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Emerald Gemini Smoothie

I’m in a state of shock, relief, panic and excitement because May has arrived. For me, this means an entire flux of things – I’m graduating college in less than a month. I’m less than a month away from turning 22. I’m less than a month away from apartment hunting in NYC and starting an awesome full-time job. But also, it’s my birth month. 😉

My fellow fun-loving, multi-tasking, outgoing geminis will tell you all about how important our birthdays are to us. In fact, they’ll find any excuse to – especially if they can sense you’re a gemini as well. This is actually how I met one of my best friends my freshman year of college – she noticed I was wearing an emerald ring and asked when my birthday was. Turns out, we were born less than a day apart.

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All astrological serendipity aside – this smoothie is just as delicious as it looks. The sweetness of the fruit balances out the not-as-pleasing taste of nutrient-packed spirulina, which gives it an extra dose of protein as well.

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Keep reading to see the full recipe for my Emerald Gemini Smoothie.

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Emerald Gemini Smoothie

Serves: 2      Prep Time: 3 Minutes      Cook Time: 2 Minutes      Total Time: 5 Minutes

Let’s Get Started:

1 banana
1 apple
1 handful spinach, washed
1/2 cup organic coconut water
1 Tbsp + 1 Tsp spirulina powder

Let’s Get Cooking:

Toss all ingredients into a blender and combine.

Let’s Get Creative:

Add more fruit to this recipe! It’ll boost your nutrient and anti-oxidant levels and will make it taste even better. Note: the color will be less green depending on which fruits you add to it!

Stay Classy! xx

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One Tequila, Two Tequila, Three Tequila…

* I did receive products from el Jimador for this post however, as always, all opinions are my own.

With Cinco de Mayo approaching in a few days, it’s important to pair an appropriate drink with the festivities. Yes, the status of tequila is no longer just that three a.m. bar go-to when you’ve already had more than enough to drink but don’t want to go home. Well for some, I’m sure it still is (guilty). But that’s not all it’s good for.

Tequila shots can be classy. I know, I know – don’t think I can’t already feel you rolling your eyes at me. But hear me out. Pair them with a delicious black bean and corn appetizer, great stories and good company and I’ll promise that you’re going to have a great time. In fact, feel free to leave a note in the comments if you do try this, because I’d love to some of your stories for a change. 😉

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Unlike scotch, I find tequila to be one of the hard alcohols that goes down smoothly—especially when you drink it the right way. Speaking of which, the last time I gathered some friends together to take tequila shots with me before heading out to a bar, some of them needed a little refresher on how to take the shot. So I’m assuming some of you might need one too: 🙂

  1. Lick the side of your left hand (if you’re right handed, or vice versa). Pour salt on that spot.
  2. Lick up the salt, take the shot and then suck on a lime wedge. Repeat! x

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Let’s just say, I’ve never met a tequila I didn’t like. (Or at least if I have, I don’t remember 😉 ). el Jimador is made from 100% blue agave, with no additives. This is important to note because it means that the quality of the alcohol is pure—and that it will go down easily.

Stay Classy! xx

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Why Kombrewcha Is About To Super Charge Your Next Happy Hour

If you haven’t found yourself on the kombucha band wagon just yet, you aren’t alone. I had been skeptical of the so-called “miracle drink” that says it can do everything from align your chakras to give you enough energy to get through the day. Actually, I still haven’t even tried downing one of the many flavors that it comes in… except for the alcoholic version.

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No, I didn’t cheat on Whole 30 (which brings you on a sober kick for 30 days). I actually tried Kombrewcha right before starting the diet. Here’s why you might want to try it at your next happy hour or girl’s night in.

Keep reading to find out the benefits of kombucha and it’s alcoholic sister drink, Kombrewcha.

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Kombucha, the non-alcoholic drink, is essentially fermented black tea (yes, there IS caffeine in this drink) and natural sugars that come from fruit. Because it is fermented, it is good for gut health and your digestive system, just like Whole 30! In addition to improving your digestive system, it is also known to help mood stability and mental clarity.

Add a little bit of alcohol to it and voila, you get Kombrewcha. Kombrewcha is basically beer for the wellness junkies out there. It only has 2% alcohol which may seem ineffective when compared to other options, but for only 75 calories a bottle, light drinkers can actually feel a buzz.

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Kombrewcha is the hippest new beverage option for those who want to cut virtually all harmful things out of their diets… cough, cough Whole 30 anyone?! And whether you try it out at brunch or at home, the delicious flavors won’t be a disappointment.

Stay Classy! xx

Galway Green Smoothie

One of my regrets from my time abroad was not going to Ireland. Sure – I’m not even Irish, but I do find their culture fun and fascinating. The closest I got to the gorgeous green rolling hills was meeting a group of friends in Barcelona, who were from a small rural town in Ireland… and by listening to Ed Sheeran’s new song “Galway Girl,” of course. This smoothie is a vibrant green that will brighten up any day – and is the perfect way to pack in extra protein before starting a round of drinks on the 17th. 😉

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Please note that many times my smoothies will include different protein powders in them – this is because I usually drink a smoothie or protein shake after working out because it helps with muscle recovery and hunger cravings. Adding protein to your smoothie or breakfast shake is a great addition to your breakfast or snack, but by no means is it essential! The smoothie below will taste just as yummy without the protein powder, no worries!

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Prep Time: 4 Minutes   *   Cook Time: 1 Minute   *   Total Time: 5 Minutes

Let’s Get Started:

1 banana, frozen
1 cup of kale
1 kiwi
¼ cup organic coconut water
¼ cup non-fat plain yogurt
2 scoops of Greek Girl Beauty Protein
Shaved ice

Let’s Get Cookin’:

Blend banana, kale, kiwi, ¼ cup organic coconut water and yogurt. Pour over a small amount of shaved ice and enjoy!

Let’s Get Creative:

This smoothie is all about the green goodness! I didn’t have an avocado on-hand but it would be an awesome addition and will make the consistency more creamy.

Enjoy & Stay Classy! xx

The Cocktail That Will Spice Things Up This Valentine’s Day

Every year Valentine’s Day has been synonymous with wine and chocolates. This year will probably be no different for me, except for the fact that I’ve made my first cocktail! I bought this shaker a while ago, thinking that since I’m now of legal drinking age I would instantly elevate my taste for fine liquor and make intricate cocktails like those I order at the bar. Until now, that hasn’t been the case.

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I decided it would be best to start easy – mixing this top batch of Laphroaig scotch with ingredients that were a little citrusy and sugary. The verdict – good, my lovely roommate ended up drinking all of my cocktail endeavors! The other verdict – it might be best to not mess around with higher shelf spirits. Laphroaig has such a smooth taste on its own that one might opt to drink it that way, or on the rocks.

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But if you are feeling adventurous and want to shake up something a little spicy and a lot of sweet, I would recommend this recipe. Go heavy on the fresh lemons and lighter on the syrup – it will make a world of difference. x

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Whiskey Sour        Total Time: 5 Minutes        Serves: 2

Let’s Get Started:

3 oz Laphroaig whiskey
2 oz freshly squeezed lemon juice
1 oz Meyer Lemon Infused Simple Syrup

Let’s Get Shaking:

Place all ingredients in a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake vigorously. Enjoy! x

Let’s Get Creative:

If you’re really in the mood for something sweet, line the rim of the glass with honey and some lemon sugar. 😉

Still looking for more drink inspiration? If you’re in the mood for something naturally sweet and non-alcoholic, check out these smoothie recipes! x

Enjoy & Stay Classy! xx

Pretty Pick-Me-Up Smoothie

Well I wasn’t sure when I’d be able to say this, but it’s *~ snowing ~*! I hope you’re all having a wonderful relaxing Tuesday (I’ve been at work, in class and in meetings all day sadly, but can’t wait to get home later and have wine time with my roommates!) I made this smoothie over the weekend (you might have seen it on my Snapchat: xofeliciaa), but if not, I’m sharing the steps with you now!

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I had such a fun weekend guys. Maybe even too much fun. My Friday night in particular, was pretty crazy. I got back to my apartment only to find out that I had left my key inside on my desk and was locked out… my roommates were all gone and wouldn’t be back until late that night so it took me a while to figure out how to get in. But I did it! After that mishap I didn’t have much time to get ready for the Knicks game and subsequent birthday party for friends at the Gansevoort Hotel in Chelsea.

The Knicks game was SO much fun! Ben and I had amazing seats – just one row away from courtside – and found ourselves standing next to celebrities most of the night… it was so hard for me not to fan girl guys! Maybe you saw on my Instagram (@felicia.czo) that I spotted @thefatjewish, BJ Novak (from The Office!) and Luis Severino (yup that one. The Yankees pitcher) – and refrained from taking selfies with them… I felt bad! Now having major regrets though. I keep telling Ben I can never watch The Office again without feeling major shame!

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Fun nights like that are of course always filled with a good Pinot, some champagne and unfortunately some tequila. It pretty much goes without saying that I needed a good *~ hydrating~* pick-me-up the next morning. Voilaaa that’s where this yummy smoothie comes in handy!

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Let’s Get Started:

1 banana, frozen
4 pieces pineapple, cubed
6-7 strawberries
Handful of blueberries
1/4 cup cranberry juice
1/4 cup Low (or Non)-Fat Organic Yogurt, Plain or Vanilla
Shredded coconut flakes, for decoration.

Let’s Get Cooking:

Toss ingredients into a blender. Blend until smooth. Top with shredded coconut and berries.

Let’s Get Creative:

Add some more berries to this recipe for an even greater antioxidant boost! Berries are great for your skin health and can give you a natural glowy complexion.

Stay Classy! xx

Pretty In Pink Recharge Smoothie

There are some days when I just can’t seem to get myself motivated. I’ll have a list of exactly what I need to do, but somehow manage to keep procrastinating until enough time has passed that there’s no way I will finish everything in time. This is totally unproductive and a bad habit that I’m trying to break! I’ve noticed that more times than not, this laziness occurs on days where I’m exhausted either physically or mentally. I created this smoothie to recharge my physical energy levels by feeding my muscles some extra protein and also my mental energy with a variety of berries, fruits and hydrating coconut water. xx

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Pretty In Pink Recharge Smoothie

Prep Time: 5 Minutes        Cook Time: 1 Minute        Total Time: 6 Minutes

Let’s Get Started:

8 strawberries
13 raspberries
½ an apple
½ a banana
½ a cucumber
a handful of blueberries
1-2 scoops of Greek Girl Beauty Protein (optional)
¼ cup soy milk
¼ cup coconut water
a handful of dried coconut

Let’s Get Cooking:

Blend fruit, protein and liquids with a few ice cubes. When desired thickness, pour into glass and garnish with coconut. Enjoy!

Let’s Get Creative:

The more fruit you add, the better! 😉

Stay Classy! xx