Thursday, September 29, 2016

pumpkin spice smoothie

Because fall.


I feel like I've been waiting forever to post this one! Now that it's officially fall I will officially admit to being a bit basic (okay a lot basic) and completely excited about all the pumpkin items this season brings around.

I've never been big on coffee. Aside from a brief stunt in high school when drinking a latte seemed like the coolest thing in the world, there's something about the taste that just doesn't appeal to me.

So instead of a pumpkin spice latte, I took the flavors and transformed them into a pumpkin spice smoothie. While not only delicious, drinking it also gives you the added benefit of being a little less basic than your friends who are running off to Starbucks the second their seasonal cups appear.


Ingredients (serves 1):
- 1/2 cup pumpkin puree (make sure to get pure pumpkin and not pumpkin pie mix)
- 1 frozen banana (if using fresh just add some ice cubes to make it cold)
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 1/4 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
- 1/2 cup coconut milk
- Coconut whipped cream (scroll to the bottom here for the recipe)
- Sprinkle of brown sugar for garnish (optional)

Instructions:
1. Add pumpkin through coconut milk to a blender and whiz until smooth. Top with coconut whipped cream and brown sugar.



Tuesday, September 27, 2016

wicked cool nuts X sprinkles & saturdays

It's no secret I'm a fan of snacking.


Just check out here, here, and here if you don't believe me. So when Wicked Cool Nuts approached me to try some of their treats I was completely on board. Although they carry the ever popular kale chip (maple pepper kale chip to be exact), it was their tomato chips that I couldn't wait to get my hands on.

Whether it be in soups, salads, pastas, or sandwiches tomatoes are one of my all time favorite foods to eat and cook with. They're extremely versatile and bring such a bright, fresh taste to every meal, so I was curious what they would taste like dehydrated as chips.

LA times recently wrote an article about the trend of dehydrating treats among chefs in their restaurants. The decidedly unsexy dehydrator is becoming a kitchen counter staple right next to the coveted Vitamix blender and Magimix food processor, and after trying these Pesto Tomato chips from Wicked Cool Nuts I couldn't be a bigger proponent of the new trend.

These thin, delicate tomato slices were covered in just the right amount of pesto that was reminiscent of an Italian pasta dish or slice of bruschetta, while still being a light and healthy snack.

The best part about all the treats I tried from Wicked Cool Nuts was that they tasted completely homemade with high quality ingredients. It seriously was like they were just dropped off by a friend or family member (who really knows their way around the kitchen).

Move over kale chips, tomato chips are here.



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