When Pinterest first came out and just a handful of my friends were using it, I didn’t immediately jump on the bandwagon. I suppose one might say I was, to create another portmanteau, Pinterelunctant to take part in yet another social media medium, and one that was all about “vision boarding,” to boot. I am a List Girl, for sure, but I don’t clip colorful images or clever quotes out of magazines or catalogs and affix them to bulletin board in the hopes it will inspire me. It’s a nice idea, but it just ain’t me.
But, as Pinterest grew in popularity, I found myself giving it a second chance, and before I knew what had happened, I’d created several different “boards” — one for recipes I want to try, one for recipes I have tried and love, one for shoes, one for hair, one for a future laundry room remodel, one for Rowan’s upcoming birthday party, and so on. So, I guess I am a visionary after all!
I use Pinterest as I think the majority of people do, as a place to collect and collate all the things I see on the internet that I would like to do/buy/try/strive for. I’m quick to “like” something, but slower to “pin” it. I think the iPhone app is completely useless, but when it does work, it’s a nice waiting-room time killer, to scroll through my friends’ pins. And, I don’t take myself very seriously, as evidenced by some of the names I’ve given my boards. My favorite is “You’ve got the kind of lovin’ that can be so smooth(ie), yeah.” It contains, as you might’ve guessed, recipes for smoothies.
It’s a stretch, and I’m a big, fat dork, I know.
(Are we friends on Pinterest? If not, we should be! No surprise, I’m “onenjen” there, too. If you’d like an invite, let me know!)
My good pal Nanette is a Pinterenthusiast (we can play this game all day, I bet), and she recently started a weekly blog link-up called Pinteractive. It’s one thing to pin a great idea, hack, craft or recipe, but how many of us actually take the next step and try it? Pinteractive encourages us all to do just that — to get (inter)active with our pins and share the results with our fellow Pinterpals. (OK, I’m done with that game, swearsies.)
Speaking of smoothies, a few weeks ago I decided to try a recipe I first saw on Pinterest, from Iowa Girl Eats. One of the main ingredients is spinach, which might make some people cringe, but oh, it’s quite delicious! Everyone asks if you can taste the spinach, and my answer is yes, you can! The thing is, spinach — particularly baby spinach — is quite sweet. When blended together with frozen banana, peanut butter, yogurt and milk (dairy or any other vareity), the result is delightful treat.
I tweaked the recipe a bit by subbing almond butter, using low-fat blueberry yogurt, adding in a tablespoon of flaxseed meal, and a splash of apple juice for a little extra sweetness. Yes, this smoothie is GREEEEEN, but I promise it doesn’t taste like blended lawn clippings, as someone (*ahem* my dad *ahem*) on Facebook suggested. TRY IT!
I was recently contacted by the folks at So Delicious Dairy Free who asked if I wanted to receive a sample pack of their newest non-dairy milk products. Sure! I exclaimed. Little did I know that two weeks later, two VERY LARGE freezer/cold boxes would arrive at my work. One contained two samples of their Almond Plus Milk Beverage, one plain and one vanilla. The other box contained several half-pints of their Almond Milk Non-Dairy Frozen Dessert (in flavors like Butter Pecan, Mocha Almond Fudge, and Mint Chip) and two boxes of their Almond Milk Mini Fudge Bars. SCORE!
No one in my house is lactose intolerant, but I am definitely interested in trying dairy-free products, if nothing more for some variety in our diet. I’d reviewed So Delicious’ Coconut Milk Creamer over at Food Lush (this is how So Delicious found me), which is a great substitute for half-and-half, my usual coffee accoutrement. And sometimes Roth is a little sensitive to super-rich dairy products, so I was excited to bring home this awesome sample pack.
Rowan flat-out loves the Almond Milk Mini Fudge Bars. They’re the perfect size for small hands, and just enough of a treat for the adults in the house, too. Roth and I both liked the Almond Milk Non-Dairy Frozen Desserts — he liked the Mocha Almond Fudge while I liked the Butter Pecan the best. We both tried the vanilla-flavored Almond Plus Milk Beverage in our coffee, but didn’t love it as much as the coconut creamer. Roth commented that it was lacking in that typical dairy “mouthfeel.” Just not creamy enough for coffee.
I decided to use the vanilla-flavored Almond Plus Milk Beverage in my green smoothie this weekend, and it was great! Since it’s not as thick as milk, it made for a thinner, easier-to-drink smoothie. I also used it in another smoothie recipe I’d found on Pinterest — the “Indugle,” or chocolate peanut butter smoothie, from Glitter Guide. As with the green smoothie, I subbed almond butter, and used Special Dark cocoa powder. The result was a super decadent frozen treat that I’d most definitely make again.
I received the So Delicious Almond Milk products as a free sample, but all the words and opinions are my own.