Vegan Eggnog Smoothie

Vegan Eggnog Smoothie | ourfourforks.com

Breakfast decisions are difficult for me because I want it all. My go-to is oatmeal or granola, but when I’m trying to pack in some more nutrition (or eat light before workout), I make smoothies. Usually, they’re pretty boring: frozen bananas, frozen berries, flax, protein powder, cinnamon and kale (of course).

 

But when Vega sent me their new Vega One All-In-One Nutritional Shake, I decided it was time to change it up. I’ve made vegan eggnog before, but I had never thought to add protein powder to it and make it a full meal. I’ve been a longtime fan of Vega, but their new Vega One vanilla shake is amazing; not only does it taste better (think more of a smooth flavor, less of the typical protein powder grittiness), but it has more protein, greens, vitamins and minerals. It is still 100% made from real, whole foods without anything artificial. Eggnog for breakfast? Yes.
 

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Kombucha Margaritas

Kombucha Margarita | ourfourforks.com

It’s almost Cinco de Mayo and it feels nothing like May or the time for summery drinks. But I had plans to blog about a kombucha margarita and I am following through with those plans, margarita in hand.

 

I discovered my love for margaritas under equally freakish weather conditions. Does anyone remember the warmest St. Patrick’s Day known to man? It was 2012, I was living in Syracuse and it was 80 degrees. Though I’ve travelled a lot, it was in Syracuse (of all places) on St. Patrick’s Day (of all holidays) that I discovered how much a good – not too sweet – margarita hits the spot.

 

I’ve always liked to add a splash of sparkling water to my margarita but since I’ve been on a kombucha kick lately, I’ve added that here instead. The kombucha makes this margarita a bit fizzy, tangy and tart: properties I’ve always liked in an alcoholic drink. Kombucha also adds an extra element of health which, of course, means you can enjoy more than one.

 

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Nutella Smoothie

Nutella Smoothie | ourfourforks.com

I had my first big blogger fail this weekend. I set out to make coconut quinoa granola with cooked quinoa and it didn’t work. It ended up tasting  good, but didn’t get crunchy (despite being baked for over an hour)  and completely fell apart in milk. Josh and I ate it as our second breakfast this morning, so all was not lost.

 

After a day trip to Gloucester, Josh and I came home wanting a sweet snack – a Sunday afternoon boost.  A healthy milkshake for a 60 degree (!) day. This nutella smoothie was the answer. Made with a frozen banana, this smoothie is vegan but tastes rich, thick and creamy. The roasted hazelnuts paired with the cocoa powder give it a nutella flavor that is reminiscent of healthy nutella in a refreshing smoothie form. The cacao nibs, while optional, add a fun crunch. Cheers to more warm, healthy Sundays.

 

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Easy Semi-Homemade Coconut Milk

Easy Semi-Homemade Coconut Milk

Ever since learning more about additives in non-dairy milk, I’ve said “no thanks” to most commercial non-dairy milks on the market (click here to see why).

 

I did, however, find a very easy, healthy and cheap solution to avoiding these additives: diluted coconut milk! Coconut milk has a ton of health benefits and is additive-free (if you buy the right brand). Say goodbye to expensive non-dairy milks with ingredients like carrageenan, “natural flavors” and gums.

 

Easy Semi-Homemade Coconut Milk Chart

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