This refreshing low-sugar, low-calorie cocktail is perfect for celebrations any time of year.
2 oz. Crop organic cucumber vodka
1/2 oz. Organic lime juice
“Bar spoonful” of organic honey
4 oz. Organic ginger beer
Organic cucumber, for garnish
- Combine ingredients in a shaker, then pour into a copper mug filled with crushed ice.
- Serve with an organic cucumber spear as a garnish.
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4 cups butternut squash, peeled, seeded and diced
1 cup raw cashews
1/2 cup dates, pitted
1 banana, peeled
2 tsp. pumpkin pie spice
1 tsp. sea salt
1 cup water
- Add all ingredients in the blender until smooth and creamy.
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- If you do not have a high-speed blender, add hot water when you blend.
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This time of year has me singing, “Everything is awesome! Everything is cool when it’s pumpkin flav-ored! Everything is awesome when we’re eating pumpkin treats.” (In case you don’t have kids and don’t recognize the tune, The LEGO Movie is worth seeing!). Maybe I was a bit more excited to sample a variety of pumpkin goodies than my hubby, but at least there’s a beer involved! Oh yes, beer.
Nature’s Path | Organic Pumpkin-N-Spice Flax Plus Granola Bars
He said: It’s a shame when one bad flavor ruins a perfectly good granola bar. These Nature’s Path bars were sweet and chewy with crunchy granola and pumpkin seeds. The honey spice flavor was delicious right up until the overwhelming flavor of old grains took over. The aftertaste was the flavor version of the bulk grain aisle smell. Not pleasant.
He gave it: ★★
She said: Soft, sweet and chewy, these granola bars were tasty! There’s no actual pumpkin in them, just to be clear, but there are pumpkin seeds and enough cinnamon and spices to remind you of a pumpkin pie. Sure, they smell like the inside of a 1969 hippie bus, but it’s a “flax-plus” trail mix bar! What did you expect? I’d take these on any trail.
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