Sunday, July 17, 2016

Green Smoothie: Chocolate Covered Strawberry

Happy weekend! I have a new smoothie recipe to share this morning that's packed with healthy ingredients but tastes like dessert - a green smoothie with Chocolate Covered Strawberry flavor.

It's a dark and stormy morning here in Chicago, with thunder and rain starting before 9am. Thankfully garden greens were picked for this smoothie before the storm and photographed just in time!

Only a handful of ingredients are needed to make this healthy breakfast smoothie: unsweetened cocoa powder {Ghirardelli is my favorite - affiliate link!}, greens, frozen strawberries, bananas, and the milk of your choice. I like to use unsweetened vanilla almond or cashew milk, and add vanilla extract for good measure.

I added kale and collard greens from our garden, but any kind of greens will do. Spinach, kale and collard greens work best for smoothies because they have the mildest flavor. I made the mistake of using 'spring mix' salad in a smoothie once and it was poured down the drain. Ha.

It's nice to start the second half of the weekend with breakfast that tastes like dessert but is secretly healthy! By drinking one smoothie, I added two servings of fruit and at least one veggie into my day.

Green Smoothie: Chocolate Covered Strawberry
Yields: 2 smoothies

3+ cups greens
2 bananas
2 Tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
2 heaping cups frozen strawberries
2 cups unsweetened vanilla almond milk {or milk of your choice}
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract {optional}

How to~
*Add all ingredients to a blender. Blend until combined.

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Monday, July 11, 2016

A Weekend in Door County, Wisconsin

K and I spent a long weekend up north in Door County, Wisconsin for the 4th of July holiday. We packed in as many activities as possible in four nights, while leaving time for daily naps. This post includes a few highlights from our trip.

For more on traveling in Door County, check on these posts:
Onto the highlights:

Breakfast at Base Camp Coffee Shop {Sister Bay, WI}

I can't visit Sister Bay without stopping for a yogurt parfait, coffee or a pastry at Base Camp. It was packed with coffee lovers for the holiday weekend! I picked up this yogurt parfait, with house-made hazelnut granola and an iced maple latte. So good.

Afternoon Drinks at Top Deck - Gordon Lodge {Baileys Harbor, WI}

During a long bike ride {20+ miles}, we stopped for afternoon drinks outdoors at Top Deck, located at the Gordon Lodge resort. I had a watermelon mocktail and it was soo tasty. Anything flavored with watermelon on a hot summer day is at the top of my list. K and I also wanted to visit our wedding destination, as we got married at Gordon Lodge three years ago. It's a beautiful place to vacation too!

Hiking at Newport State Park {Ellison Bay, WI}

My favorite state park in Door County for a quiet beach and hiking is Newport State Park, located near the top of the Door County peninsula. K and I finished a few hiking miles on the Europe Bay Trail during our weekend trip. Newport is over 2,000 acres, with 11 miles of protected shoreline. It is the only wilderness-designated state park in Wisconsin.

Fireworks {Gills Rock, WI}

We took in two fireworks shows over the 4th of July weekend, and the best was in Gills Rock. The fireworks show was close to 45 minutes long, and fireworks went off from a barge out on the water. I have never been so close to a fireworks show before - it was unreal. I felt like I was in an IMAX theater. If you're ever in Door County for the 4th of July, I highly recommend the Gills Rock fireworks. Gills Rock is located near the very top of the Door County peninsula, and it's where you can catch a passenger ferry to Washington Island.

Shopping for Cherries at Seaquist Orchards Farm Market

Seaquist Orchards is my favorite place to pick up cherry products, and this visit was no exception. I stocked up on frozen cherries, cherry pie filling, dried cherries, cherry & almond muesli, jam, and individual pie slices for the road. Seaquist Orchards holds their annual cherry festival at the end of July, which is usually when tart cherries are at their peak picking season.

Dinner at Waterfront {Sister Bay, WI}

{Image via Yelp}

Waterfront is a lovely fine dining destination, located on the water with beautiful Lake Michigan views. K and I had dinner here for the first time over the holiday weekend, on a double-date with my sister-in-law and brother-in-law. The seafood was so good on the summer menu - I had halibut with white bean gremolata broth, goat cheese ravioli, and summer vegetables. One of the best meals I have had all year!

Have you visited Door County?