berry healthy breakfast smoothie

Ok, obviously we watch a lot of Strawberry Shortcake around here.  :o)  And it’s probably no surprise that I’ve been drinking a lot of smoothies lately.  I’m guessing maybe you have been too?

And eating salads, and comforting soups and oatmeals, and just plain detoxing from the glorious food-bingeing of the holidays?!

Berry Healthy Breakfast Smoothie | Sweet Anna's

(Because I know you’ll be asking…  these lids from The Mason Bar Company are absolutely amazing.  We practically fight over them in this house!  Yes, I know I need to just order some more.
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Now, don’t get me wrong, I absolutely love the food-centered bliss of the holidays, and I look forward to them all year long, but I also love a clean slate at the end of all of it.

I’m not one to make new years resolutions… I’ve tried and I never make it past day 3… but I like to make new DAY resolutions and eating healthier is one I make almost every day.

Of course, some days, that thought doesn’t even make it out of my brain before I am enjoying a cookie for breakfast, but for the most part, I try to keep a healthy balance with my every day eating habits.

Healthified smoothies are one of my favorite ways to feed myself and my family healthy food in a way that feels…  indulgent even.  Because really, who doesn’t love a  refreshing, fruit-filled smoothie?!

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sugar-free homemade pumpkin spice latte syrup

I was driving through Starbucks the other day grumbling to myself that they didn’t have sugar-free Pumpkin Spice Sauce for their famous fall lattes.

I have no problem indulging every once in a while,  but I would be much happier if there was a sugar-free option for guilt-free treats a little more often!

And then I realized that I could just make my own.  Why did it take me so long to figure that out?!

Sugar-Free Homemade Pumpkin Spice Latte Syrup | Sweet Anna's

Yum, yum and YUM.  I am so in homemade Pumpkin Spice Latte heaven!

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healthy peach berry crumble smoothies

These smoothies are a healthy meal in and of themselves.  All the sweet, luscious flavor of a summer-fruit smoothie and a juicy, peach berry crisp, without any of the guilt.

Dairy-free, sugar-free, and flavor-FULL!

(By the way… if you’re on the Fast Metabolism Diet like I was, this is a Phase 3 breakfast or lunch!)

Chia seeds and coconut oil give you the healthy fats your body craves, and no one (ahem, toddlers!) will ever know there are fresh greens packed inside their treat!

((Commence the silent cheering so as not to wake the house-full of sleeping kiddos!))

I don’t know about you, but my kids just don’t really eat too many green foods willingly.  And any way I can sneak more good-stuff into their tummies is a good thing!

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Cardamom Orange Cold-Brewed Iced Coffee

Cardamom-Orange Iced Coffee, cold-brewed for a delicious, special yet simple treat.  Serve this with a simple syrup and a splash of cream for a decadent treat in seconds.  You deserve it!

You know how sometimes you just really need a special treat in your life?  Preferably caffeinated and maybe even sweet??

But with all your crazy spirited children running around, you can barely find a glass, let alone take the time to make yourself a pot of coffee or better yet, a run to the nearest coffee shop?  (Wait, that’s just me?)

Well, make a big batch of this delicious cold-brewed coffee and problem solved.  Delicious, decadent coffee treats, ready-to-go, all week long!  (Or at least a day or two!)

You can really infuse this coffee, with any flavors you’d like.  Or, of course, leave it plain.  But plain is boring, and I like to change this up with flavors each time I make it!

Cinnamon is great.  Cinnamon with a bit of cocoa powder and cayenne is even better.  But cardamom & orange is my favorite.  So fresh, flavorful and vibrant.  And different.  I like different.

I could drink this every day.

I do drink this almost every day.  :o)

Personally, I get plenty of sugar in my life in other ways, like – you know – cookies, so I enjoy this best unsweetened with a splash of heavy cream.

But, mix it up however you like best.  It’s your treat!

Homemade Cardamom-Orange Cold-Brewed Coffee

Ingredients

  • 2 cups, packed, ground coffee
  • zest of 2 large oranges
  • 2 teaspoons ground cardamom
  • 2 quarts cold water

Directions

Comine all the ingredients in a large tupperware container. Stir well, cover and let sit at room temperature for about 24 hours.

Strain the mixture through a fine-mesh strainer, and then again through the fine-mesh strainer that has been lined with cheesecloth or paper towels.

Pour into a pitcher and keep in the fridge for up to a week, if it lasts that long!

Serve cold, over ice, with a simple syrup or agave, if you like sweet, and a bit of cream or milk. Yum!

http://sweetannas.com/2013/02/cardamom-orange-cold-brewed-iced-coffee.html

Recipe adapted from 10th Kitchen

copycat Starbucks pumpkin spice sauce

I’m sure you have gathered lately that I have a bit of a pumpkin obsession.  I just can’t get enough, once the weather starts to turn and fall is in the air.

Fall makes me so happy.

I love summer, for a minute, but it doesn’t take long for it to get old.  I much prefer a cool, sunny fall day…  with the fresh smell of leaves and the breeze of change in the air.

I love sweaters, boots, scarves…  schedules, routines and activities.  Everything that is fall.

One of my favorite little fall indulgences are Starbucks’ pumpkin spice lattes and chais.  So festive, fallish, and delicious…  I could drink them every day if my wallet could afford it!

Of course every day is just too much, but I finally nailed down a recipe that is as close to Starbucks’ as possible.  Now I get my fix whenever I want it, and without the guilt.

My favorite way to use this sauce is to put 1-2 tablespoons into a mug, fill it up with hot coffee and top with a splash of heavy cream.  Autumn in a cup.  Try it!

What’s your favorite fall treat?

Copycat Starbucks Pumpkin Spice Sauce Recipe

Ingredients:
1 cup sugar
1 cup water
1 tablespoon pumpkin pie spice
1/4 cup pumpkin

Directions:
In a small saucepan, heat the sugar and water over medium heat until clear and the sugar is dissolved.  Stir in the remaining ingredients and simmer for 10-15 minutes, until the sauce has thickened and reduced a bit.

Pour into a jar and let cool to room temperature before storing in the fridge.  The sauce is thick when cold.  It will melt just fine into your hot coffee!

This makes about 1 cup of sauce…  servings vary depending on how sweet you like your drinks.