30 Cinco de Mayo Inspired Cocktails

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We’ve rounded up 30 of the best cocktails, perfect for celebrating Cinco de Mayo! From margaritas to mojitos, we’ve got a drink to please anyone! So raise your glasses & spend the day celebrating the best way you know how – with a rim of salt & a squeeze of lime!

 

35 Cinco de Mayo Inspired Cocktails

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Blackberry MojitoBLACKBERRY MOJITO | The View from Great Island

Blue Curacao MargaritaBLUE CURACAO MARGARITA | Karen’s Kitchen Stories

Champagne MargaritasCHAMPAGNE MARGARITAS | The Kitchen is My Playground

Cheater Margarita SmoothiesCHEATER MARGARITA SMOOTHIES | Farm Fresh Feasts

Cherry-Lime MargaritasCHERRY-LIME MARGARITAS | Cook the Story

Chocolate MargaritasCHOCOLATE MARGARITAS | Kitchen Meets Girl

Citrus Moscato SangriaCITRUS MOSCATO SANGRIA | Laylita’s Recipes

Colada MargaritaCOLADA MARGARITA | Cooking on the Front Burner

Fiery Green MartiniFIERY GREEN MARTINI | The View from Great Island

Fresh Blackberry MargaritaFRESH BLACKBERRY MARGARITA | Karen’s Kitchen Stories

Fresh Grapefruit MojitoFRESH GRAPEFRUIT MOJITO | The View from Great Island

Frozen Mango-Lime MargaritasFROZEN MANGO LIME MARGARITAS | Kitchen Treaty

Frozen Pineapple MargaritaFROZEN PINEAPPLE MARGARITAS | Taste Love and Nourish

Jalapeno MargaritasJALAPENO MARGARITAS | Wine & Glue

Key Lime Pie MargaritasKEY LIME PIE MARGARITAS | Kitchen Meets Girl

Mango MargaritaMANGO MARGARITA | Cooking with Curls

Mango Coconut MargaritaMANGO COCONUT MARGARITA | Snappy Gourmet

Mango Passion Fruit MargaritaMANGO PASSION FRUIT MARGARITA | Laylita’s Recipes

Margarita Lime Jello CubesMARGARITA LIME JELLO CUBES {SHOTS} | Liv Life

Margaritas with Lemon & BasilMARGARITAS WITH LEMON & BASIL | Cook the Story

MexaratiniMEXARATINIS | A Spoonful of Luxe

Mexican Chocolate ShotsMEXICAN CHOCOLATE SHOTS | Snappy Gourmet

Midori ColadaMIDORI COLADA | Kitchen Meets Girl

Moscow MuleMOSCOW MULE | Kailley’s Kitchen

Peach Jalapeno MargaritasPEACH JALAPENO MARGARITAS | Dessert for Two

Perfect Fresh Blended Pina ColadasPERFECT FRESH BLENDED PINA COLADAS | Sweet Anna’s

Rose MargaritaROSE MARGARITA | Karen’s Kitchen Stories

Skinny Spicy Tequila CocktailSKINNY SPICY TEQUILA COCKTAIL | Keep It Sweet Desserts

Sparkling Limon-Lime MargaritaSPARKLING LIMON-LIME MARGARITA | Frugal Foodie Mama

Strawberry Margaritas STRAWBERRY MARGARITAS | Laylita’s Recipes

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Thin Mint Protein Shake

This Thin Mint Protein Shake comes in at under 250 calories, contains a whopping 38 grams of protein, and is only 6 Weight Watchers Points Plus per serving!

This Thin Mint Protein Shake comes in at under 250 calories, contains a whopping 38 grams of protein, and is only 6 Weight Watchers Points Plus per serving!

 I know, I’ve been a little MIA lately.  I spent a good portion of February with a cold/flu, which is the third time since October I’ve had the same junk.  And as I spent my days sucking on throat drops, downing hot tea, and generally feeling miserable, I came to a conclusion: I need to spend a bit more time taking care of me.  Between work, Doodle’s karate schedule, the blog, and trying to fit in all of the other stuff I have to do (i.e.: laundry, groceries, trying to tame the havoc left behind by a 6-year old boy, sleeping on occasion), there wasn’t much time left over for me.  And like most women, I tend to put my own needs at the bottom of the list.

And then I realized – I can’t take care of anyone else if I’m not taking care of myself first.

I’m not going to bore you with the details, but I decided one of the things I need to do for me is to make some changes to my eating habits – not an easy prospect when you’re a food blogger.  Don’t worry, I’m not going to totally change the focus of my blog, but I am going to share some of my “healthier” recipes with you here and there – if only so that I’m not tempted to eat so many cakes and brownies during photo shoots. ;-)

And because I am a long-time Weight Watchers participant, I’m going to do my best to calculate points to go along with some of the recipes I share.

This Thin Mint Protein Shake comes in at under 250 calories, contains a whopping 38 grams of protein, and is only 6 Weight Watchers Points Plus per serving!

I always, always, always eat breakfast (typically oatmeal), but it doesn’t always ever keep me full all morning.  As a result, I end up snacking on other stuff (junk) until lunchtime – and when you work a sedentary job, that’s not a good combination.  Lately, I’ve been mixing up protein shakes in the morning.  I used to think protein powder was primarily for weightlifters, but I’ve found a scoop in my morning smoothies really does helps keep me full.  I’ve been trying some various flavor combinations, and right now, this Thin Mint version is at the top of my list.

Thin Mint Protein Shake

Thin Mint Protein Shake

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup nonfat plain Greek yogurt
  • 1 scoop vanilla protein powder
  • 2 tablespoons sugar-free chocolate pudding mix
  • 1/8 teaspoon mint extract
  • 1/2 cup water
  • ice cubes - I like my shakes thick, so I use 10-12; adjust to your preference

Instructions

  1. Combine all ingredients in blender and pulse until desired consistency is reached.
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Note: calorie count and points plus values do not include whipped cream or cookies.

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Berry Power Smoothie

Thank you to Weight Watchers for getting my new year started off right. Though I was compensated for my time and commitment, all views, positive and negative, are my own.

Filled with fruit, Greek yogurt, and a bit of flaxseed, this berry power smoothie is a #simplestart to a new you!

So…2014.  Canyouevenbelieveit?

If you’re like a lot of other folks, the beginning of a new year sparks a desire to make some healthy changes to your eating habits.  Let me just say this: having a baby post age-30 + writing a food blog = the skinny jeans are not happening.

And I’m not so much as concerned about the skinny jeans as I am about maintaining healthy eating habits and setting a good example for raising a healthy child.  But for me?  It’s really, really hard.  I have a terrible habit of ripping open a bag of tortilla chips after work in the early evening and just going to town.  Willpower when it comes to food is not my forté.

I’ve been a long-time member of Weight Watchers – and not primarily because I have a lot of weight to lose.  But when Doodle was about two years old, I realized my personal health was taking a backseat to my mommy duties.  I was too tired, too stressed, too focused on everything else in my life to take time for me.

And that wasn’t good for anyone.

So I took charge of my life again, and signed up for Weight Watchers.  I lost weight, yes, but more importantly, I felt better about myself.  Healthier.  Stronger.  Happier.  In control.

And then…I started blogging.  My snacks of fresh berries and veggies with hummus slowly became replaced with bites of cheesecake cookies and chocolate banana bread during photo shoots.  My jeans got a little tighter.  I felt tired and sluggish, and I knew I needed to make some changes – again.  So when I saw Weight Watchers had a new Simple Start plan to get into the swing of things, it was just the push I needed.

Filled with fruit, Greek yogurt, and a bit of flaxseed, this berry power smoothie is a #simplestart to a new you!

The goal of Simple Start is to get you in the habit of eating good-for-you foods. During the first two weeks of this plan, you don’t have to worry about portion size.  All you have to do is choose meals and snacks from the lists provided, and eat ‘em. ;-)

Weight Watchers even created a shopping list to help you navigate the grocery store aisles. The meals have swap options and flavor boosts, and there are plenty of options for vegetarians.  Yep, it’s really that easy.

Filled with fruit, Greek yogurt, and a bit of flaxseed, this berry power smoothie is a #simplestart to a new you!

Not only that, but on the Simple Start plan, you get 7 point-plus per day to spend on indulgences.  That includes chocolate, peanut butter, and/or wine.  I don’t know about you, but it’s the times that I’m too strict or deprive myself that I have a hard time staying on track.  Knowing that I have a daily treat to look forward to really helps keep me motivated.

Filled with fruit, Greek yogurt, and a bit of flaxseed, this berry power smoothie is a #simplestart to a new you! While this smoothie isn’t specific to the Simple Start plan (I’ll talk about specifics in a later post), it is one of my favorite snacks when I’ve tracked points in the past.  Loaded with fresh fruit, Greek yogurt, coconut milk, and a bit of ground flaxseed, you don’t have to feel guilty about indulging!

Tell me: what are your tips for maintaining a healthy diet?

Berry Power Smoothie

Berry Power Smoothie

Ingredients

  • 1 banana, sliced and frozen
  • 1/2 cup Greek yogurt
  • 1/4 cup light coconut milk
  • 1 cup mixed berries (I used strawberries, raspberries, and blackberries)
  • 1 teaspoon flaxseed
  • 1 large handful fresh spinach, optional

Instructions

  1. In a blender, combine banana, yogurt and milk and process until smooth. Add in remaining fruit, flaxseed, and spinach (if using), and blend until desired consistency is reached.
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The BEST Homemade Hot Chocolate Mix

No, really.  This is the BEST homemade hot chocolate mix.

Like, ever.

The BEST Homemade Hot Chocolate Mix - ever!

That stuff that you purchase in the cardboard canisters at the grocery store?  Yeah…those don’t have anything on this.  And guess what?  This takes less than 5 minutes to mix up.

Plus, it makes a ton (and can easily be doubled, tripled…you get the idea), and is perfect for holiday gift-giving.  Especially when you’re as craftiness-impaired as I am.

See the cute little tag wound around the jar with the instructions on how to make an individual steaming mug of creamy, chocolate bliss?  You can get the printables here (they’re free, and Jason and Jennifer’s entire site is amazing – so go check it out).  Even if you don’t do crafty and/or creative, you’re totally covered here.

The BEST Homemade Hot Chocolate Mix - ever!

Mix together four ingredients, pour ‘em into a jar, print some labels, and BAM.  Easy gift-giving: DONE.

This mix is perfect gifted along with some Kahlúa (I used the Cinnamon-Spice flavor in mine, and it was two-mug worthy!), although the Peppermint Mocha would be equally as fabulous.

The BEST Homemade Hot Chocolate Mix - ever!

Happy Holidays!

The BEST Homemade Hot Chocolate Mix

makes 5 1/2 cups dry mix

The BEST Homemade Hot Chocolate Mix

Ingredients

  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 cup cocoa (Dutch-process is best!)
  • 2 1/2 cups powdered milk
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons cornstarch
  • For serving:
  • Kahlúa
  • marshmallows

Instructions

    To make the mix:
  1. Combine all ingredients in a large bowl and whisk thoroughly to combine. You may also use a food processor if your powdered milk granules are too large.
  2. Pour into a large airtight container and store in a cool, dry place.
  3. To make a single serving:
  4. Fill your mug halfway with hot cocoa mix, add water or milk, and enjoy!
  5. If desired, add 1 ounce Kahlúa and top with marshmallows

adapted from Alton Brown

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If you’re looking for some other ways to use Kahlua in your holiday entertaining, be sure to check these out, too:

Kahlua Collage

Cinnamon Cookie Martini

Pumpkin Pie in a Glass

Cinnamon-Spiced Monkey Bread

Autumn Russian

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To get inspiration for more great recipes and entertaining ideas with Kahlúa and for a chance to win the ultimate holiday party, please visit www.kahluaholiday.com.

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Kahlúa. The opinions and text are all mine.

XO, Ashley

 

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Cinnamon-Spiced Monkey Bread

This Cinnamon-Spiced Monkey Bread with a Kahlúa-caramelized glaze is sure to be a hit during your holiday festivities.  Bonus?  It’s super simple!

This Cinnamon-Spiced Monkey Bread with a Kahlúa-caramelized glaze is sure to be a hit during your holiday festivities.  Bonus?  It's super simple! #KahluaSpirit #PinItToWinIt

I know many people serve monkey bread for breakfast, but I like it just as well for dessert.  Maybe for both breakfast and dessert?  Let’s be honest: I don’t discriminate when it comes to sweets! ;-)

And when it comes to wintertime sweets, I love to curl up with the flavors of cinnamon and molasses – two of the primary ingredients in this easy monkey bread.  Sure, you can make your own dough, but I’m often looking for instant gratification when it comes to sweets, and this breakfast (dessert?) can be in your mouth in less than 30 minutes.

I used 2 rolls of Grands biscuits for the bread, and I rolled the pieces in a combination of cinnamon and dark brown sugar.  I loved using dark brown sugar here because it gave the bread a deeper flavor than light brown sugar – but feel free to substitute if you don’t have dark brown sugar on hand.

The glaze?  Super easy and made in the microwave in just one minute–with more brown sugar, cinnamon, molasses, and one ingredient that pushed this decadent treat right over the edge: Kahlúa Cinnamon Spice.

Yum.

This Cinnamon-Spiced Monkey Bread with a Kahlúa-caramelized glaze is sure to be a hit during your holiday festivities.  Bonus?  It's super simple! #KahluaSpirit #PinItToWinIt

Quite frankly, coffee is a requirement for me at breakfast – and also oftentimes alongside my desserts, especially on a cold winter night.  So yeah, try pairing this Kahlúa Cinnamon Spice coffee alongside the monkey bread.

Believe me, wintertime treats have never tasted better.

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Cinnamon-Spiced Monkey Bread

Cinnamon-Spiced Monkey Bread

Ingredients

  • 2 rolls Grand Biscuits
  • 1 cup dark brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon cinnamon
  • For the glaze:
  • 1/2 cup butter (1 stick or 8 tablespoons)
  • 1/2 cup dark brown sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1/4 cup Kahlúa Cinnamon Spice

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees and grease the inside of a 10-cup Bundt pan.
  2. Place 1 cup brown sugar and 1 tablespoon cinnamon into a gallon-sized Ziploc bag. Open biscuits and cut each one into four pieces. Drop a few biscuit pieces at a time into the mixture of cinnamon/sugar and shake bag to coat. Place biscuit pieces into bundt pan and repeat, until all pieces are coated.
  3. In a large microwave-safe bowl, combine butter, brown sugar, cinnamon and Kahlúa. Microwave on high for 1 minute, or until butter is melted. Stir to combine, then pour over the dough in the bundt pan.
  4. Bake at 400 for 20 to 25 minutes, or until dough turns golden brown and springs back lightly when you press on it with your finger. Allow to cool for about 10 minutes in the pan, then invert onto a serving plate.
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Cinnamon-Spiced Coffee

Cinnamon-Spiced Coffee

Ingredients

    For the Cinnamon Simple Syrup:
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • For the coffee:
  • 1 part Kahlúa Cinnamon Spice
  • 1 part cinnamon simple syrup
  • 1 part cream/milk/half-and-half
  • 1 cup of your favorite coffee

Instructions

  1. To a cup of your favorite coffee, add 1 part Kahlúa Cinnamon Spice, 1 part cinnamon simple syrup, and 1 part cream/milk/half-and-half (I used about a tablespoon or so of each, but adjust to your own tastes).
  2. Top with whipped cream and cinnamon, if desired:
  3. To make the cinnamon simple syrup:
  4. In a heavy bottomed sauce pan, combine 1 cup sugar, 1 cup water and a cinnamon stick over high heat. Bring to a boil and then reduce to medium-high heat, stirring occasionally. Allow syrup to cook over medium-high heat until syrup reduces by half, or about 10 minutes. Store covered in refrigerator for up to one week.
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To get inspiration for more great recipes and entertaining ideas with Kahlúa and for a chance to win the ultimate holiday party, please visit www.kahluaholiday.com.

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Kahlúa. The opinions and text are all mine.

XO, Ashley

 

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Pumpkin Pie in a Glass

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This Pumpkin Pie in a Glass is my new favorite drink for Fall.  Now you can eat your pie – and drink it, too.  

This Pumpkin Pie in a Glass is my new favorite drink for Fall.  Now you can eat your pie - and drink it, too.  #KahluaHoliday

It’s the time of year for entertaining, and if you’re like my friends and family, you can’t get enough pumpkin pie anything.  My cousin is actually known for layering huge scoops of whipped cream between two slices of pumpkin pie and eating it all herself {we call it the double-decker}.  Granted, she did this as a teenager {a few decades ago}, but it’s still the main topic of conversation around the dessert table at Thanksgiving.

And if you’re really like me, you’re stuffed to the brim after the Thanksgiving meal {or any holiday meal, for that matter}…but you still want that something sweet.  Sweet potatoes don’t count: those are vegetables, no?

That’s where Pumpkin Pie in a Glass comes in.  Seriously, this drink is rich, creamy, and delicious, and tastes just like pumpkin pie.  Plus, it has Kahlúa Pumpkin Spice in it, so it’s perfect for my family functions. ;-)

This Pumpkin Pie in a Glass is my new favorite drink for Fall.  Now you can eat your pie - and drink it, too.  #KahluaSpirit

It’s also just as delicious served right along these no-bake mini pumpkin pies.  Because who needs a double-decker when you can drink your pie and eat it, too?

If you want to be a little decadent, add some of the Kahlúa Pumpkin Spice into your whipped cream.  I taste-tested it for you, and it’s pretty darn yummy.

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Pumpkin Pie in a Glass

Pumpkin Pie in a Glass

Ingredients

  • 2 parts Kahlúa Pumpkin Spice
  • 1 part hazelnut liqueur
  • 2.5 parts heavy cream
  • 1 part pumpkin puree
  • 1/4 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice

Instructions

  1. Combine all ingredients in a martini shaker filled with ice. Shake to combine, and then pour into glass. Serves one.
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Mini No-Bake Pumpkin Pies

Mini No-Bake Pumpkin Pies

Ingredients

  • 1 package (16 count) mini shortbread pie shells
  • 4 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 1 cup pumpkin puree
  • 3 tablespoons dark brown sugar (light brown sugar is also fine)
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice
  • For the whipped cream:
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 2 tablespoons powdered sugar
  • 1-2 tablespoons Kahlúa Pumpkin Spice

Instructions

  1. In a medium-sized mixing bowl, beat together cream cheese, pumpkin sugar and pumpkin pie spice. Carefully spoon pumpkin pie filling into shortbread shells, and top with whipped cream.
  2. For the whipped cream:
  3. Beat together cream, powdered sugar and Kahlúa until peaks form. Dollop cream on top of pies.
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Want more holiday recipes and ideas? Be sure to follow Kahlúa on Facebook and Pinterest.

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This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Kahlúa. The opinions and text are all mine.

XO, Ashley

 

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Cinnamon Cookie Martini

I don’t know about you, but when something is labeled “Cinnamon Spice,” I’m pretty much all over it.  I’m not going to lie, sometimes our extended family holiday functions warrant sneaking a little something extra into my coffee.

Get into the holiday spirit with these festive Cinnamon Cookie Martinis! #KahluaSpirit

So when I saw this Kahlúa Cinnamon Spice sitting on the shelf at my liquor store, I pretty much had to have it.  Um, Merry Christmas to me!

{Side note: Christmas is just over a month away.  Let that sink in for a minute, then have a mild panic attack along with me, while I wonder how in the world 2013 passed by so quickly.}

Right now, our temperatures here are still in the 60′s by mid-afternoon, so while imbibing a shot of this Kahlúa in my after-dinner coffee would taste fantastic, a cool, creamy cinnamon cookie martini goes down just as nicely.  Plus, it looks fancy, and every now and then, I like to appear sophisticated, even though it’s likely I’m drinking this in my spaghetti sauce covered sweatshirt.

Get into the holiday spirit with these festive Cinnamon Cookie Martinis! #KahluaSpirit

I love chocolate, and it’s the perfect pairing with this Kahlúa Cinnamon Spice. With a hint of chocolate, the creamy factor from the chocolate milk, and the notes of cinnamon and spice from the Kahúla, these martinis go down easily.

Bottoms up!

Cinnamon Cookie Martini

serves 1

Cinnamon Cookie Martini

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 parts Kahlúa Cinnamon Spice
  • 1 part chocolate liqueur
  • 1/2 part Absolut Vanilla Vodka
  • 1/2 parts chocolate milk or heavy cream
  • pinch ground cinnamon, optional
  • chocolate shavings and cinnamon sticks for garnish, optional

Instructions

  1. Place all ingredients, through cinnamon, into a martini shaker filled with ice. Shake to combine, then strain into glass. Top with chocolate shavings, if desired.

Drink is intended for those whom alcohol consumption is appropriate. Always drink responsibly.

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Please note: the labeling on the bottle has changed slightly from the images I’ve shown in my photos above.  This is the current labeling:

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Pumpkin Nog Smoothie

Using a blend of dairy-free pumpkin eggnog, frozen bananas, and flaxseed, this Pumpkin Nog Smoothie is as tasty as it is healthy!  Who says smoothies have to be boring?

Using a blend of dairy-free pumpkin eggnog, frozen bananas, and flaxseed, this Pumpkin Nog Smoothie is as tasty as it is healthy!  Who says smoothies have to be boring? #smoothie #pumpkin #smoovember

I’m an eggnog fanatic.  Once the holiday season hits and I spot it in the dairy case, eggnog is pretty much all I can think about.  Seriously, I could go through a gallon of the stuff every week completely on my own.  But then my jeans wouldn’t button, and I’d have a completely new set of problems.

So, the last few years, I’ve been making a dairy-free, lightened-up version…one that’s become my all-time favorite seasonal drink {no joke}.  It uses light vanilla soy milk {you may also use almond milk}, dry pudding mix, pumpkin puree, and lots of seasonal spices:

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You can get the recipe here.

I’ve already made it twice so far this season, with no chance of stopping anytime soon.

Doodle has been obsessed with smoothie-making lately, and my old blender hasn’t really been keeping up – trying to blend even one frozen banana in it is just an effort in futility.  So when I saw that Hamilton Beach had a new smoothie-maker out, I knew I had to get my hands on one.

The Smoothie Smart™ Blender prepares a perfect smoothie with the press of a button: Auto Smoothie. This 45-second smart blending cycle is programmed with the precise pulses and speeds needed to get the right consistency.  So in my case, no removing the blender lid, stirring, cursing, and repeating.

At the end of the cycle, the blender shuts off automatically.  Cool, right??

Using a blend of dairy-free pumpkin eggnog, frozen bananas, and flaxseed, this Pumpkin Nog Smoothie is as tasty as it is healthy!  Who says smoothies have to be boring? #smoothie #pumpkin #smoovember

Not only that, but it has a special “pour-spout” that makes serving a breeze – and mess free.  If you’ve ever lived with a 6-year old who wants to pour his own drink – well, you know how important this is. ;-)

And while my favorite faux-nog is super yummy all on it’s own, it’s even better used in a healthy smoothie: combined with frozen bananas and a bit of ground flax seed.  The flax seed is optional, but you really can’t taste it, and it is a great way to get some Omega-3 and extra fiber into your diet.

Using a blend of dairy-free pumpkin eggnog, frozen bananas, and flaxseed, this Pumpkin Nog Smoothie is as tasty as it is healthy!  Who says smoothies have to be boring? #smoothie #pumpkin #smoovember

Give this smoothie a try and go guilt-free during the holiday season!

Pumpkin Nog Smoothie

serves 2

Pumpkin Nog Smoothie

Ingredients

  • 1 cup lightened up pumpkin nog or store-bought eggnog
  • 1 banana, sliced and frozen
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons ground flax seed
  • 10 ice cubes
  • sprinkles, optional

Instructions

  1. Place all ingredients except for the sprinkles into your blender. Pulse until ice cubes are crushed and bananas are creamy.
  2. Pour into glasses and top with sprinkles, if desired. Enjoy!
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And guess what? Hamilton Beach wants to give one of YOU one of their new SmoothieSmart Blenders (believe me, you want one of these bad boys) AND one of their Single Serve Blenders.

The Single Serve Blender is sized to fit most cup holders, so you can easily make a smoothie for on-the-go!  Even better, you can place the cup or blending jar right in the dishwasher when you’re done.

Easy clean-up = thumbs-up.

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Autumn Russian

So, wanna hear about that time I was on my honeymoon and drank my weight in White Russians?

Use Kahlúa’s Limited Edition Pumpkin Spice to make these Autumn Russians - it's like pumpkin pie in a glass! #KahluaHoliday

Actually, that’s not quite true. We actually ate our weight in cheese fries and fresh mangoes (life’s all about balance, right?), while lying nearly comatose with our toes dipped in the Caribbean Sea and the Jamaican sun kissing our cheeks.

Because we vacationed at one of those all-inclusive resorts, we were determined to “get our money’s worth” by not skimping on the fun and festive umbrella drinks, if you know what I mean.  But here’s the thing about rum in Jamaica – it’s apparently poured and served like water, because every rum-based drink we ordered was pretty much 99 percent rum and 1 percent something else.

After a few days of making various requests (“light on the rum, please;” “a splash of rum, thanks;” and “seriously, just wave the rum bottle over the glass and pretend to pour”), we finally smartened up and started ordering drinks that weren’t rum-based.  My drink of choice: White Russians.

Because White Russians hold a special place in my heart and because we married in the fall, I knew exactly what I wanted to make when I spotted Kahlúa’s Limited Edition Pumpkin Spice: these Autumn Russians.

It’s almost like pumpkin pie in a glass, and who’s not down with that? ;-)

Use Kahlúa’s Limited Edition Pumpkin Spice to make these Autumn Russians - it's like pumpkin pie in a glass! #KahluaHoliday

Autumn Russian

Autumn Russian

Ingredients

  • 1 part pumpkin spice Kahlúa
  • 2 parts vodka
  • 1 part heavy cream
  • sprinkles for rimming, optional

Instructions

  1. Rim glass with sprinkles, if desired. Fill a rocks glass with ice. Pour in Kahlúa, vodka, and heavy cream over ice and stir.
http://kitchenmeetsgirl.com/autumn-russian/

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This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Kahlúa. The opinions and text are all mine.

XO, Ashley

 

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15 Ways to Drink Your Veggies

 So, did you know today is National Eat Drink Your Veggies Day?

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Yeah, me either.

But anything I can do to get my kiddo to down some veggies is a-okay with me!  And, to promote this awesome food holiday, Naked Juice is giving one of you the chance to enter their “Pin It To Win It! Win A Naked Juice Garden Gift Basket” sweepstakes.

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By voting for your favorite delicious Naked Power Garden recipe, you’ll be entered in a drawing to win a $250 gift basket from Naked Juice.  Pretty slick!  I’d love it if you’d click over and vote for my Cherry Berry Smoothie!

Cherry Berry Smoothie

This healthy breakfast cherry berry smoothie is packed full of nutrition, with Naked Power Garden berry veggie juice, black cherry Greek yogurt, fresh frozen cherries, and a bit of honey for sweetener. #recipes #smoothie #cherry

Since I’m new to the whole “drinking your veggies” thing, I’ve compiled a list of a few yummy-looking smoothies I’ve spotted around the web.  These photos belong to different bloggers and are not mine.  If you see one you like, please take the time to pin the image from the original source and not my page.

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Kiwi, Kale and Apple Smoothie

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Chocolate Avocado Smoothie

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Berry Veggie Mango Smoothie

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All Natural Shamrock Shake Green Smoothie

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Blueberry Spinach Smoothie

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Avocado Banana Smoothie

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Cherry and Spinach Smoothie

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Avocado Green Tea Power Shake

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Tropical Green Smoothie

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Red Velvet Smoothie

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Strawberry, Pomegranate and Kale Cooler

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Mango Strawberry Carrot Smoothie

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Strawberry Spinach Smoothie

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Looking for more awesome ways to drink your veggies?  Check out the Glam Pinterest Power Up Pinterest Board here: http://pinterest.com/BlissbyGlam/power-up/

XO, Ashley

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Power Garden is Naked Juice’s new veggie drink lineup with 1 pound of veggies in every bottle*. With delicious flavors that only Naked could blend, Power Garden offers one of the easiest ways to get your daily servings of veggies and fruits, along with good sources of fiber, vitamins and minerals. Learn more at http://www.nakedjuice.com/veggiedrinks.

*weight of vegetables, prior to juicing

Disclosure: Compensation was provided by Naked via Glam Media. The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of Naked

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