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I’m sure I’ve shared this with you before but I have this weird, irrational fear of cow’s milk. It’s right below my #1 irrational fear of accidentally saying “I love you” on the phone to someone I hardly know. But anyway, I’m strictly an almond milk girl and so far this summer my favorite thing to make are smoothies with almond milk.

I was in Safeway the other day picking my usual Silk Almond Coconut Blend (I use it in my coffee every day and in smoothies and such) and noticed that Silk also has Almond Milk Protein + Fiber which I’d never tried.

You guys know that I’ve been trying to act like I know something about nutrition and fitness so I am all about anything with more protein and fiber! The Silk Almond with Protein + Fiber has 5 grams of protein and 5 grams of fiber which is pretty impressive for almond milk!

For this post, though, we’re talking smoothies! I used the Almond Coconut Blend in Unsweetened Vanilla and since the coconut already makes it feel sort of tropical, I went with a tropical theme. Y’all know I’ve been buying $7.99/pound sliced mango (I know, it’s ridiculous – you don’t have to tell me) like it’s going out of style so I had to use some of that plus fresh pineapple and orange! And some coconut water because I can’t get enough coconut! Plus, coconut water is super hydrating and since it’s SO HOT lately, a little extra hydration is always a good thing!

These are really delicious. I usually find smoothies too heavy to be refreshing but this one really worked for me. And my kids all loved it! So definitely a winner!

Have you tried the #SilkAlmondBlends? Or… do you have any weird irrational fears or make me feel better about mine?

Hydrating Tropical Smoothie (Smoothies with Almond Milk)

Ingredients

1 cup Silk Almond Coconut Blend in Unsweetened Vanilla
1/2 cup - 1 cup coconut water
1/2 cup pineapple, cut into cubes
1/2 cup mango, cut into cubes
1 orange, peeled and segmented
1 cup ice

Instructions

  1. Put all ingredients into a blender and blend until you reach the desired consistency. Add more liquid or more ice as necessary.
http://fakeginger.com/2014/06/23/hydrating-tropical-smoothie-cooking-almond-milk/

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If you’ve been following the blog or my Instagram lately, you probably noticed that our theme for the summer is ADVENTURE. Every week I try to plan a mini roadtrip of sorts. We stay close to home but it still feels like a fun adventure for the boys. And for me, let’s be real.

My favorite place in the city is Garden of the Gods so we’ve made multiple trips there already this summer. It’s absolutely beautiful and if you’re ever in the area, I highly recommend you check it out. It’s just big rock formations… but look at it!

My boys have been begging to go back because there’s this spot in the park where you can really climb and people just sit up there for hours and ponder life or whatever.

But for my boys, it’s a pretty exhausting journey. So we swung by Walmart before our most recent trip and picked up some SNICKERS® and Dr Pepper. Because sometimes when you’re climbing ginormous rock formations, nothing helps you refuel better than a SNICKERS®.

We got a few 20 oz. Dr Peppers, a 20 oz. Diet Pepper (my fave), a regular SNICKERS®, and a couple of the Peanut Butter Squared SNICKERS®. I really, really love the PB ones because they come in 4 small squares. It’s the perfect little sweet treat or pick-me-up. And if you get the regular SNICKERS® 2-to-go size, it comes in 2 pieces. So perfect so share or just have one and save the other piece for the next stop along the trail!

Fun fact: when I decided to become Super Hiker Girl recently, I paid to have the most girly, floral backpack overnighted to me. Because I am just that kind of person. But it did a great job holding all our Dr Pepper and SNICKERS® while we hiked around the park!

If you need to stock up before your next adventure, print this coupon before heading to Walmart. Purchase (2) SNICKERS® 2-to-go bars and (2) 20 oz Dr Pepper bottles to receive $1.00 off!

They also have a sweepstakes going on right now! Purchase (2) SNICKERS® 2-to-go and (2) 20 oz Dr Pepper bottles, then text or email your receipt to [email protected] and be entered for a chance to win 1 of 250 available Walmart gas/gift cards. You can find full instructions here: http://drvsusa.com/refuel/

Let me know in the comments what you’re favorite way to #Refuel2Go!

 

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Delicious homemade enchiladas made with the best canned tomatoes!

I am going through withdrawals from my favorite Mexican restaurant right now. My husband and I go ALL THE TIME but since he’s deployed, it feels kind of wrong to go by myself. So I’m toughing it out and dealing with my taco cravings and my neon margarita cravings and it’s all been pretty awful.

I was really desperate recently and had to have an enchilada. Like, I wasn’t going to make it through the day without an enchilada.

I used to always buy enchilada sauce in a can but I’ve found recently that it’s just as easy to make your own! I went to Walmart and bought some Hunt’s tomato sauce which was the base of my sauce. You just add in the spices and bam, enchilada sauce!

Hunt’s is my favorite canned tomato brand. I counted the Hunt’s diced tomatoes in my pantry just so I could share with you guys aaaaaand…. 13. Yeah, I think I have a Hunt’s diced tomatoes problem.

Hunt’s uses a really unique flashsteam peeling method that you can read about here if you’re interested.

So for my enchiladas I wanted chicken and beans. I don’t typically got for beans in my enchiladas but I just really wanted some pinto beans!

The filling is just the chicken and the beans and the sauce. That’s all wrapped in corn tortillas and rolled up. And then they are topped with more sauce and lots of cheese! I topped mine with some sour cream, fresh tomatoes, and cilantro but I really wished I’d had some avocado on hand, too.

These totally satisfied my enchilada craving and for the first time in a long time, I was actually excited about eating leftovers!

You can find more great recipes featuring Hunt’s canned tomatoes at www.hunts.com and www.readyseteat.com.

Be sure to follow Hunt’s on Twitter, Facebook, and Pinterest, too!

Chicken and Bean Enchiladas (Summer Recipes)

Ingredients

1 1/2 teaspoons olive oil
1 small onion, diced
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 1/2 tablespoons chili powder
1 teaspoon cumin
1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 15-ounce can Hunt's Tomato Sauce
1 cup chicken broth
1 pound boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cooked and shredded
1 15-ounce can pinto beans, drained and rinsed
12 corn tortillas
1 1/2 cups Mexican blend cheese
sour cream, cilantro, tomatoes, olives, etc for serving

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350. Spray a 9x13-inch baking dish with nonstick spray.
  2. Heat olive oil over medium heat in a large skillet. Add onion and cook until soft and translucent. Add garlic and cook another 30 seconds until fragrant. Add chili powder, cumin, crushed red pepper flakes and salt.
  3. Pour in Hunt's Tomato Sauce and chicken broth. Whisk to combine. Bring to a boil and allow to cook 2 minutes, stirring occasionally. Remove about 1 1/2 cups of the sauce and set aside.
  4. Stir the shredded chicken and pinto beans into the remaining sauce.
  5. To assemble, place your corn tortillas on a microwave-safe plate and cover with a damp paper towel. Microwave for about 20 seconds or until soft and pliable.
  6. Working on one tortilla at a time, spoon about 1/3 of the chicken mixture into the tortilla. Wrap up and place seam side down in the prepared pan. Repeat with remaining tortillas.
  7. Pour the reserved sauce over top and sprinkle with the cheese.
  8. Bake for about 20 minutes or until cheese is melted and bubbly. Serve with garnishes if desired.
http://fakeginger.com/2014/06/11/chicken-bean-enchiladas/

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Summer is driving me crazy already.

My kids don’t stop eating. I bought 2 bunches of bananas on Friday and guess what. They’re gone!

Crazy, I’m telling you. Driving me crazy.

But anyway, I’ve been trying to keep their snacks pretty healthy which is not always met with enthusiasm. I’m sure you understand.

We tried OneBar recently which is not just a bar, it’s actually a serving of fruit. They come in 3 flavors: Apple, Cherry, and Mango.

We were at the pool, they were STARVING, and for the first time basically ever, I remembered to bring a snack. And they loved them. They even tried to talk me into sharing the mango one.

If you know me at all, you know that didn’t happen. I love mango. I love the mango OneBar. It’s like eating the best dried mango you’ve ever had in your life. But it’s in bar form and easy to throw into your purse.

I totally feel like I’ve gotten one over on the kids because they have NO idea it was a serving of fruit! With a little superfruit mixed in.

My favorite thing about OneBar is that they have no added sugar, are completely gluten-free, peanut-free, and vegan!

Have you heard of baobab? I hadn’t until we tried these.

It is a superfruit that’s fairly new to the US but it’s health properties have been known for centuries in Africa. It is packed with more nutrition than any other superfruit! Baobab is high in antioxidants, calcium, essential minerals, Vitamin B, and Vitamin C complex. It is actually one of the few sources of dietary calcium found in plants so it is perfect for vegans and vegetarians! And it contains 6 times more potassium than bananas!

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Is your family obsessed with hot dogs like mine is? I buy hot dogs every single week and by the end of the week, my kids are whining because they’re all gone! Hot dogs are just one of those super easy summer dishes that makes everyone happy!

I have not been partaking in the hot dogs because, while my kids don’t care, I just prefer to taste of an all-beef hot dog and sometimes those can be hard to find.

I found these 100% beef Park’s Finest™ Frankfurters from Ball Park® at my local Safeway recently and I have to tell you that I’m obsessed. I picked up the Signature Seasoned and Cracked Dijon Mustard but they also have Slow Smoked Hickory.

The Cracked Dijon Mustard is quite possibly my new favorite thing. It’s got actual mustard seeds in it so I can skip the toppings completely!

Like I mentioned, they are 100% all beef and they are also free of nitrates and nitrites, artificial colors and flavors so you can feel good about serving these to your family and friends all summer long. #StartYourGrill!

If you are near a Safeway, you can print out a $.55 off coupon for Park’s Finest™ Frankfurters from Ball Park® that is good from 5/26/14 – 6/1/14.

Need some hot dog grilling tips?

  • To prevent your hot dogs from sticking, make sure you spray your grill with vegetable oil before you put your dogs on it!
  • Don’t pierce the hot dog with a fork – use tongs so the juices don’t leak out!
  • If you like a smoky flavor to your hot dog, keep the top down on the grill the entire time you’re grilling it!
  • There’s a particular order you need to do your condiments! Who knew! You should also start with wet ingredients like ketchup or mayo, top with chunky ones like relish and onions, then you add your shredded cheese, and finally you add any spices, like salt and pepper.

 

Now, let’s talk side dishes! What do you serve with hot dogs?

My alltime favorite hot dog side is baked beans. I’ve got that recipe up there coming for you next week but if you can’t wait until then, I’ve got a great bacon-topped one!

I also really love both fries and chips with hot dogs. And I’m not ashamed to put both on my plate at the same time.

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