Tag: cooking

Family Friendly Piña Coladas

Family Friendly Piña Coladas

Real talk guys, I am not diggin’ this heat right now. Summer is winding down, shouldn’t it be getting cooler? Don’t get me wrong, I absolutely love summer, in fact it’s my favorite season. Flip flops, ice cream, barbecues, pretending I’m too bougie to swim […]

5 Unexpected Foods That Keep You Regular

5 Unexpected Foods That Keep You Regular

We love food. Food makes us happy and keeps us going. But sometimes food keeps us from going if you catch my drift. There’s plenty of reasons behind distressin’ intestines. It could be your medication, an inactive lifestyle or it could be the food you’re eating. There […]

Gimme that Liquid Sunshine!

Gimme that Liquid Sunshine!

Fun fact: I used to work at a coffee bar on my college campus. Definitely one of my favorite jobs thus far. The fast paced environment, the whir of the blenders, the pshhh of the milk steamer…glorious. At the coffee bar we made various coffee drinks, milkshakes, and best of all… custom smoothies. After working there for 3 years, I’d like to think that I’m a bit of a smoothie aficionado. Working at the coffee bar gave me the confidence to experiment with different smoothie ingredients at home. I have a couple of little concoctions that are downright delightful if I do say so myself, but I’ll share my absolute favorite with you. Let’s just call it, “Liquid Sunshine”.

smoothie

I typically use frozen fruit so that I can enjoy my fruity goodness in mere minutes. Yes, I’m an impatient little madam.  If you’ve got the time, go ahead and cut up some fresh fruit! In the event that you do decide to use frozen fruit and are watching your calories, be mindful of the type of frozen fruit you’re buying. If you buy the frozen fruit that has fruit syrups or added sugars in it, this will of course up the calories. All of the frozen fruits you’ll see in the above photo have no added sugars, but trust me… I have a serious sweet tooth and this smoothie was perfect for me. I’m not down for drinking sour/bitter smoothies all for the sake of being healthy or trendy. If it doesn’t taste good, I ain’t havin’ it!

For this smoothie recipe, you’ll need to grab a bottle of Welch’s Refreshingly Simple Juice. But why can’t I just use the apple juice in my fridge? I get it. I love apple juice too! The answer is, you totally can. It’ll still taste great!  But I have a reason for recommending this specific juice. I’ve used several different juices in my smoothie making ventures but the Refreshingly Simple Juices are my favorite. They taste great and there are no artificial sweeteners, artificial preservatives or high fructose corn syrup.  Best of all, No weird aftertaste. All for the low low price of 100 calories. Score.

 

Note: This recipe is modified for the use of frozen fruit, eliminating the need to use ice. If you use fresh fruit, you will need some ice to give your smoothie a lil’ thickness! The amount of ice you need depends on how much fruit you use. The more fruit you use, the less ice you’ll need. I’d start with 1 cup of ice or so and if it’s still to thin for your taste, gradually add more based on your preference.

Tropical Smoothie

Summer's not over just yet! This simple smoothie recipe is refreshing, light on calories and will have you out the door in minutes.

Course Drinks
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 2 servings
Calories 315 kcal

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup pineapple diced
  • 1/2 cup peaches sliced
  • 1/2 cup strawberries sliced
  • 1 banana sliced
  • 1/4 cup plain yogurt (optional)
  • 1 cup Welch’s Refreshingly Simple Juice: Peach Mango or Strawberry Raspberry

Instructions

  1. Combine ingredients in blender.
  2. Blend till smooth(ie). See what I did there? Yes, I'm corny.

Recipe Notes

Here’s a tip for the smoothie maker with a busy schedule: Slice and freeze your banana the night before and store it in a Ziploc bag so that it’s ready to go in the morning. You can also measure out all of your fruit the night before and bag it up so that you can toss everything in the blender right away.

 

Seeing as how I decided to use my backyard as the backdrop, I thought I’d share a few pictures bonus pictures of what we’ve got growin’ back there!

 

Funiculì, Funiculà, Focaccia!

Funiculì, Funiculà, Focaccia!

Thanks for joining me for the first ever installment of (drumroll please) Girl vs Groceries! I’ll be sharing with you the interesting items that I find on my ventures to yes you guessed it, the grocery store. Leggooo! Costco and Sams are without a doubt […]

Roasted Zucchini

Roasted Zucchini

What is it about green vegetables that make people want to run away and hide? I was a weird child, I liked all vegetables. EXCEPT PEAS. I draw the line at green peas. Blech. Anyways, I just don’t get it. It seems like children in […]

Welcome to Cinema & Nutmeg

Welcome to Cinema & Nutmeg

Hey food lovers! Welcome to my brand new food blog Cinema & Nutmeg (formerly Flavor Me This.) For those of you that have been shall we say frequent customers, thanks for sticking with me through the transition! To my new friends, welcome and thanks for stopping by!

 

So what’s new (besides that new blog smell)?!

As you may have guessed from the new name, movies will be the new added content. But not just any movies, classic films. I’m a huge movie buff period, but classic films are very dear to me. From the music to the well-rounded actors, it ain’t called the Golden Age of Hollywood for nothin’! So here’s what’s gonna happen: Tuesday and/or Thursday I’ll share a food fact, grocery discovery, restaurant experience or recipe. On Saturdays I’ll share a movie review, talk themes, music, whatever comes to mind. You’ve heard of wine pairings? Well we’re doing movie pairings ya’ll. If I’m feeling extra fancy, I’ll prepare a dish that pairs with that specific movie or maybe I’ll just prepare a bomb snack that I was craving. To be honest pizza is my usual movie companion (and about 40% of my diet) but I’ll try to branch out for you guys. Sacrifices.  Fare thee well Papa John’s.

 

Me being the movie addict that I am, I have a never-ending list of movies that I want to watch at some point. But I’m always looking to add more so I invite you to email me directly, comment, or message me on social media if you have a movie recommendation.  If I post a movie that you’ve already seen or you end up watching it, please feel free to leave your thoughts in the comment section. I’d love to get your point of view and has some awesome conversations!

 

Let me know what you think about the new stuff! I hope you guys are as excited as I am! If you haven’t already, please feel free to follow me on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter.

 

Until next time food lovers!

When Life Gives you Lemons…Make Bread

When Life Gives you Lemons…Make Bread

Good morning foodies! Today I woke up early  (yes I do act like a real adult on occasion) and felt like baking. Guess what? It didn’t result in a hideously disfigured culinary disaster! This is progress good people. Feast your eyeballs on this luscious lemon poppy-seed […]

It’s Taco Time!

It’s Taco Time!

Ummm guys, is it bad if I’m trying to celebrate “Taco Tuesday” on a Friday? You know what, don’t care. This is happening. When are tacos ever a bad idea? Answer: NEVER.   These aren’t as magical as the tacos from back home but I don’t […]

One Lovely Blog Award!

One Lovely Blog Award!

Aggghhh guys I’m so excited! I have been nominated for the One Lovely Blog Award!one-lovely-blog-award-1

I would like to thank Neat Habitat for nominating me, it’s truly an honor! I totally recommend that you stop by Neat Habitat. There’s everything from droolworthy recipes to health and wellness tips to the occasional what we’ll call “Caption That Picture” contests (super fun!).

Here are 7 things that you don’t know about me!

  1. I own every season of I Love Lucy on DVD. Yeaahhh I’m kind of a huge Lucille Ball Fan!
  2. I not only own but have read every book in the Nancy Drew Mystery Stories series (the ones published from 1930-1981) twice.
  3. I’m an only child.
  4. I’ve watched Pride and Prejudice with my mom (the one with Keira Knightley) probablyyy about 100 times.
  5. I’m 23 and I still don’t know how to swim….yeahhh kinda sad huh?
  6. I love roller coasters!
  7. I’m a reformed shopaholic. Ok, I’m not really reformed.

I follow a lot of awesome blogs! Here are a few that I would like to nominate for the One Lovely Blog Award!

  1. Fabi’s Recipes
  2. Chewettes
  3. The Cooking Spoon
  4. The Cosmopolitan Lab
  5. The Dining Diaries
  6. Salt Paprika
  7. Bibi’s Delightful Desserts
  8. My Extended Weekend
  9. Liswynfarm
  10. My Food Belly

Congratulations to all the nominees! If you choose to accept this nomination, here are the rules!

  • Post to accept the nomination
  • Thank the person who nominated you and link to their blogs
  • List 7 things about yourself
  • Link to 10 blogs you nominate
  • Post the rules

Thanks again to Neat Habitat for the nomination!

Until next time food lovers!

It’s National Blueberry Cheesecake Day!

It’s National Blueberry Cheesecake Day!

Happy National Blueberry Cheesecake Day! In honor of the day I made…blueberry muffins. Yeahhh…it’s at least something with blueberry in it. Ok here’s the thing, I just finished making blueberry muffins and was randomly scrolling through Twitter and discovered that it’s what??? National Blueberry Cheesecake Day! Geeze […]