Raspberry Mint Sparkling Sipper

Summer!!! It’s finally here in full force. The last two weeks have been gorgeous with temps in the 80’s, which is my kind of weather! I’d take being hot over being cold any day.

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And on these deliciously hot summer evenings I’ve been enjoying a Raspberry Mint Sparkling Sipper. So refreshing, and so simple! It is hardly a recipe but I thought I’d share.

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I try and go for a walk most evenings after work, and last week I’d enjoy one of these drinks to re-hydrate after my walk. Such an easy way to jazz up a plain glass of water. Make this sparkling sipper when you are looking to quench your thirst in the scorching days of summer!

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Raspberry Mint Sparkling Sipper

Serves 1

16 oz of plain sparkling water

1/4 cup of fresh raspberries

4-5 mint leaves

To make this spritzer, simply muddle the mint in the bottom of your glass, add in the raspberries and pour the sparkling water over top. Enjoy!

What I Ate Wednesday #121

Morning! Here we are at the last Wednesday of the month already. I can’t believe that August is right around the corner! I’ve been soaking up the summer as much as possible by being outdoors every chance I get. I’ve loved going for a nice, relaxing walk every evening after work. Such a peaceful way to end the day!

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For this What I Ate Wednesday I’m sharing my eats from Monday. I started off with a piece of peanut butter toast and some frozen mango. It was quite delicious!

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Midmorning at work I had a plain rice cake, my go to morning snack at the moment.

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Lunch was a spinach salad with cannellini beans, sun dried tomatoes, cherry tomatoes, and sesame seeds with olive oil, tahini and stone ground mustard. I’ve been loving having fresh salads at work each day this summer, but I’ve got to start mixing it up with different veggies and toppings!

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I also had some red grapes on the side. Crunchy perfection.

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That afternoon at work I ate some rice crackers (they are a gluten free brand from Target), and boy were they salty! I could hardly eat them. I need to find a good brand of crackers that aren’t so salty. Any suggestions?

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I also finished up half of this Kind bar at work. Maple Pumpkin Seeds with Sea Salt. I liked it, but not sure I would buy it again. I really should try making my own granola bars again!

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Dinner was another tasty salad. I have a lot of greens to use up! And when it is so hot I don’t want to turn on the oven and salads do the trick! This was spinach, beans, bell pepper, avocado,  pistachios, avocado oil, and nutritional yeast. It was SO good! This was a new salad combo for me and I will definitely be making it again.

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I ended my night with a little chocolate ice cream. This was extremely creamy and practically turned to soup in my warm apartment before I could eat it, but still delicious!

Have a wonderful rest of your week!

TGIW,

Sydney

Farmer’s Market Greens and Beans Summer Salad

Morning all! Hope you had  a wonderful weekend and are looking forward to the week ahead. I am excited to visit my sister-in-law’s rooftop farmer’s market this evening, where I’m hoping to find some great produce to use throughout the week!

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Until then, I wanted to share with you a recipe for a salad I made with my farmer’s market finds from last week. This salad features swiss chard and mustard greens!

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It’s simple to make, full of flavor, and is packed with nutrients as well!

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The sautéed greens and garlic pair wonderfully with the smoky BBQ sauce and sun dried tomatoes. Make this for dinner tonight!

Farmer’s Market Greens and Beans Summer Salad

Makes ~4 generous side salads

1 tbsp olive oil

1 tsp garlic (minced)

One bunch of swiss chard

1/2 a bunch of mustard greens

1 can of black beans

1/2 cup of uncooked red quinoa

Sun dried tomatoes

Sesame seeds

Stone ground mustard

BBQ sauce

Tahini

Salt, pepper and a spice blend

 

To make this dish start by cooking the quinoa according to package directions. It took me about 12 minutes to fully cook the 1/2 cup of quinoa in one cup of water.

While the quinoa is cooking, sauté the greens and black beans in the olive oil and garlic. Sauté for about 5-7 minutes on medium low heat, stirring occasionally. Towards the end of cooking the greens, stir in a little salt, pepper and a spice blend of choice to taste.

When the quinoa is done, add it to the sauté pan with the greens and beans and continue cooking until everything is warmed through. Maybe another 3 minutes or so on low heat.

For serving the salad add sun dried tomatoes, sesame seeds, stone ground mustard, tahini and/or BBQ sauce on top! Enjoy!

What I Ate Wednesday #120

Hello again! It’s been quite some time since I’ve posted here, but what can I say? Sometimes life just happens! I’ve missed sharing recipes and featured daily eats though, so to start I thought I’d hop back on the WIAW train!

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Last weekend on an absolutely perfect summer day I decided to snap pictures of all my eats. Breakfast started with a bowl of puffed brown rice cereal, muesli, a banana, coconut milk, that was drizzled with peanut butter. I didn’t have any chocolate chips on my cereal though, this was a picture of a dessert I had earlier that weekend!

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After running some errands that morning, I decided to pack up a lunch and head to the lakefront for a picnic! I love being so close to the lake that I can hop in my car and be outside in such glorious, relaxing scenery in about 15 minutes! For my lunch I packed a classic PB sandwich, some veggie tortilla chips, carrots, and a kombucha.

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Although it was overcast at first, the sun came out just as I pulled out my lusciously sweet watermelon.  It got real quick after that!

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I had only about 1/3 of my kombucha with lunch, along with some water, so after spending a couple of hours outside reading I was ready for a cold drink. I walked to a coffeehouse near the lake and got an iced chai. It was surprisingly disappointing. Oh well.

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That afternoon I wrapped up at the beach and made it back home in time to miss a huge thunderstorm. I stayed in my apartment for a bit but soon enough the skies cleared up and I headed outside again! This time I packed a dinner picnic to bring to a nearby park. I had a delicious salad made from mustard greens and swiss chard that was topped with quinoa, black beans, sun dried tomatoes, sesame seeds, BBQ sauce and tahini. Yum!

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I also had some rice crackers and beet hummus. This was my first time trying the TJ’s beet hummus and I really liked it. I’ll have to try and make a homemade version soon!

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A few grapes rounded out my meal. So glad to have grapes for the first time this summer! These were perfectly crisp and refreshing.

Before bed I had a handful of dark chocolate chips and watched a few episodes of Friends. I never watched the show when it was on TV, but have loved it on Netflix!

Hope you all have a wonderful Wednesday and thanks as always to the lovely Jenn for hosting!

TGIW,

Sydney

 

What I Ate Wednesday #119!

Morning all, and happy Wednesday! Hope summer and warm weather is in full swing wherever you are, it’s almost getting here in Wisconsin! Of course since it’s Wednesday I’ll be sharing a day of my eats and joining in on Jenn’s lovely WIAW party. These are my meals from last Saturday, a day filled with friends, family and good food!

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Breakfast that morning was two vegan and gluten free banana muffins. There is no added sugar in the version I made and I can’t believe how nicely they turned out! Using overly ripe bananas gives it all the sweetness you need. After the picture I drizzled a little peanut butter on top. Great decision.

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Lunch was a spinach salad with sweet potato, sun dried tomatoes, fresh lemon juice and tahini, with a side of watermelon and strawberries. This was my first watermelon of the season and it was sooooooo good!

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I also had some tortilla chips as well.

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After lunch I drove to my best friend’s new condo to help do some painting! I had some sparkling water to quench my thirst.

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And ate a couple of these chocolate grahams for a snack!

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On my drive home that evening I had some dried apricots. Haven’t had these in awhile and they were quite wonderful.

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Dinner was a salad topped with a frozen veggie burger, some brussels sprouts and blackberries.

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To end the night, once my sister had joined me for a sleepover, I had a half of an Outpost Chocolate Indulgence Brownie. Boy was it good! We had our snacks while watching the show Chasing Life. Have you seen it? I’m hooked!

Hope you have a wonderful rest of your day!

TGIW,

Sydney

What I Ate Wednesday #118

Hello everyone, hope you’ve all had a wonderful Wednesday so far! I cannot believe I haven’t posted for a few weeks now, but things have been crazy and searching for a new apartment has consumed most of my free time! I finally had a chance to sit down and write up a post, so I thought WIAW would be a perfect way to get back into the swing of things.

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These are my eats from a Saturday a few weekends ago. It was such a fun day that I had to share all the food! Breakfast was a cranberry muffin from a local bakery just down the road. Such a yummy treat!

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I also had a banana along with the muffin.

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Midmorning I had a rice cake. Plain, unsalted, pure glory.

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My Mom and sister came over that day for lunch and we had an amazing meal out to eat at a new (to us) restaurant. I had the Smoky Lentil Avocado Toast and it was simply amazing. I cannot wait to recreate this at home.

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That afternoon I had a lemon seltzer water, which was very refreshing.

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And I also snacked on some cereal!

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I wasn’t too hungry for dinner so I ended up making a green smoothie. It was really good! It included banana, spinach, coconut milk, ice and a little nut butter.

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Later that evening I went out with my friends, we started hanging out at my friend’s apartment where we shared these almond cookies. I also had a ginger beer along with dessert!

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Eventually we went out to a bar where I had a cranberry vodka, a classic for me.

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We ended the night (after lots of fun dancing) with some pizza! I had my first ever slice of mac n’ cheese pizza, and it was extraordinary!

Hope you all have a wonderful day and remember to stop on over to Jenn’s blog!

TGIW,

Sydney

 

What I Ate Wednesday #117

Morning! Happy Wednesday to you all. Hope your week has been off to a smooth start and that you have a wonderful day ahead! Today I am sharing my eats from Tuesday. I had a few new dishes that were quite fun!

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I started off  my morning with a big smoothie. This smoothie was a new combination for me! It included a frozen banana, frozen cherries, pumpkin, almond butter, almond pulp, cinnamon, coconut milk and water. Very good.

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Midmorning I snacked on a rice cake and some of these crackers. They are a Target brand gluten free cracker. I wish they weren’t so salty otherwise I’d buy these more often!

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I also had some almonds and raisins while sitting at my desk.

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When lunch came around I had this kale salad topped with brown rice, and sautéed veggies including zucchini, bell pepper and bok choy. I drizzled it with some tahini and balsamic, go figure!

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I also sipped on the last 1/3 of my kombucha throughout the afternoon. I really liked this lemongrass ginger flavor!

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After work before I did some errands I had another rice cake. I really love rice cakes if you couldn’t already tell!

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And dinner was another new dish. So simple and so delicious. A spinach salad with roasted beets, broccoli and sweet potato topped with stone ground mustard, olive oil and goat’s cheese. Yum yum!

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Dessert was some dark chocolate chips and cinnamon cereal!

 

Don’t forget to head on over to Jenn’s page to see where this WIAW party gets started!

TGIW,

Sydney

What I Ate Wednesday #116

I’m back! And just in time for another What I Ate Wednesday! Last week and this week as well have been insanely busy, but luckily I have a little time now to pop in and share my eats with you all!

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This was last week’s breakfast one day: A banana smoothie made with almond butter, cinnamon, chia, coconut oil, ice cubes, and water. And a rice cake with some peanut butter!

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At work I snacked on these super seedy, gluten, dairy and soy-free crackers that I really enjoyed. Unfortunately these cost about $6.00 a box so I don’t think I’ll be buying those again anytime soon.

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I also snacked on some chopped pecans throughout the morning.

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And for lunch I had a quinoa kale salad with curried zucchini and a corn tortilla.

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I was halfway through my veggies when I remembered to take a picture. I’ve been loving raw bell pepper slices lately!

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Afternoon snack at home after work was a couple of spoonfuls of this nut butter. Mmmmm.

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And dinner was a lovely concoction of sautéed collard greens, broccoli, and brown rice topped with a little tahini, mustard and red pepper flakes.

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Ended the night with some dark chocolate chips and that was my day!

Thanks as always to Jenn for hosting this gathering!

TGIW,

Sydney

Grapefruit Hemp Mango Smoothie

Happy Friday! Happy May 1st! And happy Grapefruit Hemp Mango Smoothie to you!

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The Grapefruit was the star of the show for this smoothie. It gave it its beautiful color and its amazing flavor!

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Hope your weekend forecast is as nice as ours and you can enjoy a smoothie while being outside!

Grapefruit Hemp Mango Smoothie

Serves 1

1 and 1/2 cup of unsweetened almond milk

Juice from 1/2 a grapefruit

1 frozen banana

1/2 cup of frozen mango

1 tbsp hemp seeds

Dash of cinnamon

Put all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth!

 

What I Ate Wednesday #115

Morning! Happy last WIAW of April! I am so excited that May is only a few days away, because you know what that means…summer is just around the corner! I’ve been drinking so many smoothies for breakfast lately that I feel like it’s already summer. Now I just can’t wait for the warmer temps to arrive!

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Breakfast on Tuesday morning was this delicious smoothie. It was a Cherry Almond Chia Smoothie, a new combination I really enjoyed. I work really early on Tuesday mornings so smoothies are usually a quick and easy option for me to prep and take to work with me to eat during my meetings. Most people have coffee in their hands and I’m always sipping a smoothie!

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Midmorning I ate a plain rice cake. I’ve been having some stomach issues lately and I’ve found eating plain rice cakes help to calm my stomach a bit.

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I also snacked on some pecans and raisins.

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While on a conference call at work I ate cucumbers and hummus as part of lunch.

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Then after the call was finished I ate this deconstructed “cheesy” quinoa broccoli burrito. I tore up a tortilla and put it on the bottom of my bowl, added kale, and then added the burrito filling on top. This dish is actually vegan, and uses nutritional yeast to get a cheesy flavor!

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After getting home from work I sat outside for a minute enjoying some carrot orange juice and cereal. I didn’t even finish eating my snack outside though because I got too cold!

 

 

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For dinner I had homemade hummus that I just whipped up, along with some peashoots, avocado and balsamic, and some pineapple.

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Then after doing some cleaning around my apartment and finishing up some paperwork I watched an episode of Hart of Dixie before bed. I enjoyed some dark chocolate chips as I watched! And also a plain rice cake with honey!

Thanks as always to Jenn for hosting this gathering!

TGIW,

Sydney