Drink a Peach Ginger Smoothie for a Plant-Based Diet Breakfast

Whether or not you subscribe to a full-time plant-based diet, you cannot deny that there are a lot of healthy, great-tasting options out there to incorporate even part time. What I love about the Peach Ginger Smoothie is not only the great taste, because I love peach-flavored anything, but also the ginger. I have a wonky stomach at times, and ginger is so wonderful for helping it to balance out. Add in some other healthy ingredients to this smoothie recipe, and you’re definitely kicking off your morning in the right way. Continue reading “Drink a Peach Ginger Smoothie for a Plant-Based Diet Breakfast”

Indulge in a Carrot Cake Smoothie

Breakfast smoothies are a great way to start the day. I like to mix it up with a variety of flavors, depending on my mood. I also have a tendency to get bored with the same thing day in and day out, but want to focus on healthy smoothie recipes as much as possible. The carrot cake smoothie is one that tricks you into thinking you’re enjoying a dessert, even though it is actually healthy.

Tempt your taste buds with the natural sweetness of oranges and carrots, balanced with complementary spices. Top it off with homemade coconut whipped cream for that dessert-y final touch if you want. And sometimes, to mix it up a bit, I may skip the whipped cream, and try other alternative milks for different flavors.

This smoothie recipe makes enough for two people. Plan ahead and plan to share. Or go ahead and be selfish on occasion. 🙂 Continue reading “Indulge in a Carrot Cake Smoothie”

Indulge in a Pink Grapefruit Martini with Mocktail Version

There’s just something about relaxing with a refreshing martini at the end of a long day, or while hanging out with friends. And a pink martini is a really pretty one. So at your next gathering, why not try this Pink Grapefruit Martini recipe? Kids, or people who choose to not indulge, will enjoy the mocktail version. You could even serve them with your family dinner. I just have visions of sitting out on the deck, poolside, or even at a fun picnic. Continue reading “Indulge in a Pink Grapefruit Martini with Mocktail Version”

Pumpkin Spice Latte Variations

Pumpkin spice season seemed to have actually started back in about August. Products started creeping in on the shelves at stores (I’m looking at you, Trader Joe’s!) and all of the memes started flooding my feed. In September, it started to feel a bit more acceptable, as the fall season technically starts. And of course, October is the month that there’s no holds barred when it comes to all things pumpkin. You can even keep it going through November and get away with it.

But grabbing those pumpkin spiced lattes on the go can add up quite quickly. Yes, the bonus points are great, but your pocketbook may not always be appreciative of the addiction. Or now that the weather is getting colder, you may not feel like trying to go out into elements to get your tasty treat. Just imagine curling up with a tasty cup of fall flavors while curled up on the couch. (I know, sometimes it is a total pipe dream, but we’re imagining, right?) So here are a few ways to go about it.

(And yes, I will be including some affiliate links here. I can earn a small commission if you use them, but I am only sharing products I think you, my readers, may find useful.) Continue reading “Pumpkin Spice Latte Variations”

Starbucks Molten Chocolate Coffee

It’s Valentine’s Day! Did you get your Starbucks Molten Chocolate yet? I am, alas, riding the single train this year, so my Valentine gets to be two of my favorite things:  coffee and chocolate. So imagine my supreme happiness when I got the app notification about the special that Starbucks was having. In fact, I went ahead and got two, one as a soy latte and one as a frappuccino. I will be up half the night, but the beautiful blend of my two favorite things will make it all worthwhile.

Take your espresso which is on top of dark chocolate chunks, blended with mocha infused milk, and then drizzled with chocolate espresso sauce and topped with mocha-infused espresso whipped cream. OMG yum.

I got a hot one as a Starbucks Molten Chocolate latte made with soy that had no whipped cream on it. Or perhaps it melted because I had one other stop to quickly make before going back to the office. And then I was so eager to sample it that I forgot to take a picture of it until I had already gulped some down. Sorry! But look at all of that chocolate goodness that awaited me at the bottom of the cup.

And because today is the last day, I also had to get it frappuccino-style. Just look at those layers! The taste of it is like the jamocha shakes that my grandmother used to get for me at Rax. (Do you remember Rax? We had it before Arby’s came along and knocked them out of business.) It is so good!

I can already hear a few of you grumbling about the number of calories. Seriously, it’s a holiday. Calories don’t count. And if you can’t let yourself indulge every once in a while, then life is no fun. I’m eating a salad for lunch, anyway. (Although, I think of that meme about coffee and chocolate both coming from beans, and beans are healthy, so therefore…  😀 )

There is also the Starbucks Molten Chocolate Hot Chocolate available. Basically it is the latte, but with no coffee, and all mocha infusions are done with decaf espresso. It is very tempting to have as a dessert on my way home from work, before dinner, because chocolate. But that may be overdoing it, even for me.

And I just looked down at my shirt and somehow have chocolate on it. I guess you can say that I am just displaying my love on my chest. Or something.

So that is my Valentine’s Day gift to myself. May your day also be filled with coffee, chocolate, and lotsa love.