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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”.

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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 […]

Gelato… Ciao bello

Gelato… Ciao bello

Happy Summer Solstice everyone! It’s officially the first day of my favorite season! Unfortunately for me, warm weather is just one more excuse for me to eat ice cream. I’ve been trying soooo hard not to eat ice cream like every single day.  Still trying to achieve that Summer body ya know? Well, the other day I had a moment of weakness. I was doing my grocery shopping and I thought that I’d just peek to see if any ice cream was on sale. Just…out of curiosity. Wasn’t planning on buying anything. Walked past Dreyers. Nope. Walked past Breyers. Nada. Turkey Hill…Store Brand…Ben & Jerry’s. Negative. But wait, what’s this? Talenti Gelato…Buy 2 for $7. It would be wrong not to get it!

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This was my first time trying Talenti. This stuff ain’t cheap! But my friends have always said that this stuff is to die for. Let me tell you, I’ve found love in the frozen food aisle. This creamy magnificence is definitely Netflix binge watching material. Chill guys, I didn’t eat this all by myself. I shared the Caramel Cookie Crunch yesterday and believe it or not the Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough is still in the freezer (not for long!). I have to admit though, I found myself forgetting to share. The gelato is perfectly creamy with rich swirls of caramel woven throughout. As if that wasn’t bad enough, there are countless crunchy little cookie balls mixed in (can we get a yum in here?). You know the moment when you’re relentlessly scraping the bottom of the container with your spoon and the person next to you is saying “Hey, it’s gone.”? But you don’t want to listen to them because you don’t want to wake up from your ice cream induced coma. That may or may not have happened. But guys, I know I’m not the only one that does that. I know you do it to!

As I said before, Talenti isn’t cheap. But if my grocery store continues to have sales like this, let’s just say I’ll probably be wearing t-shirts to the beach this Summer.

Until next time food lovers!

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One Lovely Blog Award!

One Lovely Blog Award!

Aggghhh guys I’m so excited! I have been nominated for the One Lovely Blog Award! 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 […]