thirsty thursday: coconut mango spritzers
we’re juuussstttttttt about in the swing of a 3-day weekend [and the official kick off of summer… yay!], and because i’m sure many of you will be hosting parties, making homemade brunches or enjoying breakfasts in bed, a morning cocktail seemed most fitting for this week’s thirsty thursday post. and these coconut mango spritzers will be the perfect addition to your holiday weekend mornings [or any weekend morning, as far as i’m concerned]! best of all? you only need 3 ingredients… it truly could not be easier!
for each of the coconut mango spritzers you will need:
- 1 part champagne [i did use prosecco because it was what i had on hand… still good!]
- 1 part peach + mango coconut water [i used vita coco]
- 1 part mango la croix
- unsweetened coconut flakes [optional]
you’ll want to create this drink in traditional champagne flutes, so that it will be super easy to measure out. first, fill each flute about 1/3 of the way with champagne, add the la croix until the glass is 2/3 full, and then top with the coconut water. that’s it!
the la croix gives this baby a little extra fizz [it is a spritzer after all] and the vita coco adds a little additional flavor… if you’re feelin’ it, you can even sprinkle a few unsweetened coconut flakes on the top as a fun garnish.
cheers… and happy memorial day!
p.s. these tips for staying balanced during holiday weekends help me make it through all of the celebrating year after year… they’re tried and true, and if you put them into practice, you won’t be sorry!
blue apron got me feelin’ like a chef!
after i tried hellofresh [and really enjoyed it!] i decided i wanted to give some more of these “meals on demand” services a try. i love cooking, but haven’t been doing too much of it lately, and what better way to get back into it than with healthy meals made from whole foods delivered right to my doorstep? next up, blue apron!
my friend, and fellow healthy lifestyle blogger, alexis, saw my hellofresh post and suggested that i try blue apron [and gifted me with a free week of meals!]. obviously, i immediately took her up on the offer, picked the pescetarian box, and dove right in!
the setup is very similar to hellofresh [i mean there is only so many things that can be done with this kind of service, right?] but i do have to say that hellofresh has a much nicer presentation than blue apron does. with blue apron, all of the ingredients for all three meals are just thrown into the box, where with hellofresh, each meal was packaged into its own individual box within the delivery box. but, minor details! don’t judge a book by its cover, right?
i do have to say, while these meals were pretty easy to make, and i’m not a total amateur in the kitchen, they turned out so well that i felt pretttyyyyy damn good. they make it easy, but the meals they put together look and taste like they require a much higher skill level to pull of than they actually do… don’t you love that?!
here’s the lowdown:
crispy cod + yuzu-shoyu soba
okay, this was absolutely my favorite of the three meals for a few reasons: 1) it was quick and easy, 2) it contained noodles and i effing love noodles, and 3) it. was. bomb. all of the flavors came together so well, especially the sauce made from ginger, mirin, and yuzu juice with the added kick of the spices.
vadouvan chickpea burgers
after the epic fail that was the smoky black bean cakes from my hellofresh box [read more about that disaster here] i was a little nervous about how this was going to go. luckily, it seems like blue apron had all of their measurements right, and the patties came together perfectly. this was much more labor intensive than both of the other meals, but i can’t complain too much… i got a pretty good arm workout in mashing all of those chickpeas up! i really loved the curry flavoring, yogurt-based sauce and the sweet potato side dish, too.
zucchini + parmesan quiches
these mini quiches were pretty good, and the side salad was a nice touch! the parmesan cheese was a plus, but i do wish there was maybe one more vegetable included… like mushrooms or tomatoes, just to add a little more flavor to the mix.
i almost feel like this is a cop-out because i gave hellofresh the same rating, but…
4/5 bananas for blue apron!
honestly, if it wasn’t for the packaging, i would have given them a 5/5… the meals were just that good. maybe they’ll step up their presentation one of these days.
do you guys know of any other services like this? i want to try them all! let me know in the comments below or email me your suggestions at firstname.lastname@example.org.
twenty eight, feelin’ great
this past tuesday marked my 28th birthday, and i said this last year when i turned 27, but… twenty eight… seriously?!
just to backtrack for a minute… on may 10th, 2015, i was in l.a., hoping that my plan to leave new york for the best coast would end up working out… not knowing where i was going to live or work… how or if i was going to make new friends… and a year later, i’m here, working at a company i love, and surrounded by some of the most amazing people i’ve ever met… pretty. effing. insane.
last year i made a list of 27 things i’d learned in my 27 years on the planet, and this year i thought i would keep the tradition alive, but instead of 28 life lessons i thought i would list twenty eight things i’m grateful for. practicing gratitude has become a part of my morning routine over the past few months, and it just seemed fitting. so, here goes nothin’.
- for my family and friends, near and far. they are the most important things in my life, always and forever.
- that it doesn’t snow in l.a… ever.
- for my job at snacknation and all of the amazing people it has brought into my life.
- for my big girl apartment.
- that i no longer have to take public transportation… ever.
- for music, especially the way it brings people together.
- for the beach [where i could go every day if i wanted to.]
- for my morning routine, even though i over sleep from time to time and have no time to do it.
- that my hard work is paying off, even if it took longer than i thought it should have.
- for re-discovering my love of camping. seriously, my amazon cart is full of camping gear after going to joshua tree a few weeks ago.
- for blogging and having this creative outlet to do what i really love to do… write!
- for yoga.
- that leo finally won an oscar. about damn time.
- for puppies. still don’t have one of my own, but one of these days that’s going to change.
- for coffee. not sure how people make it by without it.
- that i broke up with the scale and haven’t looked back.
- that i took the leap and moved to l.a. i’ve never felt more at home.
- that i can workout outside all. year. round. [hello, hiking!]
- for the people in my life who call me out on my sh*t.
- for learning how to put myself out there.
- for being able to say that i’m making serious progress with mastering my mean girl.
- for pizza. never not grateful for pizza. and also grateful for margaritas.
- for the bad days. they make the good days even better.
- for weekends away when i can disconnect from social media and my phone… and reality.
- that i said “yes!” to almost everything for a while, but grateful that i’m starting to say “no” again.
- to be going to the u.k. in july with my family. nothing gets me excited quite like traveling does.
- that i’ve adopted the “i.d.g.a.f.o.s.” mindset. because there’s no point in being miserable.
- and last, but not least, i’m grateful for having another amazing year to look forward to!
thirtsy thursday: spicy cucumber margaritas
yes, i’m well aware that it’s not quite thursday yet, but since tomorrow is cinco de mayo, i wanted to make sure this post was up a day early, just in time for all of your balanced celebrations!
one thing you should know about me is that i effing love margaritas. for whatever reason, they have always been my favorite cocktail… maybe it’s because i associate them with the summertime, and sitting on the beach, soaking up the sun… but anyways, it was inevitable that i’d be experimenting with making my own, and what better a day to share the recipe with you than cinco de drinko?! [and there will be more where this came from, i can promise you that!]
this spicy cucumber margarita is pretty much the perfect balanced cocktail. the tequila will get you feelin’ a little loose while the cucumber will help keep you hydrated [and gives the drink a really light and crisp flavor] and finally, the jalapeño will not only add a little kick, but help boost your metabolism, too.
for 2 spicy cucumber margaritas you will need:
- 1 cucumber, thinly sliced
- 1 small jalapeño, seeds removed + thinly sliced [more or less to taste]
- juice squeezed from 4 limes
- 1/2 cup tequila blanco
- 2 tsp. raw honey [more or less to taste]
- coarse kosher salt, sweet chili powder + cane sugar for rim
- a few cucumber + jalapeño slices set aside for garnish
- place the cucumber and jalapeño slices, lime juice, tequila and honey in a blender. blend until smooth.
- on a small plate, combine a little salt, chili powder and cane sugar [about a tsp. of each should be good]. wet the rim with a leftover piece of lime, and then dip into salt, chili powder, sugar mixture.
- place several ice cubes in each serving glass along with one cucumber and one jalapeño slice.
- pour blended mixture over the ice, garnish glass with cucumber and jalapeño, top off with a fun paper straw [or a paper umbrella] and enjoy!
happy cinco de mayo! [and as always, no drinking + driving!]
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