This is my first smoothie made with Vitamix, my hubby bought a sweet cantaloupe, yogurt and a lot of fruits for me to try out the new machine. He is just as excited to play with the blender or I should say enjoying the drinks and food from it. For a well trained home cook who always have to cook with random and not at all go together ingredients (guess who train me for that?), I put this smoothie together as a tester and thought it should taste good. Thanks for all these trainings, it turned out just the way I like it – refreshing and sweet. I will definitely buy some more cantaloupes next time they are on sale, cube them and freeze them, so I always have some on hand for this yummy drink. By the way, this is a healthy drink, cantaloupe provides lot of antioxidants, vitamins and carrots are good for eyes. Something tastes good and actually good for you – priceless.
Now, I can make one of my favorite drinks almond milk at home because I have a new toy -Vitamix 5200 blender. Almond milk is a healthy choice because it contains less calories and fat than milk but high in antioxidants and vitamins. Also, it is a good substitute for milk since it is lactose free.
Make too much coffee? Freeze them in ice cube tray, add into your favorite chocolate milk and you have delicious iced Mocha instantly. Or you can add it into hot coffee and turn it into iced coffee without diluting. A great leftover makeover for coffee lovers. (This is not a tradition Mocha recipe, I cannot drink Espresso yet, working on it.)Continue reading →
Quick and easy is very important for my breakfast routine because my little girls usually want to eat right away in the morning. I used to buy a lot of cereals, even though most of them are whole grains cereals, there are some ingredients I rather my children not to consume in a daily basis.
So I have been coming up with something homemade, tasty, easy and nutrition dense. The most convenient breakfast is – Fresh Fruit Smoothie. All you need is a blender (food processor work fine too), wash the fruits and add all ingredients, sugar is optional, a healthy breakfast drink is done in 5 minutes.
Red is a happy color for Chinese, we use it in wedding, Chinese New Year and all kinds of celebrations. This drink is perfect for new year because of the beautiful red color and the sweet cherry taste. Everyone need something sweet to have a good start in a new year, right? I gave this pretty glass of drink a cheerful name – Cheery Up, hope to cheer up everyone. It is so simple, the kids will love to help and enjoy it.
Cherry Up Recipe:
7 UP (Chilled) 1 cup
Topping Cherry 1 can
Key Lime/ Lime 1 whole
Colored Sugar a little (decoration only)
1. Halved and seeded the lime, rub it on the edge of glass. Turn the glass upside down on the sugar plate for edge coating.
2. Add 1 cherry and 5 teapoons cherry juice.
3. Squeeze the lime juice into the glass.
4. Add 7 Up, stir and serve.
We have some Munstead Lavender (an English Lavender) in the front yard, it looks pretty and smell wonderful. Lately, I found out Munstead is one of the popular lavender varieties to use in cooking, all thanks to its sweet and delicate flavor.
I picked some fresh lavenders for tea while the little princesses were napping, it taste really fresh and delicate. Added some honey to the tea, which benefit to the skin and smooth the throat. After a few sips, I was more relax and even a little bit sleepy, it would definitely work for a sleeping aid.