Strawberry Pina Colada Smoothie

 

Strawberry Pina Colada Smoothie

This Strawberry Pina Colada Smoothie may look like a cocktail, but I promise you, this vegan, gluten-free treat is meant for breakfast!

So after the sugar fest that was Tuesday’s s’mores recipe, I decided I need to clean up my noshing habit a bit and try to snack a little bit on the healthier side. So, of course, I’m here to share the tasty results of my latest experiment with you!

Let me just put this out there; in case the name of my blog didn’t give it away, I adore sweets and desserts – chocolate, ice cream, cupcakes, brownies – they’re mostly my favorite things to eat in the world. I rarely skip dessert when we go out for dinner, and I almost always have some sort of sweet snack somewhere in the house. I’m also a wannabe gym rat, and I have a pretty good grasp on moderation.

When I’m on my game (meaning meal prepping, lifting/working out 3-4 times a week, and generally giving 100% to my healthy life regimen), I make smoothies for breakfast every morning for myself and my husband, so I feel like I’m pretty good at coming up with tasty flavor combinations. Pina Coladas are one of my favorite cocktails to indulge in, so I figured it would make for a killer smoothie since the ingredients are fairly similar.

Then, I decided to toss some strawberry puree in the mix, and all of a sudden it became a Lava Flow, and I immediately wished I was on a cruise ship in the middle of the ocean, listening to steel drums and soaking up some sun by the pool. [Read more…]

Healthy Strawberry Mango Frozen Yogurt

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I crave ice cream year round. Even on the coldest of days I will sometimes find myself think about my favorite ice cream. For as long as I can remember I have loved strawberry ice cream. I can remember when I was little going to the grocery store with my mom as her “helper”. She would always let me pick out a small little pint container of whatever ice cream I wanted. Every time I reached for the same thing. Not the crazy moose tracks, or candy filled ice creams…no, no, I always picked out homemade vanilla with strawberries by Blue Bell.

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Quick Pickled Vegetables

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Thank goodness for my friends. Really and truly, I get so much inspiration for my blog Marcella Rose’s from the fantastic meals and moments I spend with my girlfriends. It’s been hard for me since I moved away from New York and the strong group of fabulous women that I was lucky enough to call my friends.

The older I get the harder, it is to find true friends. I am a bit of a quirky girl so for me that instant shock of connection when I meet, as Anne of Green Gables would say a, “Bosom Buddy” or a “Kindred Spirit”, is a rare thing. I have been on the search since I arrived in Southern Oregon and then it happened. I found her, a girl with style, class, and she can cook too! It’s like magic to find someone who is not only hilarious, but also has similar interests.

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Quick Gluten Free Breakfast – Egg on a Pesto Filled Portabella

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All right, I am going to bring it up: New Years Resolutions.  There I said it.  I’ll let it sit for a few moments…. Okay now that we got the awkward part out of the way let’s get down to it.  I know you want to ignore them and just give up but come on! Let’s dust them off and see what our batting average is this April!  I have more than a few that I am still pretty far away from, but one that I have been really enjoying is the challenge of eating breakfast.   Now I used to live in Manhattan and breakfast was a cup of coffee (if I was lucky) and for a really special day I would have a yogurt.   But this year my health is of the essence which makes getting a healthy and protein/veggie rich start to my day even more imperative.

Wanting to get a good start to your day with breakfast is all well-and-good but what about the time! This is something I battle with on the daily.  I have so much to get done in the morning before I jet to the office.  So lately, I have been wracking my brain to think of grain free, quick, delicious breakfast ideas.  Because, let me tell you, if it isn’t tasty, it really doesn’t matter how healthy or quick it is.

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