Iced Iced Coffee…

A few posts ago, I mentioned I’d been having trouble sleeping. While I’m still not sleeping so well, it has gotten better! Thank you for all your tips! Today I came across these 7 Weird Tricks to Help You Fall Asleep. Have you guys tried any of these?? I think a rocking chair would be a nice way to relax before bed! Too bad I don’t have one… the toe curling trick seems like an easy one. I think I’ll have to keep these in mind next time I’m tossing and turning!

I’ve been reading a lot about the salmonella outbreak in eggs, and I must say, it makes the vegan thing a little easier 😉 Not because I’m afraid of food poisoning (let’s face it, salmonella has been a problem in spinach, peanut butter, etc.) But when I read about the conditions these chickens are in, and how dirty the environment is, it just doesn’t make me crave scrambled eggs! Here was a nice article about How to Buy the Healthiest Eggs so all you non-vegans should check it out 🙂 You gotta know where your food is coming from!

I’ve been using my vita-mix a lot. (I missed it on vacation!) This morning I made myself some iced coffee. Here is my super simple Iced Coffee recipe:

Simple Iced Coffee

  • 1 cup cold coffee- roasted extra strong!
  • 1 packet truvia
  • 5 cubes of frozen unsweetened vanilla almond milk
  • 3 drops vanilla stevia

I just throw it in the Vita-mix for a few minutes, and then drink up. So good! I really want to try other milk alternatives though. Not that I don’t love my Almond Breeze, but I like trying new things… Any other milk suggestions? Soy milk? Rice milk? Other almond milks?

So I know I’m a huge dork, but I was really excited when a new (bigger) Kroger opened up on my way home from work! It’s HUGE! The produce section is amazing, and they have everything. They also have something called “Moon Pop” which I’d never heard of, and never seen anywhere else, because they make it right there in the store…

That’s moon pop, which is sort of like a giant rice cake…

My friend tried it, and she said it was gross. That it was too bland. And it’s true, it’s kind of bland. (It is, after all, basically a giant rice cake.) But it only has 10 calories per huge cake! So think about the possibilities! I started experimenting. I had some with salsa. (Delicious). Hummus (YUM!).  I sprayed some with a tiny bit of olive oil, and added salt and pepper, then baked it in the oven. It was pretty good! Sort of like salt and pepper popchips. Then I tried one with a sprinkle of cinnamon and truvia. It was sweet and tasty! Definitely a good tv snack, since you can mindlessly munch with no guilt! I’m not saying these are really a stellar health food, because they don’t really offer any nutritional benefits… but it’s better than popping open a bag of chips! And hey, I’m a sucker for a new food product 🙂

Anyway, it’s been sort of a rough night, 😦  but I’m learning what it means to be an adult, so that’s good! I think I’m going to go make some protein ice cream and finish watching this documentary…

Anyone have any good documentary suggestions? Food related or non-food related! I’m always up for some educational tv 😉

Also, if you need some inspiration… check out this post from Meredith and go live an epic life 🙂

-LLV

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11 Responses so far »

  1. 1

    emily said,

    Glad you are sleeping a bit better! Hope some of the suggestions were useful, too. 🙂

    Thanks for the egg link; definitely going to check it out!

  2. 2

    Dee said,

    I have tried a product similiar to moonpop called magicpop. It’s great broken up and dipped into things. also smeared with hummus. I had to stop buying it because at 10 calories I was popping them a little too much.

  3. 3

    I want to try the moonpop…that sounds interesting! PB&J would be good with that too! I also like Silk Almond milk. I also like So Delicious Coconut Milks. All are really good! Do you do Netflix because we are crazy about the documentaries on that!

  4. 4

    Meredith said,

    hey Liz, thanks for the amazing shout out!!! (and for the article about the egg situation… I’ve been kicking back and forth the idea of going from vegetarian to vegan, so I appreciate all the input I can get!) keep being EPIC!

  5. 5

    oh wow-moon pops would totally be perfect for making your own specialty flavored pop chips.
    i just had salt and vinegar pop chips for the first time the other day! oh my gosh. my daughter and i ate them up so fast!
    Off the Grid by Morgan Spurlock was interesting 🙂

  6. 7

    Simply Life said,

    Great to know about the iced coffee -I really need to start doing that so I don’t drink coffee while sweating 🙂

  7. 8

    I would love to have an iced coffee right now. I’m kind of dragging 😦

    Those moonpops look interesting, baking them in the oven was a good idea, maybe you could try out different seasonings?

  8. 9

    Commandrea said,

    I was looking for what the heck to do with the Moon Pops when I saw your post about iced coffee. I used a Toddy, which is a cold brew process that leaves you with an awesomely smooth ice coffee base plus it keeps for several days. You just add the milk you like, and maybe even a bit of water if it is too strong for your taste. It would be good for a sensitive vegan stomach. You can heat it for a cup of hot coffee too. How about PB, Banana, Cinnamon and Agave on the Moon Pops? I’ll try it for my next midnight snaack 🙂

  9. 11

    […] anyone seen these Mr. Wheat snacks? It’s sort of like Moon Pop but it has a little more flavor. (There we’re four different varieties, I decided to try the […]


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