Sunday, August 21, 2011

Adult Popsicles: Frozen Boozy Treats

For this month's Recipe Redux, we were inspired to create new frozen treats. There was nothing I wanted to do more in this Texas heat! I've seen some alcoholic Popsicle recipes floating around the interweb, and decided to try my own. I had significant doubts that the alcohol would actually freeze, but by limiting the amounts they become frozen delights. So you don't have too worry about getting too tipsy after just one of these treats!

I'm the owner of a sole Popsicle mold. But you can find fantastic popsicle molds on Amazon or just use paper dixie cups with popsicle sticks.
(I tried to find more, I really ddi

Cape Codder-with a twist
Everyone knows the classic cocktail of cranberry juice, vodka, with a squeeze of lime. I had cranberry vodka, courtesy of Amanda Milad, in my freezer, and decided to switch this cocktail up a bit. Triple 8 vodka in Nantucket also makes a fabulous infused cranberry vodka. This helped cure some New England home-sickness!

  • 0.5 oz Cranberry Vodka
  • 2 oz water
  • Juice of 1 lime
  • Liquid NuNaturals Stevia to taste

Mix together. Freeze. Makes 1 popsicle

Dark Chocolate Bourbon Delights
This recipe was in Fine Cooking (August/September 2009) and I had to try it! I changed a couple things, but the results were spectacular!

4 oz 100% Unsweetened chocolate bar
2 Tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
1/2 tsp stevia

a pinch of salt
Stir til melted. Let cool. add
2 TableSpoon Maker's Mark


Pour into 4 8-oz popsicle molds. Freeze and Enjoy!!


**and please eat responsibly ;) **

Want some more delicious frozen treats? Feast your eyes on these!!

Emma Stirling - The Scoop on Nutrition
Greek Yogurt Pavlova Popsicles

Cherie Schetselaar - Grain Crazy
Blackberry Lemon Almond Torte

Emma Cutfield-The Hearty Heart
Coconut Ice, Blueberry and Cocoa, Joint Healing Dessert

Carlene Helble- Carlene's Figments
Peanut Butter Banana 'Ice Cream' Sandwich

Janel Funk - Eat Well with Janel
Peanut Butter and Jelly Ice Cream

Kat Lynch - Eating The Week
Coconut Chia-Seed Fruit Pops

Dr Barb, Nutrition Budgeteer
Simply Fruit Mango-Pineapple Sorbet

Rebecca Scritchfield - MeFirst
5-minute Frozen Peach Pie

gretchen - kumquat
chocolate "ice cream" bars

Emily Greenfield - The Nutriscientist
Honey and strawberry semifreddo

Liz Marr - Liz On Food
Peach Lavender Ice Cream

Elizabeth Jarrard- Don't (White) Sugar-Coat It
Adult Popsicles: Frozen Boozy Treats

Regan - The Professional Palate
Frozen Samoa Pie

Liz Weiss & Janice Newell Bissex - Meal Makeover Moms' Kitchen
Healthy Blueberry and Mango Snow Cones

Jessica Fishman Levinson - Nutritioulicious
Watermelon Sorbet

Alexandra Caspero- Delicious Knowledge
Mango & Coconut Popsicles

Karman Meyer- Nutrition Adventures
Coconut Ice Cream with Strawberry Puree

Yuri - Chef Pandita
Acerola Chia Lime Popsicles

Kristen Bourque- Swanky Dietitian
Peanut Butter Coffee Popsicles

EA Stewart-The Spicy RD
Luscious Lemonade Pie

Katie Caputo- East Meats West
Auntie Rosie's Ice Cream Pie

Alysa Bajenaru - Inspired RD
Coffee Granita

Kara Lydon - Peace, Love, and Food
Peanut Butter Banana "Ice Cream" With Dark Chocolate

Serena Ball- Teaspoon of Spice
Splendid Key Lime Frozen Yogurt

Nicole Ferring Holovach - Whole Health RD
Peaches and Rum Ice Cream Pie

Lisa @ Healthful Sense
Peanut Butter Vanilla Soft Serve

Jackie Mills - Delicious Diabetes Cooking
Summer Fruit Popsicles

Audra Losey - Nutrition Know How
Mocha Pops

Kristina LaRue - Love and Zest
Frozen Berry Yogurt


Thursday, August 18, 2011

Finding Veggies in Texas: Part I

Not going to lie-I was a little bit concernicus about finding vegan options in Texas. After all I am in the land of fried foods, and meat is very rarely severed in small portions. So it's been a fun adventure finding places to dine out as a plant-eater! First-Green Seed & Radical Eats:

Green Seed Vegan
An all-vegan food truck with smoothies, green juice and raw options? GET ME THERE!
I was on my way to the movie from studying and hungry, and lucky for me-I saw Green Seed Vegan's Tweets about their location, and promptly navigated there.
I got the "Tosh" A panini with "jerk-style" garbanzo bean tempeh with plantains and spinach.
Delicious, large and super satisfying. I also tried their dill fries-very greasy, but luckily the portion wasn't too large and they were delicious! The price was right, and I'll definitely be stalking their whereabouts again soon!
Check out @GreenSeedVegan to find out where they're parked today! Just make sure to allot enough time-good food isn't fast food!

Radical Eats
Two of my new vegan friends-Rory and Jalena introduced me to Radical Eats-an all vegetarian Mexican restaurant (no hidden lard to be found!). I drove by twice before realizing that yes, this was indeed the location. The interior and exterior were very simple, but that food was fantastic. We got aquas fresco and vegan Jalapeno poppers to start (First time ever!)
For my entree, I decided to go all out with the fried avocado tacos. (I'm in Texas after all). The food was quite good, a little oil-heavy, but the variety and vegan choices on the menu were fantastic! I'll definitely be back-maybe for their Mimosa Sunday brunch??

Radical Eats
Wednesday to Saturday, 11am to 9:30pm
Sunday brunch buffet: 11am to 7pm (w Mimosas!)
3903 Fulton
Houston, TX 77009
@RadicalEats

So yes, you can find veggie-options in Texas. Just wait for parts II, III, IV....!

Monday, August 15, 2011

Sweet Winners

What better way to start a Monday than with giving away some sweet prizes? the 4 winners of my NuNaturals stevia giveaway are: Regan J., Kerry C, Chloe N and Carrie F.! Send me an email with your mailing address to ejarrard [at] gmail [dot] com and i'll get the packages delivered right away!


But don't forget, EVERYONE can receive 15% off your order at NuNaturals.com by entering code BLG930 and/or free samples by mailing a self-addressed stamped# 10 envelope to:

NuNaturals, INC
2220 West 2nd Ave. # 1
Eugene, OR 97402

If you have some extra time this Monday morning-here's some great reads!

Monday, August 8, 2011

Giveaway: NuNaturals

It's a sweet world out there, but navigating through the jungle of sweeteners to add to your coffee, baked goods or drinks can feel like wading through a swamp. Sugar? Not great. High Fructose Corn Syrup? No thanks Still a Splenda Addict? You might want to rethink that (in fact Janel Ovrut, RD wrote a fantastic post all about the horrors of Splenda) Aspartame? I'd rather not. My personal sweetener of choice is Stevia. I love that it's plant based (like everything else i eat) and doesn't raise blood sugar levels like sugar

When NuNaturals emailed me asking me whether I would like to sample some of their Stevia products I eagerly responded- Yes Please!! I've tried most of the other brands-Truvia, Trader Joe's, Whole Foods, Stevia-In-the-Raw, and Stevita gurl, but NuNaturals beats any and all taste tests.
Full Disclosure: NuNaturals sent me the following products to review. I have received no monetary compensation, and I was not bribed to write a positive review.

I add their vanilla or chocolate stevia liquid to my coffee and oatmeal every morning, and have used their baking substitute with great success. It's a 1:1 ratio, which negates any pesky division-recipe calls for 1 cup of sugar? use 1 cup of NuNaturals. It also adds fiber!

Plus I love how friendly their entire team is. Which is why they offered a special giveaway for YOU!

4 readers will receive a box of NuStevia Packets, and 1 bottle of NuNaturals Vanilla Stevia Liquid!

Rules:
  • 1 entry for leaving a comment on this post telling my how you would use this stevia or if you have ever tried stevia
  • 1 entry for tweeting: "Enter @ElizabethEat 's @NuNatural 's Giveaway! http://tinyurl.com/42sdwfn #stevia #sugar"
  • The contest will be open to Continental U.S. residents ONLY.
  • The contest starts today (8/8/11) and I will pick 4 winners on Monday 8/15/11 by 7 am.
And just because I like you ever so much, EVERYONE can receive 15% off your order at NuNaturals.com by entering code BLG930 and/or free samples by mailing a self-addressed stamped# 10 envelope to:

NuNaturals, INC
2220 West 2nd Ave. # 1
Eugene, OR 97402

Happy Monday!!

Friday, August 5, 2011

Smoothie Buzz



Have you heard the buzz? My roommate Sarah a. Rocks and b. is documenting a few of our summer smoothies on her blog. really this heat has us busting out all cold recipes

I was so inspired by Sarah's blog challenge and especially her 'Seattle smoothie' that I had to try it myself.
1 banana
2 TABLESPOONS Vega chocolate protein powder
Splash of almond milk
Double shot espresso (my new addiction=home espresso maker)
Ice

Blend

Enjoy a little slice of caffeinated heaven.

Perfect for preparing yourself for a morning of diabetes education in both spanish and english and various patient interactions. or was that just me?

TGIF!

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Caffeinating in Houston: Part 1

I was bemoaning the lack of a good coffee shop in Houston the yesterday. Starbucks are everywhere, but i knew this city had to have some great micro-roasters. So who to my rescue but twitter, once again. The wonderful people behind Eating Our Words said i HAD to go to Catalina Coffee, Revival Market or Greenway Barista. Lucky me and I had a 3 hour gap to kill (the amount of free time i have right now is slightly unnerving) so i picked my first "victim"-Catalina Coffee.
I walked in and immediately knew that this was a place that took great pride and care in their coffee. With a myriad of options for type/amount of milk and brewing methods in front of me, i settle on a soy macchiato-double shot espresso with a splash of "textured" milk.
Just 4 words: Catalina, I love you.

Unfortunately, no matter how small your sips, macchiatos don't take long to finish. I hate to be the awkward lingerer anywhere so I migrated towards my next AC break, at Revival Market for some Hibiscus Tea to rehydrate. A beautiful small market, with homemade ketchups, bbq sauces, bulk spices, Rancho Gordo beans, and plenty of meat and dairy for those interested. I loved their design aesthetic and commitment to real, whole, artisan foods.
Ok Houston, I 'm starting to get to know you, and love you more. This relationship will work out for at least 6 months and who knows after that!


Catalina Coffee
2201 Washington Avenue Houston Tx. 77007

Revival Market
550 Heights Blvd (at White Oak)
Houston, TX 77007

Monday, August 1, 2011

Winning Summer Gazpacho

When it's this hot outside, most of the time I don't feel like cooking. Instead i crave salads and smoothies. fresh fruit and vegetables. But one of my summertime staples is Gazpacho. It's simple, it's easy, it's satisfying.

  1. Gather Ingredients: 3 tomatoes. 1/2 a cucumber, 1 serrano pepper (optional. I like spice). 2 sticks celery. cilantro, sea salt and pepper to taste. I found this "armenian cucumber" at the Farmers Market, and drawn to it's flowery shape I said "why the heck not"
  2. Food Process
  3. Enjoy!
And the winner of the Wasa Cracker Giveaway is.....(as dictated by random.org, commenter number 7)..... Janel!
A representative from Wasa will be in touch shortly!!

Off to my first day of Clinical rotations!