have. Count ‘em, TWO drawers, both about 8 inches wide. Oh yes, those are the George Foreman, the rice cooker, the dutch oven, and the roasting pan hanging out on top of our cabinets because they literally do not fit anywhere else. And some random fake ivy… I should probably throw that out… LOVE APARTMENT LIVING!)

But I digress. Registries! So fun!!!

At least one thing I won’t have to register for is a blender… got that taken care of! I am real excited to share this smoothie with you guys today- it’s one of my new favorites, and it’s helping me get in the mood for the spring-like weather that’s just around the corner.

Tropical Spinach Smoothie

Blend up some delicious tropical fruits and spinach with some carrot juice, and you have a real breakfast time fiesta on your hands:

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Smoothie Sundays: Tropical Spinach Smoothie
 
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Serves: 1

Ingredients
  • 1 cup carrot juice
  • 1 cup frozen strawberries
  • ½ cup frozen peaches OR ½ cup frozen mangoes
  • 1 cup spinach
  • 2 tbsp protein powder (optional)

Instructions
  1. Blend all ingredients until smooth. Drink up!

Before you all go, for all you married, engaged, or really any ladies and gents out there, can you help me out with a few things?

  1. Did you make a wedding website? Necessary, not?
  2. Did you register for china? Again, necessary, or not? (I’m kinda leaning towards not…)
  3. What is your favorite thing you registered for and received?
  4. What is your favorite thing you didn’t register for and received?
  5. What’s one thing you wish you had registered for?

Thanks in advance! Have a great week, friends!

Happy Blending :-)
mally

Smoothie Sunday: Kale ‘n Berries Smoothie

Kale 'n Berries Smoothie

Happy Sunday! It’s sad, but today is officially Christmas decoration take-down day in our house. Going away is the tree, the stockings, and all the ornaments for another year. We are IN 2013 now people… and I couldn’t be happier!

I am one of those suckers for New Year’s resolutions, as you may have picked up from my last post. But one that I am really excited to committing to is eating healthier this year. You see, that wedding dress isn’t just going to fit itself, so I am starting early and going to the gym a lot more (4 times in 6 days, what what?), and watching what I eat much more carefully.

That may mean cutting back for some people, or adding more of a certain type of food for others, but for me a big part of it is including more healthy components into my every day diet.

Enter this smoothie. Sure, it looks like an normal, run of the mill berry smoothie, and sure, it tastes like it too. But there’s a secret ninja of nutrients sneaked in there- a nice big leaf of kale!

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Yup, it’s true, and you can’t even taste it to be honest- but I sure feel better about getting my greens in without any sacrifice in flavor!

So it’s Sunday, and since I haven’t done one these in a while- here’s your Sunday Smoothie for today!

Smoothie Sunday: Kale ‘n Berries Smoothie
 
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Ingredients
  • ½ cup berries (frozen or fresh)
  • ⅓ cup almond milk
  • 1 -2 large leaves lacinato kale, stem removed, torn into pieces
  • 1 banana (frozen or fresh)
  • 2 tbsp oats
  • 1 tbsp ground chia seed powder (optional)
  • 3-4 ice cubes (if you aren’t using frozen fruits)

Instructions
  1. Place all ingredients in a blender, and blend until smooth. Enjoy!

Kale 'n Berries Smoothie

Here’s a tip for anyone who is as addicted to smoothies as I am out there: I recently started peeling my ripe bananas, cutting them into rounds, and then freezing those rounds in freezer bags for easy use in my smoothies- kind of like banana ice cubes. This is probably extremely obvious to anyone with a whit of common sense- but lil old me here has been freezing the whole banana and then trying to thaw and rub off the peel under warm water like a dum dum for longer than I’d care to admit. Live and learn folks… live and learn.

Happy Eating :-)
mally

Smoothie Sundays: PB&J Smoothie

PBJ Smoothie

Hi guys! I am currently in San Francisco, escaping the awful weather on the East Coast. Between Sandy and Athena, I’m starting to think there is some kind of conspiracy against our poor little section of the country. Luckily, we’ve been inches away from damage to our property not once, but twice- avoiding extensive leaking from the tar that got ripped off our roof from the heavy winds, and again this past week when a large tree branch splintered and fell due to the snow and landed 6 inches from my car.

Needless to say, this vacation couldn’t have come at a better time. [Read more...]