YOGURT FRUIT MILKSHAKE/SMOOTHIE
1 (8-ounce) container vanilla low-fat yogurt
1/2 cup thawed pineapple-orange juice concentrate or blended combo
2 cups frozen strawberries
1 banana, coarsely chopped
Process all ingredients in a blender until smooth, stopping to scrape down sides. Serve immediately. I love topping mine with fresh mint leaves or slices of fresh fruit like strawberries or even finely chopped oranges for texture. Better yet, you can add a bit of muesli for crunch.
My 26th is coming up in a few weeks and as excited as i am to add more years to myself, i can’t help but wonder how far i have come through out the years. A few years back, if some one asked me my ideal day, i wouldn’t hesitate and answer – visiting my bffs, lots of laughter and talking, shopping, eating and partying all night with my favorite girls and boys. That was my ideal day. I loved seeing my people and hanging out at all these social events, trying to fit in and meeting new people and i thought that was the meaning of a good life.
Fast forward to today where the rest of the world is clubbing or at social events and hanging out, my favorite pass time is my series and movies in bed with coffee or juice and snacks. It was quite the strange feeling at first – that feeling that am lazy or just anti social or better yet OLD (you know my friends called me that at one point), but as i grew, i loved it and i enjoy it so very much. Don’t get it wrong, i do love getting out in crowds once in a while but i enjoy my inner circle more now; people who share the love i have for them with me. I now understand the theory of YOUR GOALS GET MORE PERSONAL AND LESS MATERIALISTIC AS YOU GROW but also CIRCLES GROW SMALLER AS YOU GROW. It comes back to more substance and less quantity.
I just love and treasure the small and simple things in life now and spending my time and energy on the simple things that i once took for granted. Simple things like reading, birthdays at home or dinner and lunches, family time, love time and especially ME TIME. I normally disturb my sisters and ask for SISTER TIME because i just enjoy hearing their giggles. I actually like less crowds and more intimacy now. I love exploring my hobbies like baking, healthy living, cooking or blogging and i am unapologetic for that. Yes i am 26 – beautiful, strong and “OLD” at heart and loving it.
So i love my drinks milky and creamy 🙂 but yet sweet and healthy. It is just one of those things that make my days and keeps me on my toes waiting for dessert! (yes child, i know it too) So i decided to interrupt my Cocktail series with some ol yummy recipes for the amazing decadent creamy and YUUUMMMMMMY milkshakes of mine.
As i had said in the cocktail series, i class my milkshakes or any recipes according to color so yes red,, green, yellow and even blue recipes. Am a artsy child at heart too so it is so simple to categorize my recipes in my books as well. This year is for eating and living healthy but what most people don’t know is that healthy can be as tasty and yummy as anything else.
To start off my milkshakes, i thought i would share this healthy but yet yummy treat GREEN COCONUT MILKSHAKE but i love calling it The Coco.
1/2 cup coconut milk
1/2 cup plain Greek yogurt or plain if you can’t find greek
1 cup spinach
1 large banana, peeled
1 large green apple, cored, peeled and chopped
2 tablespoons shaved coconut
1 cup ice
1. Put the coconut milk, yogurt, spinach, banana, apple, coconut, and ice in a blender. Blend until smooth. Serve immediately. I love adding a dash of cinnamon on top of my milkshake or roasted nuts.
Is having too many guy friends too much? Being sexy too much? Is taking a confident selfie of my body too much? Is having 0 likes on my pictures too sad? Or having 1000000000 comments rude or nice better than having no comment at all? Marilyn Monroe was a sex symbol, beautiful, curvy and talented but still all people could look at where the number of male suitors and her curves. I love her because she was all those things and am all for being confident enough to stand even with so many nay sayers.
This is the same society that tells women to fight for their rights so am a bit confused about the double standards we have and live by. What i don’t get is its the same people complaining and bashing women posting sexy pictures of themselves because they started eating healthy plus going to the gym and are now confident in their own bodies and are excited to show the world what confidence is. If i want to be sexy for myself and encourage girls to be comfortable in their own bodies, let me be but the same women complaining about how people are dressed or how they pose on social media, are the same women talking about confidence and being bad role models yet they do nothing to look or feel beautiful. We spend too much time watching people’s decisions and commenting than doing better.
I always say if you can say it behind my back, say it to my face don’t hide behind a keyboard on social media, tell me face to face. We are all hypocrites!! I just don’t understand why we can’t uplift each other instead of bashing one another, its really sad. I made a decision to be me regardless of what society thinks and you should too.
A collins is typically alcoholic but since we not going that route and just trying to get the best of the cocktail world non tipsy, here is one of those refreshing thirst quenching drinks you would want to have with 24/7.
Servings: Makes 4
- 1/3 cup fresh lemon juice
- 1/3 cup Simple Syrup of sugar n water reduced to a 1/2
- 1/4 tsp. Fee Brothers celery bitters or just any celery bitter you can find at your liquor store
- 8–12 oz. club soda or sprite 🙂
- 4 celery stalks, chopped
Purée celery and 1/4 cup water in a blender. Strain into a pitcher filled with ice, pressing on solids; discard solids. Add lemon juice, Simple Syrup, and shrub; stir until cold. Divide among 4 Collins glasses filled with ice and add 2–3 oz. club soda or sprite to each. Garnish with celery stalks or mint leaves.
I know what most people think of first when they hear of Tulle… a ballerina’s tutu skirt, round and too girly and too cartoonish but this trend is catching on so fast, i need myself more than just two tulles. I first saw this amazing trend on Carrie Bradshaw of Sex n’ the City because 1. she can wear whatever she wants and 2. she makes ANYTHING look so classy and straight out of Vogue ( i do miss watching her each week and trying to steal a look or two)
Tulle, like most words, came from a small town in France with a similar name. It is also used for petticoats, wedding dresses, and other things. It is used in veils because it obscures the features, but allows the wearer to see. I love this look because it is so diverse from lengths to sizes to combos to colours, its up to you to make it work. Anyone regardless of age or size can feel sexy and special in a tulle skirt and that is amazing to me. I found my fave looks for this trend;
- The street look.
Here the outfit consists more of dress down casual combos like leather or jean jackets, sneakers, tees, ballerina flats, fringe tops and is made up of simple material combos like cotton, a bit of lace, denim and cashmere sweaters.
2. The Evening tulle
This look comprises lots of sparkle and sophiscation – jewellery or shimmery tops, lots of lace or sheer, high heels, beautiful clutch bags which can be topped up with classic red lip makeup, ponytail or waves.
Trade in your LBD for a perfect E.J to turn you from plain jane to showstopper red carpet extraordinaire. A perfect E.J is my 2016 wardrobe must have. If you haven’t figured it out yet, an E.J is my own forged synonym for Evening Jumpsuit. If done right, it is the perfect modernised badass version of the LBD. Not only does it look effortless but timeless and classy as any LBD will ever look.
My trick to a perfect E.J look is combine killer heels, wavy hair, rockNroll necklace if the E.J has alot of chest area or a choker (point is it has to bangin’) and a blingy clutch and you are ready to hit any red carpet. If you are not a big hair kind of girl, you can opt for a sleek back neat ponytail or bun for the same glam look.
Below are my perfect ways to pull off an E.J.