{thirsty thursday}


And really, what topic could be more fitting for a recent college-retiree?
The current heat wave which is engulfing my house further suggests that this is a much needed post.

So for everyone wishing for a summer treat, please indulge in these recipes which I covet.

Say "Yes!" to Breakfast

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My food staples are fresh fruit, Fage 0% greek yogurt and peanut butter. Lots of peanut butter.

Over the last several weeks, I’ve perfected a smoothie combination,
(I use the term ‘combination’ instead of recipe, because like real cooks, I prefer to eye-ball my ingredients),
which combines my best-loved foods:

  • Fage brand 0% plain, Greek style yogurt {23g of protein in a single serving!}
  • Smart Balance *or* The Bee’s Knees peanut butter {if you haven’t tried the Bee’s Knees natural peanut butter, friend, you are missing out.}
  • Blue berries {a must!}
  • Strawberries, or bananas or peaches {tried ’em all, you can’t go wrong.}
  • “Boosts” {any powdered vitamins or minerals, think jamba!}
  • Cinnamon, and if you are feeling gutsy–a sprinkle of ginger or chili power. {I’m not messing with you –cinnamon & chili are an incredible taste sensation which I like to mix into just about anything!}

Blend with a few ice cubes, and baby you have an incredible breakfast that’s going you keep you running on high.

The Perfect Iced Tea

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Anymore, it’s a soft slap-in-the face to walk into Starbucks.

First, I’m an unemployed penny pincher who really shouldn’t be frequenting coffee shops..at all.
Second, I no longer have the raging metabolism of a teenager who can down a Venti Frappucino and
expect to get away with it.

                         So? I finally met Tazo Passion Tea. It’s the uber-satisfying tea which needs no sweetener.
Yes, you read correctly: no honey, no sugar, no kidding.

The best part? It’s around $5 for a box containing 20 servings. {boo-yah.}

{Mango*Mint Mojito}

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Recently, I was alerted to the gold mine of mint growing near my house.
My first thought: ‘what a useful ingredient’. Useful indeed.
The highlight of my day was further sweetened by my talented bartender-wannabe boyfriend.
The surprisingly simple & sweet combination is as follows:

Use as much fresh mint as you’d like. In my case, it equaled a little over a full stalk.
Crush the mint with the back of a spoon and place in a shaker.
(Don’t own a shaker? Use two differently sized glasses–we aren’t here to judge.)
Add 1-2 shots of Cruzan mango rum and club soda to taste.
Shake it up and follow with as creative of garnish as you please.

You, my fellow mint lover, are now the proud owner of a delectable, low-calorie summer refreshment.


Stay thirsty, my friends. xox.


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