Tropical Smoothie

by Kelli on July 21, 2014

Tropical Smoothie
Question….at any given time, how many different types of milk products do you guys have in the fridge? You know, like, dairy milk, half & half, almond milk, soy milk, coconut milk. I’m sure I’m forgetting a few, but you get my point.

I’m just trying to gauge where I stand on the spectrum of appropriateness. Because I’m pretty sure the average number of milk cartons in my fridge, sends me off the charts and onto an obscene category all its own.

Tropical Smoothie
There’s two kinds dairy milk, half and half, heavy cream (because, dessert), almond milk and coconut milk. You guys, that’s six different cartons. I don’t even want to talk about how much space this is taking up.

Tropical Smoothie
When it comes to smoothies (which are pretty much almost as essential to my morning as coffee), I have a hard time deciding between using almond milk and coconut milk. Instead of becoming a better decision maker, Silk came to the rescue with their new Almond Coconut Blend. I’d like to think they crafted this specifically with me in mind.

Silk Almond Coconut Blend is just what it sounds like, it’s tastes a little bit nutty, wonderfully coconuty, and perfect for the base of my Tropical Smoothie!

Tropical Smoothie
Tropical Smoothie

Ingredients:
1 cup Silk Almond-Coconut Blend
1/2 cup coconut water
1 cup spinach
1/2 cup frozen mango
1/2 cup frozen pineapple
1 banana, frozen and cut in pieces
1 date, pitted
1 tablespoon spirulina, optional

Instructions:
Combine all ingredients in a blender and process until smooth.

Serve immediately.

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Silk. The opinions and text are all mine.

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Kiwi Love

by Kelli on July 20, 2014

Zespri Kiwi

A few years ago I went on, a super amazing trip to New Zealand.  Some friends from Australia were heading over for a long weekend for birthday celebrations, and convinced me to join them.  I obviously stayed for more than a long weekend.  I spent nearly three weeks on a solo road trip around the South Island, meeting up with my Aussie friends in the middle.

Early on in that trip I was introduced to golden kiwis.  You guys, it was pure bliss.  I made about a hundred mental notes to hunt down these tasty fruits when I got back to New York.  Unfortunately the splendor of New Zealand completely distracted me, and I never did look for those golden kiwis.  I actually totally forgot about them.

Zespri Kiwi

Until recently, when Zespri  (the largest kiwi seller from NZ) got in touch to tell me about their release of their new SunGold kiwi variety and invite me to a tasting.  Yes!

Two bites into the tasting my love for kiwis grew about a million-fold.  Zespri kiwifruit – the standard green and SunGold – are hands down the sweetest kiwis I’ve ever tasted.  I thought the first taste might have been luck, so I went back seconds, thirds, ok fine, fourths just to be sure.  All amazingly fresh and sweet.  Sipping on a sungold kiwi mojito and munching on a bacon, lettuce and kiwi sandwich (BLK = life changing!) didn’t hurt either.

Turns out, Zespri leaves their kiwis on the vine longer than other growers.  The natural sugars have more time to condense, giving you a fruit that’s sweet perfection.

Zespri Kiwi

Let’s talk about SunGold Kiwifruit, because it’s absolutely amazing.  Like, 10 years in the making, amazing.  SunGolds are more mild and slightly sweeter than the standard green kiwi.  The taste has this creaminess that kind of reminds me of banana or mango.  SunGolds can be a little tricky to find, but they’re becoming more widely available.

Zespri Kiwi

I didn’t spend the entire evening stuffing myself with kiwifruit, I also learned some pretty interesting stuff.  Like, that one serving of kiwi = 2 medium-size fruits.  And that bite for bite kiwis pack more vitamin C than an orange and more potassium than a banana.

Also, if you’re still peeling kiwi….stop.  I’ve got something waaaay easier for you.  The cut and scoop….cut your kiwi in half with a knife and scoop it out with a spoon.

Check out Zespri’s site for killer kiwi recipes!

Zespri Kiwi

Enjoy!

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Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Zespri.  Thank you for supporting the brands I love.  As always, all opinions are 100% my own.

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