mango cucumber wine cooler

I’ve been loving white wine this summer. In the past, I’ve always struggled with drinking red wine in the heat of summer but after learning more about wine this winter and trying different wines, I think I’m definitely a lot more open to varieties other than cabernet.

Finally!

I used a fruity pinot grigio (my favorite white) for this drink. I definitely tasted more of the cucumber than the mango and it gave the wine less of a sweet flavor and more of a mellow cucumber flavor which I LOVED. I had planned on taking it to a girls night, but unfortunately my friends weren’t able to try it because after I poured the wine into a transportable plastic pitcher, it was knocked off the counter, cracked on the floor, and all of the delicious wine leaked out. I stood in the kitchen frozen and screaming. I managed to save a glass and after trying it out? I was a little heartbroken there wasn’t any left and I wouldn’t be able to share it.

Mango Cucumber Wine Cooler
Recipe Type: drink
Prep time: 10 mins
Total time: 10 mins
Serves: 4
Ingredients
  • 1 bottle pinot grigio
  • 1 mango
  • 1 cucumber
Instructions
  1. Clean mango and cucumber.
  2. Slice cucumber.
  3. Peel and slice mango.
  4. Pour wine over cucumber and mango and let chill for at least 3 hours.
  5. Serve with a cucumber slice garnish.
Notes

Recipe adapted from Bon Appetit.

So now I owe my friends, and myself, more of this delicious Mango Cucumber Wine Cooler.

mango lassi

I think I’ve shared my slight obsession with Indian food with you all, but instead of chicken curry or dal, today I’ve got a recipe for mango lassi, the popular Indian smoothie.

The typical mango lassi recipes often contain added sugar, along with the store versions I’ve seen, which just doesn’t sit well with me. It’s not that I am anti-sugar, but I’d rather have sugar in the form of cookies, ice cream, etc. – NOT in a smoothie. Fruit is enough sweetness in smoothies for me!

This drink is perfect for breakfast or a snack in the warmer months and very filling due to the protein in the greek yogurt (20 grams!). I used 2% greek yogurt because I think it is so much more creamy than 0% and I love a little fat at all my meals. :)

 

Mango Lassi
Recipe Type: smoothie, breakfast
Prep time: 2 mins
Total time: 2 mins
Serves: 1
Ingredients
  • 1-7oz container 2% greek yogurt
  • 1/2 cup frozen mango chunks
  • splash of milk
Instructions
  1. Blend all ingredients until smooth, adding more milk as necessary.
Serving size: 1 Calories: 195 Fat: 4 Carbohydrates: 18 Sugar: 15 Protein: 20

 

 


kitchen gadget: juicer

Getting a juicer was beyond exciting for me as I love love LOVE fresh juice, but at $7/juice – it can be a rather expensive habit.

For the most part I love it, but am still learning the ins and outs, what we like in juice (the Taster does NOT like wheat grass powder mixed in) and how different fruits/veggies can change a juice.

Love:

  • fresh green juices with whatever ingredients I want!
  • not spending $7 for a single juice at the coop
  • so easy and fast
  • you can use produce that is a little past its prime (an apple that I may hesitate to eat, I have no problem with juicing!)
  • when heading out of town I throw in all of the leftover produce – no wasting and love starting a trip or vacation with healthy juice
  • starting my day out with a burst of vitamins and nutrients

 

Learning to Love:

  • cleaning up – it isn’t terrible, but our kitchen is somewhat covered in juice pulp (exaggeration)
  • the pulp! I need to figure out a way to use it – throwing it away makes me feel like an awful human being

 

Favorite Juicing Ingredients So Far:

  • romaine
  • apples
  • cucumber
  • lemon


    Do you like fresh juice?  Do you have any great juice combos?

    build it better: yogurt & granola

    Spring is finally here, although it is currently snowing in Minnesota. I’m ignoring it and moving on with Spring. :)

    I’ve been ready for warm weather meals like yogurt & granola, cereal and smoothies for the last few months (or maybe I’ve just been longing for warm sun) but they often leave me hungry by 10am. Luckily there are a couple of ways to make these breakfasts last the entire morning:

    • Yogurt: Use Greek yogurt or Skyrr as it has a lot more protein than regular yogurt (and it is worth the extra $)
    • Cereal or Granola: Should be whole grain, high fiber and extra points for protein and good fats (Uncle Sam Cereal or Kashi Go Lean are great ones)
    • Good Fats: Will add staying power to your meal – chopped nuts or nut butter are great, easy additions
    • Fresh Fruit: For flavor, sweetness, something fresh and some natural beauty ;)

    Your typical yogurt and granola is probably full of added sugars and lacking in protein, fiber and good fats. Make a few of the changes I’ve suggested and you’re starting your day in a great way.

    Nutrition Stats: 428 calories, 13 g fat, 30 g protein, 17 g fiber (Using 1 cup 2% Fage Greek Yogurt, 3/4 cup Uncle Sams Cereal, 1/4 oz almonds (about 6), 3/4 cup raspberries)


    What do you add to breakfast so that it stays with you until lunch?