Category Archives: Drinks

Mostly Vegetable Smoothie

It’s been awhile since I’ve posted anything.  I’ve just been making the same ole things over and over. But with the advent of spring, warmer temps, budding trees, I’ve felt the desire to start making new things in the kitchen again. So, with that, I give you this mostly vegetable smoothie. It’s a perfect way to “detox” from all the heavy winter foods. This is one of those recipes where I just dumped ingredients in and took good notes.  And it turned out great! You need a high speed blender to get a really smooth texture for this surprisingly delicious … Continue reading

Sugar Free, Dye Free, Naturally Flavored Refreshing Drink

All summer long I had been making iced herbal tea by the glassful. Almost every day. Then I decided I needed to make a whole pitcher’s worth. I’ve been sitting on this for some time now and it’s time to share it. It doesn’t need to be summer to enjoy a cold beverage! If you’ve been following me for a while, you probably know I like precision. Exact quantities in recipes make for excellent results. Same goes for this drink. Precise recipe = refreshing drink. Don’t freak out about the apple cider vinegar.  It just adds a little “punch” or … Continue reading

Blueberry Banana Smoothie

If you are a fan of food blogs, I’m sure you heard mention of high-speed or high-powered blenders such as Vitamix, Ninja, or Blendtec by now. I’ve finally joined the ranks and I am not looking back! Never will I go back to a standard blender again! My high-speed/powered blender can obliterate anything! In mere seconds. Take this blueberry smoothie for instance. (Yes, the picture isn’t great….I had to take a picture of leftovers and before it got gobbled up). In a regular blender, blueberries do not get completely pureed and you are left with chunks of blueberry stuck in … Continue reading

Eight Ways To Flavor Your Drinking Water Naturally

Water is the best way to stay hydrated. After all, the human body is comprised of almost 60% water. But don’t reach for those sports drinks or flavored water beverages just yet. I’ve been “playing” with my water lately and have come up with several ways to flavor my water naturally without artificial colors and flavors. This list is in order of least favorite to most favorite. Essential Oil Peppermint Water:   Fill a large glass with water and add one drop of essential oil of peppermint. Adding more than one and you will sting your lips. If you let the … Continue reading

Grape Soda – Sugar Free, Corn Free, Allergy Free

Can you believe I have not had a soda in a year!? I cut out corn and artificial sweeteners about a year ago, so that means no soda since they are all made with either high fructose corn syrup or aspartame/Splenda. (Well, except Zevia, but that stuff is expensive!) I never was a huge soda drinker anyway, so it really wasn’t that big of deal. But then…. I had a garage sale back in August. Those are a lot of work, and by the end of the day, I was tuckered out and in no mood to cook. We have … Continue reading

“PB&J” Protein Shake

Breakfasts can be tricky if you are on a “limited diet.” I put limited in quotes because I personally do not feel limited at all even though there are several food groups I do not eat. For a lot of us, mornings are rushed and there is limited time to make gluten free, allergy friendly breakfasts. That is where a good protein shake comes in. I know some whole food/real food bloggers do not like protein powder, but I find my mornings to go much smoother when I can quickly whip up a shake. Plus when I drink one, I … Continue reading

McDonald’s Shamrock Shake–Milk Free

Does McDonald’s even have the Shamrock Shake anymore?  I don’t know.  I haven’t seen a commercial for it.  But I do know that you can make your own dairy free version!   Even though I don’t celebrate St. Patrick’s Day, I know people love (or used to love) the St. Patty’s Day Shamrock Shake.  So for fun, I set out to create a dairy free version of what I think it should taste like.  Use any dairy free milk (or cow’s milk), but I like hemp milk for this because it is thicker and creamier than a lot of dairy … Continue reading

How To Make A Chai Tea Latte Similar to Starbucks

If you don’t drink coffee what do you drink when you go to Starbucks?  Well, I don’t really go to Starbucks much because I’m not a coffee drinker.  (Nor can I imagine spending $5 on a beverage every day, or every week for that matter).  But when a trip to Starbucks means meeting up with a great friend, well, you have to order something, right? This is where I first tasted a Chai Tea Latte.  Starbucks’ only milk alternative is soy milk.  We do not use soy milk in our dairy free house, but since there is no real allergy … Continue reading

Fun Finds Friday – Hot Chocolate Surprise – Dairy Free and Sugar Free

Are you a Black Friday shopper?  I am not.  Large, crazy crowds and I are not friends.  I do love a good hot chocolate though!  Being dairy free means making your own hot chocolate, not ripping open a package and adding hot water.  I’ve learned to be okay with that.  I found an interesting twist on hot chocolate for today’s Fun Finds Friday.   It has a secret ingredient.  I did not tell anyone in my house what it was and NO ONE could tell.  Now, I could tell, but if I hadn’t put the secret ingredient in I am … Continue reading

Fun Finds Friday-Almost Sugar Free Lemonade

It’s Fun Finds Friday again!    Today I’m pointing you to a great lemonade recipe.  It makes a single glass.  Refreshing and easy to make, it’s a great hot afternoon beverage.   It’s my first foray into using liquid stevia too.  I bought my stevia at Trader Joe’s.  It’s about half the cost of ones at Whole Foods.  Something like $6.99 vs. $14.99. I’ve made this a couple of times a week since I found it.  I’d say I’m hooked! So for some good pictures and the recipe you can visit Oatmeal With A Fork. To enter the giveaway I have … Continue reading

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