Why this song? Because it was just playing a few minutes ago in my living room. School is nearly out and for high schoolers that means in late, out early, in early, out early, back for band practice, etc. So right now, the teenager and his girlfriend are watching "Legally Blonde" before they have to go back to school later. And here's something to make you feel old -- they were 3 years old when this movie came out!
This post is sponsored by Almond Breeze Almondmilk and Blue Diamond Nut Thins.
So I was all set to do a Whole30 challenge this month but at the last minute I dropped out. I'm sorry, I just can't give up smoothies! Or a little organic half and half in my coffee. Or beans. Or quinoa.
That said, the new Whole30 book is gorgeous and full of lovely recipes that I will try. But I've cleaned up my diet so much over the past few months and right now I'm not about restriction and a diet mentality.
Here are a couple of recipes I whipped up with Blue Diamond products. I'm a Blue Diamond Tastmaker, and the company sends me products to try and write about and lately they've been really generous with products so I'm going to double up on the reviews today.
First up is that smoothie up there, which uses Almond Breeze Hint of Honey vanilla almond milk. The milk is sweetened with a blend of honey and sugar and has the same calories as regular vanilla almond milk. It's great if you want your almond milk to have a little added sweetness -- it's great in an iced vanilla almond latte.
I used it in this nutritionally packed smoothie, which I just enjoyed this morning. It's full of protein, fiber and will keep you humming throughout the day. The ginger and cinnamon are metabolism boosters, make your tummy happy and the cinnamon keeps your blood sugar stable.
I made mine in my Nutri Ninja blender cup so add the ingredients in the order listed for best results. If you're using a regular blender, flip the order of the ingredients.
Peach Mango Breeze Smoothie
- 1/2 cup crushed ice
- 70g frozen peaches
- 70g frozen mango chunks
- 1 serving vanilla protein powder
- 1 tablespoon oats
- 1 tablespoon almond butter
- 1 tablespoons hemp or flax seeds
- 2 teaspoons fresh grated ginger
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1 cup Almond Breeze Hint of Honey vanilla almond milk
Add ingredients to blender cup or blender, process and enjoy!
I was sent some Blue Diamond Nut Thins crackers, which are rice crackers infused with almonds. They're gluten free, crisp and a great blank canvas for any dip or snack.
As you can see from the photo, this was a late-night snack. I'm getting much better at my late-night snacking and this is one way I'm working on it. Instead of indiscriminately grazing, I busy myself making a little creation, which is far more satisfying than a handful of cereal.
I call these Mini Nutty Nachos and they're simply a dollop of refried black beans topped with a dollop of chunky salsa on a Nut Thin. That's it! Of course, you can switch up the refried beans, toss on some cheese, perhaps a pickled jalapeno -- make it yours.
The crackers are great for toppings because they don't get soggy and won't crack under pressure.