Brew What You Love

See below for a Keurig Single Cup Brewer giveaway!

I don’t know about you, but I’m obsessed with coffee. I don’t know where that gene came from since I don’t come from a family of coffee drinkers and never woke up to the smell of coffee brewing, but boy do I love it.

Now that I’ve added the title “mom” to my resume I love it even more. It’s not even the caffeine, although there are days where I truly thrive on that, but the ritual of sipping a mug in the early hours of the morning; the perfect start to the day.

While brewing a pot of coffee doesn’t take forever, there are definitely mornings when I’m standing over the slowly dripping pot like a fiend, waiting for the moment when there’s enough coffee to fill my waiting mug.

This little guy makes it much easier. Turn it on, put in the K cup, brew. Drink. Love. No mess, no fuss, and only takes 1 min. I’m a convert.

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Breakfast dishes, scattered toys and unmade beds. There’s already enough to clean up this morning. Why add coffee filters, beans and leftover brew to the mix? Keurig let’s you de-stress with less mess –a plus in anyone’s book.

Win a Keurig

Want a Keurig of your own? Enter to win a special edition programmable K65 single cup brewer with a water filter system and sample K-cup packs by leaving a comment saying “If I had a Keurig I would _______” or “I want a Keurig because _______”.

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There are over 250 varieties of coffee, tea, and hot chocolate to choose from, including blends you can brew over ice for instant iced coffee- my favorite- or iced tea, or you can use a re-fillable filter so you can use your own favorite brand of coffee. This version is programmable too, so you can prep it the night before when you’re already busy packing lunches and picking out clothes, then have it almost silently fill your cup in the a.m. Once less step to a hot steamy mug of Joe!

Not feeling lucky? Take your old, used drip brewer to one of these Triad locations and trade it up for the K65. Yup, you read that right.

Trade Up the Triad Events:

    • Wednesday, Sept. 4, 10 a.m. – TBD at College event at the University of North Carolina Greensboro
    • Saturday, Sept. 7, 10 a.m. – TBD at Greensboro Coliseum
    • Sunday, Sept. 8, 10 a.m. – TBD at Country Park in Greensboro
    • Tuesday, Sept. 10, 10 a.m. – TBD at College event at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro
    • Thursday, Sept. 12, 10 a.m. – TBD at Center City Park in downtown Greensboro
    • Saturday, Sept. 14, 10 a.m. – TBD at Greensboro Coliseum
    • Sunday, Sept. 15, 10 a.m. – TBD at Bur-Mil Park in Greensboro
    • Tuesday, Sept. 17, 11 a.m. – TBD at Center City Park in downtown Greensboro
    • Sunday, Sept. 21, 10 a.m. – TBD at Bur-Mil Park in Greensboro
    • Wednesday, Sept. 25, 10 a.m. – TBD at Greensboro Coliseum

For a tasting, visit these events:

    • Friday, Aug. 23, 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. at Center City Park in downtown Greensboro
    • Saturday, Aug. 24, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. at Center City Park in downtown Greensboro
    • Sunday, Aug. 25, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. at Center City Park in downtown Greensboro
    • Wednesday, Aug. 28, 6 – 10 p.m. at Greensboro Grasshoppers baseball game at NewBridge Bank Park
    • Thursday, Aug. 29, 6 – 10 p.m. at Greensboro Grasshoppers baseball game at
    • NewBridge Bank Park

So what are you waiting for? Ready, set, enter to brew what you love!

Homemade Almond Milk

We’re not a milk-drinking household. So what do we drink? Put in our coffee? Drown our cereal with?

All kinds of plant milk! Almond and coconut milk top the list, with cashew, hemp, sunflower seed and oat milk not far behind.

A little bit about different types of plant milk:

A Guide to Dairy Free Milk

4 Alternatives to Milk

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At any given time there are at least 3 different kinds of milk in our fridge. This is a pretty typical week: almond, coconut, and hemp.

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It seems a little absurd, but I like them all and I use them all throughout the week. Recently I’ve started making my own milks in order to keep unnecessary additives out of the toddler’s diet. Homemade almond milk might be my favorite. It sounds like a lot of work, but it really really isn’t, I promise.

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I by no means am the first person to make homemade nut milk, but here are 2 pretty typical combos I do each week:

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Homemade Almond Milk

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Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup almonds + water for soaking
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 medjool date {optional}
  • cinnamon + vanilla {optional}

Instructions

Place almonds in a bowl and cover with water. Let soak overnight. {I like to toss the date in to soak as well.}

After soaking, drain and rinse almonds.

Combine almonds, date, & water in blender and mix on high until completely blended. I use a high powered blender on the “whole juice” setting.

Pour mixture into a nut milk bag or cheese cloth-lined strainer. Squeeze liquid into glass jar or container.

Here is a great step-by-step visual tutorial for making homemade almond milk, plus a great recipe.

Homemade Hemp Milk

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Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup hemp seeds
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 medjool date {optional}

Instructions

Add hemp seeds and water to blender or food processor. Blend until smooth.

Straining is optional- I usually skip it, but for an extra creamy version, strain through cheesecloth or nut milk bag.

recipe for homemade almond milk

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Even though I promise making these alternative milks is a piece of cake, some of my favorite brands of plant-based milk are Whole Foods 365, So Delicious, Diamond Breeze, and Silk.

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Have you tried making your own plant-based milk before? Do you have a favorite recipe?

Key Lime Pie Smoothie

It may not be an actual pie, but this gluten free, dairy free key lime pie green smoothie sure tastes like it!

I’ve never really been much of a cake person. I’m not a fan of icing and when you take the icing away, what’s left is pretty boring. When it came time to plan our wedding 5 years ago, the one thing I kept saying was “Do we have to have a cake?” Luckily for me, the husband agreed.

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That left one big question. What to serve instead of cake?! The answer was easy. PIE! Key Lime Pie to be exact. If I hadn’t known for sure already that my now-husband was meant for me, this would have sealed the deal: a man that prefers key lime pie over cake.

Well, we ended up having cake anyways. There’s just something magnificent about a beautiful tower of confectionary goodness. It just screams wedding. Our cake was gorgeous- and delicious- perfect for smashing in each other’s faces. But there was key lime pie too, thanks to my pie-baking-connoisseur stepdad.

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That’s a roundabout way of saying just how much the husband and I love key lime pie. Unfortunately we can’t eat key lime pie every day, but that doesn’t mean we can’t channel that delicious flavor combination into something we can have every day: a key lime pie green smoothie!

key lime pie smoothie recipe

The lime juice and vanilla combine to create the essence of key lime pie, while the graham cracker crumble topping just seals the deal. The frozen banana provides the perfect consistency, although you could just add some ice cubes if you don’t have frozen bananas ready to go. The spinach creates the gorgeous green color a key lime pie necessitates, while secretly packing in some powerful nutrition.

Green Smoothie Recipe

Key Lime Pie Smoothie

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Ingredients

  • 1 cup Silk Pure Almond Unsweetened Vanilla
  • 1 frozen banana
  • ½ cup baby spinach leaves
  • 1 Tbsp lime juice
  • Zest of 1 lime
  • ½ tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 Medjool date, pitted
  • 1 Tbsp crushed graham crackers, gluten free if needed

Instructions

Combine all ingredients except graham crackers in a blender.

Blend until smooth.

Pour into a mug and top with crushed graham crackers.

Drink immediately.

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key lime pie green smoothie

This nutrient packed green smoothie is 192 calories and packs in 5 grams of fiber. It’s easily gluten free and dairy free. It’s not a high protein smoothie, but you could easily add a scoop of vanilla protein powder to make this a great post-workout shake. If you’re watching your calories, this almond milk based shake saves you 30 calories over using skim milk, and has even more calcium.

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Be sure to check out Silk Pure Almond website and Facebook page to see more delicious, creative recipes!

This post is part of a sponsored campaign with Silk and FitFluential, LLC. All opinions are my own. Learn more about Silk Pure Almond Unsweetened on Facebook and Twitter.

 

Click here for more Gluten Free Dairy Free Recipes that won’t leave you trapped in the kitchen for hours or hunting down a million bizarre ingredients.

Brain Freeze

Want evidence of full-force mommy brain?

I titled a post “Pumpkin Spice Latte: Hot & Iced”.

And then I only showed the hot.

Which is ironic because it’s the iced that I’ve been sipping on daily. Pumpkin spice may be back, but it’s still summer here.

So here’s the iced.

iced pumpkin spice latte

Same method as the hot latte, but made with the pumpkin milk mixture chilled and served over cold double-brewed coffee.

The secret to delicious iced coffee? Coffee ice cubes. One of those things that’s so simple, yet no one ever thinks of it. Me included. But when I do remember, it’s on point.

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I like to make my coffee ice cubes with mostly coffee and a splash of almond milk so it doesn’t throw off the coffee-to-almond-milk ratio when they melt. I guess you could call me anal.

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This particular iced coffee blend is half double-strength coffee, half pumpkin spiced almond milk. I don’t usually sweeten my drinks, but I prefer this one with a splash of maple syrup or Torani Hazlenut coffee syrup. The hazelnut flavor is perfect with the cloves and cinnamon. Mmmmmmm.

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Hint: use mason jars to make your iced coffees and you can make them all at once and store them in the fridge for the perfect grab-n-go treat.

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Optionally topped with vegan maple whipped cream.

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Also optional? Making a giant mess.

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I was trying to make a third jar of iced coffee to even things out. Didn’t go so well. Oh well.

Coffee Talk

A few things for you to peruse while you sip your morning coffee:

I’m shared The WHYs & HOWs of Foam Rolling on The Lean Green Bean.

Think you don’t have time to exercise? Stop making excuses and figure out how to make exercising at home work for you on Food, Fitness, & Family.

Are you an avid fish oil supplement taker? You might want to read this new study. I still need a little more evidence before I stop believing in them, but this just shows yet again that whole foods are best. Smile

Any good reads lately?

How to Fake Mexican Hot Chocolate in 2 Minutes or Less

Cold, wintery, snowed-in days just scream hot chocolate.

But the best kind of hot chocolate? Spicy, cinnamon-y, Mexican hot chocolate.

Sure, you can pull out the double-boiler, melt some chocolate, stir in milk, etc, etc.

Or you can just use a packet of instant hot chocolate or cocoa powder and jazz it up a bit.

Instant hot chocolate {or cocoa powder + sweetener} + cayenne pepper + cinnamon = delish.

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{yeah, that’s totally Polar Express hot chocolate. I know you’re jealous.}

Super Speedy Mexican Hot Chocolate

1. Fill mug with ~6oz water. Put in microwave for 1 minute 50 sec.

2. Stir in hot chocolate mix.

3. Sprinkle with cinnamon and cayenne pepper. {Amount varies according to taste. I like a lot of spice- it has to cover that horrible chocolate flavor. Winking smile}

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4. Drink!

All it’s missing is some mini fake marshmallows…..

mugs of hot chocolate

Not a hot chocolate or spice fan? Other favorite cold winter drinks:

Homemade Peppermint Latte

Hot Mulled Cider

Have a hot drink recipe to share?

P.S. Check out my guest post about eating for the 0th trimester on Sarah’s blog: the SHU box!