gluten free - dairy free - nut free option - soy free - refined sugar free
These summer temps, man. They have been brutal and I don't know about you but I have been having a hard time doing anything that takes motivation or energy of any kind.
Aside from trying to stay hydrated, stay indoors, dream of fall and consume all the smoothie bowls and shakes that are chilly and delicious.
While still being nutritious of course.
And if you hadn't heard, I have an Ebook out now! Full of Smoothie Bowls that are gluten and dairy free and chock full of all kinds of healthy, good-for-you things.
This smoothie was inspired by the period of my life when I had t gag down a billion dates (IE: pregnancy)
I couldn't stand to eat them, BUT, when I put them into a smoothie I realized it just fueled them as the sugar source and it tasted SO GOOD. So now I'm on a "what else can I make with dates with it still tasting good?" kick.
Enter these Almond Banana Cocoa Date Smoothies. (We call it our ABCD breakfast) Or really a shake. But I feel like you can't say shake and still feel guilt-free at breakfast. Drool-worthy. Cooling for summer. YUM.
Almond Banana Cocoa Date (The ABCD Smoothie)
gluten free - dairy free - soy free - vegan - kid friendly
OH MY SWEET GOODNESS.
This smoothie. It's like a decadent Sunday brunch in a glass. It tastes so much like a Cinnamon Roll that even my toddler said "mmmmm dessert!" when he tasted it.
It contains no refined white sugar, dairy, gluten or soy. Only sweetened with maple syrup and banana, its filling, contains oats for fiber and satisfies a sweet tooth if you need a sweet breakfast treat without all of the guilt.
Today is Valentine's Day. It's a gloomy, rainy day this year so we are playing indoors, sippin' on these and working on projects until daddy gets home. Our big romantic plans tonight? Grilling some chicken, hanging with our Grey and watching the Valentine's Day episode of The Goldbergs. #GetLit #HuluandHangWithToddler
What are your Valentine's Plans?
Also, make this smoothie this weekend. The recipe is for two smoothies, so if you've got little sweet tooths and hungry tummies in your home - double up.
Cinnamon Roll Smoothie
Put it all in a powerful blender and voila!
Serve cold with a sprinkle of cinnamon.
What did you do for Valentine's Day? And what's your favorite sweet breakfast hack? Share in the comments below!
Lots of love to you guys today and always!
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How do you envision an endless summer?
I'd imagine it'd be enjoyed with warm sun kissed skin and lengthy beach days, the sun hanging in the sky late into the evening while the scent of sea salt and the ocean breeze tickle my senses.
Topped off with a cool drink and a smile on my lips.
This week I've partnered with Torani and Kroger to bring you a summer beverage that is sure to make you smile. My S'mores Iced Latte is as delicious as it's name suggests. It marries summer camping memories with a modern iced coffee that you can enjoy in any season. In addition to grabbing the recipe below, Torani has provided coupon to save $1.00 on any (1) Torani® Syrups and Sauces to create the perfect summer beverage.
Once you find the offer, clip it to your card and redeem next time you're in store! Easy peasy!
What I love about Torani is not only how easy they are to find at your local Fry's or Kroger (coffee aisle!), it's how versatile their products are. With their extensive line of flavors from my favorite Sugar Free S'Mores or Toasted Marshmallow Syrups to the exotic Mango and Passion Fruit Syrups, I'm able to get creative and make the best drinks for any occasion.
And because no milk is used in the dark chocolate (the other sauces do have dairy for those with allergies), the Dark Chocolate Sauce is also a staple on my coffee bar for hot cocoa nights, adding a drizzle to ice cream or topping off this mouth-watering S'Mores Latte.
Vanilla is a weekly go to when I treat myself to a Vanilla Almond Milk Latte (I've saved so much switching to a home coffee bar and skipping the coffee shops), the S'mores is the star of the show in this recipe, and the Salted Caramel is drool-worthy guys. A dairy-free Salted Caramel Chocolate Shake is on my Summer Bucket List for sure. Like by the pool. Tomorrow kind of situation.
So, tell me in the comments below, how do you envision your endless summer? And if you've tried Torani before, what is your go to flavor or blend?
For more Torani recipes, follow the hashtag #ToraniEndlessSummer on social media, and to find Torani in a store near you:
Iced S'more Latte
Smoothies and watermelon go hand in hand for summer as well as a beach day and a good book.
This refreshing smoothie is PACKED with protein that it gets from the plant based protein and the nutter butter.
Creamy and hydrating, my kiddo requests this one on repeat.
1 12 oz. bottle WTRMLN WTR
1 scoop plant-based protein
1 tablespoon of almond butter (or other nut butter of choice)
1 teaspoon fresh grated ginger
½ cup ice
Add all ingredients to blender and blend until smooth.
Top with your favorite granola or fruit and enjoy with a friend.
Sharing my recipe for my Sparkling Strawberry Peach Lemonade on the West Valley Moms Blog today, click here to get this cool 4-ingredient refresher in time for the 4th.
For Mother's Day this year, along with a trip to a cabin in Flagstaff, my husband bought me my first juicer. I've wanted one for so, so long and just never brought myself to spend the money on one. That and I heard they were a P A I N to clean and ain't no mama got time for that.
He however, found me an AMAZING one that is the easiest EVER to clean. This is the one he got me and it's fairy inexpensive when it comes to kitchen appliances that work really well. For the recipe below, YOU DO NOT NEED A JUICER. Just a good blender. So you can keep reading if you have yet to snag yourself a good juicer.
The first juice I made at the cabin was a bust because I put a banana in it. NEWBIE ALERT. Don't do that. Bananas are not meant for juicers haha. If you want to add banana, put your juice in a blender with a banana and blend to finish.
When we returned home, however, I was SUPER excited to hit the farmers market for all the goodies to whip up a morning juice for me and my boys. I made a Carrot Beet juice full of iron and goodies along with some fruits and I'll be posting that shortly.
In addition to my new juices I've been in the mood to whip up a ton of new smoothies and I actually make this one every other morning now to accompany some granola, eggs or oatmeal.
The recipe is SUPER easy and I'm excited to roll out more smoothie and juicing recipes this summer as the temps heat up.
1 C. Silk Soy Milk Vanilla Yogurt Alternative
1 C. Organic Spinach (washed)
1/2 of an Avocado
1/2 Frozen or Chilled Banana
1 C. Frozen Mango
1 C. Soy Milk
1 tsp. Vanilla Extract
Blend all ingredients in a blender or food processor until smooth. (I use my Ninja Blender)
Serve immediately in chilled glass, top with additional fruit (optional) and enjoy!
Nosh & Nurture was born of this journey I am on to better the health of myself, my family and those around me. What started as a simple compilation of recipes has grown to a all-around lifestyle journal with ways to incorporate organic products into your home, pantry and beauty cabinet. I also include stories on pregnancy, new motherhood, travel, Proverbs 31 marriage, and spiritual health, as I am a Christian who couldn't do any of this without my Lord & Savior Jesus Christ. For more of my story you can click here.
All recipes are gluten-free and dairy-free with a lot of soy-free, grain-free, sugar-free options.