August has officially arrived; can you believe it? Summer, will you please slow down a little? July was a great month, but before I tell you what we did in July, let’s take a trip down memory lane about what we ate!
What We Ate:
- Vegan Red White and Blue Popsicles
- Beet Basil Hummus
- Healthy Taco Salad (GF)
- Gluten Free Key Lime Pie (V)
- Strawberry Banana Cucumber Smoothie
- Easy Greek Salmon Salad
- Chocolate Peanut Butter Banana Smoothie
- No Bake Hazelnut Brownies (V + GF)
My favorites were the Gluten Free Key Lime Pie and the Easy Greek Salmon Salad!
What We Did:
- I wrote a post about our whitewater rafting trip in Colorado. If you enjoy beautiful pictures of mountains, you must take a look at this post!
- Paul and I road-tripped it out to South Carolina for my week-long family vacation on the beach. Oy, that drive was way longer than we were thinking – more info to come later!
- We celebrated my 30th birthday just a few days ago! My friends surprised me with a birthday dinner. I was only expecting three friends to be there but about 10 people were there! They got me good; I had no idea! Aren’t friends the best?!
Eats: Sabra Guacamole. My Aunt introduced me to Sabra’s guacamole during our vacation. I was skeptical, because nothing beats a fresh batch of guacamole. I was pleasantly surprised. The guacamole actually tastes fresh and bright. It’s not bitter like most packaged guacamoles are and it actually tastes pretty much just like homemade. Honestly, nothing truly beats homemade guac, but if you are in a hurry or throwing a dinner party it’s nice to know that there is a pre-made brand of guac that you can count on when you need a short cut. You could even doctor it up a little by throwing in some minced cilantro and chopped tomatoes. P.S. I have only tried the Original variety, but the other flavors sound very interesting. Let me know if you try any of them!
Drinks: Iced Matcha Lattes. Matcha tea is so good for you. It’s got a ton of antioxidants, boosts the immune system, and gives you a gentle caffeine boost without making you jittery – just to name a few benefits. I have been wanting to delve into the matcha world for quite some time, but I have been scared to buy an expensive thing of matcha powder; what if I don’t like it? Thanks to Pinch of Yum I finally found a good brand: Jade Leaf’s organic Japanesse Matcha. It comes in 30 grams or 100 grams. It’s a good way to try matcha for the first time without committing to a large container of it. Trust me, I have learned the hard way. I love Pinch of Yum’s recipe for Iced Matcha Green Tea Latte. It’s quick to make, and pretty tasty.
Listen: A Walk in the Woods audio book by Bill Bryson. If you have seen the movie, and you enjoyed it you will enjoy the book even more. I read “A walk in the Woods” in College and really enjoyed it. To help pass the time Paul and I listened to it on our way to Minnesota at the end of June. It’s funny, it’s informative, and it’s inspirational. I highly recommend listening or reading it, whichever method you prefer!
What to Expect:
In August I plan to devour as much fresh produce as I can, while it’s still around. Expect quick, easy, fresh recipes that will get you in and out of the kitchen in no time and keep you enjoying the remainder of summer!