Food & Recipes
I consume lemon water daily to help add flavor and refreshment into my drink as well as great detox power. I love it and since water is my jam, I’m always excited to see when different water bottles hit the market. Recently, my family and I were introduced to the Original Citrus Zinger and it has easily become a favorite product in our household. Today I share this product with you and maybe you can add a little ZING to your water.
The Citrus Zinger Infusion Set (SRP – $19.99) is available for purchase online and retailers nationwide. Created by Zing Anything, the leading provide of active water infusion bottles, this new line up is perfect for the health nut, runner or anyone that is looking to add some extra flavor and nutrients to their water with a twist. The Citrus Zinger joins the original citrus press with a BPA / EA – free bottle and comes with a handy dandy cucumber slicer and kiwi reamer to add new flavors to your water. These awesome tools squeeze and slice fruits directly into your water bottle to extract all the nutrients we love while infusing great flavor using it’s unique infusing methods.
No need to squeeze your lemon juice over your water only to throw away the peel and all the pulp and waste them. Slice up your cucumber right into the bottle and release all the delicious goodness of kiwi without the mess. Lemon, lime or clementines are easy to infuse into your water without any issues and mess. The included cucumber slicer, citrus press and kiwi press will provide you with fresh fruits while preserving their taste, aroma, hue, vitamins and minerals in your water. It’s easy, hydrating and this is a tool my family absolutely loves.
Using your Citrus Zinger is easy:
- Start by thoroughly washing and drying your ingredients and Citrus Zinger before you start zinging.
- Make sure the cap is tightly fastened before adding ingredients (the cap on the top of the bottle)
- Turn the Citrus Zinger over (upside down) and unscrew the bottom cup, exposing the citrus press or cucumber slicer.
- Slice the citrus fruit (lemon, lime, clementines) in half and twist half on the citrus press to release the juice.
- Once fruit is juiced, leave it on the citrus press and screw the cup back on tightly.
- Unscrew top cap and add water, iced tea, or another chilled beverage (that is how citrus zinger suggest making your drink – I like to put water into the bottle prior to zinging so that the water is evenly infused.
- Re-screw cap tightly, shake well and enjoy!
A few notes:
- After juicing, the fruit you use can be left in the cap or taken out. The longer the fruit is left to infuse, the stronger the flavor will be. I like to leave the fruit in for strong flavor and great nutrients.
- Refills can be infused by the same fruit one or two times before the flavor begins to weaken.
I posted a few snippets the first time I used this unit on snapchat and you can view that here or in the embedded video above.
Tips on use:
The bottle itself is well made and sturdy, however the brand does have a few tips and cautions to keep in mind. Dropping your bottle can cause damage and the bottom cup must be twisted properly and tight to prevent leaks. You don’t want to use your zinger if it is damaged. Do not use your citrus zinger with hot liquids and do not microwave or freeze. Avoid excessive heat when consuming a mixture and discard your beverage after 12 hours if not refrigerated.
A few details and features:
The Citrus Zinger is a 28 oz bottle that uses health-safe materials – BPA/Ea free Eastman Tritan Plastic. Your citrus press is dishwasher safe and the unit is carbonated water friendly. The bottle comes with a wide mouth top to allow for easy filling and ice cubes to keep your drink chilled. You have a finger loop in your top cap to allow for easy carrying and this unit is designed in the USA. Citrus Zinger (Zinganything.com) offers a 1 Year manufacturer warranty on any mechanical defects.
My family and I have had some fun zinging cucumbers, lemons, limes and adding some organic honey, fresh herbs and cayenne pepper to our water to help refresh, detox and add great flavor to our drinks. If you are looking for a fun way to add some flavor to your water, I think you’ll enjoy this. With summer in full swing, it’s important to stay hydrated and this neat product can offer a lot of fun but is also practical. It’s easy to clean, sturdy and we really enjoy it. Using the Zinger really perks up your water and makes it easy to stay hydrated and healthy this season and every day of the year.
“When life gives you lemons – or kiwis, zing them!”
You can purchase the Original Citrus Zinger at: http://www.zinganything.com/product/citruszinger-gift-set and Target stores.
Have you heard of or tried the Citrus Zinger by Zing Anything before? If so, what do you think of it? If not, do you think this is something you could see adding to your lifestyle?
Disclaimer: The product mentioned and featured in this post was sent to me for review consideration. All opinions are my own, 100% honest and unbiased. Affiliate links are posted through out.
Being a Hawaii girl – born & raised, I have a love for all things seafood… yes, even raw seafood. The islands are my home and as a child I learned to fish and dive for my food to provide for my family. Because of this, special recipes passed down over the years are favorites of mine and I absolutely love sharing my love for my culture with my friends around the World. Poisson Cru, otherwise known as Tahitian Style Poke (poke = po – ke) is different from the familiar Ahi Poke you see in Hawaiian style restaurants. It’s a poke that is similar to ceviche with ingredients like lime juice to marinate the fish, but also uses coconut milk to give it a different texture and taste. It’s a tangy take on the original Poke you may be used to at a Lu’au but just as delicious and full with fresh ingredients to make a hearty and tasty dish.
- 1 lb fresh fish (I used ahi – but you can select to use snapper or swordfish also). Cut your fish in 1 3/4 inch x 1/4 inch cubes
- 3 tablespoons Masago/Tobiko (orange fish roe) this is not a traditional ingredient, but I love it and it really adds to the flavor and texture
- 1 small sweet round onion (Kula Onion from Maui is the best, but any sweet round onion will do). Minced
- 1 small Japanese cucumber, chopped
- 4-5 stalks green onion, chopped. Separate the white and the green parts – chop both
- 1 large tomato – seeded and chopped
- 1/2 cup lime juice (fresh preferred)
- 1/4 cup coconut milk (fresh preferred, but you could get the type in a can or frozen in the ethnic food section.)
- 2 pinches Hawaiian Rock Salt or Ala’e
- Sprig of Cilantro (I use this for garnish)
In a mixing bowl, combine the ahi (or fish of choice) with all of the ingredients, except use only the white parts of the green onion. Allow to sit for 10 minutes (place in the refrigerator while waiting). Prior to serving, drain the excess liquid and taste the poke to adjust seasoning. Add more hawaiian salt or coconut milk if you need. Garnish with the green parts of the chopped green onion and sprig of cilantro.
Serve the preparation of the Poisson Cru immediately after it has sit for the 10 minutes. This mixture will serve about 8. If you will not be serving this mixture immediately – please prep and cut all items but do not mix together until ready to serve.
**This is my take on the Poisson Cru recipe. There are many available now a days with personal interpretations of the recipe as well as additional or less products. You can definitely use my recipe as inspiration to add different takes.
What is Pokē?
Pokē is traditionally made with yellowfin tuna or ahi. The traditional poke consists of ahi tuna, green onions, chili peppers, hawaiian sea salt, soy sauce, sesame oil, roasted kukui nut (candlenut) and limu and served as an appetizer in Hawaiian cuisine. It is often referred to as a raw fish salad. Pokē is the Hawaiian verb for “section” or “to slice or cut” and refers to the slices / cuts of the pieces that are mixed into this salad.
I hope you enjoyed this easy to create recipe. Some of the ingredients may be a bit challenging to find, but you can get the roe and fish at most fish markets and the other items like coconut milk at the ethnic section of your store. If you try this recipe, please come back & let me know. Are you a fish eater? Do you think you would enjoy something like this?
Do you follow me on Snapchat? If so, you may have seen my short little demo of my version of the Starbucks Pink Drink and how I created my own. It’s really easy (I have a download of the DIY from my snaps embedded below) and most of the time you can either find all the ingredients you need in your refrigerator or freezer or they are cheap to pick up from your local grocer. Today I’m going to share with you the recipe and a little chit chat too. So – keep reading to learn how to make your own DIY Starbuck’s Pink Drink – the drink that’s so popular on Social Media that many Starbucks shops are having a hard time keeping them in stock.
So what is the Starbucks Pink Drink and what does it consist of? The Starbucks Pink Drink includes the Strawberry Acai Refresher (a drink that is normally served on ice with water as its base liquid) and instead of water, it is mixed with coconut milk. It’s easy to make and if you are looking to really keep with the Starbucks flavor – you can certainly pick up your own packet mix from your local Target or Starbucks and mix the powder with ice and coconut milk, add a few chopped up strawberries and you’re good to go. A few days ago, I ordered my own version of the Pink Drink with a Very Berry Refresher instead of the Strawberry Acai from Starbucks and realized that I wanted something with a little more body to it so I created my own version of the Strawberry Acai since I already had the supplies on hand.
Here’s what you need to create your own Starbucks Pink Drink at home:
- Strawberries – I decided to go with frozen Strawberries because it’s what I had on hand and I wanted a frothier taste and texture with a little more body. I used about 20 medium to large sized frozen strawberries to make 62 oz of pink drink.
- Acai Blend – You can find these at your local grocer in the frozen section. I always have this on hand because I make homemade Acai Bowls. If you are using the packets I have – then you’ll want to use half of the packet to 62 oz. of the pink drink.
- Coconut Milk – You can use any kind you have or want. I chose the Silk Coconut Milk because it is what we have on hand. I used approximately 42 oz. of coconut milk added into my pink drink.
- White Grape Juice Concentrate – these are cheap so I tend to have a few in the freezer at any given time. The white grape juice is best because it adds a bit of sweetness without changing the color of the juice, leaving it with its pink hue. You can also use apple juice. I used approximately 12 oz. of white grape juice concentrate added to my pink drink.
This recipe will make 2 Trenta Sized (31 oz.) cups for a total of 62 oz. You can opt to use smaller cups but that is what I had to use so I measured accordingly.
- Place your strawberries, acai blend and white grape concentrate into a blender, food processor, etc. I used my Ninja to chop them up and slightly pulse the strawberries so that it would blend all the ingredients, but also break down the strawberries so they were not whole. You want to leave a little bit of body left in the mix so you get strawberry pieces blended into your drink. It makes it taste better. If you are using fresh strawberries, chop up your strawberries that are being placed into the coconut milk, but blend the others to get that pink drink and full bodied flavor.
- Add your strawberry, acai and white grape juice mixture in the bottom of your cup. Since I had gone to Starbucks the day before – I used Trenta cups to host my drink.
- Add your coconut milk. I poured the coconut milk to fill the remainder 3/4 of the cup but still leaving enough room to stir the mixture within the cup without making a mess.
- Stir the coconut milk and strawberry mixture together until you see the beautiful pink shade and the milk and fruit blend is combined.
If the drink is too sweet for you – decrease the amount of white grape concentrate and replace with more coconut milk or just add more coconut milk to the drink. You can store this in the refrigerator for a few days before drinking, but just make sure you stir up the mixture before serving to combine since the fruit will settle and the coconut milk can separate.
Check out my quick Snapchat Video here (which I have uploaded to YouTube for future reference) so that you can kind of see how much you should blend the strawberries to get the right consistency. But remember… you can’t screw this up – taper the recipe to fit your need and create your own. This is so easy to make that my family is absolutely loving it and it will be a hit for summer parties. If you decide to create your own, please be sure to stop in and let me know – I would love to hear how it worked out for you. Not a strawberry fan? Use mangoes, any other type of berries, melons or what ever type of fruit you desire.
** And, if you are looking to turn this into a little cocktail for the summer – add coconut rum and you’ll have a delicious summer cocktail beverage.
Have you tried the infamous Pink Drink from Starbucks? If so, are you planning to try this recipe at home and make your own? I hope you enjoy!
Disclaimer: This is my own take on the infamous Starbucks Pink Drink. I do not work for Starbucks nor am I getting paid to provide this recipe for anyone. Affiliate links are posted through out. It has taken me a few days to get the taste the way I want it, but I do not claim to have come up with the original Starbucks recipe – this is just my own version and take on the drink. To me it tastes similar and I like it.
When it comes to food, I really am a “eat all the yum” type of gal. I consider myself the Andrew Zimmern in woman form and really am an open-minded person that would try just about (most of the time) anything. But, just because I am willing to try new foods and cuisine, doesn’t mean that I don’t love simplicity. Things like a good hot dog, a simple fresh out of the fryer doughnut or even a sandwich made in the comforts of your own home can really satisfy that craving. Since it’s starting to get a bit warmer here in Hawaii and the sun is setting later in the day, I thought a sandwich would be the perfect “hit the spot” meal for our family for dinner. My husband Kevin took the reigns on this one and created gorgeous sandwiches fit for a King to serve as our meal.
My husband’s delicious creation consisted of: Oven Roasted Turkey, Smoked Ham, Provolone Cheese, fresh tomato and avocado and bacon (because all sandwiches taste great with it) all placed within two thick slices of BFree Foods Brown Seeded Sandwich Loaf Bread. Kevin toasted the sandwich to give it some added texture as well as to melt the cheese and placed this beautiful creation in front of me. Let’s just say… it didn’t last very long and I ate it up quickly.
Quality ingredients make for a great sandwich, no matter how simple it may be to put together. We decided that we really wanted this sandwich to not only taste great, but offer something new for the boys to try. Our choice of the BFree Brown Seeded Loaf was interesting and one we all enjoyed. It was the first time that anyone in my family had tried bread like this one and I think it will become a favorite in our household. It offered great texture with a slightly dense and firm hold to the ingredients on the inside of the sandwich. The Brown Seeded Loaf made for a great addition to our meal last night.
So what is BFree Brown Seeded Sandwich Loaf bread? It is a loaf of bread that is made with a unique blend of flours, starches, proteins and fibers with sunflower seeds and golden linseeds that give the bread a great texture, awesome flavor and make it extraordinarily high in fiber in each and every slice. The BFree Brown Seeded Sandwich Loaf is sliced on its side to give you a bigger better sandwich slice (I especially enjoyed how thick my slices were). These are the perfect loafs for home freezing as well.
The BFree Brown Seeded Sandwich Loaf is Wheat-free, Certified Gluten-Free and free from added sugar. It is Non-GMO, Low-Calorie and Low-Fat and suitable for celiacs. What I really like about this bread is that it not only tastes great (it really does), but it’s high in fiber. My whole family absolutely loved it. I’ll be honest, I thought the boys would notice a big difference in how the bread tasted in comparison to our usual Multi-Grain bread, but they didn’t and in fact commented on how much they loved it. I especially love a bread that has sunflower seeds in it, so this particular bread stole my heart at first bite.
This awesome bread is exclusive to Costco (sold in the traditional Costco two pack) and is rolling out in Costco Hawaii stores so if you are one of my Hawaii readers, you can expect to start seeing it pop up at your location. This delicious bread is a great and nutritious alternative to conventional breads that can leave you feeling bloated or tired. It’s a hearty bread (very filling and firm) and unlike other wheat-free products that can crumble or break, the BFree holds together keeping your hearty sandwich in tact. This also tastes great in french toast and even better toasted or as a part of your grilled cheese sandwich.
My husband and I do our best to feed our children healthy meals and we are always on the lookout to stock our pantry and fridge with foods that are not only good for us, but foods that taste good too. We cleaned through two loaves of this stuff in a matter of a week because it really is that good. If you are near a Costco, stop in and see if they have it in stock or check out BFree Foods online and see the other products they also offer. From Tortillas to white bread, they literally have it all.
So – what about you? Does this sound like the kind of bread you would enjoy? Are you a sandwich eater, could you see yourself enjoying our version of a Turkey, Avo and Bacon sandwich? Comment below and let me know how you would use the BFree Brown Seeded bread.
Disclaimer: Some of the products discussed and/or featured in this post were sent to me for feature purposes and review. All opinions are my own, 100% honest and unbiased (as with anything you will find here on this site). I was not paid to provide my thoughts or feature this product, but affiliate links are posted through out.
As a blogger I receive some of the coolest products on the market sometimes and it’s always so exciting and rewarding considering all the work I put into my blog. I work with various PR Companies as well as different affiliates and have had the opportunity to try out products I would either only dream of or never heard of before. Recently I was sent the Bonus Box by Rakuten Affiliate Network. I have been a Rakuten Affiliate now for quite a few years and really considered this Bonus Box to be such a wonderful surprise, but also something fun for brands and advertisers to engage with one another. This fun box has given me the opportunity to try out some of the affiliates offered through Rakuten so that I can share great products with my readers as well.
As I mentioned previously, the Bonus Box by Rakuten Affiliate Network is a great chance and opportunity to bloggers such as myself to try out products from brands that offer affiliate links on the Rakuten network. I was one of 50 chosen publishes to receive the Q1 Bonus Box by Rakuten and was so happy to see that the box included fun fashion and lifestyle products by the advertisers, all of which go great with my blog’s demographic. Today I’m going to share with you the products that were included as well as the brands. Check out some of these awesome goodies, they make great gifts and are perfect for the Spring and Summer months. This awesome box includes a value of about $400.00 worth of products and gift codes.
Some of the brands included in this Bonus Box included Gift codes to purchase items through their online stores (Dawgs and Jus by Julie) while products were also included from brands like Sweaty Betty, Links of London, Folli Follie and Six:02.
I received a really cool drawstring bag and hair tie from Six: 02 that can be used for the gym to store or carry your workout gear or for hiking and / or every day use. From Sweaty Betty I got a Black Racerback Athlete Workout Vest ($50.00). Others who received the Bonus Box may have gotten a t-shirt in place of the top I received because this plus size woman needed something to fit her girls… so they changed it up some in order to accommodate my plus size.
From Folli Follie I received a gorgeous Happy Nugget Bracelet ($75). This beautiful and trendy bracelet is in a fun and flirty orange color that is perfect for Spring and Summer and makes the perfect accessory. The Happy Nugget Collection includes beautiful, feminine and playful accents to infuse some shine into your day or evening outfits. These can be worn together or stacked with similar pieces in different shapes and colors to compliment your style.
The Links of London White Topaz Pearl Drop Earrings ($150) are inspired by integrity and purity of pearls and are Links of London’s limited edition piece. These sophisticated and versatile earrings look luxurious and have a meaningful addition to any jewelry collection for the Spring and Summer season. They are absolutely gorgeous – lightweight and are showstopping.
Dawgs provided me with a $50 gift certificate which I used towards a new pair of flip flops for myself and one for the husband. I love these for the beach and since Spring and Summer mean beach time in Hawaii, these make great additions to our footwear. Dawgs offers comfortable and affordable footwear for the whole family and their mission is to help out your tired feet. These flip flops are super comfy and great for a beach stroll.
Jus by Julie ofered a gift code that would allow you to get a complimentary 1 day cleanse ($50 value) and 1 probiotic coffee ($8.00) and free shipping. I also took this opportunity to order another juice to try out – the Coconut and the Pumpkin Coconut Bisque soup. The 1 Day Cleanse includes 6 different juices and I look forward to trying them out. I’ll have a full review on it in the next week or so, but filled with uniquely blended juices – this cleanse sounds pretty stellar and I would have never tried it if not for the Rakuten Bonus Box.
As a blogger, I have tried many products and I’m always so excited to get my hands on new things. But, as someone who really takes the time to learn about the brands I work with – I really like that Rakuten provides and offers something so cool for their advertisers. I loved being able to try out these products and love the fact that I can share them with all of you. As many of you know if you have been here for a while, I take pride in talking about things truthfully and discussing my thoughts (whether good or bad) on products mentioned here. This awesome Bonus Box gave me the opportunity to try out a few brands I have never tried before and share them with you. Since I have been enjoying all of the items I received in this Bonus Box, you may see future features or reviews in the coming months on each product. Let me know if you have tried any of these before and what your thoughts are. If you haven’t – are there any products that I got in this box that you may have your sights on?
Disclaimer: This box was sent to me as a part of an affiliate network and pr sample. All opinions are my own, 100% honest and unbiased as with anything discussed on this site. Affiliate links for some of these companies are posted through out and by clicking on them and purchasing an item, I can receive a commission.
It’s no secret if you follow me on Social Media that my husband and I enjoy “throwin down” in the kitchen. We love to cook and consider ourselves self proclaimed foodies. My husband also loves to grill foods and a great barbecue is always on our minds. In the past I have talked about other grilling tools and since we are literally prepping for the Spring and Summer cookouts, I figured it would be the perfect time to share this awesome product with all of you. The Cave Tools Barbecue Grill Spatula with Bottle Opener is a must have for your favorite grilling guy in your life. Let’s learn more about it, shall we?
Retailing for $11.99 (currently on sale), this Super Heavy Duty BBQ grill spatula is the perfect tool for your grilling needs. It is made with thick stainless steel metal (20% thicker than normal barbecue tool sets) so you can easily flip those hamburgers with ease. Extremely durable and made really well, this spatula will never bend or break when picking up large pieces of meat – which is a huge plus. We love to cook great big pieces of meat on our grill and many times my husband also has racks of ribs so this works for all of those things and more.
What we enjoy about it is that this awesome spatula is an “all in one” and offers a serrated edge so you can cut through food. It’s sharp and cuts nicely without any issues. The tip of the spatular is contoured so you can easily pick up and/or flip your meat (again, perfect for large steaks) and you even have a bottle opener, which comes in great when you are tailgating or having a get together outside with family and friends.
My husband enjoys the fact that it not only works, works well but is very sturdy and easy to clean. You can easily put it into your dishwasher (woohoo!) and the wide hanging hook and leather strap fits on any grill tools holder, so it makes storage easy too. Since this is a sturdy, well made spatula, it can be a bit heavy with extended use – especially for those like me who have carpal tunnel. So – I tend to put it down after I’m done using it to give my wrists a break. However, I really don’t mind it so much because it is so well made that I know that it can take the brutality of cooking consistently and I love that it is sturdy.
Cave Tools offers a Lifetime Satisfaction Guarantee on this product. If at any time you are unhappy with your barbecue spatula, you can return it for a full money back refund. Considering the price and the customer service you get – I think that’s quite a bargain. Oh – the spatula also comes with 25 Professional Cooking Recipes with step by step instructions so you can get cooking right away. You can also check out their detailed tutorial videos on the site.
I’m always excited to share great “hubby approved” products here and I love when they have something to do with food too. With Father’s Day a few months away and grilling season at our back doors, this would make a great gift for any man in your life – or woman, who loves to throw down on the grill.
Get this product and more from Cave Tools at: http://cavetools.com/products/barbecue-spatula-with-bottle-opener. Purchase this product on Amazon and use code: ZTLRH2XD for 15% off your Spatula purchase. Click here to visit the Amazon Page where this item is sold.
Disclaimer: The product mentioned in this post was sent to me for review consideration. All opinions are my own, 100% honest and unbiased and I was not paid to provide my thoughts on this product. Affiliate links are posted through out.
If you are anything like me, then you have a craving for some form of pasta or pasta sauce on a weekly. I try my best to eat it in moderation, but any form of pasta is my favorite as Italian food literally is my favorite type to eat. While I don’t knock those that choose to use jar or can pasta sauce (you can take any of those and really turn it up in flavor if you do it right), I make many of my sauces from scratch. It’s easy and I tend to have the ingredients on hand for any given moment. One of my favorites is Pesto. Pesto keeps pretty well so you get a lot of use out of it and I also use it as a seasoning to some of my traditional pasta sauces like my homemade alfredo. A favorite pesto of mine is the Macadamia Nut Pesto and it’s one you can find in my house often. It’s easy and today I’m going to share it with you my easy macadamia nut pesto recipe.
Creating the perfect Pesto is about great “green” ingredients. I love fresh basil so the fresher you can get it – the better it tastes and the longer it will last once you make your pesto. I have done pesto with Kale and spinach before and they all come out really nice, so it really is up to you. Before making your pesto, check to see if your local Farmer’s Market has some fresh basil, grab a few sprigs from your garden or pick up a fresh batch from your local grocer.
Check out the video walk through here:
When selecting your ingredients, you can go all fresh – but I chose to use what I had on hand. What I love about recipes like this is that you literally can taper the ingredients and when I’m craving something, I like to be able to cook things on a whim. This is a no cook recipe… so if you’re in the mood for some really good pesto and have the ingredients on hand or can pick it up – try this out.
Don’t forget to check out the video (embedded above) or click the link here for all the details, a step by step walk through and more. This is such an easy recipe, you can use so many other products in place. If you are not a fan of macadamia nuts, you can replace them with the traditional pine nuts or use walnuts, almonds… whatever you are in the mood for. Like I mentioned previously, you can also replace the basil with items like kale or spinach. The texture will be a bit difference, but overall – it will have the same type of concept. I like to also add a little bit of coconut oil into my recipe, but chose not to since the weather is a bit cold, I didn’t want it solidifying in the mixture.
I hope you enjoyed this recipe and if you decide to try it out, be sure to come and let me know.
Disclaimer: This recipe is utilizing products and ingredients I purchased with my own money. All opinions are my own, 100% honest and unbiased and I was not paid to provide my thoughts. This post and video are not sponsored. Affiliate links are posted through out.