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Creamy Vanilla Pineapple Float: A Yummy Way to Beat the Heat!

Super easy and super creamy!

This summer I have been all about the cold drinks. It’s been steamy hot where I live, and I tend to wilt in the humid heat. If I step outside and my sunglasses fog up in seconds, that’s too humid for me! I like a nice dry heat. So, in order to beat the heat or at least exist with it, I tend to walk around carrying lots of bottles of cold ice water, eat a yummy green smoothie for dinner to cool down, and if I’m still overheated in the evening, this week’s recipe for a Creamy Vanilla Pineapple Float sure hits the spot!

This recipe is modified from one that my mother used to make when I was a child. And as a ice-cream based dessert float goes, it’s pretty healthy! Pineapple juice and powdered milk form most of the base of the float, so you’re getting lots of vitamins and calcium, and then it’s topped with a scoop of ice cream, the least healthiest but super delicious part.

I asked my mother where she got the original recipe from, and she actually doesn’t remember, but thinks it may have been from a magazine ad or so. I’m part of the generation that had an analog childhood but digital adolescence, so while I remember not having the internet of recipes at my fingertips, it still takes me a few seconds to grasp how different it must have been not to have instant access to recipes for everything available at all times. I wonder how my bebe-to-be’s life will be different from mine. Change is the only constant in life, I guess!

Speaking of change, you could easily change up this recipe. You could definitely make the ice cream yourself, if you wanted to cut out all preservatives and such. I have several no churn ice cream recipes on this blog, such as this one and this one. Just make the basic ice cream base (whipped cream and evaporated milk, plus an extract) and away you go! Or why not switch up the juices and extract and come up with your own creamy vanilla fruit juice float?

If you want to make this exact (and delicious!) one however, here’s the recipe!

 

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Creamy Vanilla Pineapple Float

This creamy float is healthier than you'd expect, and sure hits the spot in the summertime!

Servings 1 serving

Ingredients

  • 1 cup pineapple juice
  • 1/4 c. milk powder
  • 3 drops vanilla extract (about 1/16 tsp.)
  • 1 squeeze fresh lemon juice
  • 1 scoop vanilla bean ice cream

Instructions

  1. Blend the first four ingredients together, until milk powder is completely dissolved. 

  2. Pour into a chilled glass, over ice, and top with a scoop of vanilla bean ice cream. 

  3. Sip and enjoy! 

 

I’ve been drinking this float quite often over the past few weeks. I keep telling myself that if I don’t serve it with a TON of ice cream, it’s really quite nutritious! And even ice cream contains calcium, so…bottoms up!

Next Post: Possibly Easy Cherry Crumble Bars, or my Fan Favourite Potato Salad recipe. Mmm…want to eat them both right now! 

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Easiest Ever Orange Crush Slushy: A Summertime Treat!

So very refreshing! (And embarrassingly easy to make!)

I was on vacation last week, and tried an Apple Cider Slushy for the first time. It. Was. Delicious! And slightly more adult than the classic neon coloured slushies that one finds at the corner store. But there’s a time and a place for everything, including the classic Orange Crush Slushy, so that’s what I’m going to show you how to make this week!

Making a slushy is almost embarrassingly easy. You basically just need a very watery drink, and an ice-cream maker. I use my Kitchen-Aid Mixer with an Ice Cream attachment, and I love it as I can easily make delicious ice creams like Gluten-Free Chunks O’ Brownie Ice Cream, or even healthier desserts like my Strawberry Fro-Yo. But I think any electric ice cream maker would work, paired with a delicious watery drink.

 

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ORANGE CRUSH SLUSHY

This childhood-inspired summertime treat is just the thing on a hot and steamy day. And even better, it takes about two minutes to make! 

Servings 1 serving

Ingredients

  • 1 can Orange Crush pop

Instructions

  1. Pour 1 can of pop into the ice cream maker, and run it for 2-5 minutes (depending on how frozen you like your slushy). 

  2. Pour into a chilled glass, and...enjoy!

Recipe Notes

I mention this in the post, but you can easily substitute the Orange Crush for another flavour of pop, or even another water-based drink. The possibilities are as wide as your imagination! 

The possibilities for different flavours of slushies are endless! Do you like the Grape or Watermelon-flavoured slushies from your childhood? Buy a package of Kool-Aid in the flavour you like, add in the appropriate amount of sugar and water as directed on the package, and toss it in the ice cream maker!

If you’re watching your weight, you could even try a strongly-flavoured version of Crystal Light. Yes, it’s not the healthiest of summertime treats, but…everything in moderation, right? Sometimes when it’s hot and humid outside, you just want a freezing cold slushy.

If you make this slushy, tell me what flavour you used! Cola? Orange Crush? Kool-Aid? Crystal Light? Share your version with us!

Next Post: Either Shake-and-Bake Tofu (seriously!) or Syrian Vegetable Salad. I’m craving both, and they’re both heathy, so why not? Any votes for which one I should post next? 

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Green Apple & Kale Smoothie: Nutritional Dreams are Made of This

Such a lovely pale, summery colour!

I’ve been dreaming of green apples lately. Crisp, tangy Granny Smith apples, that one bites into with a snap and that lovely sweet and sour taste that makes you pucker up and want to eat more. I’m guessing it’s a pregnancy craving, as at the same time that I’m craving lemonade and green apples, I’m also becoming slightly turned off sweets. I KNOW. WHAT IS EVEN HAPPENING! But I believe in listening to my body, and apparently baby likes her fruits and veggies. All fruits. All veggies. All. The. Time. So, today’s recipe is a new smoothie recipe, that combines fruits and veggies for a healthy meal replacement that is perfect for the summer heat that has just arrived: Green Apple & Kale Smoothie!

Frozen banana gives it a creamy, milkshake consistency, and sweetens it up naturally, while green apple and kale give it a lovely fresh green colour while cramming in the nutrients. Plus, a little yoghurt and milk adds some calcium & protein. You could add some almond butter in for a proper serving of protein, but I prefer the fresh taste of the smoothie as is.

You know you’re feeding your body healthily when you drink this smoothie! 3-4 servings of fruits and veggies are packed into this smoothie, and it still feels like you’re giving yourself a treat. There’s nothing like sitting outside in the sun on your porch, deck, or balcony, enjoying the weather, while keeping cool drinking this whole food smoothie. Yum, yum!

Let’s get to making one!

GREEN APPLE & KALE SMOOTHIE

This deliciously creamy smoothie is also packed full of good nutrition! A great way to get your nutrients on the go.

Servings 1 person

Ingredients

  • 1 c. kale, frozen
  • 1 banana, frozen
  • 1 Granny Smith apple
  • 1/2 c. yoghurt (can be replaced with coconut yoghurt)
  • 1/2 c. milk (can be replaced with nut milk)

Instructions

  1. Place all ingredients in the blender and...liquefy! 

  2. Serve in a chilled glass for maximum yumminess!

By the way, you can make this a vegan smoothie by using coconut yoghurt instead of dairy yoghurt, or simply replacing the yoghurt with the nut milk of your choice. I personally find that homemade cashew milk is a great way to increase the protein and nutrients in this smoothie.

Next Post: Not entirely sure. Probably something with fruit and veggies because this gestating woman has got CRAVINGS! 

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Banoffee Frappe, and How I Beat the Heat

Oozing caramel and ready to be sipped! (Or, you know, slurped!)

It’s summer and it’s hot outside! Wouldn’t a nice cold coffee drink really hit the spot right now? With a dollop or three of fluffy vanilla-scented whipped cream? And tendrils of creamy caramel sauce swirled throughout? But we need some nutrition, right? So…add in some banana chunks, blend it up, layer it, and call it…BANOFFEE FRAPPE!

Banoffee frappe is my new favourite breakfast! I walk to work and because my default speed is a speed walk, I arrive at work all hot and sweaty, which is just not pleasant. I’ve tried walking more slowly — it doesn’t work. I cannot walk slowly even if I am wearing weights (true story, I’ll tell you another time). I am built to walk fast, so the only solution that I can see is to consume Banoffee Frappes while walking to work. I arrive nicely cool, hepped up on caffeine, and hey, the banana and milk count as breakfast, amirite?

Also, it’s super-easy and super-cheap to make! You could make two of these for the price of an iced capp at Tim Horton’s or 4 of these for the price of a small frilly drink at Starbucks. Personally, I’d rather take those savings over the year and spend it on a vacay, but hey, chacun a son gout, n’est pas? (<– Let’s pretend that I know how to add in the French accent on those words, ok? I’m a speed typist, but not a bilingual one.)

So. Banoffee Frappe! Let’s get it onnnnn!!!! *said in a bad James Brown impersonation sort of way*

BANOFFEE FRAPPE (think more James Brown. Can’t you just hear him say it? “Banoffee Frappeeeeeeee, oh yeah, baby!”)

Frappe

  • 1 banana, frozen in chunks
  • 4 ice cubes of frozen coffee
  • 1/2 c. milk

Whipped Cream

  • 1 c. whipping cream
  • 1/3 c. icing sugar
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract

Caramel Syrup

  • 3 heaping tbsp. brown sugar
  • 1/4 c. whipping cream
  • 1 tbsp. butter

Sliced banana for garnish and to layer with

1. Make your caramel syrup: heat the whipping cream in a sauce pan over medium high heat until hot but NOT boiling. Stir in brown sugar and butter. Continue stirring over medium heat until sauce thickens and darkens slightly in colour. Set aside to cool.

2. Make your whipped cream: Using a chilled bowl and beater, beat the whipping cream, powdered sugar, and vanilla extract until thick peaks form. Set aside.

3. Make the frappe mixture: in a blender, combine the frozen banana, coffee ice cubes, and milk. Blend until a thick slurry forms.

4. Put it all together: Layer the frappe, whipped cream, caramel syrup, and sliced banana in a tall glass. Best enjoyed in hot weather! Makes one large serving (or two smaller servings), with leftover whipped cream and caramel syrup! (I suggest using the whipped cream and caramel syrup over ice cream. Mmm…ice cream…*drools*…what was I saying?

Er, yes! Make this frappe and beat the heat! Now, how do I get a James Brown ear worm out of my head?

Next Post: Yummy stuff. Maybe No Churn Rum Raisin Ice Cream? Sound good? Let me know what your favourite ice cream flavour is, in the comments!

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Super-Fruity White Wine Sangria, and How to Eat Tapas

Full of fruit -- part of a healthy diet!

Full of fruit — part of a healthy diet!

As I mentioned in a previous post, I had a tapas party recently. Tapas are just appetizers, and in Spain, they’re served in bars alongside drinks. There are different theories as to how tapas originated. The one that I like best is that a slice of bread used to be put over a cup of wine when it was served, to prevent flies from getting to the wine. The bread was snacked on, and eventually something was put on top of the bread on top of the wine, and voila, tapas was born!

Tangentially, one of my favourite bread stories is from a history book that I had as a child, full of stories made up of pictures. Very comic-book like, and appealing to a child. In the middle ages, the super-rich, living in castles, would use slices of bread to eat their meals off of, and after the meal, the slices of bread would be taken up and distributed to the poor. Pre-white bread, of course. I can’t imagine that in this day and age of concern about spoilage, but what a treat it must have been for starving beggars – delicious bread covered in scraps of meat and gravies. Makes me crave an open-faced hot turkey sandwich! (I wonder if there’s a vegetarian version. Let me know in the comments?) Which brings me back to slices of bread with stuff on top, which brings me back to tapas, and which brings me back to drinks to wash tapas down with.

Which brings me to SANGRIA! I don’t know the origin of sangria. I could google it, but I prefer to think of it as the brainchild of someone who, like me, hates waste, and wanted to use up leftover wine. I’m not a huge wine drinker, as much as I love the production and culture of wine and wine-making, but I do love sweet wines. I luuuurve me some ice wine, for example! And since sangria has wine, sugar, and my beloved fruit, it’s a drink that I can happily guzzle.

Let’s make some guzzling sangria!

Put me on a hat, and call me Carmen.

Put me on a hat, and call me Carmen.

White Wine Sangria

  • 1 litre white wine
  • 1 can lychee juice
  • 1/3 c. sugar
  • various chopped fruit (ex. grapes, thinly sliced apples and oranges, kiwi, strawberries, and blueberries)
  • 3 c. ginger ale

Mix wine and sugar in a punch bowl. Chop fruit and add to wine. Let sit for several hours. Just before serving, add in ginger ale. Sip and enjoy!

I used white wine because that was what I happened to have in the house, and used the lychee juice because again, that’s what I had lying around. Usually I use red wine with guanabana juice for a particularly fruity and floral flavour, and I highly recommend trying that combination. You can use whatever fruit you have lying around. I used some frozen fruit, including some strawberries I picked and froze a few months ago.

Fair warning, this sangria goes down SUPER easily. The guests at my tapas party didn’t realize how much alcohol was in the sangria (and were shocked when I told them), as it tastes very punch-like and non-alcoholic, but it really does have a lot of alcohol in it, so be careful. No drinking and driving, people! Drinking and sleeping on a friend’s couch though? I’m all for it! Especially after several glasses of this sangria. Mmm…boozy fruit!

Next Post: Homemade Honeycomb Candy! Or maybe Spanish Caramel Flan. Sugar. It’s all good!