Often, we looking for ways to feel lighter when it comes to our meals. There’s no need to go to extremes. By adding more fruits and veggies to your diet, you’ll start to have more energy, and those junk food cravings should start to wane.
The Ruby Smoothie gets its beautiful color from beets, blood oranges, and raspberries, among other fruits and veggies, which also pack in a big dose of vitamins and minerals. The flax and hemp seeds are loaded with fiber, which will help fill you up, and keep your cravings at bay. Sub this smoothie for your usual breakfast or lunch every now and then for a lighter option.
I love sitting around the fire after a big meal, swapping stories with loved ones. Usually, a round of coffee will help to keep us all up instead of going into a food coma. This year, I’ve added a few special ingredients to my go-to Westrock coffee for a festive, flavorful beverage.
This refreshing spritzer is made with white wine and mixed berries of your choice.
If you like a little extra kick, you have to try a ‘Jalafuego’ pepper. Part of my Home Grown Seed Collection, this extra-large jalapeño boasts super high pungency and comes from a strong plant with excellent yield.
I like to use the ‘Jalafuego,’ in very small quantities, to spice up a cocktail, like this Jalafuego Jalapeño Cucumber Refresher.
Celebrate the agave plant with this festive margarita recipe from Jose Gutierrez the former Chef de Cuisine at Chez Philippe at The Peabody Hotel in Memphis.
These recipe makes one margarita. Adjust accordingly.
Author, chef and outdoor adventure expert Georgia Pellegrini shares a little bit of Texas in the form of a bacon-infused cocktail. Micheladas are traditionally made with beer, but Georgia’s version is made with jalapenos and citrus vodka. Watch her make it with Allen, and then find the recipe below!
Liven the setting up with a colorful napkin topped with a Lavender Champagne Cocktail garnished with a fun paper straw. The recipe (borrowed fromhandmademood.com) is easy!
Tip: Lavender oil can be substituted for any number of fruits or oils. Our test kitchen has enjoyed making cranberry simple syrup for fall to winter cocktails.
I like to perk up my afternoon with this tasty iced coffee drink sweetened with honey. To make this drink even sweeter, I choose a coffee with a conscience. Westrock Coffee is an Arkansas-based brand that works with smallholder farmers around the globe to create some of the finest coffees in the world. Westrock is committed to creating great coffee from crop to cup. By operating at each level of the coffee supply chain, Westrock offers complete transparency to consumers and fair, honest trade to their farmer partners. In turn, the partnerships impact the farmers, their families and their entire communities. Learn more at WestrockCoffee.com.
Who can resist a cup of hot chocolate on a cold winter day? I certainly can’t! It is one of my favorite winter treats. In these days of instant gratification it is hard to come by a cup of hot chocolate that isn’t made from a powder, so when I found this recipe in an old cookbook I decided to give it a try. It takes a little longer to make, but it is well worth the effort. The flavor is rich and frothy. Just the way hot chocolate should be.
There is just something festive about the fizzy flavor of champagne. It is no wonder that it is such a popular drink during the holidays. Popping the cork and sharing a glass with friends is a great way to ring in the New Year. Note that I said “a glass,” because I have found that too much champagne is a quick way to ruin your temperament the following day!
When I have guests over for New Year’s Eve I like to mix up a batch of classic champagne cocktails. It is fun and somewhat nostalgic, perfect for sending off the old and welcoming the new.