Sunday, June 28, 2015

Cocoa Almond-Banana Shake featuing Almond Breeze Almondmilk Original


Disclosure:
~This post is sponsored by Almond Breeze Almondmilk~ 
However, all opinions are my own.



In my last post, I talked about how much I love almonds. What I forgot to mention, is that I also really like Almond milk. I still drink regular dairy milk but we almost always have almond milk in our fridge or pantry. 

It is a great staple to have around and I use it for baking, making lattes, and probably most of all for making smoothies and shakes. Today I had a bit of a sweet tooth and decided to throw together the following shake for a healthy treat!

There are quite a few brands of almond milk out there these days. My favorite seriously is Almond Breeze! They sent me a free carton of their milk to use in a recipe but I truly do prefer this brand! Also, if you have an espresso machine at home this milk foams really well for use in lattes. 






COCOA ALMOND-BANANA SHAKE featuring ALMOND BREEZE ALMONDMILK ORIGINAL

1 cup Almond Breeze Almondmilk Original
1 banana
1 tsp vanilla extract
1-2 Tbsp. cocoa powder (depending on how much chocolate flavor you want!)
1 cup of ice cubes

Blend all the ingredients in a blender until smooth! 
Makes about 2 servings. 





Ciao, 
Betsy


Saturday, June 27, 2015

Almonds!! We love them around here....


Disclosure:
~This post is sponsored by Blue Diamond Almonds~ 
However, all opinions are my own.



Almonds are one of my favorite foods! I love them as a healthy snack, on top of oatmeal or cereal, as almond flour for use in baking, and ground up in marzipan. When I traveled a lot in the dance company back in the day, I almost always would take a container of almonds and dried cranberries with me to snack on.

Now, especially as a new mom who is still nursing, I again need quick and easy snacks just like convenient recipes. Luckily, there is a great company out there called Blue Diamond Almonds, who just released their BRAND NEW: Sriracha flavored almonds.
I have bought Blue Diamond products for a long time and they are the world's largest almond processing and almond marketing company. Plus, they are headquartered in Sacramento,where we lived for a few years! They recently sent me these Sriracha almonds to try and man, they are tasty!! The flavor is bold and I was a little worried they would be too spicy. Fear not my friends, they have the perfect amount of quick and these will have you licking your fingers!

To be honest, I haven't jumped on the whole Sriracha fad that has been going around. In fact, I've never even tasted it. However, after really enjoying the flavor on these almonds, I'm going to have to get a bottle of that popular red chili garlic sauce.

I decided to use some of the almonds for dinner last night and roasted some broccolini topped of by the sweet and spicy sriracha almonds! Here's the recipe:




Roasted Broccolini with Blue Diamond Sriracha Almonds

Place broccolini in a freezer size plastic bag. Add 1-2 Tbsp of olive oil to the bag and coat them well. Salt & pepper the broccolini to taste. Place on a sheet pan and roast the broccolini at 425 for 20 minutes.

Meanwhile, whisk together a vinaigrette of:
4 Tbsp olive oil
1 Tbsp Sriracha (or Tabasco, which is what I had)
2 tsp soy sauce
2 Tbsp rice wine vinegar
1 tsp sugar
1 Tbsp lime juice

Remove the broccolini from the oven and place on a plate or platter. Pour the vinaigrette over the broccolini. Top with the 2-3 Tbsp of the chopped Blue Diamond Sriracha Almonds.
Enjoy!!


Ciao,
Betsy





































































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