Watermelon Lemonade

Homemade watermelon lemonade is one of the most refreshing summer drinks you could make! This sweet-tart lemonade is bursting with the flavor of fresh watermelon. Serve it as-is or dress it up with vodka or gin for a simple cocktail. This post contains affiliate links. If your weather is at all like ours here in …

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Homemade watermelon lemonade is one of the most refreshing summer drinks you could make! This sweet-tart lemonade is bursting with the flavor of fresh watermelon. Serve it as-is or dress it up with vodka or gin for a simple cocktail.

Countertop with several glasses and a pitcher of watermelon lemonade arranged on it.

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If your weather is at all like ours here in Ohio, I’m going to bet that you’re on the hunt for super refreshing drinks to help you beat the summer heat.

Last year, I was pretty obsessed with my homemade strawberry lemonade – so much so that I purchased an electric juicer – which by the way also comes in pretty handy for my delicious lemon bars

Although we’re still huge fans of the strawberry lemonade, this year, we’re all about watermelon lemonade! 

It’s sweet, tart, super refreshing, and the perfect way to use our favorite summer fruit!

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Green Smoothie Fat Burn with Kale

The healthiest and most delicious smoothie you will ever try is just a few ingredients away. With kale, kiwi fruit (for vitamin C), and apples with their fiber that keep our bodies running smoothly – this drink has it all! The best part? You can replace one meal per day by making yourself such an …

The healthiest and most delicious smoothie you will ever try is just a few ingredients away. With kale, kiwi fruit (for vitamin C), and apples with their fiber that keep our bodies running smoothly – this drink has it all! The best part? You can replace one meal per day by making yourself such an amazing snack so not only do we get cleansed from inside out but also look good doing it too.”

How to choose the best ingredients for Green Smoothie Fat Burn with Kale

Kale: kale is a variety of cabbage with long, green, wrinkled, and rather hard leaves. Kale contains large amounts of protein, fiber, and vitamins, especially the C, K, and B groups. It is also a rich source of valuable elements such as magnesium, iron, zinc, phosphorus, minerals, calcium and potassium, and sulforaphane, one of the most vital antioxidants. We choose fresh vegetables, they will be the best, but if we do not have them, they can also be a frozen version.

Kiwi: kiwi is a wonderful fruit that contains vitamin bombs. To check whether the kiwi is ripe, press it gently. If the skin bends, it means it is ripe. If it is very soft, most likely the fruit is overripe and unfit for eating. Kiwi ripens only after picking from the bush and is a durable fruit in transport, so we do not have to worry that it loses valuable ingredients during transport.

Apple: apples contain innumerable amounts of vitamins, and they have a long shelf life because they survive from one harvest to another if kept in a cool place. Of course, it is best to choose apples straight from the orchard, but if they are not sprayed before serving, it is good to wash them well because they are beautiful and shiny. The ones from the store are usually waxed.

Lemon juice: lemon juice is another fruit product that contains antioxidants and vitamins to help cleanse the body of toxins. Lemon is very durable; most available are ripe and ready to eat. We only use fresh juice squeezed straight from this fruit.

Tips and tricks

  • Usually, apples that are available in stores are artificially waxed (an artificial product that harms our bodies). To remove it, dip the apple in hot water for about 10 seconds and wipe it thoroughly. Then, it is time to remove the synthetic paraffin from the apple shell and, at the same time, keep all the health properties that are in the fruit.
  • To squeeze as much juice out of the lemon as possible, first, roll it gently by pressing on the rind.
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Green Smoothie Fat Burn with Kale

The healthiest and most delicious smoothie you will ever taste! This drink is perfect for those who want to lose weight. It helps cleanse your body, gives energy levels a boost, and makes sure that the skin has all of its moisture requirements met to be radiant like never before with just one sip from our fantastic concoction. We're talking about replacing breakfast or lunch altogether here, folks, because there's no need anymore when you can make themself and ready-to-serve.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Servings 1 portion
Calories 219kcal

Ingredients

  • handful of kale
  • 2 Kiwi fruit
  • 1 apple
  • 1/2 lemon juice
  • 150 ml water

Instructions

  • Wash the kale thoroughly. I cut off the more rigid stalks. And so I put it into the blender.
  • Cut the kiwi in half, take the spoon out of the middle, and put it into a blender.
  • Wash the apple, cut it into pieces, and put it in a blender.
  • Squeeze the juice of half a lemon into the prepared vegetables and fruit. Pour all water and mix.
  • The best thing is to drink it straight away.

Nutrition

Calories: 219kcal | Carbohydrates: 52g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 19mg | Potassium: 571mg | Fiber: 10g | Sugar: 36g | Vitamin A: 258IU | Vitamin C: 150mg | Calcium: 80mg | Iron: 1mg

Raspberry Pina Colada Smoothie

The combination of pineapple and raspberries continues to delight me, so I mixed them with the pina colada. The smoothie is delicious! In addition, this composition also complies perfectly with an anti-inflammatory diet, which can be a plus for your body as well since it has sweet flavors combined in one glass to boot – …

The combination of pineapple and raspberries continues to delight me, so I mixed them with the pina colada. The smoothie is delicious! In addition, this composition also complies perfectly with an anti-inflammatory diet, which can be a plus for your body as well since it has sweet flavors combined in one glass to boot – what more could you ask from just one drink? Finally, there’s plenty more where that came from. When tasting these two fruits, go down easy, especially if they’re raspberries or any other fruit out there but trust me, it’s worth giving into temptation once.

How to choose the best ingredients for Raspberry Pina Colada Smoothie

Pineapple: pineapple is good when it is ripe. To check if the pineapple we buy is grown, we have several methods:

  • First, the color – it should be orange-green.
  • When pressed with a finger, it should bend slightly but return to its place on the skin.
  • By Leaf – In the very center of the pineapple plume, look for the smallest leaf and try to pull it out. If the fruit is ripe, the leaf can be plucked easily.
  • Smell the pineapple. It takes a few days to ripen if the fruit doesn’t smell. The more mature it is, the more intense and sweeter the aroma it gives off.

Coconut vegetable drink: you can replace coconut vegetable drinks with coconut water. Certainly, do not add milk or other dairy products because fresh pineapple in combination with dairy products becomes bitter.

Raspberries: the best raspberries are not the biggest ones but the reddest ones. The color of ripe raspberries is not flashy, and there is no combination of red and orange. Instead, it is very dark red, and such raspberries are the sweetest and most aromatic. 

Honey: choose the honey you like, and it is not necessary as especially the pineapple will be very ripe.

Tips and tricks

  • If you use frozen fruit, you will get the perfect smoothie for the summer heat.
  • As the fruit is lovely, you can break the flavor by adding a few drops of lemon juice or lime as well.
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Raspberry Pina Colada Smoothie

The delicious taste of the Pina Colada is made even more amazing with these refreshing raspberries. The smoothie will delight your mouth and stomach, all while complying to an anti-inflammatory diet! Finally, you get a sweet kick from pineapple combined alongside sour berries that's just perfect for those looking for something different or wanting some extra antioxidants in their day (I'm not judging).
Prep Time 10 minutes
Servings 2 people
Calories 162kcal

Ingredients

  • 300 gr fresh pineapple
  • 200 gr coconut vegetable drink
  • 100 gr raspberries
  • 1 tbsp honey

Instructions

  • Turn the pineapple and cut it into pieces. Then throw the prepared ananas into the blender.
  • Thoroughly wash the raspberries and put them in a blender.
  • Pour everything over with a vegetarian coconut drink. Blend everything to a smooth mass.
  • If the drink is not sweet, sweeten it with honey.
    Bon Appetie!

Nutrition

Calories: 162kcal | Carbohydrates: 38g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 2g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 2mg | Potassium: 245mg | Fiber: 6g | Sugar: 29g | Vitamin A: 104IU | Vitamin C: 85mg | Calcium: 74mg | Iron: 1mg

Wassail

Lusciously spicy Holiday Wassail is perfect for your Christmas party.

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Wassail may be a traditional holiday drink, but that doesn’t mean we can’t enjoy it all autumn long! This warmly spiced hot mulled cider comes together in minutes and can be heated on the stove or in the slow cooker.

Three mugs of hot wassail garnished with sliced apples and cinnamon sticks with a dutch oven full of wassail in the background

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Simple Syrup Recipe

Have you ever made simple syrup at home? With this easy simple syrup recipe, you’ll never bother buying it at the store again! There are a lot of things that I’ll go to the store to buy. Not necessarily because I can’t make my own version at home, but because I have limited time to […]

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Have you ever made simple syrup at home? With this easy simple syrup recipe, you’ll never bother buying it at the store again!

A large and small bottle of simple syrup with a measuring cup of sugar in the background

There are a lot of things that I’ll go to the store to buy. Not necessarily because I can’t make my own version at home, but because I have limited time to spend on certain things.

Puff pastry? I could totally make it but I’d rather buy it.

Graham crackers? Sure, homemade ones are delicious but when I’m making graham cracker crust or eclair cake, store-bought is the way to go.

Other things are worth making at home, mostly stuff I can make in batches and store in the pantry, refrigerator, or freezer.

I’m talking about pumpkin pie spice, taco seasoning, salted caramel sauce, and simple syrup. 

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Raspberry Lemonade

This sweet and tart Raspberry Lemonade is the best way to beat the summer heat! Use fresh or frozen raspberries to make this easy homemade lemonade. Last week, I had an Instacart delivery that left me with an excessive amount of lemons. The shopper mistakingly confused the lemons in my order for pounds instead of […]

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This sweet and tart Raspberry Lemonade is the best way to beat the summer heat! Use fresh or frozen raspberries to make this easy homemade lemonade.

Glass of raspberry lemonade with a sprig of mint and a metal straw in the foreground, with 2 more glasses of lemonade in the background

Last week, I had an Instacart delivery that left me with an excessive amount of lemons. The shopper mistakingly confused the lemons in my order for pounds instead of the actual number of lemons.

But hey, when life gives you lemons…

You make lemonade, right? Or in this case, Raspberry Lemonade.

And chicken piccata and microwave lemon curd and Blueberry Doughnut Muffins with a lemon glaze.

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Sleepy Morning Blender Matcha

At long last I’m able to give you a bit of an update on my recent health struggles! If you’re catching up, read this post and this post (and the comments) first. Well, where did we leave off? To start, I’m so thankful to have found a great naturopath after not having an overly helpful […]

At long last I’m able to give you a bit of an update on my recent health struggles! If you’re catching up, read this post and this post (and the comments) first.

Well, where did we leave off? To start, I’m so thankful to have found a great naturopath after not having an overly helpful experience earlier in the year. I’ve been struggling with my symptoms on and off for years now, so it’s been a huge relief to finally get some answers! Slowly but surely I’m starting to feel like a new person. My recent tests showed that my hormones are a hot mess…estrogen is too high, my morning cortisol is way too low (hello, feeling like a zombie even after a decent night’s sleep), and one of my thyroid hormones is also too low. My doctor had suspected many of these results based on my symptoms, but it was interesting to see them on paper! I’m definitely no expert on this stuff, but I learned that when one hormone is off, it can impact another…and on and on the cycle goes, often throwing your entire system out of whack in the process. I felt such relief knowing that how I was feeling wasn’t just in my head all this time.

It’s so easy to push through feeling awful, blaming your symptoms on other things. I can’t even tell you how many times I told myself that I felt like crap because I was a new mom, or I was nursing and up in the middle of the night, or I was working out too hard (or not enough), or I wasn’t taking my vitamins, or my diet wasn’t balanced, or I was just feeling anxious about changes in my life. Some of those things may have been part of the issue, but I overlooked the real possibility that something beyond my immediate control was at work.

Dear self: it’s okay to ask for help.

Speaking of which, my biggest regret is that I didn’t get help for my symptoms sooner. It’s easy to put off, especially when Dr. Google is at your fingertips. Everyone would tell me how important it is to take care of myself while raising two young kids, but most days I just pushed it aside and tried to rely on the fact that I am a generally healthy person who eats well and exercises. My mom and Nicole were the ones who finally pushed me to get help…we all need those people in our lives who look out for us! Sometimes you have to learn the hard way, but I’m grateful for this lesson and wake-up call. I may have ignored my body’s messages for quite some time, but once I commit to something, I’m all-in, and I’ve been such a good “student” these past few months!

Taking the time to heal has set me back on some career goals this year, but sometimes there’s no better goal than good health. I actually can’t think of a better way to celebrate OSG’s upcoming 10-year milestone than circling back to my journey to health, which is the reason I started my blog! It’s just another reminder that our journey is always changing and evolving over time.

I’ll try to update you again as soon as I have more to share, but in the meantime if you have any questions, or would like to share your own experiences, I would LOVE to read them below.

Oh, and I should probably mention this recipe before I go! My naturopath recently encouraged me to add more green tea to my diet, and this has been my go-to mix. I had requests for the recipe after sharing it on Insta Stories last week, so I decided to put it up on both the app and blog! I hope you’ll find this warm, creamy matcha blend as calming and gently energizing as I have.

4.5 from 6 reviews
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Sleepy Morning Blender Matcha

Vegan, gluten-free, grain-free, nut-free, oil-free, refined sugar-free, soy-free

You know when you wake up on a chilly morning and need a hot drink now? Well this is my go-to on fall and winter mornings (or afternoons!) when I want a change from coffee. The thought of this smooth, warm, creamy drink seriously lures me out of my cozy bed. I love how effortless this recipe is, especially on those half-awake, barely functioning mornings (just make sure you’re alert enough to operate a blender with hot liquid!). I love matcha green tea powder because it delivers calming, jitter-free energy as well as powerful antioxidants. Be sure to see my Deluxe Version in the Tips section below for a more decadent way to make this beverage—when I want an especially comforting treat, I’ll forgo the water and only use canned coconut milk.

Yield
1 1/3 cups (330 mL)
Prep time
5 Minutes
Cook time
0 Minutes

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup (250 mL) water
  • 1/3 cup (80 mL) canned light coconut milk, room temperature*
  • 1/2 teaspoon matcha green tea powder, or to taste**
  • 1 teaspoon (5 mL) pure maple syrup, or to taste (optional)

Directions:

  1. Add the water to a kettle or pot and bring to a boil.
  2. While the water heats up, add the coconut milk and matcha powder to a high-speed blender.
  3. Once the water has boiled, remove it from the heat and let sit for 15 seconds. Carefully add it to the blender along with the maple syrup (if using).
  4. If your blender’s lid is vented, secure it on top. If you don’t have a vented lid, keep the lid slightly ajar so air can escape. Blend on the lowest speed, very slowly increasing to medium, for about 20 seconds until frothy and combined.
  5. Immediately pour into a mug and enjoy your cozy cup o’ green!

Tips:

* If using already chilled canned coconut milk, add an extra 1/3 cup (80 mL) hot water to ensure your blend is hot enough (nobody wants lukewarm tea, if you know what I mean!). Be sure to stir the coconut milk before measuring.

 

** My preferred brand of matcha powder is DoMatcha Organic Summer Harvest Matcha Powder.

 

Deluxe Version: Heat 1 cup (250 mL) canned light coconut milk on the stovetop over medium heat, watching closely to ensure it doesn’t boil over. Once it starts to simmer and froth, immediately remove it from the heat. Add this to the blender along with the matcha powder (and maple syrup, if using). Follow steps 4 and 5 above and enjoy your extra-creamy tea!

Cold Brew with Vanilla Almond Milk Creamer

 

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This post is sponsored through a partnership with The J.M. Smucker Company © 2017. DD IP Holder LLC. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

 

With warmer days approaching (and the end of the school year), my mind drifts towards the slower days of summer.  I've stuffed the sweaters into the back of the closet, bringing the t-shirts front and center.

A defining line between the cold and warm months, however, is my switch from hot coffee to cold brew. 

As a teacher, I drink my fair share of coffee. My favorite moments to enjoy a cup is relaxing after a long day at work, with my feet up on the couch, or on a slow-moving weekend morning.

Lately, I've been drinking Dunkin' Donuts Cold Brew. It's easy to prepare and has a smooth finish, with no acidity or bitter taste.

On Sunday nights, I prep the cold brew by placing two coffee pouches into a two-quart pitcher with four cups of water and leave it to steep in the refrigerator overnight. The next morning, I remove the pouches, add a few cups of water to dilute it to my taste, and it is ready to enjoy. Best of all, the pitcher lasts the rest of the week so the work is complete in two simple steps.

One of my favorite cold brew tricks is to freeze some of the cold brew into ice cubes after it has finished brewing. Then, when it's time to enjoy the coffee, I add a few cold brew cubes. The drink stays cold longer, and the coffee cubes prevent the drink from becoming watered down as the ice melts. 

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I prefer my cold brew with creamer to add a hint of flavor and sweetness. After finding disappointment with dairy-free brands, I set out to create my own. As I often do for a dairy-free alternative, I reached for the can of full-fat coconut milk. While homemade coconut milk creamer works well in hot beverages, the fat separates to the top when it hits a cold beverage, rendering it undrinkable.

Almonds, however, do the job and do it well.

This homemade almond milk creamer holds together well in a cold drink and lends itself to customization. To give the creamer its creaminess, I follow a similar approach as I do with my recipe for homemade almond milk. The difference is that I add less water when blending so the almond milk is concentrated. 

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With pure vanilla extract for flavor and maple syrup to sweeten to taste, this homemade almond milk creamer is complete. I adore this creamer because it mimics the coffee house experience with simple, wholesome ingredients.

The coffee creamer may appear to separate if it is left to rest, but a quick swirl of the glass will bring it back to a uniform appearance. Use as much or as little as you like in your next glass of cold brew.

   

This cold brew with homemade vanilla almond milk creamer works as a great afternoon pick-me-up. Brewed with Dunkin' Donuts Cold Brew Coffee Packs, the coffee has a smooth, rich finish. I prefer to enjoy it with homemade creamer flavored with vanilla and sweetened with maple syrup, but you can customize the drink to your taste. Enjoy!

One Year Ago: Strawberry Scones
Two Years Ago: Chocolate Hazelnut Rolls
Three Years Ago: Blueberry Oat Bars (GF)  & Peanut Butter Chocolate Chunk Cookies (GF)
Four Years Ago: Chocolate Blackberry Cupcakes
Five Years Ago:  Sunflower Seed Bread, Blackberry Fool, Lime Curd Tart, & Honey Chocolate Chunk Cookies
Six Years Ago: Tiramisu Cake, Peanut Butter Cornmeal Cookies, Honey Wheat Cake, & Chocolate Almond Ice Cream
Seven Years Ago:  Chocolate-Filled Buns, Malted Chocolate Chip Cookies, & Parmesan Poppy Seed Crackers

Cold Brew with Vanilla Almond Milk Creamer

Yields 6 servings

1 pouch Dunkin’ Donuts Cold Brew Coffee Packs
1 cup (120 grams) raw almonds
3 1/2 cups (830 mL) filtered water, divided
3-5 tablespoons maple syrup, to taste
2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract

The cold brew and almond milk creamer need to be started the evening before serving.

To prepare the cold brew coffee, follow the directions according to the package.

To prepare the almond milk creamer, place almonds in a container and cover with 2 cups filtered water. Seal container and allow to soak overnight, for at least 8 hours or up to 2 days.

Strain almonds and rinse with fresh water. (The almonds release phytic acid while soaking, which prevents the body from absorbing nutrients; rinsing the almonds removes this acid.) Place almonds and 1 1/2 cups filtered water in a blender. Blend on high for 2-3 minutes. Using a nut bag, layered cheesecloth, or fine mesh strainer, strain the almond milk to remove the pulp. If using the fine mesh strainer, run the milk through several times to eliminate pulp. The leftover pulp can be used in smoothies, muffins, or bread, or it can be dehydrated and used in the same manner as almond flour. Add maple syrup and vanilla extract to the almond milk.

Keep the almond milk creamer refrigerated. It should stay fresh for 5 to 7 days. The creamer may undergo separation in the refrigerator. Give the creamer a good shake and it will come back together quickly.

To prepare the cold brew coffee drink, place prepared cold brew in a glass with ice and add almond milk creamer to taste. For best results, freeze some of the cold brew into ice cubes in advance. This method keeps the cold brew chilled and prevents it from getting watered down as the ice melts.


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