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Iced Mocha Protein Shake and a Thermos #Giveaway

ENTER NOW TO WIN ONE OF 10 Thermos Brand #ShakerBottles!!!

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Routines. We all have them, especially a morning routine and I just found a way to make it even easier!
Take my morning espresso, workout, post workout protein kick. It’s usually quite a process, but not anymore.

This new Genuine Thermos® Brand #ShakerBottle is one amazing piece of equipment to add to your healthy routine. If you’ve tried shaking things in a plain bottle and ended up with a lumpy mess like I did, this bottle is totally different. The Thermos bottle has an integrated mixer that helps blend your protein powder shake into a silky smooth drink you can easily make at home or on the go. Some other bottles may leak or be hard to clean, this genuine Thermos Brand #ShakerBottle has a locking seal and is dishwasher safe, both great features I won’t go without again. One of my favorite shakes to make is an iced mocha, but don’t take my word for it…
                   ENTER HERE to win your own Genuine Thermos® Brand Shaker Bottle! 

Then you can see for yourself just how great this bottle is and try my recipe below.

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Iced Mocha Protein Shake
Get your protein boost and morning caffeine kick with this easy Iced Mocha Protein Shake.
Course drinks, snacks
Prep Time 2 minutes
Servings
10 ounce
Ingredients
Course drinks, snacks
Prep Time 2 minutes
Servings
10 ounce
Ingredients
Instructions
  1. Add all ingredients to shaker bottle and shake for 30 seconds or until smooth. Add ice to shaker bottle and drink or pour into a glass with ice and garnish with chocolate chips.
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For me, if it’s not easy or convenient, I’m not going to do it. This has made my morning routine SO much easier and the best part is, no more protein powder lumps!
Check out more info about the Genuine Thermos Brand Contest, Facebook Page, Instagram, Twitter and Pinterest!

What’s your favorite pre or post workout shake?

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greek zoodle salad

 

sunnyvegan greek zoodle salad

It’s no secret that we eat lots of vegetable, and zucchini noodles, or zoodles, are great because of their versatility. This greek zoodle salad was such a hit, I’ve made it 3 times in the past week. It’s that good!

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greek zoodle salad
shake up your traditional greek salad and use zucchini noodles, zoodles, instead of lettuce. this vegan salad is light, filling and travels well making it perfect for your next summer picnic or barbecue.
Prep Time 15
Servings
Ingredients
salad
dressing
tofu feta
Prep Time 15
Servings
Ingredients
salad
dressing
tofu feta
Instructions
salad
  1. cut zucchini into zoodles or strands using a spiraling tool or vegetable peeler. in a large bowl, combine zoodles and remaining salad ingredients.
dressing
  1. combine all ingredients in jar and shake, or whisk together in a bowl.
tofu feta
  1. in a medium sized bowl, combine Bragg through oregano and whisk ingredients together. add cubed tofu and allow to marinate for 10-15 minutes. drain liquid and add tofu and dressing to salad, mix well.
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grilled tomato bruschetta

sunny vegan grilled bruschetta

 

If you think bruschetta isn’t perfect for a bbq, let me tell you why it is. It’s quick, easy and you can grab a piece and continue chatting with your friends.
I served this a few weeks ago at a barbecue and it was the first thing finished and everyone raved about it! Not only that, but it fit in perfectly with the more traditional bbq dishes, and since I brought this, I knew I would have at least one vegan thing there to eat.

 

 

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grilled tomato bruschetta
highlighting the best of summer, this bruschetta is a must for your next bbq. With fresh tomatoes and basil, this gorgeous dish comes together in minutes and is a sure crowd pleaser.
Course appetizer
Cuisine Italian
Prep Time 10
Cook Time 5
Servings
Ingredients
Course appetizer
Cuisine Italian
Prep Time 10
Cook Time 5
Servings
Ingredients
Instructions
  1. heat grill to medium heat, brush each side of bread will olive oil and grill 2 minutes each side, or until golden brown, then allow to cool. combine remaining ingredients in large bowl, spoon mixture onto each slice of bread. garnish with additional basil and drizzle with balsamic glaze if desired. serve immediately.
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Happy Holidays with Newport Beach deals! #EnrichYourSenses

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We are so lucky to live in So-Cal, enjoying gorgeous weather and scenery daily! Sometimes though, amazing things are happening around us and we don’t even know about them. Sometimes we are a tad spoiled by living in such a wonderful place that we miss out on some great events.
Enough is enough! It’s time to enjoy what makes California so great again!
* and in case you don’t live here, not to worry, this will help you plan your visit*

Maybe you’re like me and have been to Newport Beach before, but have you REALLY seen all it has to offer? I didn’t know about these great Holiday events and I can’t wait to go this year and share some So-Cal magic with my girls.

* Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade – I love to be on the water but adding Christmas lights makes it a truly magical experience. They are also offering discounts on Holiday Cruise Tickets!

* Wine Down Wednesday and All Night Happy Hour on Fridays- may not be for the kids but is definitely worth a mention.

* Corona Del Mar Christmas Walk – a free family event December 6th! Santa, live music, beer and wine garden and tons of prizes make this a must do event!

Now that you are all excited to visit Newport Beach, why nat save some $ with deals like free hotel nights, free kids meals and discount whale watching tix.

and a few of my fave instagram So-Cal beach photos…

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easy vegan thanksgiving recipes with thyme and cranberry #OMGardein

easy vegan thanksgiving recipes and tips #omgardein

With thanksgiving just around the corner, are you panicked with what to serve? This meal came together in minutes, looks wonderful, and will take on any “traditional” t-day meals out there! Using thyme and cranberries in the dishes as well as decor means you have more time to enjoy the holiday.  My gang was thrilled to help with this post, a delicious pre t-day warm-up.

So what’s on the menu? How about Gardein Turk’y cutlets and gravy, shallot and thyme mashed potatoes, green beans with cranberries, almonds and thyme and we top it all off with a cranberry ginger cocktail.

I’ve always loved Thanksgiving and was content eating all the side dishes, but the Gardein Turk’y cutlets and gravy are SO good they took center stage of this meal. They also have a Gardein Holiday Roast which I am hoping to get soon and tons of  healthy vegan recipes on the website!

Now for the recipes…
Gardein Turk’y was prepared per package directions in the oven.
Shallot and Thyme Mashed Potatoes

Green beans:

Ingredients: 8 servings

1 1/2 pounds organic green beans, trimmed
1 1/2 Tablespoons olive oil
1/2 cup slivered almonds
1/2 cup dried cranberries
1 Tablespoon fresh organic thyme
1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice – optional
salt and pepper – to taste

Method:

in a large pot, bring water to a boil, enough to cover green beans. add beans and boil 4-6 minutes, just until tender,  drain and immediately place in an ice bath to stop the cooking process. drain again and set aside. in a large dry skillet, toast almonds over medium low heat until lightly golden. add olive oil, green beans, and cranberries tossing to coat and until warmed. drizzle with lemon juice, add salt and pepper. may be served warm or at room temperature.

Cran-Ginger Cocktail: * I made a virgin one for the kids, simply omit the vodka

Ingredients: per 1 serving

1 ounce vodka
2 ounces organic cranberry juice
2 ounces natural ginger ale
fresh cranberries and thyme for garnish

Method:

in a glass of ice, mix vodka, cranberry juice and ginger ale. garnish with fresh cranberries and thyme.

A few tips to make your Thanksgiving stress free and enjoyable
1. dress the table with beautiful herbs and berries used in your meal
2. stick with a few great fresh ingredients, I chose to highlight thyme and cranberry
3. assign a dish to a guest if possible, the meal is always better when everyone helped to make it
4. get the kids involved, each of my girls is responsible for one dish on the table
5. make a pitcher drink, like the can-ginger cocktail above, in a larger scale that everyone can pour on their own

What Thanksgiving tip tops your list? I’d love to hear all about it!

 

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