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Spring will soon arrive, which means Summer is coming soon!! And because I am so desperate for Summer these days, I feel like anytime is the perfect time to get started on your sweet tea drinking. If you want to add a new, fruity version of sweet tea to your repertoire, check out our favorite tea recipe!
Do you want to cool down with a refreshing, low calorie summertime drink?
We have an overabundance of blackberries on our property so I am always looking for ways to use them! Here is what I did to make this delicious and refreshing beverage:
- First combine 2 cups of fresh blackberries and 3/4 cup Sugar. Combine together and either mash or puree in a food processor. We prefer to taste the fruit pieces in our drink so I simply mash ours with our fruit masher.
- Mix with 1 gallon of unsweetened Ice Tea (I used Lipton Tea this time, but I also really like it with the Lipton Green Tea)
- Serve over ice, garnish if desired and enjoy!
When I made these, I used Tall Glass Beer Steins, but I have since switched to this awesome Mason Jar Set! It is so cute for serving tea to guests! There is just something about Iced Tea in a mason jar that makes me smile and think about my time visiting family in the South. 🙂 We have this tea on hand often during the Summer months, but I ALWAYS serve it during our Summertime BBQs and it’s always a hit! (If you need some tips on throwing an awesome BBQ, check out this post)
Even my husband loves this tea and he is not a tea drinker!
*45 calories per 8 ounce serving.
Everyone in my family is sick right now. Yucky coughs, stuffy nose and all! So, I decided to fight back with lots of Vitamin C, tea, water and medicine.
To sooth our sore throats and help us fight even more, I decided to make some delicious Feel-Good Bow-Tie Chicken Soup. This always helps when we are under the weather and the entire family gobbles it up!
- Chicken (I use leg quarters, but this is your preference)
- Bow-Tie Pasta
- 3 Celery stalks
- 1 medium Onion
- 2 cloves Garlic
I cook chicken and garlic in a large pot on medium heat for 2.5 hours. At this point, separate the meat from the bone and put back into the chicken stock, adding the onion, celery and pasta. Salt to taste
Cook on low-medium for an additional 20-30 minutes.
I absolutely love Summer time! I love all of the farm stands that pop up locally and all of the fresh fruits and vegetables that are available.
I picked up some fresh veggies this morning at my local non-GMO farmstand and made myself some fresh Farm Stand Tuna Salad for lunch!
I sliced some cucumbers and tomatoes, mixed in some tuna and added a little dressing and voila’ – Fresh Delicious and healthy salad!
- 1 Tomato
- 1 Cucumber
- 1 can/pouch Tuna fish w/water
- 2 tbsp Italian Dressing
Mix ingredients together and serve chilled!
I love a delicious protein smoothie for breakfast! I have decided that this is my favorite one yet!
I made Blackberry Banana Plant Protein Smoothies using this recipe and oh my goodness it was delicious!
- 1 cup blackberries (fresh or frozen)
- 1 banana
- 1 cup ice
- 1/2 cup milk (almond or soy milk can be substituted)
- 1 8oz Vanilla Yogurt
- 1 scoop Plant Protein (I used Life’s Basics Plant Protein Mix….so yummy!!)
- Combine the berries, banana, ice, yogurt, milk and protein mix in a blender. Blend until smooth. Serve immediately.
So my kids were begging for pancakes for dinner last, which is great for them. Not so much for us as we try to cut back on our unhealthy carbs at night time. We wanted to join the kiddos on pancake night so we decided to take a healthy approach.
We thought about it and decided to create our own oat flour by grinding up the old fashioned oats that we always have on hand (we buy in bulk) and create homemade pancakes with that.
First we took two cups of oats and placed it into our blender, mixing it up to a fine powder. We then made our own pancake mix:
Mix all ingredients together and pour desired amount onto griddle on medium heat. Cook for 4-5 minutes on one side and then flip. Cook until center is cooked through.
*We added the protein for 2 reasons: 1) We are working out often and want to maintain healthy protein levels in all of our food. 2) The vanilla protein was for added flavor because we were not using syrup, only peanut butter as our topping.
I have mentioned before that we are working hard to keep our diet healthy. We add vegetables to every meal (yep..even breakfast), but that can get old when they are always cooked the same way. Today we decided to grill our veggies using our trusty George Foreman Grill and they turned out delicious!
Here are the veggies I used for dinner tonight:
- Sweet Yellow Onion
- Mini Bell Peppers (Orange, Yellow and Red) sliced in half lengthwise
While preheating the grill, brush the veggies with olive oil and sprinkle plain ol’ ground black pepper on them.
Place veggies onto grill once it is preheated and grill for 6-9 minutes. That’s it, you now have delicious grilled veggies that are tender, healthy and an awesome side dish.
It has been way too long since I went grocery shopping and my kids were begging for dessert last night. What’s a mom to do? I took a look around my cabinets and made my own little mini pineapple crisp.
- 1 can crushed pineapple
- 2 tablespoons brown sugar (mixture)
- 1/2 cup oatmeal (I used old fashioned oats)
- 2 tablespoons brown sugar
I mixed the can of crushed pineapple with the 2 tablespoons of organic brown sugar, I then scooped it into cupcake liners in a cupcake tin. I then covered it with oatmeal and more brown sugar and baked it at 350 degrees for 30 minutes.
They were a huge hit with the entire family! They are even eating them cold today!
I love a good, healthy smoothie for breakfast, doesn’t everyone? 🙂
My current favorite breakfast smoothie is a Blueberry Hemp Smoothie. I use hemp protein for my protein source in this smoothie.
Here’s my recipe:
- 1/2 cup frozen or fresh blueberries
- 1 cup ice
- 1 cup fat free milk (or almond milk)
- 6 ounces plain yogurt (vanilla works too)
- 4 tbsp organic hemp protein
This recipe makes 2 yummy breakfast smoothies!
I love the flavors and textures in this smoothie, even my kids love it!
Here is one of my favorite breakfast recipes that has been awesome for my fitness and weight loss goals. If you are a smoothie fan, check this one out.
BB Protein Smoothie Recipe
I love this smoothie because it is so filling and keeps my hunger satisfied all morning!
*Side Note – I often shop for yogurt in the clearance section at my local store and I put them in the freezer, this makes delicious and budget friendly smoothies in my opinion, but you can also use refrigerated yogurt with ice added in.