Small Town Series: Tarpon Springs, FL

Welcome to Florida’s beautiful Gulf Coast! Just under an hour North from the famous St. Pete Beach, and a quick 30 minutes away from the super popular Clearwater lies a Pinellas county beach side town that holds a name all of it’s own. Named after the abundant amounts of fish filled waters, Tarpon Springs is stated to be the sea sponge capitol of the world along with becoming a booming tourism spot for all to adore. Dating back to the early 1900’s, the town was settled in by Greek sponge divers, which has now resulted in the town being the highest populated area of Greek Americans within the entire US. These Gulf of Mexico waterways are now lined with tremendous amounts of beautiful Greek inspired shops, eateries and historic sponge docks.

Where To Stay

When visiting any new place, I always find it fun to try and stay somewhere that’s original to the area and not as “commercialized”. This being said, staying with family, airbnb’s, or quaint little bed and breakfasts can really make your stay something unique and special. In Tarpon Springs, that original gem remains in the hands of The 1910 Inn. This place just hollers “southern charm” and is described as the place where “time stood still”. With this former residential home being nestled directly across from the Spring Bayou and just down the street from the downtown shops, the location truly cannot be beat when staying in Tarpon Springs. Not only is this the best place to settle in for the night, but because of it’s historic beauty, it also is host to some of the most popular events for the local residents of the area throughout the entire year.

What To Do

One of the things that Tarpon Springs is most known for is their supply of natural sea sponges that they still dive for in the area to this day. The Tarpon Springs Sponge Docks are a must see when visiting this town. Here you can see first hand the techniques that are used to harvest these sea sponges while being engulfed in the magnificent heritage of the Grecian culture. While visiting the famous sponge docks, you can also check out the varieties of boat tours they offer that can take you through the bayous of Tarpon Springs, the Anclote River and The Gulf of Mexico. This could give you the chance to see Florida’s most famous sea critter, the manatee, or even dolphins! Ones to check out while in town are St Nicholas Boat Line and Odyssey Cruises.

When visiting Tarpon Springs, you also will want to check out all the adorable shops that are just a quick 3 minute drive down the road from the sponge docks. Here you can have plenty of yummy options for lunch and visit all the different storefronts. Since I love finding old and unique treasures, I recommend visiting Court of Two Sisters. This is home to the fabulous antique shop right in the center of town. They have a wonderful variety of art, collectibles, and home furnishings. Just down the street is One Amazing Find which is fantastic for your home decor finds and Ella’s Boutique which offers cute clothes for young women. While you’re downtown, you also can have a peaceful stroll around Craig Park. If you head just 8 minutes down the road, you can also check out Fred Howard Park and rent some kayaks or waterboards. You can do this through Wheel Fun Rentals or Tarpon Tom’s Outdoor Adventure Gear. Make sure you’re able to stay for the most beautiful sunset you’ll ever see!

If you’re interested in more activity while experiencing the great outdoors, then I would recommend exploring The Pinellas Trail. This 45 mile long pathway starts in Tarpon Springs and can take you all the way into St. Petersburg. This incredible use of preserved outdoor recreational space is perfect for those who want to bike, skate or walk while getting in that fresh air and Florida water views.

Where To Eat

What better place to try some authentic seafood cuisine than the beautiful shores of The Gulf of Mexico! Tarpon Springs is no stranger to supplying some of the greatest seafood around the area. My personal favorite for anything fish related is definitely Rusty Bellies! When my family is in town this is the one place that is always requested, and for good reason. The hot peel and eat shrimp is simply amazing and if your into cocktails, the Key Lime Pie martini is an absolute MUST! When you visit, try and get a table on the outside deck or bar area. They play great music and there you can watch all the boats go by with the fresh catch of the day! If you want to experience the authentic Greek culture within Tarpon Springs, then check out Costas, Andros Greek Grill or Hella’s restaurant & Bakery. If your downtown and your sweet tooth is settling in, then definitely pop into Orange Cycle Creamery for some super yummy ice cream. They have 24 flavors made from scratch including dairy free options that are natural and incredibly tasty for those even with allergies.

For the traveler that wants it all, Florida is definitely the place to visit. Tarpon Springs is one of the most unique towns that the sunshine state has to offer and is beloved by all the locals and visitors alike. Next time you plan on spending time near the Gulf Coast, make this town one of your spots on the agenda. You can make your stay here as adventurous or as relaxing as you want while sprinkling in the unique cultural influences of the Greek culture.

Until next time!


Small Town Series: Maryville, TN

Downtown Maryville

Far off to the Eastern side of Tennessee lies a close suburb of Knoxville that’s ready to make a name all of it’s own. Sometimes overshadowed by the nearby bustling city and it’s mountain neighbor of Gatlinburg, the town of Maryville is here to be seen as a captivating college town, a Smoky Mountain getaway, and the embodiment of southern charm.

Established in 1795, this town has been a part of some the most significant moments in US history and has been growing into what it is now, being a quaint and historic town within the foothills of the Smoky Mountains.

During our time here I experienced an ideal blend of tranquility and downtown adventures with some mouthwatering bites to eat, relaxing strolls around the boutiques, and blissful mornings, only to be greeted with the neighboring roosters just a gravel road away.

Where We Stayed

During our visit, we decided to stay just a short drive out of the downtown area at an incredibly quaint and charming Airbnb hosted by Andrew and Margaret. The Cabin at the Willows gave us all a sense of mountain living without all the twisting and turning drives. The handcrafted, 3 bedroom 2 bath cabin was the perfect spot to lay our heads as it was only a scenic 30 minute drive from The Great Smoky Mountains and the famous Cades Cove along with being just a few minutes from the charming downtown . Since we brought our pup Nash along on our trip, this place was great for being dog friendly as well!

Not only was this the ideal home location wise, but it was fully equipped with a full size kitchen, living room and not to far from a beautiful walkway that leads to a serene open field directly settled next to a farm. I LOVED being greeted every morning out on the porch by the roosters, letting me know a brand new and beautiful day is about to start!

What We Did

If you’re like me and love to stroll around and browse through a bunch of different shops, then make sure you stop by The Boutique on Broadway. It has great priced women’s clothes and such a cute spot to explore. Right next door to this shop is The Village Tinker Gallery and Gifts which is a great spot to buy goods for yourself or anyone else in your life.

If you’re a guy who’s ready for a slight wardrobe upgrade, I highly recommend checking out Boyd Thomas Clothing located right on Broadway in the downtown area. While I stopped in here, I had such a great conversation with the owner who puts in so much pride into his store. He helped me find clothes for my husband and showed me around some of the women’s sections that they had as well.

If home decor is more your speed (which it certainly is for me) then you MUST check out Roost in the downtown area right on Broadway. It’s in the center of it all and gives so much home decor inspiration and provides a great homey atmosphere for all the people who walk in.

If you desire to go a little off the beaten path when it comes to your shopping, then get ready for an antique store shopping extravaganza. Maryville and it’s surrounding towns offers SO MANY unique and treasure filled antique stores that are filled with unusual finds and knick-knacks. You could spend hours digging through these incredible stores that all are filled with such fascinating history.

While exploring the downtown of Maryville, you also are gifted with the beautiful art that is scattered about this adorable town. My favorite mural in the entire area is by the work of Heath Claiborne Hang which features the beautiful mountainside and music history of the Smoky Mountains.

Smoky Mountain Music History: Heath Claiborne Hang

When you’re in the middle of town, it’ll be impossible to miss the historic Capitol Theatre that is nestled in the center of this great town. Built in 1922, this venue has seen some of the greatest movements in US history from the famous 1920’s art deco movie house era, to the vintage inspired private event venue that it’s popular for today. You can book tours here or host your next event in the charming and historic treasure.

Since one of the greatest US National Parks is only a short drive away, the next day while staying in Maryville we decided to do a quick trek out to the Great Smoky Mountains. The drive from where we stayed was absolutely breathtaking and surreal. The feel of the mountains just engulfs you and created so much joy within myself. We decided to drive through Cades Cove and the views we saw were sights that I’ll never forget. We did the one lane loop that takes you through the whole area while staying in your car. Keep your eyes open for some of the animals that could be watching you within the woods! If you come across one of the Smoky Mountains most famous residents the Black Bear, be prepared for some long waits. Everyone wants to get a pic!

The Best Food Stops

One of the things that I get most excited about when visiting the beautiful state of Tennessee is the amazing food I get to munch on! Tennessee being known for it’s home made style southern cooking, Maryville is no stranger to that. The first night being in town, we stopped at Calhoun’s. Being one of East Tennessee’s most desired southern food restaurants, we took advantage of their carry out menu and had an entire barbecue feast back at the cabin. If you’re looking for a nicer restaurant with a great atmosphere and even greater food, I highly recommend heading out to The Walnut Kitchen. Just a 3 minute drive from the town center, this place is sure to hit all those fancy cravings.

If you’re looking to do a quick bite to eat and a FANTASTIC cup of coffee for the morning, I recommend venturing over to Vienna Coffee Company. This place is known around town for being one of the greatest suppliers of coffee around the southeastern part of Tennessee. It offers an idyllic atmosphere for laid back hangouts and exceptionally great cups of coffee.

My favorite meal of the day is lunch and Maryville has some fantastic options to try for your mid day meal! The first place we tried was Bluetick Tavern which is a great option for a casual sit down restaurant that’s right in the center of town. The menu has a wide range of everything but I had to try their pizza. Let me tell you, it did NOT disappoint. Finally, one of the spots that I was most excited to try was none other then Full Service BBQ. What used to be an abandoned gas station and now drive-in BBQ joint, this place is everything you would ever want for your southern cooked meal. It’s quick, authentic, and the best tasting barbecue you’ll ever have. I got the three meat plate because I just had to try it all! This was my favorite place we tried and would most definitely recommend it to anyone in the area.

Despite our stay in Maryville being only a short weekend, I can honestly say that this town is truly something special. The pride and passion that you find in it’s residents proves just how much love there is for this town and it really does become contagious while visiting. While you’re visiting the fantastic state of Tennessee, you will have to stop by this gem of a town and explore all of the marvelous activities you can do here.

Until next time!


Healthy and Delicious Blueberry Smoothie

I have been on the lookout for a morning drink that will not only boost my energy and health, but also actually taste super yummy. This smoothie is perfect for those in that similar search. This super simple recipe is something that my brother, a personal trainer, created and really stands by. When I first saw what went into it, I’ll be honest, I was pretty hesitant. But I swear to you it is WAY tastier then I ever thought possible.

Blueberries are considered a superfood and have an abundance of antioxidants that help protect your body against heart disease, cancer, and other diseases. They also are anti-inflammatory along with being high in potassium and Vitamin C making them super recommended with doctors and nutritionists.

Another superfood ingredient in this smoothie is the spinach. I know, spinach isn’t always the most desired food, especially in drinking form. But TRUST ME, you really can’t even taste it and it is so incredible to know all the nutrients I’m getting from it. Spinach is rich with Vitamans A, C, K and iron. It can even lower your stress, increase your eye health and help fight against blood pressure levels.

It’s a perfect way to start your morning right and to get a head start on all the nutrients our bodies crave throughout the day!

The Ingredients:

  • 1 Cup fresh spinach
  • 1/2 Cup blueberries, frozen
  • 1/3 Cup plain Greek Yogurt
  • 1 whole banana
  • Splash of orange juice
  • Splash of water

The Instructions:

  • Combine all ingredients into blender and pulse until completely smooth
  • These ingredients are the perfect size if you have the Nutribullet blender. It makes one tall glass or two smaller cups if you want to share

Cheers!


The Best Key Lime Pie Recipe

This is one of my all time favorite summer pies and I am so excited to share it with you! With such a small amount of ingredients, this pie is an easy one to make and it’s also one of the yummiest key lime pies I’ve ever had. Key lime pies are known to be pretty tart, but this one definitely has a milder zing to it. It’s a perfect consistency of creamy and thick which always hits the spot perfectly, especially here in Florida!

Sometimes people can have a little bit of trouble finding key lime juice and tend to just substitute it for plain ol’ lime juice. That does work, but I love the Nellie & Joe’s Key West lime juice brand. You can find that key lime juice here.

This pie pairs so perfectly with a nice garnishing of whipped cream on top. Some people even like to cover the entire top with it, but for now I’ll just be doing the sides and middle. Click here to get the awesome recipe to make a quick and easy whipped cream to go along with this super delicious pie!

The Ingredients:

The crust:

  • 1 1/4 Cup graham crackers, pulsed
  • 1/4 Cup sugar
  • 5 Tablespoons butter, melted

The filling:

  • 28 Ounces sweetened condensed milk
  • 1/2 Cup sour cream
  • 3/4 Cup key lime juice

The Instructions:

Crust:

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit
  • Pulse the graham crackers in a food processor or blender and and then combine the crumbs, sugar and butter. Mix until blended well
  • Press the graham cracker mixture into the bottom and sides of a 9 inch pie pan
  • Bake for 10 minutes then remove from oven, set aside and let cool for additional 10 minutes

Pie filling:

  • Combine sweetened condensed milk, sour cream and key lime juice in a large bowl. Stir until smooth.
  • Pour into prepared pie pan and bake for 10 minutes or until you see little bubbles form along the surface
  • Turn off the oven and let the pie sit inside, undisturbed for an additional 30 minutes
  • Let pie chill in the refrigerator for at least 6 hours, or even better, over night

Right before you’re ready to serve, put some whipped cream on top and then you are ready to go!

Happy Baking!


The Best Stuffed Mushroom Appetizer

This is by far the most popular dish that my family has. Whoever is bringing these mushrooms to our next family gathering is pretty much the hero of the party. These mushrooms do not contain any sausage which a lot of stuffed mushroom recipes have. For me, this is one of the reasons why I think they taste SO dang tasty! It’s a lighter stuffing that isn’t overwhelmingly tasting of meat.

This is a recipe that you can really make your own. As so many family recipes, you kind of just go off of taste. If it needs more chicken bouillon, feel free to add as much as you feel tastes right. If the bread doesn’t look to be absorbed enough, add some butter to make it not so dry. The recipe below is a guideline as to where you want to go. We always will start off with these ingredients and adjust from there. Overall though, this is how I like to make them along with usually doubling it.

The Ingredients:

  • 1 large package of whole white mushrooms
  • About 2/3 loaf of white bread
  • 2 stalks of celery, minced
  • 1/2 onion, minced
  • About 2-4 chicken bouillon cubes
  • 1 stick of butter

The Instructions:

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit
  • Wash mushrooms and remove stems so there is a little pocket for stuffing.
  • Line up all the mushrooms into a glass baking dish without overlapping any mushrooms
  • In a large frying pan on the stove, cook onion and celery in butter until soft
  • Add about 3 cubes of chicken bouillon, breaking apart with a spoon so it gets dispersed evenly throughout the pan
  • Add bread by rubbing together and ripping with your hands to create smaller pieces. This will help the bread absorb the moisture to create a stuffing texture.
  • After everything is softened together, use a spoon to generously fill in each mushroom
  • Bake for 25 minutes

These will be incredibly hot so it’s always best to let them cool just a bit before diving in. But trust me, it’ll be worth the wait!

Happy Cooking!


4th Of July Poke Cake

It’s time to celebrate one of the most fun and festive summer holidays of the year! This red, white and blue poke cake is the perfect treat to serve to your family and friends to help get into the patriotic spirit.

Poke cakes became popular in the 1970’s and have been rising in popularity ever since then, especially down here in the South. It couldn’t be a more easy way to add a little flare to that typical box cake that we all know and love. With this recipe, I have not only used a box cake, but I also wanted to tie in some old family style in there as well which is why I decided to use my great aunts frosting for the topping instead of the typical Cool Whip topping you usually see with poke cakes. To go along with the holiday, we’ll be adding some fresh strawberries and blueberries on top to add some flare to our theme.

Here’s how to make it:

The Ingredients:

  • White cake mix (water, vegetable oil and eggs are required to make the cake box mix)
  • 1 box (3 oz) Jell-O strawberry flavored mix
  • 1 box (3 oz) Jell-O blueberry flavored mix
  • 1 Cup boiling water
  • 1/2 Cup cold water

For frosting:

  • 3 Tablespoons flour
  • 1 Cup sugar
  • 1/2 Cup margarine
  • 1/2 Cup butter (1 stick)
  • 1 teaspoon Vanilla
  • 1 Cup milk

For Topping:

  • Fresh strawberries
  • Fresh Raspberries
  • Fresh blueberries

The Instructions:

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit
  • Make the boxed cake mix as directed for a 9×13 inch pan. Cool for at least 30 minutes after it’s taken out of the oven
  • Once slightly cooled, use a small rounded object to poke into the cake without hitting the bottom of the pan. Keep the distance of each poke about 1/2 an inch
  • In a small stove top pot, boil the cup of water and then add the strawberry Jell-O. Stir in cold water, then do the same for the blueberry Jell-O in a separate pot
  • Carefully pour the strawberry and blueberry Jell-O along each row of the poked holes. I used a turkey baster to keep it slow and clean so colors wouldn’t spread and mix together
  • When finished, keep in the refrigerator for at least 3 hours before serving and adding frosting

The frosting:

  • In a cold sauce pan, combine milk and flour and bring to a boil. Stir this until it is thick
  • In a separate sauce pan, cream the sugar, margarine and butter. Add in the vanilla and then beat until it looks like cream
  • Add in the milk and flour mixture just a little at a time while mixing
  • If the frosting looks to runny, add more flour and sugar until correct texture is formed

When the cake is done cooling in the fridge, add an even layer of frosting to the top of the cake. This is when you can decorate exactly how you want it to help represent the holiday. I like to do an American flag, but get creative with it if you want!

Happy 4th of July!


Grilled Chicken Caprese

We’re in the thick of grilling season which means it’s time to start adding new and exciting dishes to get fired up outside. This recipe just screams summertime which is why it’s one of my favorites to make during these warm months. It’s also so great to make because of how incredibly easy it is!

Caprese is a salad that only consists of 3 major ingredients which are tomato, fresh mozzarella and basil. With this dish, we are basically just adding a beautiful piece of grilled chicken underneath all of this goodness and topping with a drizzle of delicious balsamic glaze.

Unlike beef, when grilling chicken it is extra important to know when it is finished cooking thoroughly. You will always want to check with a meat thermometer to verify that the chicken is at a safe temperature to eat. When the temperature says at least 165 degrees Fahrenheit then you are good to go! From my experience, this is usually about 25-30 minutes of grilling time.

What’s also so great about this recipe is that with these ingredients, it really is all about what makes your taste buds the happiest. Don’t want as much garlic? Definitely use less of it then. Are your chicken breasts larger and needs more Italian dressing? Then add some more! This is a guideline of how it worked well for me, but definitely try and make it your own if you so desire.

The Ingredients:

  • 1 package fresh mozzarella, pre sliced
  • 8 skinless, boneless chicken breast
  • 1 Tablespoon minced garlic
  • 1/2 Tablespoon onion powder
  • 1 cup Italian dressing
  • 2-3 large tomatoes
  • Fresh basil
  • Balsamic glaze

The Instructions:

  • Clean all chicken breasts and remove any excess fat and place into 9×13 pan
  • Once all chicken is properly cleaned, sprinkle onion powder on each chicken. This is roughly about 1/2 a Tablespoon for all 8 breasts
  • Add minced garlic and spread evenly over chicken
  • Add Italian dressing and fully submerge the chicken so that it is completely soaked and marinated. (No need to let the chicken sit)
  • Heat up the grill to about 475 degrees Fahrenheit and then place the chicken evenly dispersed across the grill
  • Keep an eye on the chicken and flip every once in a while to get all sides evenly grilled
  • With only a few minutes left of grilling, place one piece of fresh mozzarella cheese on each chicken breast. Some breasts were pretty large, so a little extra piece of cheese was placed on top. Keep on the grill until each piece of mozzarella has just started to melt.
  • Once completely cooked (at least 165 degrees Fahrenheit for each breast) , remove chicken from the grill and place a slice of tomato on each piece of chicken
  • Chop up fresh basil and sprinkle on top of all pieces of chicken
  • Drizzle balsamic glaze on top of all pieces of chicken

And that’s it! I served this with broccoli, mashed potatoes and a fresh garden salad, but this really can go with so many kinds of sides. Use what you like!

Happy cooking!


Delicious Banana Bread Recipe

Banana bread has been becoming more and more popular this year and for good reason. It’s a super simple thing to make and makes such a great snack for the morning. This recipe is so moist and spongy it’s as if it could have been bought from any professional bakery! As for me, it’s usually my go-to treat for when I have visitors from out of town simply because this recipe is so dang good, everyone scarfs it down within the first day!

What’s also great about banana bread is you can really add whatever you want to it. My mom personally loves to add chocolate chips to it but something that is also very popular is to add walnuts. This recipe below doesn’t have any add in’s to it which means your taste buds can really guide you to whatever you feel is necessary. I personally think this recipe is so great on it’s own that it doesn’t really need much of anything else!

The Ingredients:

  • 3 ripe bananas
  • 2 Cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 egg
  • 1 Cup + 2 Tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 1/2 Cup vegetable oil
  • 2 tablespoon milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla

The Instructions:

  • Preheat oven to 325 degrees Fahrenheit and spray 9 inch loaf pan with cooking spray, set aside
  • Add flour, salt and baking soda to a small bowl, mix and set aside
  • In a separate bowl, mix together the egg, sugar and oil. Stirl until well combined
  • Add the dry ingredients in with the wet and stir well. The mixture will look very thick and dry which is good.
  • Off to the side, mash the bananas very well and then add into the mixture along with the milk and vanilla. Stir together very well
  • OPTIONAL: This is where you can add in anything you want. Whether it be chocolate chips or walnuts. I’ll be keeping mine plain but let your personal taste buds guide the way here!
  • Pour into prepared pan and bake for 1 hour and 15 minutes or until a knife comes out clean when checking. I suggest start checking at 1 hour but if it needs more time, like my oven requires, then definitely do so. (I usually need to go for the full 75 minutes)

After the banana bread is taken out of the oven, I suggest letting it cool for at least a few hours. I enjoy my banana bread the most after it’s been sitting for at least over night. To keep my banana bread soft, I VERY lightly cover it with foil to trap in some of the heat after it’s been taken out of the oven.

And that’s it!

Happy Baking!


The Classic Chocolate Chip Cookie

Everyone knows this one. That soft, gooey center with chewy golden brown edges, sprinkled with chocolate chips. Their are probably thousands of chocolate chip cookie recipes, but it’s because this is an all American past time recipe that will, without a doubt, never go out of style. With so many different combinations of these ingredients, you usually have to decide if you want crispy or chewy, gooey or firm, chunks or chips. That’s what makes these one of the best cookies around! This recipe here is going to be the most perfect combination of what makes that chocolate chip cookie so famous.

To make the perfect cookie, it’s always best to use the middle wrack of the oven to ensure an even baking. What can also help is to only bake one sheet in the oven at a time. 

Many times when baking cookies, people can use cookie scoopers or ice cream scoopers to make that perfect ball shape. While that is important to ensure all cookies are the same size, I just roll the dough with my hands and it works just the same. 

When that amazing chocolaty smell starts to flood your kitchen then you know it’s time to take these bad boys out of the oven. Try not to dig in right away and give it a few minutes to cool down and settle. 

The Ingredients:

  • 3 Cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 Cup salted butter, softened
  • 1 Cup granulated sugar
  • 1 Cup light brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 Cups chocolate chips

The Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit and line a baking pan with parchment paper and then set aside
  • In a large bowl, mix together flour, baking powder, salt and baking soda
  • In a separate bowl, mix together butter, brown sugar and granulated sugar until well combined
  • Add in eggs and vanilla into butter mixture until well beaten and fluffy
  • Mix in the dry ingredients and make sure it is all well combined
  • Add in as many chocolate chips as you like, although the recommended amount is about 2 cups. Mix together well
  • Roll together about 2-3 Tablespoons worth of dough into your hand and form it into a ball. Place them all evenly spaced on the prepared baking pan
  • Bake for 8-10 minutes or until they start to turn golden brown.
  • Let sit in the pan for about a minute or two before removing onto a cooling wrack.

And that’s it! It’s a pretty basic recipe that truly feels so rewarding when you finally have that finished product. This is one of those treats where it’s so great to have a “go to” recipe on hand, and I hope this is the one for you and your family.

Happy Baking!


The Perfect Peach and Strawberry Smoothie

Living down south can have some brutal summers. The mornings are hot and sometimes having a freshly brewed cup of coffee just doesn’t sound as appealing during these temperature rising months. What I tend to gravitate towards each morning is this peach and strawberry smoothie and it truly is one of the greatest parts of my day. It’s consistency is a perfect combination of thick and creamy which makes for a delicious and healthy breakfast for on the go or lounging out on the front porch. 

With barely any time in the kitchen and just a few small ingredients to work with, this smoothie is so perfect for satisfying that sweet tooth while staying guilt free. Which is so exciting! If you would like to use fresh, non frozen fruits then you certainly should. I would just suggest adding in some ice so you can get more of a thick and colder consistency. If you plan on sharing this smoothie with more than just yourself, I would recommend doubling these ingredients.

Here’s how to make it:

The Ingredients:

  • 1 Cup frozen peaches
  • 2 Cups frozen strawberries
  • 1 Cup almond milk
  • 1 Cup vanilla Greek yogurt
  • Pinch of honey (to taste for sweetness)

The Instructions:

  • Combine all ingredients into a blender
  • Blend until smooth and no chunks (unless you like chunks)
  • Transfer into glass and enjoy

And that is literally it! How easy is that?! Feel free to use your creativity with garnishes to make it look exactly how you want it. Again, this smoothie has no extra added sugars which makes it such a great treat.

Calories: 184kcal | Protein: 11g | Fat: 2g | SaturatedFat: 1g | Cholesterol: 4mg |  Sodium: 198mg | Potassium: 469mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 27g Calcium: 173mg

Cheers!