Friday, October 24, 2014

A Cheesecake Green Smoothie

I love green tea.

Like love green tea.

It's energizing. It's soothing. It's delicious! Green tea is my favorite warm beverage by a long margin and no other type of tea has yet to come in even spitting distance of my love for green tea.

So when there's an Indian summer, or when the heating comes on too high too early, and I don't want to be warmed even more by a warm beverage, matcha is great. It's energizing and delicious, just like green tea, but can be prepared just as well with cold water as with hot!


I recently discovered Red Leaf Tea and they're my new tea obsession. Not only is their matcha high quality, but it's available in all sorts of absolutely delectable flavors!

I tried three really scrumptious flavors. My favorite to drink by itself was the Caramel Matcha, though the Belgian Chocolate was great, too.


But the Cheesecake Matcha?


Oh my gosh, it made SUCH a mean green smoothie.


Like addictively delicious, sweet, scrumptious, way too good for reality, mean green smoothie.

Just blend a teaspoon of Red Leaf Tea Cheesecake Matcha with a very ripe banana, one cup of vanilla soy milk, a scant tablespoon of agave nectar, and a few ice cubes. That's it!


It's so good.

What's your favorite warm beverage?

Do you like flavored teas?

Have you ever had a matcha smoothie?

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

WIAW: Loving Lately

Happy October!

I haven't done a WIAW in ages (and, surprise, surprise - it's still not a traditional WIAW) but here's some of what I've been loving lately!

Peas and Crayons

Random Yogurt-Granola-Cookie-Nuts-Nut Butters-Fruit-Dried Fruit-Chocolate Bowls


That's a mouthful. I should really just call it a Kitchen Sink (or, more accurately, the Kitchen Pantry) and be done with it. It's delicious, though, and back in rotation often for breakfast, snacks, and even occasionally as a dinner option!

Oven Roasted Veggies With Tofu Dogs or Veggie Burgers


Now that summer is over (WHOOOOOT!) and the temperatures are cooler, I'm no longer averse to turning on the oven/stove and making something warm for a meal.


Veggies rubbed with oil and some spices, then roasted in the oven until browned, are just so perfect for fall!


My favorite veggies to roast are probably brussels sprouts, eggplant, and kabocha squash - those are the ones for which oven-roasting makes the hugest difference. Oh, and cauliflower. Yum :)

Random Lunches



I love snacking and I love random meals with lots of snacky style foods - like the above, enjoyed with some peanut butter and handfuls of chocolate squares cereal. Yum!

What are your favorite fall foods?

What's your favorite thing about fall?

What's the yummiest thing you've eaten today?

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Review and GIVEAWAY - Enjoy Life Not Nuts! Seeds & Fruit Mix


Want a snack that's salty, sweet, and crunchy all at once? Want it to be school lunchbox-friendly, in days when many cafeterias are going nut free to avoid dangerous allergy situations?

Enjoy Life Not Nuts! Seed and Fruit Mixes fit the bill perfectly!


They come in two varieties, Beach Bash and Mountain Mambo, both of which are entirely free of peanuts (as well as any other nights!) and all eight of the most common allergens.

Both varieties are delicious and available in both a larger 6oz bag for multiple occasion snacking and an individual pack for convenience!


The Beach Bash features sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, dried pineapple, dried apricots, and cranberries for a tropical-flavored treat that will warm you right up as the winter approaches and sunny 85 degree afternoons become a distant memory.



The Mountain Mambo is a throwback to old school trail mix, with dark chocolate chips, sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, and dried fruits - but made allergy friendly!


They're healthy and delicious snacks for a quick pick-me-up at any time of day. Yum!


But don't just take my word for how great these snacks are - try them yourself! We're giving away two big 6oz bags, one of each flavor, and two individual packs, one of each flavor, to one lucky winner!


You have until midnight on the 28 (next Tuesday) to enter!


Good luck!

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