After seeing a tweet from Luna & Larry’s about putting coconut ice cream in a smoothie, I knew something similar had to be done in my kitchen. And soon.

Piña coladas instantly came to mind – anything to bring up memories of beaches, sand and cocktails in the morning in the midst of the winter sounds heavenly and I can almost smell the salt water. This is definitely a healthier version, without the sugar, calories and of course the rum (which makes for not such a fun and relaxing drink) but one I can feel good about drinking at 10 AM on a Sunday.

Piña Colada Smoothie:

  • 1 cup fresh or frozen pineapple
  • 1 cup almond milk
  • 1/3 cup coconut ice cream
  • 2 drops Vanilla Cream stevia

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strawberry-mascarpone filled cupcakes

Being put in charge of a dessert was a bit nerve-racking. I’m not a dessert person! Although, with the amount of baking I’ve done lately I’m starting to think that is changing. Originally I was going to go with a tiramisu to go along with the Italian-themed dinner, but when I came across this recipe from

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fruit not fat & galaxy granola

I have some exciting granola news for you, and I know you all love granola. How can you not? It is crunchy and sweet, the perfect breakfast, snack, or dessert and it is a healthy treat that we can all feel good about eating. But we also know that all granola is not created equally.

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arugula & apple salad

For some reason an apple and arugula salad recently popped into my head. I decided to go with it and was so glad that I did, the peppery greens worked so well with the crunchy tart apple and the honey mustard-like dressing. It would be the perfect addition to some chicken thighs or salmon filets.

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in my cupboard: kombucha

source I finally get kombucha. It is an acquired taste, much like coconut water and olives were to me. And the other afternoon when I actually enjoyed kombucha, it really left me feeling good. Maybe it was a placebo effect, maybe I was just in a good mood, but this is a habit I could

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coconut strawberry shortcake

I wanted to make a special dessert for Valentine’s Day and thought that a Coconut Strawberry shortcake would be the perfect way to go! Raw strawberry shortcake that is. Unfortunately (or maybe fortunately for me) the taster doesn’t fully appreciate raw foods as much as I do, which kind of defeats a special dessert for

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guest blog: the ole Wisconsin favorite

The Taster here again. If it hasn’t been evident in my past posts, you should know that I’m VERY proud of my Wisconsin roots and heritage.  I won’t get into sports rivalries and border battles because there is a time and place for that.  It’s Friday and Happy Hour is right around the corner so

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