Dairy-Free, Drinks, Gluten-Free, Low Sugar, Vegan, Vegetarian

Rev Up Your Metabolism with This Detox Tea

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I made a boomerang for this, but sadly, uploading videos to my blog is somehow surprisingly complicated. Thus, you’re stuck with these rainy background photos, whose melancholy nature actually makes you want to drink tea, right? I made this Apple Cider Vinegar Detox Tea last spring using local honey in an attempt to keep my allergies at bay. Not entirely sure if it helped for allergies, but I enjoyed drinking the tart tea warm either first thing in the morning or right before bed. I’ve been an on-again, off-again Tone It Up follower for 3 years now, and they recommended a version of this they call “Meta D” with apple cider vinegar (ACV), apple juice, cinnamon and cayenne. (They also have ACV and fruit blends here.) It does boost some health benefits that can’t hurt: cinnamon is anti-inflammatory, ginger helps with digestion and ACV and cayenne rev up metabolism. Here’s a warning, it is quite tart, but try to enjoy without overloading it with honey (aka sugar albeit ). I also really like this not cold, not piping hot, but warm juuuuust right in the middle.

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Sipping on Simply Homemade Irish Cream

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Happy St. Patrick’s Day! Ok, happy St. Patty’s plus three weeks, but who’s counting? I made this for brunch that Sunday of the Southie parade. I wanted something cheaper (!), less processed and just overall healthier than traditional Bailey’s Irish Cream. Purchasing alcohol in Beacon Hill is effing pricey. Excluding the small amount of bourbon used, this was about $5ish to make after buying coconut milk and using pantry staples. Plus, it’s about 90 calories per 1.5 oz shot compared to Bailey’s 150 calories. Winning! That’s basically a two-for-one deal.* A little thinner consistency when mixed with coffee, but this Homemade Irish Cream has great flavor, still a kick and a take on your traditional Irish cream. Cheers!

* Note: I’m not encouraging to get over-served on a thirsty Thursday, but more to be cognizant of your indulgences.

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Tastily Vibrant Tropical Smoothie

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Tropical Turmeric Smoothie Bowl seemed like the perfect combo due to its tropical flare to pretend it’s spring up in the Northeast. Pineapple, mango, banana . . . feeling like you’re on a beach yet? Also, do you guys like my sad attempt at “plating?” 😂 That aside, this smoothie was delish. I saw the idea for adding ground turmeric to smoothies from Gimme Some Oven and thought I needed it to fight the Monday blues from studying pharmacology. Turmeric is known for its anti-inflammatory properties. I turned the smoothie into a bowl because I found DRAGON FRUIT!! It was my first time working with dragon fruit, and I must say, the interior fruit is so mild and melon-like in comparison to its vibrant, funky exterior.

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Simply Cinnamon Macchiato (Dairy-Free)

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Happy FriYAY!! Guys, I loved the Copycat Starbucks Iced Coconut Milk Macchiato version so much I decided to make a cinnamon version. The timing was a bit ironic since Starbucks literally released the exact same version. I can honestly say I haven’t tried the Starbucks version, but mine is still pretty damn good. I brewed Starbucks cinnamon dolce coffee and used an almond milk base since that’s what I usually have in my fridge. Almond milk has a “thinner” consistency than coconut milk, so the macchiato just has a different depth, but all the flavors. I dusted the layers with cinnamon sugar from my trusty cinnamon sugar bear. Excuse me while I go sip on my Cinnamon Dolce Almond Milk Macchiato.

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Amaaaaaazing Macchiato

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I’ll keep this one short and sweet. I tried Starbucks’ Iced Coconut Milk (Caramel) Macchiato this summer and I was hooked. I prefer it not mocha or caramel, even though both are worth the indulgence. Since it’s going to be 60°F in Boston today (crazy, right?!), thought I’d indulge in a homemade coffee treat post-spin. I didn’t have espresso, so I brewed strong cup of coffee instead, layered over unsweetened coconut milk, unsweetened better half (coconut cream & almond milk creamer) from Califia Farms and added a dash of agave. I think next time, I’ll leave it bitter & unsweetened, but regardless, this Copycat Starbucks Iced Coconut Macchiato is the perfectly creamy & decadent drink 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻  [UPDATE: this caffeinated drink was featured on the feedfeed — check it out!]

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Fresh Mules Just in Time for Happy Hour

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My friends over at Copper Mug wanted a healthy Moscow mule made with kombucha, just fresh juice or something all natural. (BTW, they have gorgeous copper ware like mugs, martini glasses, jigger — you name it.) I settled on trying to incorporate Kombucha Gingerade since it’s low in sugar, uses fresh ginger juice and packed with probiotics. The fresh ginger gives is an extra kick. Still want to sip on a cocktail post-holidays, but want a “detox?” Sip on this Kombucha Gingerade Moscow Mule — just in time for happy hour.

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Bring on the Breakfast “Greens”

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BuzzFeed is brilliant. I’m talking life hacks brilliant that are so painfully simple, they should’ve been obvious — like make not just one, but multiple smoothies at once to only have to clean your blender one time. AND when you clean the blender, fill it up with a third with warm water and a couple drops of dish soap and “blend” until foamy and clean. (Obviously you’ll need to rinse out the blender after.) AND you have breakfast taken care of for the week. I also tried and tweaked their version of a green breakfast smoothie and made my Banana Mango Green Smoothie. I definitely made three ahead of time to have for breakfast that week. Not skimping on protein, the Greek yogurt and Aloha’s plant-based protein jump in here to keep you full and satisfied. The kale was nonexistent because all you tasted was banana and mango. Winning? I think so.

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Staying “Toasty” in the Snow

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Yesterday was a good day; a very solid assortment of food kind of day. Despite the blizzard pummeling the Northeast, Boston was graced with a couple inches to still have the feel of winter without being overwhelming. (Btw, thank GOD Boston was spared. We had enough snow last year to last a decade.) I went to the gym yesterday morning, but was saving my big meal for brunch to go with my roommate and one of my best friends from college. I needed something satisfying, savory and that would hold me until we commenced for brunch. Cue the Basil Sriracha Avocado Toast. We had a successful meal at The Tip Tap Room in Beacon Hill. We sipped on mimosas, Blood Maries (just Perin) & bourbon cocktails (see pictures below). We sampled the Everything Bagel Breakfast Sandwich, the Smoked Cheddar & Corn Griddle Cakes with Bacon Maple Syrup (they tasted like cornbread pancakes — delish) and the Tip Tap Signature Omelet packed with brie, asparagus and shiitake mushrooms (pictured below). Given it was snowing and we wanted to stay warm, I also concocted some Blizzard Sangria. Think a quick and easy cranberry and citrus sangria. To put the icing on the cake, toss in a slice of Ernesto’s Caprese pizza for dinner in the North End. Sounds like a good Saturday, right?

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Spicing Up Classic Cocktails

Rosemary Grapefruit Gin & Tonic

The holidays are upon us. This time of year calls for office parties, friends gathering and holiday happy hours. To match the festive occasion, try dressing up your classic G&T this season. Citrus is at its peak and rosemary has that hearty evergreen essence. (The fresh rosemary used came from Perin’s herb garden still thriving somehow outside our window.) Add the two together for a Rosemary Grapefruit Gin & Tonic. I made these on a whim for roommates on Friday and we all gave these a sure nod of approval. Cheers!

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The Best White Wine Sangria

White Peach & Lemon Sangria

Summertime means sangria time. I made this on a pure whim with my friend, Steph. It was a hot Saturday night, and we’re like what sounds cool and refreshing? Sangria does obviously. We made the sans vodka and the chardonnay version, but both combinations have been quite delicious. The fresh fruit is always a fun plus, and I played with citrus and stone fruit. The added bonus? You can eat the boozy peaches slices (because let’s assume you don’t want to lemon slice to munch on). Happy Thirsty Thursday! Have fun celebrating with White Peach & Lemon Sangria.

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