Elsa’s Frozen Margarita

It’s officially summertime, people, and that thermometer is creeping up higher each day. If you get uncomfortable in the heat (and let’s face it: everyone has their limit) you’ll do anything to cool down. When all else fails, sometimes watching a movie about a winter wonderland while sipping a cold drink can make all the difference, and we have just the thing.

Presenting: Elsa’s Frozen Margarita! Get it? Frozen like the movie and frozen like… well, margaritas? … maybe the heat is getting to our heads already. Anyways, if you’re faced with a super hot day and no way to combat it, pop in the bluray, whip up one of these, and just LET IT GO!

The recipe is pretty straightforward, with some small Frozen twists that make it the perfect summer drink. Start with grand marnier and simple syrup (which is just sugar melted in hot water, with a 2:1 ratio in favor of the sugar), then add your tequila. Elsa looks like she has a heavy pour on this one (maybe being queen is harder than it looks), but you can add whatever you’re comfortable with. Then it’s just a ton of lime juice, stir, and use your magic to turn it blue! What, you can’t do that? Well, in that case, some blue food coloring will work just as well.

 

Then just coat the rim in blue salt – or sugar, depending on your level of sweet tooth! The finishing touch is adding dry ice to the pitcher to give your cocktails that magical smoky look! After that, the only thing left to do is pour yourself a big margarita and watch Elsa and Anna rediscover the magic of sisterhood! Cheers to that!

 

 

Avolattes

Lately it seems like the world has gone mad for avocados; from tutorials on how to cut them to “Avocado Toast Season” being a legit thing in New York, this green creamy fruit is having a serious moment. Which is why The Truman Cafe in Melbourne, Australia decided to make fun of how excited people are about avocados by creating an “avolatte”… as a joke. The drink, which they posted to their Instagram, is a regular (small) latte poured into the mostly hollowed out skin of half an avocado, and while it isn’t very practical, it does make a hilarious and pretty pic. They thought that was the end of it, until they started getting responses.

“We weren’t actually selling them, but then someone came in and wanted one,” says barista Jaydin Nathan. Never underestimate the hipster attraction to crazy coffees and rare-ish fruits. Now the… ahem… interesting drink can be found in The Netherlands, Germany and Turkey, to name a few locales, and usually with interesting latte art to boot. It can’t be very easy to enjoy, considering it’s scaldingly hot coffee served in a hollowed out fruit, but that hasn’t stopped people from ordering (and Instagraming) it all over the world. And hey, the fact that it’s served in an avocado skin totally cuts down on the amount of trash having a to-go cup of coffee creates! Maybe that should be the new slogan for this impractical but intriguing indulgence: “Avolattes: Go Green With Your Coffee. Literally.” Hey, we like it!

A Fresh Summer Spin On Potato Pancakes

One thing is for certain, potatoes make any meal better. You just can’t go wrong with a pile of starchy goodness on your plate. So imagine my delight to find this summery twist on a classic potato pancake. Not only can these be thrown together and friend up to crispy yet tender perfection in just a few minutes, they even include a couple favorite summer veggies to make breakfast guilt-free.

The last thing anyone wants in the summer is to labor over a hot stove for hours on end. Luckily for us all, these are a cinch to whip up and only take a few minutes to brown up on each side. Top them off with a quick fried egg for a satisfying breakfast so quick it could even fit into your weekday morning routine.

All these require are a quick stir of grated potatoes, veggies, egg, flour, and spices. Then just plop a generous amount into your oiled pan, flatten with your spatula, and await the delicious sizzle of golden perfection. A quick flip and repeat and you have the perfect base for your morning eggs. Although you can choose any style of egg, these are the ideal companion to an egg fried to over-easy perfection.

This recipe incorporated zucchini and carrots into the traditional potato so you can even count it as a morning vegetable. You can even get creative and substitute in just about any vegetable you can imagine or try these with sweet potatoes to hit that carb craving and ditch the guilt.  

Ingredients

4 cups shredded potato

1 cup shredded carrot

1 cup shredded zucchini

1⁄4 cup flour

1 egg

1⁄2 tsp. salt

1⁄3 tsp. ground pepper

2 tsps. chopped thyme

1 tbsp. cooking oil

 

Instructions

Grate the potato, carrot, and zucchini and add to large mixing bowl. Add flour, egg, and seasoning to the veggies, and mix well. Heat oil in a skillet. Scoop out portion of the veggie mixture and add to skillet. Flatten the mixture with a spatula and cook both sides til golden brown.

These pancakes are just reserved for breakfast either. Potatoes and eggs makes a quick and hearty dinner but these pancakes can really compliment almost any meal. Once you try then you’ll agree, there’s always room for pancakes.

 

Pick Up A Picture of Water!

How many times a week do you hear it? YOU NEED TO DRINK MORE WATER!!! Some people, however, find drinking water is a chore. So, how do you make that plain water more palatable so that you are able to get all 8 glasses in each day? We give it FLAVOR!

Ok- we do not mean adding packages of flavored drink mix. Regardless of what the packaging says, adding artificial color and flavoring is detracting from the healthy water that your body needs. So- what now? How do we make that glass of water tasty without adding things that our bodies do not need? We infuse it!

Infusing water with the essence of fruits, herbs, spices, or veggies will help you to meet your hydration goals without the addition of additives that your body does not need. Using the proper ingredients can create a refreshing drink that you will be craving after your workout!

Use what you have! You don’t always have to run out to the produce market and pick up tons of fresh ingredients to add to your water. Recycle! When you are preparing your meals throughout the day, before you toss anything into the compost heap, think about adding it to your water. Do your research, find recipes that let you mix flavorful ingredients to create a healthy drink.

 

No recipes or step by steps to follow. Just fill a pitcher or large jar (glass is preferable) with water. Add your herbs, fruit, veggies… Now let it sit out for a few hours while the infusion takes place. If you would rather have your water cold, just put it in the fridge for a few hours. Infused water lasts 2-3 days depending on the ingredients. You can keep adding ingredients through that time, and when you are ready- wash out your container and start again. Simplicity!

 

Avoid These Fruits To Lose Weight!

When dieting, we think that eating fruit is a healthy and low calorie alternative. Many of us eat it for snacks, and even as a meal substitute. However, many fruits contain high amounts of sugar. In some cases, almost as much as a chocolate bar. Below is a guide to find out which fruits should be avoided to keep you on track.

5th place

Apricots or Strawberries?

Strawberries are one of the best options when trying to maintain healthy nutrition. They contain fiber, vitamin C, water, and only a small amount of sugar. Strawberries also help to fight cellulite. Apricots, on the other hand, may lead to indigestion and are very heavy in your digestive tract. Some people also like to eat the inside of the seeds, which can be dangerous. These seeds, or stones, contain amygdalin, which forms hydrogen cyanide in your stomach. This potent poison can cause nausea, dizziness, and fainting if too much is consumed.

Strawberries are the clear, healthier alternative.

4th place

Pears or Melons?

Melons are a natural diuretic. They contain a lot of fiber and water, restoring your hydration balance which is important for your skin as well as your dietary needs. Consuming melons help in the fight against cellulite and acne because they remove toxins from your body.

Pears, on the other hand, can cause issues within your digestive system as well as severe constipation when eaten in large quantities, making melons the clear winner here.

3rd place

Avocados or Berries?

Avocados are not something that should not be consumed on a diet. Also known as a “butter fruit”, its energy level is 227 kcal. Avocados are better used as a stuffing or spread and always in small amounts.

Thanks to the antioxidants, vitamin C, and low sugar content, berries are a great alternative. They produce collagen as well as burning excess fat. Berries are the clear winner in this pairing.

2nd place

Grapes or Apples?

Grapes are one of the worst fruits for your overall health. They contain a lot of sugar and their skins are hard to digest. Grapes with seeds can cause problems within your intestines, and the acidity level can actually damage the enamel of your teeth.

Apples are one of the best fruit for dieters. There are no fats, and the energy level is 60-100 kcal. Apples also contain fiber and, like melons, they fight cellulite due to the pectin and antioxidants. The old adage about an apple a day rings true with these statistics, allowing apples to come out on top in this race.

1st place

Bananas or Grapefruit?

Bananas are said to be the most “energetic” fruit. However, they digest slowly and it was recently found that certain substances within bananas also block the activity of the cells that are responsible for fat splitting. Though they are high in potassium, they are far from the best option when dieting.

Grapefruit is the overall winner in the fight against weight gain. It has powerful fat-burning qualities and enzymes that help to actively process calories. No meal will damage your diet if eaten with half a grapefruit. Clearly all of the age old diet plans were right on the money with this one! Grapefruit not only wins the battle against bananas, but it wins the war when it comes to the best fruit to be consumed when dieting, hands down.