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12 Quick and Easy Drinks to Start the Day Slideshow

12 Quick and Easy Drinks to Start the Day Slideshow

Make at Home: Almond Milk

Almonds are often recommended as an energy food, and this popular, low-calorie cow’s milk alternative is good source of calcium, magnesium, and vitamin E. Although commercial varieties are widely available, it’s surprisingly easy to make at home — and better for you, too. The recipe makes 5 cups — prepare a batch at the end of the weekend to have it ready to enjoy it all week long.

Make at Home: Banana Pear Lassi

This delicious take on the popular Indian yogurt drink adds in potassium-rich bananas and fresh pear, which is great for a quick energy boost (just what you need for your morning commute).

Make at Home: Tea-Licious Smoothie

This refreshing combination of peppermint tea and citrus from the orange and grapefruit makes for a great low-fat, low-calorie pick-me-up.

Make at Home: Ginger Berry Smoothie

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You can’t go wrong with this health-conscious combo: Ginger is great for digestion, while berries are super high in antioxidants. There’s a good amount of protein in the almond milk and Greek yogurt, but if you want it to be more filling, add a scoop of whey protein (the vanilla flavor tastes best). Also, using frozen berries is cost-efficient and helpful when berries are out of season.

Make at Home: Rose Hip Tea

Orange juice is the obvious morning drink of choice when you’re looking for a dose of vitamin C, but this herbal tea is also a great source of the vitamin — plus, you get the added caffeine boost. (And for serious on-the-go types, there’s even a thermos that lets you steep mid-travel.)

Supermarket Picks: Naked Juice Green Machine

This is one drink that doesn’t benefit from the old adage that we eat with our eyes first. It’s true — the dark green juice smoothie isn’t much to look at (the makers even admit it on the label), but it doesn’t taste like liquid salad if that’s what you’re thinking. The blend of apples, banana, kiwi, and mango does a good job of sweetening up the drink’s other healthful ingredients like energy-boosting spirulina, spinach, and wheatgrass.

Supermarket Picks: Zico Natural Coconut Water

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In recent years, coconut water has garnered a lot of attention and popularity as a sports and energy drink. While some prefer the taste of Vita Coco, another popular brand, Zico was one nutritionist Sandra Frank’s top pick in Bon Appétit’s coconut water taste test. Consider this electrolyte-rich, low-calorie drink if you’re a fan of morning workouts.

Supermarket Picks: Mamma Chia

Chia seeds (yes, the same ones in the Chia Pet you bought in 1994) have taken off in popularity as a high-protein, fiber-rich supplement. They're a great natural source of energy, and when placed in liquid the seeds expand and develop a slightly chewy texture (think of bubble tea). If you don’t feel like experimenting with your own homemade version, pick up this new bottled fruit juice and chia seed drink for a healthful boost.

Supermarket Picks: Bolthouse Berry Boost Smoothie

If you can’t quite commit to the green juice (or at least want an alternative to keep your options varied), try this berry-packed smoothie. Consuming antioxidant-rich foods has been recommended to help provide energy, as antioxidants target the chemicals in our body that lead to fatigue and illness.

On-the-Go Picks: Starbucks Double Espresso Macchiato

Drink This, Not That recommends the double espresso macchiato in favor of calorie-laden lattes (especially the flavored varieties) — and it will still provide the desired caffeine boost. If you’re more of a tea drinker, you could opt for a simple green tea (again, careful, not the latte version).

On-the-Go Picks: Jamba Juice Fresh Orange Carrot Banana Juice

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This drink, from the chain’s newly launched line of fresh juices, is slightly sweet and clocks in at a modest 160 calories for the 16-ounce size. As for the blend’s benefits, carrots are good for increasing vitality and vigor, while oranges provide a quick energy boost.

On-the-Go Picks: Smoothie King "Make it Skinny" Coffee Smoothie Mocha

In this simple blend of coffee, skim milk, protein blend, and turbinado sugar, there are only 160 calories in the 20-ounce "make it skinny" variety. Or, if you want a non-coffee option, try the "make it skinny" Green Tea Tango, which is made with matcha green tea and comes in at less than 200 calories for the 20-ounce size.


While we believe that Mom should be celebrated every day of the year, Mother's Day is a special opportunity to show her a little extra love. Whether you're having a small gathering at home or hosting a safe, socially-distant brunch or lunch for the extended family, these drink recipes&mdashwhich include cocktails, mocktails, and some caffeine-packed coffee drinks&mdashare just right for your celebratory feast.

Perk up Mom's morning with a delicious cup of coffee&mdashno trip to the coffee shop needed if you've been honing your barista skills at home. We'll teach you exactly how to create the perfect shot of espresso topped with steamed, foamy milk. You can also make Mom a Caffé Macchiato, which essentially translates to espresso stained with milk. Both are sure to give her the blast of energy she needs to really enjoy the rest of those Mother's Day plans you've been so carefully crafting.

On a warm spring day, there's nothing like a cool sip of iced tea. Make our Coconut Green Tea, shown center here, for Mom to enjoy alongside her favorite breakfast, brunch, or lunch meal. Instead of steeping green tea bags in water as usual, this recipe uses raw coconut water for a gentle, earthy flavor. Sliced peaches and a little bit of sugar make this drink feel extra special for the occasion.

Looking for something with a little more oomph to it? Go with a cocktail a classic brunch cocktail like a mimosa feels right for this type of mid-morning gathering. While the traditional iteration is just fine, you can swap out the usual orange juice and sparkling wine duo, for an even more inspired take on the recipe: Carrot-Juice Mimosas. They're made with a combination of orange juice and carrot juice for vibrant orange color and sweet flavor.

This day is all about Mom, so let her sit back, relax, and take a sip of one of these delicious Mother's Day drinks.


60 Best Instant Pot Recipes for Unbeatable Weeknight Dinners

We've got your family's new favorite meals right here.

Figuring out what to make for dinner night after night&mdashthat won't take ages in the kitchen&mdashis a never-ending problem. One of the best solutions? Get yourself an Instant Pot and take full advantage of it. Not only is the one-pot-wonder a breeze to cook with and clean, but the multi-cook functions make it versatile enough that you can make practically anything with it. It can sear food and pressure cook, so you get lots of flavor and a super-fast cook time. But it can also make practically any slow cooker recipe, so you can prep food in the morning, and come dinner have a perfectly made meal waiting for you. (One caveat: To make the most of your Instant Pot's slow cooker functions, buy the inexpensive but necessary Instant Pot slow cooker lid, which keeps everything from getting too waterlogged)

Here, we put together the absolute best Instant Pot recipes to make delicious suppers that the entire family (yes, even the little ones!) will love. If you&rsquore fairly new to cooking with an Instant Pot, prepare to be amazed at just how quickly a complete plate comes together&mdashincluding your favorite Instant Pot chicken recipes. Now, you can spend your evenings enjoying quality time with your loved ones instead of working away in the kitchen all evening. There&rsquos truly no shortage of excellent Instant Pot ideas that makes cooking easier. So, what are you waiting for? Whip up one of these dishes today for the tastiest weeknight dinner you&rsquove ever made.

Supremely tender thighs cooked in a combo of apricot jam, ketchup, soy sauce, and ginger, pair perfectly with a crunchy slaw.

Packed with toothsome wheat berries, hearty beans and kicky poblano peppers, this chili is so flavorful you may not notice it's missing the meat. Let it burble away in the pot all day until you're ready to eat.

Every country home needs something simmering in the kitchen, so fire up this versatile big-batch recipe.


12 Quick and Easy Breakfast Ideas for Busy Mornings

Because even when you're dashing out the door, breakfast is still the most important meal of the day.

Don't have a lot of time to whip up breakfast&mdashor simply don't want to spend forever making something delicious? No problem. Check out these quick and easy breakfast recipes:

1. Hash Brown Egg Nests with Avocado

2. Pancake Mini-Muffins

3. Low-Carb Egg Muffins

4. Apple Sandwiches with Almond Butter and Granola

5. Ham and Egg Breakfast Cups

6. Peanut Butter Banana Oatmeal Muffins

7. Easy Spinach Artichoke Quiche Cups

Cinnamon Roll Doughnuts

Easy Breakfast Roll-Ups

Apple Spice Muffins

Cinnamon Roll Waffles with Cream Cheese Glaze

Bacon, Egg and Cheese Brunch Ring

Want more easy breakfast and brunch ideas? Check out our Breakfast and Brunch Ideas board on Pinterest!

TELL US: What's your favorite recipe for getting through the most hectic of mornings? Share it in the comments below!


Quick and Easy Chia Seed Recipes

While normal pancakes may not pack much of a nutritional punch, these pancakes, made with whole wheat flour, oats, honey, and chia seeds are full of fiber and whole grains.



Ingredients:
Makes 8&ndash10 pancakes
𔆑 c. whole wheat flour
𔆑/2 c. old fashioned oats

1 c. milk

1 egg

1 tbsp. canola oil
𔆒 tbsp. honey

1/2 tsp. pumpkin pie spice

1 1/2 tsp. baking powder
𔆑/4 tsp. salt
𔆑 tbsp. chia seeds (plus more for garnish)

Syrup or other desired toppings



Directions:

Spray griddle or pan with cooking spray and heat to a medium heat. Beat egg and add milk and oil. In a separate bowl, combine flour, oats, pumpkin pie spice, baking powder and salt. Slowing stir flour mixture into egg mixture. Add honey and stir until combined
At the last minute, stir in chia seeds. Pour 1/4 c. portions of batter onto griddle and cook until edges of pancakes start to bubble and bottoms are light brown. Flip and cook until centers are completely done (about three to four minutes). Top with syrup, additional chia seeds or desired toppings and enjoy.


Healthy Smoothie Ingredients

  • Fresh or Frozen Fruit: You can use a combination of frozen and fresh fruits in your smoothies. The frozen fruit helps the smoothie to blend up thick and creamy. I like to freeze extra ripe bananas, peeled and cut into smaller pieces, so they are always ready for adding to smoothies. Ice dilutes the flavor of a smoothie so use frozen fruit instead.
  • Vegetables: Veggies are nutrient powerhouses and working them into your morning smoothies is a great way to start your day off on a healthy note. Spinach, kale and other greens blend up well in smoothies. You can add frozen cauliflower to a smoothie and not even taste it. If you have a high powered blender, try adding carrots to your morning smoothie for a healthy dose of sweetness.
  • Avocado: Have you ever tried an avocado smoothie? Avocado adds healthy fats to a smoothie, it blends up smooth, and you don’t taste the avocado (as long as you don’t add too much).
  • Oatmeal: Adding old-fashioned oats is an easy way to take any smoothie and turn it into a breakfast smoothie. You can add raw oats (be sure to use old fashioned, or rolled, oats) to your blender along with the rest of the smoothie ingredients and blend until smooth.
  • Greek Yogurt: Unless you need a dairy-free smoothie, plain Greek yogurt is a great way to add protein to your smoothie. Yogurt also makes smoothies creamy.
  • Nut Butters: I love adding a scoop of almond butter or peanut butter to my smoothies. Nut butters provide healthy fats and protein, which give your smoothie staying power so you’re not hungry again right away.
  • Seeds: Flax seeds, chia seeds and hemp seeds can all add fiber and nutrition to your smoothies.
  • Liquid: You need to add a liquid ingredient to your smoothie to help it blend well. There are many options, from plain water to coconut water, milk, almond milk or other nut-based milks, coconut milk, oat milk and juice. I try not to use juice because it can add too much sugar to a smoothie, especially if you are also adding fruit.
  • Flavor Boosters: A pinch of cinnamon or a few drops of vanilla extract can really boost the flavor of a smoothie!

Tip #16: Party must: Serve small bites throughout the house!

Guests flock to the food. To keep traffic moving, position small platters of appetizers on end tables around the house. Folks can eat, mingle and enjoy the party outside of the kitchen. Fun finger foods:


40+ Creative Halloween Drinks and Cocktails That'll Get the Party Started

Put a spell on your guests with these boo-zy and non-alcoholic brews.

Some say Halloween is all about the candy, but personally, we're more partial to a glass of witch's brew. Pick your poison this Halloween with one of these scary-delicious cocktails or non-alcoholic drinks. For the adults, choose between rum, tequila, or vodka cocktails. Since you don't want your little goblins to miss out on the holiday fun, throw together a fizzy, fruity, or creamy mocktail for the kids at your Halloween party. No need to be a pro bartender to take on these recipes, all of these Halloween drinks are extremely easy to make and best of all, even easier to drink. That's what makes 'em dangerously good, don't ya think?

Once you figure out which potion, brew, or punch you're going to make, finalize your party menu with these Halloween appetizer and Halloween party snack ideas. And hey, even though these sugar-filled drinks taste like a treat, that doesn't mean that you shouldn't cap off the eeriest night of the year with Halloween cupcakes, Halloween cookies, Halloween cakes, and other party-ready desserts.


70 Easy Super Bowl Recipes That Everyone at Your Game-Day Party Will Love

Full of crowd-pleasing dips, appetizers, and snack ideas that deserve a touchdown.

Try as you might, there's no way to guarantee a Super Bowl win for your favorite football team. You can, however, control what kind of grub you serve at your game-day party. Take a look at these standout Super Bowl recipes to build your ultimate party spread, no matter if you're a diehard sports fan looking for fuel on the big night or simply excited about the prospect of making a meal of chicken wings, cheesy dips, and finger foods. Tailor your menu to the size of your crowd: There are recipes perfect for solo celebrations, parties of two, or entire households.

All of these snack ideas &mdash we've included a handful of vegan, vegetarian, and healthy options, too &mdash are touchdown-worthy, especially when loaded up with sauces, marinades, and ooey-gooey goodness. That means, everyone will be happy (and well-fed) from kickoff to MVP pick, even if their favorite team doesn't take home the Super Bowl win. But since most of these eats are hearty and savory, round out your party spread with something sweet, like these Super Bowl desserts and boozy drinks.

For a fun take on a classic pie, dip sliced bread into an ooey-gooey dip, made with layers of sour cream, cream cheese, mozzarella, sauce, and pizza spices.


Aperitifs, Amari, Sparkling Wine, and More.

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Sometimes it feels like every cocktail is just a tiny variation on another. But then you come across a drink like this one, from Boston bar star Jackson Cannon, and it's like experiencing a new category of cocktail for the very first time.

Amaro Montenegro and Aperol provide a bittersweet core that extends the flavors of fresh orange juice, making this the perfect pre-dinner drink to get your appetite going. Since this isn't too high in alcohol, you might want to mix up a pitcherful.

Campari Spritz

This slightly beefier version of an Aperol Spritz is meant to be served with appetizers like cured meats and olives—so it's no surprise that an olive garnish tastes delicious between sips. Warning: This drink may leave you pining for a vacation in Italy.

Courting Two Sisters Cocktail

If you're making this drink, step one starts by examining your bottles of vermouth. As we mentioned above, if they've been around since your birthday party two years ago, step two involves dumping the contents down the drain. In a three-ingredient cocktail, you want the good, fresh stuff.

Once you've had a chance to restock, it all comes together: juicier red and crisper blanc vermouth, plus a touch of anise from the absinthe, mingled together and stirred till refreshingly cold. This is a great pre-dinner drink.

Sparkling Suze Cocktail

When you're trying out a new cocktail ingredient, it's nice to keep it simple so you can really get a sense of what the stuff tastes like. Suze, a bittersweet, slightly vegetal French aperitif, is practically a cocktail in a bottle, so it doesn't need much. St-Germain elderflower liqueur highlights the aperitif's floral side, and Cava adds a little fruity fizz.

Grapefruit and Ginger Sparkler

Hosting brunch? You could always make mimosas, but this easy combo is a little more fun, doctoring up affordable bubbly (cheap-ish Prosecco, Cava, or Crémant is fine) with Domaine de Canton ginger liqueur. Fresh grapefruit juice puts its bright and bitter talents to work, preventing the balance from tipping too sweet.

Negroni Sbagliato

Maybe you've heard the story—this drink's supposedly a bungled version of the classic, made with bittersweet Campari, rich sweet vermouth, and (whoops!) Prosecco instead of the gin. It's perfect for a day when you're not quite ready for stiffer spirits.

Bitter Mimosa

Do you like your drinks a little bitter? Then you should probably have Cynar in your home bar. You can start by subbing it into any drink that calls for Campari, or give this easy brunch drink a try. It's bright like a classic orange juice mimosa, but instead of being sweet and fruity, grapefruit and Cynar give the cocktail brightness, bitterness, and a touch of mystery.