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Tips and tricks to save your smoothie

Smoothies are a fun way to get your daily fruits and veggies, but sometimes things can go a little awry. They can turn out too thick, too thin, or just plain “blah.” But there’s no reason to throw all of that goodness down the drain just because it doesn’t taste right the first time. Turn your smoothie into something delicious with just a few quick tips and tricks. Here are the best ways to save that smoothie: It tastes too watery: Perhaps the ice cubes got away from you and left you with a watery tasting smoothie. The fix Save it by adding more frozen fruit (or fresh fruit if that’s all you have). Then add something creamy (like almond butter or Greek yogurt) to help lessen the watery taste. Add a splash of flavorful fruit juice (whatever you have in your fridge) and a teaspoon of cinnamon, nutmeg, or…

Creamy Fig Almond Smoothie mixes up fall breakfasts

As much as I adore pumpkin flavored foods, autumn has so much more to offer — namely, fresh figs. I don’t think I had a fresh fig until my dad decided to test his luck on a potted fig tree. With the crazy cold Pittsburgh winters, it ended up more like the fig tree testing him. If you’re not lucky enough to live in the Mediterranean or other mild, semiarid climates like California and Oregon, you’ll probably just have to buy them at the store. Fresh figs are super fragile and often bursting with juice to the point they split open. Because of this, some stores stock figs that have been prematurely picked. So beware. You may find a variety of dark and light figs. Black Mission, Adriatic, and Brown Turkey are three common varieties. Each will have a slightly different flavor, but any will work well in this creamy…

Pumpkin banana smoothie a delicious breakfast for fall

I know what you’re thinking. It’s not technically even fall yet. If you’re one of those people who can’t even look at a pumpkin until September 21, then I advise you to temporarily seek recipes elsewhere. I’m about to blow up this blog with pumpkin recipes — this Pumpkin Banana smoothie is just the beginning. I love using a bit of pumpkin puree in my fall breakfast smoothies. It’s an easy way to add fiber and flavor while getting in a festive mood. Plus, pumpkin is packed with protein, rich in antioxidants, and high in vitamin A. One trick I can’t emphasize enough is freezing your fruit — or even just half of it. So, say your recipe calls for berries and bananas — make sure your berries are frozen and use a fresh banana. Freezing at least one of your fruits can save you from having to water your…

Mango green smoothie

Smoothies are the fastest way to pack your diet full of greens. When I look at my blender bursting with handfuls of spinach or kale, I’m amazed at how easy it is to eat healthy when you have a few good smoothie recipes on hand. Not that I don’t love a big salad, but honestly, it’s not something I want every, single day. With smoothies, that doesn’t matter. I get my greens and so much more. Make this delicious Mango Green Smoothie and you’ll give your body a nutritious boost. Mango Green Smoothie Ingredients 1/4 cup coconut milk (from the carton) 1/4 cup water 1 tbsp chia seeds 2 cups lightly packed baby spinach 1 small ripe banana 3/4 cup frozen mango Directions Add ingredients to blender in the order above. Blend until smooth. Pour into your favorite glass and enjoy immediately! ALSO TRY, 9 healthy smoothie recipes.  Follow us on…

Strawberry oatmeal muffins

This time of year, I just can’t get enough fruit. I like eating it fresh most of all, but I also find it impossible to pass on delicious, fruity baked goods. Last week, I came across a killer deal on strawberries at the market, so I was inspired to use some of my stash to make this super summery strawberry muffin recipe. These strawberry oatmeal muffins have tons of texture thanks to the quick-cook oatmeal. And the brown sugar gives just enough sweetness. You’ll love these for breakfast, brunch, or an anytime snack. Since strawberries can sink to the bottom of batter, coating them in flour first will help them float throughout. It also helps distribute their moisture throughout the muffin leaving you with something tender and tasty. Strawberry Oatmeal Muffins Ingredients 1 cup quick-cooking oats, uncooked 1/2 cup brown sugar, packed 1 cup Greek yogurt 1/3 cup vegetable oil…

Half of Americans prefer cold pizza for breakfast, survey shows

It turns out, we don’t just grab that cold pizza slice from the fridge because of laziness, we actually prefer it. A recent survey revealed that 53 percent of Americans would choose eating cold pizza over traditional breakfast fare. (I mean, duh.) In other words, if given the option of eggs, bacon, toast, pancakes, or waffles, OR cold pizza, we would go for the leftover pizza. While this might sound like a huge health no-no, nutritionists have weighed in on our preference for pizza in the in a.m., and largely, it gets a thumbs up. The average slice of pizza and a bowl of cereal with whole milk contain nearly the same number of calories. However, since pizza has more protein, it can keep you full for longer, meaning you might eat less calories overall. Pizza also doesn’t have the added sugars of a lot of popular cereals. The survey gathered…

Bruegger’s and Einstein Bros. baking red, white, and blue bagels to fuel your Fourth of July morning

For the love of carbs! Start your Fourth of July morning in the most delicious AND patriotic way possible — red, white, and blue bagels. Both Bruegger’s and Einstein Bros are baking up their own tri-colored bagel beauties for your Fourth of July celebration this year. The bagels are made with the same recipe as a plain bagel, but food coloring is added to give them their swirled red, white, and blue appearance. Participating Einstein Bros. locations are taking pre-orders, and you can pick them up from July 2 to 4, 2019. Participating Bruegger’s are also accepting pre-orders. Place your order now through July 2 for pick-up July 3 or July 4. Both restaurants will stock the bagels in-store so you can swing by and pick them up last minute, but they’ll only be available while supplies last. So if you’re banking on red, white, and blue bagels to start your…

Fresh Summer Farm Stand Juice

You know you’re solidly an adult when you find yourself looking forward to the Friday evening farmers market. I love leisurely meandering through the aisle, comparing produce and the homemade offerings of one vendor to the next. I usually leave with fresh cut wildflowers, a new jar of jam, some Amish baked goods, and a whole basket of local produce. I set out to create a refreshing juice that reminded me of my summer Friday evening happy place. All of those fresh fruit smells and juicy looking veggies. It’s summertime in a glass. Here is my recipe for Fresh Summer Farm Stand Juice:  Fresh Summer Farm Stand Juice Ingredients 6 fresh strawberries, rinsed with greens in tact 1 large cucumber 1 large apple, (Envy is great for juicing) 2 medium carrots, washed and peeled small handful of spinach Directions Run all ingredients through a juice, being sure to adjust your…

Brownie batter dessert hummus recipe

Yes, you read that right. This recipe calls for melted chocolate and chickpeas… together! When I learned about “dessert hummus” I couldn’t decide if it was some crazy gimmick or pure, culinary genius. You can now firmly file me in the latter category. If you’re all about the edible cookie dough trend, or if you can’t stop licking the brownie batter from the bowl, this recipe is definitely for you. No raw eggs here! Just protein-and fiber-packed garbanzos, chocolate, a pinch of flaky salt, and a splash of vanilla. It makes a thick and creamy spread, just like regular hummus, except it’s sweet, so it’s great for smearing on breakfast toast. Use it in place of those unhealthy hazelnut spreads. Dip fresh fruit, pretzels, pitas or eat by the spoonful for a healthier alternative to sweet snacking any time of day. And try easy Banana Dessert Hummus, too! 5-ingredient Chocolate…

Skipping breakfast could increase risk of heart disease, study shows

You’ve heard it before — “breakfast is the most important meal of the day.” But that still doesn’t stop you from slapping the snooze button and skipping out on the first meal of the day in favor of a few extra quality minutes of shuteye. But you might want to think twice. We already know a good breakfast can help you lose weight, but a new study suggests that skipping breakfast might increase your risk of death from heart disease. The study was recently published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology. Researchers used data from 1988-1994 on more than 6,500 people between the ages of 40 and 75, who had been asked how often they ate breakfast in the morning. Responses showed that 5.1% almost never ate breakfast; 10.9% rarely ate breakfast; 25% had breakfast somedays; and 59% had breakfast every day. The researchers followed up with the…