Red, White & Blue Rice Krispies Treats

 

Patriotic Krispies

Happy 4th of July weekend, everyone! :) I spent the long weekend visiting my alma mater in Ann Arbor, Michigan. (Go Blue!) I waited in line at Zingerman’s for sandwiches, sampled a beer flight at Ashley’s, watched some of the World Cup at Conor O’Neils and listened to live music at Summer Fest. I did not see any major fireworks, but managed to catch a few impromptu displays, and definitely spotted some folks sporting over-the-top patriotic outfits.

I made the above Red, White & Blue Rice Krispies Treats for a World Cup game watch party a few weekends ago. They just scream ‘merica, no? Back then, the U.S. was still in the mix! Sadly, they’ve since been eliminated, but Tim Howard did his team proud!

To make the treats, I followed this Kraft recipe, dividing the cereal, marshmallows and butter into three portions, to make the red, white and blue layers. I prepared a single color batch at a time, mixing in food coloring for the red and blue layers. (Tip: Be sure to mix in food coloring right after you’ve added the melted marshmallows, and THEN add in the cereal. Do this fast, as the marshmallow mix will start to harden if left to sit too long.)

While prepped in a dish (using LOTS of nonstick cooking spray,) I used my circle cookie cutter to cut out individual treats, and added fresh berries and light whipped cream atop the treats in a made-to-order fashion. The whipped cream actually melted into the treats, making them SUPER sticky sweet to eat.

How did you celebrate this weekend? Did you watch any of the World Cup games?

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More Sweetness:
Cherry Pie Cookies  Lemon Strawberry Cookies  Watermelon Cookie Slices

 

Green Strawberry Banana Smoothie

Green Strawberry Banana Smoothie

I have some RIDICULOUSLY fit colleagues. One of my mentors teaches boxing and spinning classes. Several colleagues plan to participate in multiple marathon events this year. Some of my clients also spotlight athletes’ amazing feats.

Inspired by their collective fitness achievements, I recently decided to set my own personal summer goal. I’ve registered to complete my first 10K in July! While fitness has always been a priority for me, I’ve tended to shy away from running races. For me, its always seemed easier to take a dance/aerobics/cardio class or complete a timed workout on the elliptical versus hitting the open road. There’s an extra bit of motivation needed – both mentally and physically – when you don’t have an instructor or a TV show attached to the machine to urge you on. To help prepare for my first 10K, I’ve been following a six-week online training plan. I’ve also been scoping out smoothie recipes.

Green Strawberry Banana Smoothie
So for this Fiesta Friday, I present you with my first green smoothie. It’s a Green Strawberry Pineapple Banana Smoothie that features spinach as the leafy greens. (I’ve got kale waiting in the wings to try out sometime soon, too.) The banana provides a creamy texture and the pineapple juice and fresh strawberries lend their natural sweetness to the drink. (Big thanks to Andrea for the strawberry heart inspiration. :) You should check out her recipe for Strawberry White Chocolate Blondies.)

What are your favorite smoothie ingredients? Do you have any fitness tips to share with me?

Green Strawberry Banana Smoothie

  • Servings: 1
  • Difficulty: Easy
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The Makings:

Green Strawberry Banana Smoothie

  • 1 cup spinach
  • 1 cup strawberries
  • 1 banana
  • 1/3 cup pineapple juice
  • 1 cup ice cubes

The Sweetness:

Green Strawberry Banana Smoothie

1. Pour 1/3 cup pineapple juice into blender.

2. Slice strawberries and banana and add in blender, followed by 1 cup spinach leaves.

3. Blend mixture until smooth. Next, slowly add in ice cubes in small batches – 2 or 3 at a time. And voila! No extra sweeteners needed.

Green Strawberry Banana Smoothie

Green Strawberry Banana Smoothie

”Fiesta

More Sweetness:
Strawberry Banana Bread  Cranberry Avocado Salsa  Strawberry Margarita Jello Shots