Jun
30
2014

Holy Moly Best-Ever Guacamole

SO ADDICTIVE YOU MAY NEED TO HIDE THE EVIDENCE

Holy Moly Best-Ever Guacamole

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Here's what happens every time I make guacamole:

1) Cheerfully, and with the best of intentions, I make a double batch so that my husband can enjoy it when he gets home from work.

2) Sample the guacamole, for seasoning purposes.

3) Sample the guacamole again, just to make sure it's okay.

4) Rip open a bag of tortilla chips and/or box of crackers.

5) Sample the guacamole WITH chip/cracker, to ensure the seasoning is correct.

6) Eat the entire batch of guacamole.

7) Hide the evidence that there ever was guacamole.

8) Change into yoga pants.

Every single time.

Ingredients:

2 ripe avocados
2 cloves garlic, pressed
2 tablespoons lime juice
1 1/2 teaspoons dehydrated onion or onion powder
1/2 teaspoon coriander
2 small (or 1 large) Roma tomatoes, diced
Sea salt and cracked black pepper to taste
 

  In a bowl, mash avocados with a fork, and mix in garlic, lime juice, onion powder, and coriander until smooth.

  Stir in diced tomatoes.

  Serve with chips, crackers, or just eat with a spoon. Try not to eat the whole thing but if you do, hide the evidence!

Want more tasty snacks? Try my Roasted Red Pepper Hummus or my Easy Kale Chips.

Jun
23
2014

Save Money and Calories: DIY Frozen Blended Coffee Recipe

BETTER THAN STARBUCKS!

Save Money and Calories: DIY Frozen Blended Coffee Recipe

I remember the day I had my first Starbucks Frappuccino. It was 1997. I was on a platonic coffee date with a man on whom I had an unrequited crush. He bought me a Mocha Frappuccino and it was love at first sip: frothy, sweet, and delicious. I stayed up late that night not only because of the evening caffeine consumption, but also because of the memory of that man's green eyes and square jaw.

Wouldn't you know it, one coffee date led to another, and here we are, seventeen years later, with a house and a dog and two kids. We don't go on coffee dates too often any more; life is pretty busy, and I certainly can't drink coffee past 11 am without serious sleep repercussions. No one wants a sleep deprived Nicole, least of all the aforementioned husband, kids, and dog. I also don't love paying $5 for a drink, regardless of how frothy, sweet, and delicious it is — therefore, for a summertime treat I wanted to recreate the Frappuccino, in a low-cost, low-calorie way.

The other day I made up a batch of these frozen blended coffee drinks and gave one to my husband to try. He proclaimed it to be "better than Starbucks" and when I told him how low in cost and calories it is, I think he fell in love with me all over again. Call it the magic of the mocha!

Ingredients

5-6 large coffee ice cubes (see below)
1 cup vanilla almond milk, or vanilla soy milk for nut-free
2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder (optional)
1-2 tablespoons caramel sauce (optional)
coconut whipped cream for garnish (optional)
chocolate or caramel sauce for garnish (optional)

 

  Brew very strong coffee; allow to cool and then freeze in ice cube trays.

  Using a blender, whirl together 5-6 large (1 inch by 2 inches) coffee ice cubes and 1 cup vanilla almond or soy milk. Blend on high until frosty and creamy. For a classic coffee-flavoured drink - stop right there.

  For a mocha drink, blend in 2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder; for a caramel drink, blend in 1-2 tablespoons caramel sauce.

  If desired, top with coconut whipped cream and drizzle with chocolate or caramel syrup.

  For a nut-and-soy-free version, use 1 cup of skim dairy milk with 1 teaspoon of sugar and 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract in lieu of the vanilla almond or vanilla soy milk.

  Make this for the love of your life, and watch them fall in love with you all over again!

Yield: 1-16 ounce beverage

Nutritional Information (coffee flavour only, using Almond Breeze Vanilla non-dairy beverage): Calories 90, Fat 2.5 grams, Total Carbohydrates 16 grams, Fibre 1 gram, Protein 1 gram.

Thirsty for more? Try my 3 Best Juice Recipes or my Green Goddess Juice Recipe. Looking for a little more romance? Try these aphrodisiac Gluten Free Chocolate Almond Butter Blondies.

It's so easy to fall in love, and it's so easy to make these Frozen Blended Coffee Drinks. Watch me do it in under three minutes!

Jun
17
2014

3 Best Juice Recipes For Detoxing And Cleansing

A DO-IT-YOURSELF JUICE CLEANSE FOR "POST-VACATION INDULGENCE SYNDROME"

3 Best Juice Recipes For Detoxing And Cleansing

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Juice cleanses and detoxes are all the rage these days, but they seem especially ubiquitous coming up to the summer season. Generally, I am a person who believes in everyday clean and healthy eating and good food choices with only occasional indulgences, which really negate the need for a detoxifying cleanse.

And yet I do understand the desire for the occasional cleanse. I recently went on vacation for two weeks and afterwards was unable to button my previously loose pants, thanks to copious booze-and-chip consumption. I’m anticipating a similar result from my annual summer trip to my in-laws’, in which I will likely consume three dozen Palm Bays and just as many homemade buns over the course of ten days. One cannot indulge like that and expect no consequences . . . enter the juice cleanse.

*One cannot drink that much wine by oneself without consequences*

A big problem with commercial juice cleanses is the cost. Most cleanses run about $100 per day, and most programs are three days in duration. After the sunk cost of a juicer—and you can get some great ones for reasonable pricesthe cost of making your own juice can be quite inexpensive. I’ve come up with a few detoxifying juice recipes that won’t break the bank, whether you’re planning a full-on cleanse or you just want a nice, fresh juice to sip on.

Feel The Beet Juice

I know, it feels a little “Dwight Schrute,” but beets are renowned for their detoxifying properties, especially for liver and blood purification. After my visit to the in-laws’, this is something I will need (cough, Palm Bay, cough). Be sure to peel the beet before juicing to get the best flavour.

Ingredients:

1 beet, peeled and cubed
2 Red Delicious apples, cubed
2 medium carrots, sliced into rounds
 

  Place all items in the juicer, stir, and drink!

 

Rise and Shine Juice

Cucumbers are hydrating and help flush toxins from the systemsomething I tend to need post-vacation. They are also great sources of Vitamins A and C. Together with oranges and carrots, they make this juice a powerhouse of vitamins!

Ingredients:

1 Long English cucumber, peeled and sliced
3 medium carrots, sliced into rounds
2 oranges, peeled and sliced
 

  Place all items in the juicer, stir, and drink!

 

Lean Green Juicing Machine

This is a “pucker up, buttercup” kind of juiceit’s very tart! If it’s too tart for your tastes, substitute a sweeter apple, such as Golden or Red Delicious, in place of the Granny Smith.

Ingredients:

1 cup raw spinach leaves
1 Long English cucumber, peeled and sliced
2 limes, peeled and sliced
1 Granny Smith apple, sliced
 

  Place all items in the juicer, stir, and drink!

Want more detoxing drinks? Try my Green Goddess Juice, which is a healthy version of lemonade! Not a juice fan? Try my Easy Tropical Green Smoothie or my Hangover Cure Smoothieperfect for those "overindulgences."