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End of Summer Sweet Treat: Strawberry White Chocolate Smoothie

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Let’s be real here: I am so ready for summer to come to an end! Fall is my absolute favorite season of the year. Crisp and fresh air. Boots. Knit Sweaters. Scarves. Rainy days. Warm coffee drinks. Cinnamon. This is why I loved Vancouver so much. I could enjoy all of my favorite things year round.

Since we now live in Southern California, I’m craving the cool weather like a madwoman. I don’t think my cravings will be fulfilled anytime soon, as I’ve heard it will still be very warm and sunny down here until late October.

Even though it is no longer strawberry season here, I am still able to find organic berries in my grocery store, and I keep buying them every week. I. Cannot. Stop. I usually eat half the basket and, after a day or two, chop up the rest to freeze for later in the year.

To cool off on one of those ridiculously hot summer days, I decided to blend up a refreshing and sweet summer treat to share with my 2-year old.

If you have a sweet tooth, this one’s for you!

Strawberry White Chocolate Smoothie

So easy: 1/2 frozen banana, 1 cup frozen strawberries (note: next time I’ll use fresh), 1/4 cup white chocolate chips, milk (or non-dairy drink of your choice) to thin it out. I used almond milk and the whole thing turned out super sweet and creamy.

The smoothie combines the sweetness of white chocolate and juicy ripe strawberries and I won’t tell anyone if you top yours with whipped cream. ;)

I usually enjoy my smoothies with greens, less sweet and without milk, but for a hot summer day like today, and when I’m in the mood for ice cream but our freezer is empty, this works perfectly for me.

What’s your favorite season? Do you have any seasonal foods you are always looking forward to? What’s your favorite smoothie? Mine is the Green Goodness (apples, ginger, kale, lemon juice) from Whole Foods in Vancouver, BC – unfortunately not available here. Yep, another Vancouver favorite!

 

Summer Coffee Treat: Eiskaffee

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We recently got a Keurig K-cup coffee maker and I’m a little obsessed trying out all the different types and flavors of coffee.

Side note: Did you notice I am spelling things the American way, now that we no longer live in Canada. Flavor definitely used to be flavour, but I’m trying to adapt, you know? ;)

I’m still struggling with the conversion to Fahrenheit though. And pounds, ounces (there are fluid ounces too, right?) and miles.

So, anyway, on one of those super hot days a couple of weeks ago, I just felt sipping on a nice, sweet iced coffee. I remembered that we also had vanilla ice cream in the freezer and I decided to treat the little guy to a small bowl and then it hit me:

Scoop of ice cream + coffee = yummm!

This worked really well with the Starbucks Caffe Verona Dark Roast K-cup, but regular (dark) brewed coffee, or even espresso would be perfectly fine as well. Just make sure to use enough ice cream, to have your coffee cool down enough.

This is actually what is called Eiskaffee in German (fyi: there is no such thing as iced coffee – coffee over ice cubes – in Germany, except Starbucks-like American coffee shops, but it’s not very popular, at least when I was growing up there) and you can get it at all Gelaterias and ice cream places.

So, if you’re feeling extra-scrumptious or you simply can’t decide whether to have coffee or ice cream, why not try both in a glass? 

Let me know what you think and feel free to leave a comment below! I’m always excited to hear from you!

PS: The Woolzies natural dryer balls giveaway is still running, so if you haven’t entered already, you still can here

Smoothie Love {Nutribullet Review}

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I wasn’t really planning on doing a review on the NutriBullet when I first got it as a fun kinda Christmas gift.

But now a few months into using it, I’m really impressed by it.

It comes with 3 cups (1 large, 2 small), 2 different blades, drinking rings to screw on top of the cup to make drinking more comfortable, and even a little recipe booklet, which tells you how to make NutriBlasts (basically green smoothies). Now if you’re hardcore into smoothies and juices, chances are you will find this recipe book pretty ridiculous, but for a non-raw/vegan omnivore this might be pretty handy to learn about getting a lot of nutrition in a smoothie.

I’ve been enjoying green smoothies for a couple of years now, and I used to use my hand blender to make them. Often I had chunks of the ingredients that would clog the straw. Not so with the NutriBullet!! It literally pulverizes the ingredients (including chia seeds) into a smooth drink.

My favourite smoothie: Spinach-Apple-Lemon-Ginger. Sometimes with cucumber or avocado. Berry or Mango smoothies with yogurt are also on top of the list.

Another use I discovered this morning: It blends vegan overnight oats into a creamy chia-oatmeal pudding.

I’m sure this is nowhere near as fancy as a Vitamix or Blendtec blenders, but for a more budget-friendly option, the NutriBullet does the job perfectly fine. Cleaning is super easy (I just splash some dish soap and warm water in with the used cup and blend it up for a couple of seconds to clean the blades, and the cups themselves are dishwasher safe). Best of all, it’s super compact and easily fits on your counter under your cupboards.

Did you hear of the NutriBullet? It’s really worth giving it a shot, if you’re in the market for a compact blender!

This was a Christmas gift and opinions are all mine! :)