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Smoothie Bowls for Summer Weight Loss
As if you needed more convincing about why the smoothie bowl trend is so awesome, here are four more recipes from Health.com (plus a bonus green tea smoothie bowl recipe) to inspire you! Whether you're trying to lose or maintain your weight, starting your day with this nutrient burst is a great way to have a happy, healthy summer. Pina Colada Do you know how good pineapple is for you? It's an incredible source of Vitamin C and can help keep your skin clear, your hair shiny, and your immune system strong! 1 frozen banana 1 cup frozen mango chunks 2 oz. pineapple, chopped (frozen or fresh) 1 Tbsp. coconut oil 2 Tbsp. hemp seeds 1 tsp. ground ginger 1 tsp. honey Top with unsweetened coconut. Berry Good Is your memory not as good as it used to be? Luckily the ultimate superfood, blueberries, is here to help you. This antioxidant-filled berry is nature's candy and has proven to improve memory and lower risk of some cancers. 1 frozen banana 1 cup frozen mixed berries (strawberries, blueberries, raspberries and blackberries) 2 Tbsp. hemp seeds 1 Tbsp. coconut oil 1 tsp. honey Top with berries Chocolate-Cherry I've said it before and I'll say it again: chocolate is good for you! Like blueberries, dark chocolate is an anti-oxidant/superfood that also happens to be delicious. If you aren't into cherry, you can also try frozen raspberries! 1 frozen banana 1 cup frozen sweet cherries 2 Tbsp. flax-chia blend 1 Tbsp. coconut oil 2 Tbsp. raw cacao powder Top with hemp seeds and dark chocolate chips Banana-Nut This one is for the busy-bees of Vingle. The protein from the almond butter will get you going in the morning and the complex carb and (good!) sugars from the banana and honey will keep you satisfied until lunch! 1 frozen banana 2 Tbsp. almond butter 1 tsp. honey 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract 1/4 tsp. cinnamon Top with a few slices of fresh banana and granola or nuts
Faking It On Valentine's Day
Here's a really cool idea for Valentine's Day: FAKE IT! For real! Guys can be either really lazy about V-Day or over-think it and determine to learn new skills, such as cooking, on one of the biggest hyped calendar dates in the year, February 14th. That's probably not the best approach to making the date night more than being memorable for being bad. Instead of trying to bake a cake or cookies, or dare yourself into making fudge, you could avoid a messy crisis and make your own Chocolate Dipped Strawberries. TRUST ME, IT'S EASY! You Will Need: Strawberries (washed and thoroughly dried) Candy Melts (pink and white) Chocolate chips (semi-sweet is best) Edible gold Edible glitter Edible embellishments (there's time to order from Amazon) Directions Melt the Candy Melts and chocolate (according to the package) in their own container/bowl. Dip strawberries into desired bowl and set aside. Drizzle a different color "melt" onto the dipped strawberries. Also, redip the strawberries in another "melt" at the tip and immediately dredge in edible glitter. Set these in a tray in the fridge and take out to de-chill a few moments before eating. These are fruity, gently sweetened with the chocolate and melts, and will look AMAZING with the edible embellishments! Who is going to do this for their Special Valentine!?!?!?! @InPlainSight @BeannachtOreibh @nicolejb @ChriSingularis @ButterflyBlu @Arellano1052 @alywoah @AkashBhojraj @jordanhamilton @MichelleHolly @caricakes @marshalledgar @VeronicaArtino @TessStevens @shannonl5 @NerukaWong @humairaa @buddyesd @TerrecaRiley @danidee @BluBear07 @thePinkPrincess @EasternShell @seouls @matildajgarrett @RobertMarsh @1FallenAngel @alyssastano @Adrienpie @RaquelArredondo @Luci546 @BivianaaChavez @Lushisushi @Danse @DeepakAswal @luna1171 @JPBenedetto @deefran @RogueLeigh @myguardian @Gacrus @MissB82 @Lizzeh @Kyokeo @Emealia @paulisadroid @ShinigamiSan @CurrySoop @baileykayleen @DestinaByrd @ChelseaAustin @xojuliettexox @netchtiBates @aabxo @KellyOConnor @Kamiamon @parktaemi @arnelli @NickySerban @visions2020 @JimTurpen @PrinceCampbell @2Distracted @Dynamo @VKookie47 @medley24 @ZackMcLaughlin @MoisEsGaray @KeziahWright @pppfittu13 @washmydishes @eoin8899 @amobigbang @LAVONYORK @orenshani7 @Alletaire @funnella @DamariusKelley @MariPili @InspirationalMe @Beeplzzz @SamratGolhar @MajahnNelson @hikaymm @AnimeLove300 @SeoInHan @TensaZangetsu98 @carmaa10 @cindystran @AshelyJewell @MaighdlinS @JamiMilsap @xDaisyDaysx @IMDEEPINIT @LisaMarissa @Emmeronsage @LemarDeco @Ash1998 @LessThanThree @TracyLynnn @KaiTakashima @saraortiz2002 @Zxenna @MelissaMae @atmi @Helixx @VanessaSimmons @JessicaChaney @mArshadKhan @MarvelTrashcan @MarkoKaRiambo @VarunNambiar
Celebrate Summer and National Tequila Day with Boozy Watermelon!
Happy National Tequila Day! @marshalledgar inspired me with his post on Tequila Lollipops, which you have GOT to check out. So cool! And you can make them at home. Here's my take on this fabulous invented holiday, which I already celebrated last night with a Mango Margarita, and plan on celebrating again tonight with a shot of Patrón (okay, fine, a couple shots of Patrón). What could be better than a heaping plate of freshly cut watermelon? Nothing, you say? THINK AGAIN: juicy watermelon wedges soaked in a mixture of tequila, Triple Sec, and simple syrup, then sprinkled with sea salt. HEAVEN. And best of all, it's incredibly easy to make at home. Tequila-Soaked Watermelon Wedges Prep Time: 5 min. Chill Time: 45 min. Difficulty: Easy. Recipe by Martha Stewart Living (Does she have a son in a frat or something?) All you need is... 1 seedless watermelon 1 cup sugar 3/4 cup water 1/2 cup tequila 1/4 cup Triple Sec 2 limes, halved or cut into wedges Flaked sea salt or coarse salt Here's what you do... 1. Quarter watermelon and cut into wedges around 1 inch thick. Arrange slices in a single layer in two 9"x13" baking dishes. 2. In a small saucepan, bring sugar, water, Triple Sec, and tequila to a boil. Cook, stirring, until sugar dissolves (about 1 minute). Let cool slightly. 3. Pour syrup over watermelon wedges and refrigerate for at least 45 minutes. 4. Remove watermelon from syrup and arrange on a platter. Squeeze limes over melon, and season with salt. Serve and enjoy National Tequila Day!
Six Healthy Snacks that Keep You Hydrated
Whether you’re outside playing a game, or enjoying a nice afternoon hike on your favorite nature trail, staying hydrated is crucial especially when the weather gets warmer. But, what happens when you’re feeling parched and you find yourself stuck at your 9-5 desk job? It’s easy to grab that Coke from the vending machine, or pick up the cupcake in the communal kitchen; however, choosing those items over water will arguably keep you more dehydrated. Below, you will find a list of alternative snacks that are filled with fluids and keep you feeling guilt-free throughout the day. Watermelon You can dice them or cut into small wedges to create bite size pieces. Pick up with a toothpick or fork to reduce sticky fingers and having to run to the sink to rinse your hands every 5 minutes. Celery If you love crunchy textures, celery is the perfect alternative to chips, pretzels, and crackers. Celery is 95% water and filled with potassium and vitamin K and can easily be paired with peanut butter or hummus to add some extra flavor. Cucumbers Filled with vitamin B6 and K, cucumbers are refreshing to eat and hydrating to the body, which is why you see a lot of people wearing them over their eyes or in a facial mask. Mix in a salad or eat them alone to get the maximum hydration needed as your day progresses. Strawberries This berry is a healthy sweet treat option that’s loaded with vitamin C and Fiber. Throw some into your yogurt or make a nice summer salad with a low-fat dressing to keep you feeling full and hydrated. Grapefruit If you’re in the mood for a snack that’s both tangy and citrus flavored, then grapefruit is the perfect option. It not only lowers your cholesterol, but also shrinks your waistline for those looking to lose a couple extra pounds. It’s easy enough to slice it in half and eat it right out of the rind. Cantaloupe Both sweet and nutritious, this fruit provides high levels of vitamin A and C, while being a low calorie snack. You can freeze it into sherbet, or puree it, and add it into your favorite smoothie.