Fresh Squeezed Juice: The easy way to upgrade your Breakfast

One of the simple pleasures of life is freshly squeezed juice in the morning. I look forward to weekends  when I can treat myself to a refreshing glass of orange juice. It’s not only delicious but also has many healthy benefits. It’s packed with vitamin C, promotes healthy metabolism and gives your immune system a boost.

Fresh Squeezed JuiceI usually use my Breville juicer but you can squeeze the oranges by hand or by using a citrus juicer. I like to  make it fun by adding grapefruit for added nutrition and flavor. Chill it in the freezer while you prep your breakfast and enjoy the pure goodness with one of these delicious breakfasts. It’s true what they say, once you go freshly squeezed you can’t go back.

Reasons to love Fresh Squeezed Orange Juice:

  • Fresh squeezed juice tastes 10 times better than the store bought variety.
  • It is free of harmful chemicals and preservatives. You don’t have to worry about consuming ingredients you can’t pronounce.
  • Fresh squeezed orange juice is packed with nutrition especially vitamin C which is good for collagen production, healthy skin and more.
Print Recipe
Fresh Squeezed Orange Juice
Course Breakfast
Prep Time 10 Minutes
Servings
People
Ingredients
  • 4 Whole Navel Oranges
  • 1 whole Grapefruit
Course Breakfast
Prep Time 10 Minutes
Servings
People
Ingredients
  • 4 Whole Navel Oranges
  • 1 whole Grapefruit
Instructions
  1. Quarter oranges, remove outer skin and run them through juicer. If you do not have juicer you can halve oranges and juice them over a citrus juicer.

How to Wear a Cape Jacket

The warm weather is finally here! Although here in New England we’re still dealing with a few cool days I can’t complain. Anything is better than cold weather.

My ever so stylish mother recently visited for my wedding dress shopping and in her usual fashion she brought some fab clothing items for me. One of my favorites was this white Cape Jacket. I wore it with white pants for my Baptism in April and will be wearing it a lot this summer.

White cape jacket with black pants


Outfit details:

 Cape Jacket: Zara,

Black Mid-Rise Leggings: Target, Black Strappy Scandal: Banana Republic

Sunglasses (Similar): Marc Jacobs

Statement Flower Necklace (Similar): J Crew 


Cape Jackets are one of those fashion items that you either love or hate, but if like me you love to experiment and have fun with outfits then you will love it. There is something very stylish and sleek about this look.

When shopping for a Cape Jacket, solid colors are the way to go. Start with a white or black one and go with other colors down the line. I love the combination of skinny pants with a cape blazer. I would say that don’t ever wear them with loose fitting clothing to avoid looking frumpy. For example a Cape Jacket will always look good with skinny pants and pencil skirts instead of a maxi skirt or baggy pants.

White cape jacket

Black Strappy Scandal

To complete a Cape Jacket look, add some accessories. Just remember not to go too crazy with the accessories. A few pieces like a watch, thin bracelets and a statement necklace will do the trick. For shoes you can go with a pointy toe heel which always looks fab paired with a cape jacket and skinny pants. For this look I went with black strappy heels, which worked perfectly.

With summer pretty much in full swing, what fashion items are you loving and rocking this year? Please do share in the comment section below! If you are looking for a more casual look be sure to check out on elf my casual ensemble here

Good Eats Boston: Cusser’s Roast Beef & Seafood

As new fast casual eateries continue to pop up around Boston, i’ve tried to sample each new one. Cusser’s Roast Beef & Seafood is one of Boston’s newest casual, on-the-go lunch spots which includes a take-out window. That’s right, a take out window! The take out window adds a nice old school element to this already fun restaurant.

Cusser's Roast Beef Sandwiches
                Cusser’s Roast Beef Sandwiches. Photo by Brian Samuels
Cusser's Hot Dog
         Cusser’s Hot Dog. Photo by Brian Samuels
Cusser's Roast Beef Sandwiches.
         Cusser’s Roast Beef Sandwiches. Photo by Brian Samuels

Menu offerings include the classic North Shore style Roast beef sandwich, A juicy hotdog with B&B pickle relish, Hot & Cold Lobster rolls, Fish tacos and lots more. In addition to Beef and Seafood, there is something for everyone including salads, soups and sweets.

Cusser's Whoopie Pie
       Cusser’s Whoopie Pie. Photo by Brian Samuels

This is an awesome spot for those who are on the go but still want delicious food for lunch. If you prefer you can order to eat inside as well. Let me know what you think when you head out there! 

Location and Hours:  304 Stuart Street, Boston, MA 02116  Monday through Friday 11:30AM – 2PM. If you are looking for another good eats spot in Boston, click here

Kitchen Favorites: FoodScience of Vermont Superior Greens

This is a sponsored post in partnership with FoodScience of Vermont. As always, all opinions expressed in this post are my own.

Working 9 to 5, planning a wedding and maintaining my blog means I am always busy. This means I am constantly on the go and looking for quick and easy ways to get the nutrition I need to stay healthy. One product that I have started using lately is the Superior Greens powdered drink supplement made by FoodScience of Vermont. It is an easy to mix powder that contains 3 servings of fruits and vegetables in just 1/2 a scoop. The powder can be mixed with anything you like including water, juice, yogurt and more!

FOOD SCIENCE OF VERMONT SUPERIOR GREENSMy favorite way to use Superior Greens powder supplement is to mix it in yogurt and smoothies. I mix 1 cup of plain yogurt with 1 scoop of the powder and top with fruit. It’s tasty and packed with nutrition. This is one of my go to’s on weekday mornings or even when I need a snack at home.

Another way I like to use the Superior Greens powder is to mix it with spring water in a shake and go bottle for a quick drink.  I have been doing this almost every day as it is super easy and quick to make. You place the water in the bottle, add a scoop of powder, drop the mixing ball and shake. That’s all it takes plus you are drinking almost 6 servings of fruit and vegetables.

You can also add Superior Greens powder to a blend of kale, mint and apple with a splash of lemon for a power packed green juice. This is an awesome way to give you a boost of energy and antioxidants in the mornings.FOOD SCIENCE OF VERMONT SUPERIOR GREENSYogurt and Fruit cupsTo get your hands on some Superior Powders head to your local Rite Aid® or visit http://bit.ly/FSSuperiorPowders.

I have been using FoodScience of Vermont Superior Greens powder supplement for about 2 weeks and I am happy to report that it will be a regular feature in my diet. There is a feeling of well-being that comes with using this nutritional powder.

To learn more about FoodScience of Vermont Superior Powders be sure to follow them on their social media channels here:  Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and Instagram

Strawberry Chia Pudding Recipe

This post was sponsored by Hood as part of an Influencer Activation for Influence Central and all opinions expressed in my post are my own.

The most difficult part of sticking to my fitness regime is maintaining a healthy diet with my hectic schedule. I’m always trying to pack as much nutritious goodness into my breakfast, especially on my busy days. This usually means one of my favorite things in the world, chia puddings! They are a life saver because of their easiness to make and health benefits. All you need to do is mix the chia seeds with a liquid, let sit for a bit and you are good to go.

Strawberry Chia Pudding Recipe

The key to making a tasty chia pudding is to use the right liquid. Almond and cashew milk are some good options but my favorite is Hood Calorie Countdown Dairy Beverage. This dairy beverage is made by mixing filtered milk with water, cream and other ingredients for a yummy and creamy drink that is perfect for a chia pudding. You also get the benefits of less sugar, fewer carbs and calories which is plus.

Hood Calorie Countdown Dairy Beverage is ideal if you’re limiting your carb intake like me; it has 75% less carbs than traditional whole milk with 42% less sugar. Since I have been using Hood products I have become more conscious what I put in my body and with the wedding coming I have to stay in great shape.

Other reasons to love Hood Calorie Countdown:

  • It tastes great and is good for you! Hard to find a beverage like it with a creamy taste.
  • It comes in different varieties that cater to any diet including reduced fat, fat-free, whole and a chocolate flavor.
  • Hood Calorie countdown is made from good quality milk. You will love that no artificial growth hormones are used as pledged by the farmers.
  • It is affordable and easy to find. You do not have to break the bank or travel to a faraway heath shop to enjoy the goodness of Calorie Countdown. Calorie Countdown can be found at your nearest Walmart or neighborhood grocery store. Click this coupon link to save on your next Calorie Countdown purchase.

If you’ve never had chia pudding before try the simple recipe below. I recommend using Hood Calorie Countdown Dairy Beverage and adding your favorite fruit, berries nuts or granola. Don’t be afraid to be creative. I would love to hear your ideas on what you love adding to your chia puddings.


Print Recipe
Strawberry Chia Pudding Recipe
Course Breakfast
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Servings
people
Ingredients
  • 1 1/2 cups Hood Calorie Countdown Beverage
  • 1/2 cup Chia seeds
  • 1 Banana
  • 1 cup Fresh Strawberries
  • 2 tbsp Honey
  • 1 cup Plain Yogurt
  • 1/2 cup Fresh sweet blueberries
Course Breakfast
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Servings
people
Ingredients
  • 1 1/2 cups Hood Calorie Countdown Beverage
  • 1/2 cup Chia seeds
  • 1 Banana
  • 1 cup Fresh Strawberries
  • 2 tbsp Honey
  • 1 cup Plain Yogurt
  • 1/2 cup Fresh sweet blueberries
Instructions
  1. Add strawberries, banana, honey and Hood Beverage to a blander and blend until smooth.
  2. Add Chia seeds to Hood Beverage mixture and stir till well combined. Let mixture stand for 15 minutes, stir again and place in the refrigerator for at least 1 hour. Even better when kept overnight.
  3. Layer, with plain yogurt, sliced strawberries and blueberries. Enjoy!

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