Mango Refresher

dsc_0604A healthy, much-needed treat after a 9-mile run in the Florida sunshine!

Ingredients:

  • 1 mango, seed and skin removed
  • 1/2 banana
  • 6 ice cubes
  • 1/2 cup water (I bet milk would be an awesome substitution here too)
  • 1 tbsp agave nectar

Directions:

  1. Place all ingredients in blender or food processor and blend until smooth.
  2. Pour into a glass and enjoy!

It’s mango season here, but there are so many wonderful fruits coming into season all over the place, so feel free to substitute with your local favorite!dsc_0610

Kitchen Sink Granola

I’ve been baking up a batch of homemade granola nearly every week since discovering this recipe over at Mason-Dixon Kitchen.

I usually try to come up with flavor combinations that go together (such as pumpkin seed-apple-cranberry or mixed berry with walnuts) but after a while I end up with a bunch of leftover dried fruit and nuts in the bottom of our snack basket that didn’t quite make it into any of the recipes from previous weeks.

Enter what I like to call “kitchen sink” granola – I literally throw everything together, mix in a little agave for sweetness, bake until golden and call it a day!

Ingredients:

  • 3 cups rolled oats
  • 2 cups nuts*
  • 2 cups dried fruit*
  • 1/2 cup agave nectar
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • pinch of salt
  • seed scrapings from 1 vanilla bean

*I used a mix of pumpkin seeds, unsweetened coconut flakes, pecan pieces and dried cranberries in this particular batch, but feel free to use whatever you have on hand – This recipe is all about convenience!

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 300 degrees F.
  2. Mix all ingredients except dried fruit in a large bowl until combined.
  3. Spread out mixture onto a baking sheet lined with parchment paper or a silicone mat.
  4. Pop in the oven and bake, stirring once, for about 10-15 minutes until fragrant and slightly golden around the edges.
  5. Remove mixture from oven, add dried fruit and stir to incorporate.
  6. Spread mixture out evenly again and return to the oven for another 10-15 minutes or until the oats turn golden brown.
  7. Remove mixture from oven and allow to cool before snacking.
  8. Enjoy!

Tropical Smoothie Recipe

Starting off the week with another tasty drink!

I once worked at a local coffee joint in college – The java was okay, but the fruit smoothies we made were pretty amazing (I would always sneak one to Jim whenever he came to visit me).

With this recipe I tried to replicate my favorite tropical flavor combination.

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup strawberries, frozen
  • 1/2 cup mango, frozen
  • 1/2 cup pineapple, frozen
  • about 1/2 cup Greek yogurt (I used vanilla-flavored)
  • a few splashes of milk

Directions:

  1. Combine all ingredients in a food processor or blender
  2. Blend until smooth (add more milk if the mixture is too thick)
  3. Enjoy!

I’m anxious to try more flavor combinations – What is your favorite smoothie?