Guys- I accidentally fell upon the absolute BEST ice cream topper in the world this weekend!
It all started when Dean and my dad were craving something sweet after a nice dinner. Earlier in the week I had made some cookie bars and for some reason I thought I bought enough for a second batch. Because I sometimes make questionable decisions, I started melting the butter and measuring out graham crackers before I realized that I had forgotten to buy a second can of condensed milk! Luckily, I don’t give up easily. I made up the following recipe, crushed everything up and VOILA! A new house favorite was born.
Is it just me or does today feel like a Friday? I hate Thursday’s that feel like a Friday! It’s just mean. Anyway, if you’re looking to make your Thursday just a little bit better, I have a nice smoothie recipe for you. Every so often Dean will make me a smoothie to take to work and things just seem 10x better. This recipe in particular is a go to for us.
Frozen Matthew Berry– a mixed berry breakfast smoothie
8-10 oz water
3-4 ice cubes
3/4 cup mixed berries (we used a frozen bag of strawberries, blackberries, blueberries & raspberries)
1 scoop protein powder (Dean the Trainer recommends vanilla whey protein from Optimum Nutrition)
Optional: 1 tbsp peanut butter
This smoothie would also be healthy post-workout option. Other healthy options? The Blind Melon of course!
In full disclosure, I tend to stay away from sweet drinks. My stomach usually thanks me for that, but every so often I have to cave for some Disaronno and milk. It’s soooo good, but it’s definitely a bit heavier than I’d like. I decided to try something a little different today to balance out the sweetness of amaretto but still satisfy my amaretto craving.
1/2 can of diet coke (or regular coke, I just had diet on hand)
1 shot of amaretto (I used my favorite: Disaronno)
This is the easiest drink of my new Thirsty Thursday crew so far. I’m a big believer in cucumber vodka in the summer. It’s light and wonderful and it goes with a lot more than people think. We’re sticking with something simple today, you just shake everything up and pour out the greatness.
1 part cucumber vodka
3 parts lemonade
heavy splash of grenadine
pinch of sugar
lime wedge for garnish
Just throw everything into a shaker, mix it up and pour over ice. Garnish with a wedge of lime and enjoy!
Getting back into working out is hard. Getting to enjoy extra shakes & snacks afterward? Yep- I’m okay with that! Typically I drink some chocolate milk, have a little bowl of a healthy cereal/granola or steal a spoonful of peanut butter…. but sometimes I want something different. Enter: watermelon.
Dean the trainer said that watermelon is a great post-workout snack because it is hydrating, replenishes your electrolytes and glycogen, and it can help prevent muscle soreness . Some studies even show that watermelon can help your future workout performance! Yes and yes.
To save myself from having to do too much work after yesterday’s run, I cut and froze all of the watermelon ahead of time. All I had to do was throw everything in the blender when I got home. Easy enough for me!