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Pumpkin Spice Latte

October 9, 2015 — by Griffin Thall

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It’s not officially fall until you’ve had your first sip of a pumpkin spice latte, right? Save some bucks (and a few calories) and follow this recipe which, unlike the one from Starbucks, actually has pumpkin in it!

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Ingredients

Makes 2 drinks
2 tablespoons canned pumpkin
1/2 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice, plus more to garnish
Freshly ground black pepper
2 tablespoons sugar
2 tablespoons pure vanilla extract
2 cups whole milk
1 to 2 shots espresso, about 1/4 cup
1/4 cup heavy cream, whipped until firm peaks form

Equipment

Mixer, whisk, or hand blender, to whip cream
Saucepan
Wooden spoon
Whisk
Blender
Espresso maker or coffee maker

Instructions

1) Heat the pumpkin and spices: In a small saucepan over medium heat, cook the pumpkin with the pumpkin pie spice and a generous helping of black pepper for 2 minutes or until it’s hot and smells cooked. Stir constantly.

2) Stir in the sugar: Add the sugar and stir until the mixture looks like a bubbly thick syrup.

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3) Warm the milk: Whisk in the milk and vanilla extract. Warm gently over medium heat, watching carefully to make sure it doesn’t boil over.

4) Blend the milk: Carefully process the milk mixture with a hand blender or in a traditional blender (hold the lid down tightly with a thick wad of towels!) until frothy and blended.

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5) Mix the drinks: Make the espresso or coffee and divide between two mugs and add the frothed milk. Top with whipped cream and a sprinkle of pumpkin pie spice, cinnamon, or nutmeg if desired.

(Recipe via the kitchn)

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Summer Fruit Water

August 19, 2015 — by Griffin Thall

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Stay hydrated in those sizzling summer heat waves with our refreshingly simple fruit-infused water.

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Ingredients:
Watermelon, diced into chunks
Mint
Water or Soda Water
Ice
Portable Drinking Container (We love this leakproof Made by Fressko flask, which comes with a handy infuser, perfect for fruit or tea.)

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Directions:
Add the cut up watermelon, mint leaves and ice to your portable drinking container. Fill with water. Easy peasy. Now, drink up buttercup and go seize the day!

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Top 10 Benefits of Drinking Water

1) Increases Energy & Relieves Fatigue – Since your brain is mostly water, drinking it helps you think, focus and concentrate better and be more alert. As an added bonus, your energy levels are also boosted!

2) Promotes Weight Loss – Removes by-products of fat, reduces eating intake (by filling up your tummy if consumed prior to meals), reduces hunger (hello natural appetite suppressant!), raises your metabolism and has zero calories!

3) Flushes Out Toxins – Gets rid of waste through sweat and urination which reduces the risk of kidney stones and UTI’s (urinary tract infections).

4) Improves Skin Complexion – Moisturizes your skin, keeps it fresh, soft, glowing and smooth. Gets rid of wrinkles. It’s the best anti-aging treatment around!

5) Maintains Regularity – Aids in digestion as water is essential to digest your food and prevents constipation.

6) Boosts Immune System – A water guzzler is less likely to get sick. And who wouldn’t rather feel healthy the majority of the time? Drinking plenty of water helps fight against flu, cancer and other ailments like heart attacks.

7) Natural Headache Remedy – Helps relieve and prevent headaches (migraines & back pains too!) which are commonly caused by dehydration.

8) Prevents Cramps & Sprains – Proper hydration helps keep joints lubricated and muscles more elastic so joint pain is less likely.

9) Puts You in a Good Mood – When the body is functioning at its best, you will feel great and be happy!

10) Save Money! – Water is FREE! Even if you choose bottled/filtered water, it’s STILL cheaper than that high sugar and fat-filled latte!

(via Mind Body Green)

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Did you know? Watermelon is a fruit AND a vegetable. It’s also 91% water, so it’s super hydrating and good for you. Chill slices in the fridge for a cool summer treat!

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Pura Vida Bracelets: The Salty Pineapple Stack – Coming Soon!
Glass Flask: LIFT – Made by Fressko
Shark Ring: Tidepool Hawaii

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Tropical Green Smoothie Recipe

January 21, 2015 — by Griffin Thall

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Transport yourself to the tropics every morning with the simple touch of a button, your blender button that is. This paradise-inspired green smoothie is packed with the sweet taste of sunshine and all the healthy benefits of greens.


Ingredients: (1 Serving)
1 C Unsweetened Coconut Milk
1 C Baby Spinach
1 Ripe Banana 
1 C Pineapple
Ice
Superfood Powder (optional)

Directions:
1) Combine all ingredients in a blender. Start with the coconut milk first, fruit, then spinach and top off with ice.

2) For an extra dash of healthy green awesomeness, add your favourite superfood powder.

3) Set your blender to it’s highest speed until it you can no longer hear the crunching sound of the ice. Switch off your blender.

4) Pour into a coconut (or glass) and serve.

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Blueberry Kiwi Spritz

June 5, 2014 — by Griffin Thall

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It’s summer time and the livings easy! And now with this blueberry kiwi drink you’ll stay refreshed on those long warm sunny days. Here’s how:

Ingredients:
12 blueberries
1 peeled & sliced kiwi
¼ cup of water
2 cans of lime La Croix
2 teaspoons of agave nectar

First, grab a small sauce pan to heat your water, and add the fruit and agave until it starts to boil. Lightly smash your fruit as the water starts to heat up, this allows all the juices to seep out into the water and creates a juicy syrup. When the liquid turns to a dark pink and starts to boil, remove the pan from the heat and pour over a strainer into a container. Pour a cup of iced La Croix into a glass (you can use any flavored sparkling water), and then fill the cup to the top with the liquid you just made. Add a slice of kiwi on top and viola! You have a not too sweet but mostly refreshing drink perfect for summer. Enjoy!