This weekend marks the first weekend of summer, which makes it one of my favorites. We had big plans as a family – mainly to hit the beach with our friends, but big nonetheless. Unfortunately my youngest daughter Vera came down with a fever on Saturday morning. A feverish baby is not my favorite beach accessory and needless to say we had to reassess our “hello summer!” weekend agenda.
As it turned out, our weekend around the house ended up awesome. Isaac and my older daughter Reece spent hours in the pool, Vera got some R&R and I tried out some new recipes (and even fit in a workout at my favorite Barry’s Bootcamp). Here are some of the recipe successes from the weekend:
The Day Drinker
It is only now that I have discovered that I am a wine spritzer kind of gal! What a shame that I have defied this refreshing drink for the past 10+ years. On the other hand, a delicious and relatively cheap alcoholic beverage would not have done me any favors in my younger years (especially 18 – 22). Anyways, I got the idea of a summer spritzer from Karena and Katrina of Tone it Up. A major plus of the spritzer is that you hydrate as you drink, making it the perfect day drinking beverage. I have tried a few mixtures, but here is my favorite combo:Ingredients:
- White wine
- Sparkling water
- ½ of an orange
- Cut the orange up into little wedges
- Squeeze the juice into a wine class and then add the orange wedges into the glass
- Add enough wine to fill half the glass
- Pour sparkling water to fill the rest of the glass
- Stir it up and add ice
You can use any type of white wine – I used a $5 chardonnay from Trader Joe’s. You can also play with the flavor my changing up the type of fruit or using flavored sparkling water. I have done it with limes and raspberries too. The possibilities are endless!
Protein Snickers Bars
Oh wow. This is a KEEPER! Have you heard of The Super Sisters? They are an awesome pair who share fitness, recipe and healthy living tips online. This protein snickers bar recipe is one of their brilliant creations. They are packed with protein and healthy ingredients, but still fall into the “treat” category for me. Which means, although I may want to gobble them down they are still something to be eaten sparingly (as in one per day).
Check out the recipe here.
Totally Worth it Waffles
I adapted this waffle recipe from my go-to pancake recipe. The time spent cleaning my waffle iron after 6 years of non-use was worth it – these puppies are good!Dry Ingredients:
- 1 cup of oats (I grind them with my handheld blender so that they are the rough consistency of oat flour)
- About ¼ cup of almond meal
- 2 eggs
- 2 bananas
- Almond milk (you can use whatever milk type you prefer)
- Mix the dry ingredients together.
- In a separate bowl, mix the wet ingredients. I use my handheld blender for this too and it makes the wet mixture nice and fluffy.
- Mix the dry and wet ingredients together.
- Heat the waffle iron and spray with coconut oil spray.
- Cook those suckers.
- Top with your choice of fruit or pure maple syrup.