Summer has arrived! Woohoo!! Time to break out the bathing suit and sunscreen.
I’ve spent the last week sunning myself in the Okanagan – which is why there’s been such a delay in posts. As a teacher one of the perks (amidst our strike battle right now) is having the summer off which means I get to enjoy our beautiful province. It really is a beauty. We had our annual family vacation up in Osoyoos last week and went boating, tubing, and I even attempted my first wake boarding adventure. Needless to say I still need lots of practice. However it was fun trying, and the lake was beautiful to swim in. Right now I’m covered in a few bruises from boating and remnants of Canada Day tattoos.
We also have camping coming up and a trip to the island, as well as more interior trips planned for later this summer. With Adam only home one week at a time we’ve pretty much mapped out our entire summers plans. I was happy to come back from the Okanagan to find Vancouver has been amazingly hot as well. We rolled in last night and it was 28+, still felt like we were in the interior where it was going to get up to 33+ today.
One of the best summer cool-down treats to make in only a couple minutes are smoothies. They can consist of anything you like – fresh in-season berries, greens, other fruit, coconut milk/almond milk, and lots of ice cubes to chill it.
A few weeks ago Bernardin sent me some summer smoothie-must haves: Mason Drinking Jars + Sip & Straw Lids!! These are so so great. I usually drink all of my smoothies in mason jars because they’re SO big!! Which means even more smoothie for drinking.
The drinking mugs are perfect for smoothies, or even Caesars! and the Sip & Straw lids are great for smoothie with large straws – they’re dishwasher safe and BPA free too.
If you follow me on Instagram @AliciaBakeaholic you’ll see all of my smoothie creations in Mason Jars
I even received a Mason Jar bookmark for my birthday!
As you can see, I love a good mason jar.
Lucky for you, I also received my own sip & straw lids for my birthday, which means I have another set to give away!
**All you need to do to enter the contest is comment letting me know which smoothie combination is currently your favourite! or what you’d like ’sip’ with the new sip & straws **
The winner will be announced next week on July 11th =)
*** The Winner is Justine! Thanks for entering everyone! Happy Summer!! ***
Now you can take your smoothie and cool down on the go!
Minty Green Smoothie
A refreshing mint green smoothie to cool down this summer
- handful of kale or spinach
- 6 ice cubes
- 3/4 cup almond milk
- 3 mint leaves
- 1/2 ripe banana
- chia seeds
- 1/4 cup plain greek yogurt (optional)
- green powder/protein powder (optional)
- Add to high speed blender and mix until smooth. If it is too thick add more liquids.
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One of the things I missed most about having a wheat-allergy was toast. Every morning when I was younger revolved around bread – I remember my Dad making cinnamon sugar toast (hello butter, brown sugar and cinnamon) Clearly I don’t eat that delicious (yet unhealthy) breakfast item anymore. Breakfast is always served with a slice of toast or, several slices. When I learned about my wheat-allergy a couple years ago I really just gave up on bread for the most part. It was only recently that I actually began making/buying wheat-free bread options. Though I don’t have toast on a regular everyday basis, once in a while I feel like good ol’ PB+J on toast.
I bought a loaf of wheat-free bread from Choices market that has been in the freezer (most gluten/wheat free breads are frozen to keep longer) for a couple months. I’ve slowly been eating away at it. Usually gluten/wheat-free breads are slightly smaller in size than regular loaves, but they’re also more dense so it makes up for its size. I bought O’Doughs Flax Loaf, a gluten/wheat-free company and I really love the texture of the bread.
I love any sort of nut butter on toast – peanut butter and almond butter are my go-to, though Ive also tried sunflower seed butter too (sun butter). Of course you have to add a jam on top.
When Adam and I first moved in he made me toast one morning and put the jam on FIRST then put the Peanut Butter on TOP. It was a big gooey mess. I was perplexed at how someone didn’t know the correct order of events when making toast – the Peanut Butter goes on first and then the jam! He was a very finicky eater growing up (pasta with no sauce type of kid… lets say a LOT has changed since we began dating) So, I had to show him the ways of how to properly put together a peanut butter and jam slice of toast, including not to skimp on either the PB or J.
I have to laugh every time I see this image on Instagram:
The best thing about this 2-Ingredient Raspberry Chia See Jam is you will never have to run out of jam – I promise. I always keep at least 3 bags of frozen raspberries in the freezer (along with frozen blueberries or mixed berries). It’s the same reason I love drinking Almond Milk instead of regular milk – you will always have another one handy because they don’t need to be refrigerated (until opened).
The jam is quick, healthy and refined sugar free. Raspberries are also an amazing little powerhouse filled with antioxidants and vitamins, along with being low calorie and low sugar. Swapping out store-bought jam for this homemade option means a healthier breakfast. Spread it on toast, or waffles, pancakes, crepes etc.
Seriously, you need to make this ‘recipe’ – I hesitate to call it a recipe seeing as how it is so easy, and only 2-ingredients.
Raspberry Chia Seed Jam
A quick and healthy jam to spread on all your breakfast items.
- 1 cup frozen raspberries
- 1 Tbs. chia seeds
- Add frozen raspberries to microwave proof bowl, heat for 1-2 minutes until warmed and berries easily pop when stirred.
- Stir in the chia seeds and let sit for 5 minutes. Spoon onto toast!
- Another way to cook (for larger amount as well): over medium pot, heat until berries are warmed and cook down. Stir in chai seeds and cook another couple of minutes. Remove from heat, bring to room temperature, then store in fridge to thicken.
- Keep in fridge for 2-3 days.
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This past weekend I had my ladies over for a birthday celebration. With Adam out of town I thought a girls night would be fun, and was long overdue.
Seeing as how it was so hot out I made some no-bake treats and refreshing appetizers.
Summertime Sangria with mixed fruit
no-bake chocolate truffles adapted from my recipe here
Homemade Raspberry Marshmallows