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Refreshing mocktails you need to try!

I don’t know about you but in this heat, a refreshing mocktail always sounds good and is fun to make for the whole fam. Now per all my recipes, these are ridiculously easy and I haven’t lied about that yet! Growing up my parents would take me to Maui during the summer and aside from the obvious, one of my favorite things about going was getting a virgin lava flow almost every day. I just had to try and re-create one myself. but this time with a dairy-free twist. Give these a try and if you have some you think I need to try or a cocktail you want a mocktail version of, just let me know in the comments below. I hope you make some of these on your own or with your kids and stay cool out there! Until next time, XO Chrissy

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Strawberry-Lime Spritz (back right in picture)

Ingredients

Sparkling or carbonated water of your choice
Grenadine syrup
Fresh lime juice
Strawberries (or pre-made strawberry puree)

Directions

Take a couple of small-to-medium strawberries and puree them, set aside. Pour sparkling water into glass and juice half of a fresh lime or more (to taste.) Add a dash of grenadine syrup then pout in the pureed strawberry juice. Cut up remaining lime and place in Spritz, garnish with a strawberry. Seriously SO refreshing and simple.

Watermelon Refresher (front left)

Ingredients

Miniature watermelon
Lime
Fresh mint
Ice cubes

Directions

Cut watermelon into chunks, I used about half of my mini watermelon. Add chunks and a  handful of ice cubes in blender or processor. Cut up 1/2 of a lime and squeeze juice into mixture until it becomes slushy. Pour into glass and garnish with mint leaves, makes for a really fresh taste.

Cool as a Cucumber (front right)

Ingredients

1 tbsp Agave syrup
Fresh lemon juice
Fresh lime juice
1/4 C of sparkling water
Cucumber

Directions

In a glass combine water with agave. Cut 1/2 of a small lemon and 1/2 of small lime, squeeze juice into water and agave mixture. Cut several thin slices of cucumber and place into water as well as a couple of lemon slices. Let sit for a few minutes for cucumber and lemon to seep into the mixture creating a light and satisfying drink

Dairy-free Lava Floooow (back left)

Ingredients

Frozen strawberries
2 C Pineapple juice
1 can cream of coconut
1 cup unsweetened vanilla coconut milk
Ice

Directions

Blend frozen strawberries with about 1/2 cup of water to create a syrup. Once syrup is thick, set in a glass or bowl and set aside for now. Whisk cream of coconut, pineapple juice and the coconut milk. Fill blender 1/3 of the way with ice and pour in juice mixture. Blend until it becomes slushy. In glass of your choice add a bit of the strawberry syrup you made in the beginning then start pouring in the blended mixture. Alternate between the syrup and mixture until glass is full. I had never made one before so this was my first experiment but it immediately brought me back to my childhood and tasted amazing. Aloha!

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Cute Enough to Eat! Toddler Summer Lunch

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These are almost too cute to eat…almost. Let me say that I am taking inspiration from a friend of mine who has made similar treats in years past I just added my own flare, and am sure there are many other versions online so I do not take credit for the idea, just wanted to put my spin on it. These honestly were really easy to put together and since Shark Week is this month I really wanted a shark themed meal to kick off the fun. I hope you guys give these a try or if you make your own summer lunch project please share and let us know! Until next time, XO Chrissy

Underwater Shark Sandy

Ingredients

Bread (we used wheat)
Sandwich fillings (we did a veggie sandwich)
Sandwich condiments of your choice
Chocolate chunk for the eye
Two strips of fresh chive for the mouth
Cut some banana into triangles for the sharp teeth
Blueberries
Cheerio-type cereal

Directions

Cut off the crust edges of bread and try to make the shape of a shark’s body. Save crust/bread not used to the side. Make sandwich as you would normally and place on whatever plate you will be using. Use the crusts and remaining bread to cut into the fins and tail. Take two small pieces of chive to form a mouth and put the bananas slices inside to make the teeth. Place chocolate chunk as an eye and cereal to make bubbles form the sharks mouth, then finish off with blueberries to make the ocean. Took only a few minutes and Sean went crazy for it.

Ladybug Crackers

Ingredients

Round crackers
Cream cheese or dairy-free version (we used Kite Hill)
Fresh chives
3 Cherry tomatoes
Black Olives

Directions

Smear cream cheese onto cracker. Cut a cherry tomato in half to make wings (or in fourths depending on size of the tomato.) Place tomato halves to resemble wings then place one olive in the center to make the head. Inside olive place two strands of chives to make the antenna. Cut an olive into small pieces to make the spots on the “wings” and voila! Adorable ladybug crackers for these warm summer days.

 

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Deliciously Easy Dairy-free Summer Snacks

I don’t know about you guys but this summer for me is SO ridiculously busy I can hardly see straight. Im in three of my friends weddings this summer (which also includes showers, bachelorettes, etc etc) so literally none of my weekends are free, and with a toddler makes things a little tricky. I’m trying to stay on top of making most of our meals but need healthy delicious recipes that are also QUICK. These are parent and toddler approved and in case I havent bought the point home..easy and time saving! Please let me know if you try any of these or what your favorite simple snacks are for these hot summer months. Enjoy and eat up! Until next time, XO Chrissy

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Dairy-free Cucumber Bagel Bites

Ingredients
English cucumbers (preferably 2)
8 oz vegan cream cheese (I prefer Kite Hill brand)
Trader Joes Everything But the Bagel Seasoning (If you dont live near a TJoes..first of all I’m truly sorry, secondly substitute this for the seasoning: 1 tsp of each of the following but add to taste: onion salt, garlic salt, poppy seeds, sesame seeds)
capers
Fresh Dill

Directions: In mixing bowl combine cream cheese and seasoning mix (or substitutions.) Slice cucumbers into even sized rounds. Spread cheese mixture onto rounds and top with capers and dill. So easy and ridiculously delicious.

Apple Nachos

Yet another one of my famous “recipes” that is so damn simple I should be ashamed to call it a recipe but ya know what, they’re delicious and easy just like I promised.

Ingredients
One red and green apple
Organic peanut butter
Coconut flakes
Chocolate chips

Directions: Slice apples thinly and arrange together on a plate. Melt peanut butter but not to the point of becoming runny. Drizzle peanut butter over apples and top with a handful of the coconut flakes and chocolate chips. Seriously this is so good and a fun treat. You can also substitute apples for bananas but cut them in half and roll in the peanut butter then roll in the flakes and chips, almost like a popsicle.

Veggie Pico Salad

Ingredients
Canned corn (however much you want depending on amount of people)
canned black beans (amount same as corn)
1/2 red onion, diced
Himalayan sea salt to taste
1 green pepper diced
1 avocado cut into chunks
handful of cherry tomatoes diced
Fresh cilantro, take amount you prefer and chop
Juice of 1 lime (and 1/2 lemon if you like lemon)

Directions: Take one big ass bowl and mix up all the yummy ingredients..yup..thats it. This is so easy to adjust to your liking by adding or substituting ingredients and is perfect for warm days to be dipped by chips or veggies or even just eaten right out of the bowl. It has a lot of awesome ingredients high in nutrients and fiber and really is just easy as pie..er, easy as salad.

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Toddler Approved Mock-Tuna Salad

This recipe has now been in high demand by everyone in my family regardless of their dietary preferences so thats a frickn win right off the bat. My son literally started eating his like a pig at trough..and yes I saved pictures for future blackmail (sorry bud). It’s super simple, per all my recipes since let’s be honest, who has time for over complicated recipes with 500 ingredients..I sure as hell don’t. As always, if you try this recipe please let me know if you like it or added a twist because I’d love to hear about it.

Ingredients
• 1 can organic chickpeas
• vegan mayonnaise (we love Vegenaise)
• celery
• garlic salt
• pink Himalayan salt
• one fresh lime

Directions
Empty can of chickpeas in food processor and blend until a smooth consistency but still elements of chunkiness. If you don’t have a processor or blender you can always empty chickpeas on a cutting board and smash with a wooden spoon or fork, I’ve definitely done this numerous times. Cut celery into small pieces and mix with chickpea paste in a bowl. Add garlic salt and Himalayan salt to taste then add several spoonfuls of the mayonaise to taste as well. Now the lime is optional but I really feel it adds to the overall taste. I cut off 1/4 of a lime and squeeze it into the blend. That’s all!! You can eat it right out of the bowl or put on bread for a sandwich. Optional: I like to cut some avocado pieces and place on top. Hope you give it a try and enjoy! Until next time xo Chrissy

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