Buzzed

Wine Feature: Folly of the Beast

Type: Pinot Noir

Sweetness: Dry

Pros: Affordable Pinot Noir (only $13… whaaaat?)

Cons: Only available through Winc.

Although I’m no wine connoisseur, I pride myself in not tolerating wine from a bag or anything labeled “Moscato”. I paired my sippings with some pan fried sole and quinoa, but I think it would have gone better with some pasta or steak. I also wish I would’ve had some cheese to eat with it before dinner (hello Havarti), but I guess we’ll do that next time. Overall, if you don’t mind waiting a few days for your wine to get delivered, I totally recommend it.

P.S. Peep my adorable custom wine glass given to me by my best friend. Don’t you love it?

Keep drinking (unless you’re an alcoholic, then like, don’t),

Nicki G.

Buzzed

Coffee, Wine, & Sunshine

Coffee, wine, and sunshine. Just a few things I need to get through the weeks. Like a lot of you, I can’t survive a day without a cup of coffee in the morning. I know, I know, coffee isn’t the best source of energy, but I can’t seem to make the switch to matcha yet. My cute coffee mugs help me get through the mornings (and I guess the caffeine does, too) & they make for a #trendy picture. I also drink my coffee black, which makes me a little more of a bad b*tch (kidding…ish), & cuts out a ton of unnecessary calories. Life hack?

And wine? Yes, please. What helps you relax after a stressful day of school and work? Wine. What goes great with popcorn and a good movie? Wine. What helps you feel better after you fail an exam you studied so hard for (ok fine, only the night before)? Wine. You can’t ever go wrong, and there are so many different varieties to bless your pallet with.

This summer’s fad: Rosé. You see it everywhere. If you follow @thefatjewish and @babewalker on Instagram, you’re definitely familiar with the Rosé empire they’ve built the past few years. I also stumbled upon a website that delivers unique (and extremely trendy) bottles of wine right to your doorstep, Winc. I tried it out for myself and was totally hooked. Choose from whites, reds, rosés, and a ton of different blends. I have my bottle of Summer Water Rosé waiting in my fridge for the perfect occasion, so I’ll keep you guys posted on how it tastes. Screen Shot 2017-06-26 at 11.07.08 AM

Speaking of summer, let’s talk about the big star in the sky. As a resident of the sunny Sunshine State, Vitamin D is a must. The beautiful beaches of Miami, Fl, or your friend’s pool that might as well be a part of a hotel on the beach, are great ways to get outdoors and soak up some rays. If you don’t have any friends who have pools, go make some. Summertime is all about getting a bomb tan and spending time outside. Don’t forget to lather up in some SPF to protect your skin from harmful UV rays- I’m currently paying the price of a bad sunburn. No really, I look like a tomato.

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Stay hydrated during these major heat waves (and obviously rock a cute pair of sunnies)! Literally everything goes wrong once you’re dehydrated. Everything. Trust me, I’m almost a nurse.

Have a kick ass day,

Nicki G

Recipes

Peanut Butter, Please

I accidentally bought crunchy (ew) peanut butter and opened it before realizing it. Bummer, right? Wrong. Crunchy peanut butter is great for smoothies- it adds the perfect amount of texture. Here’s my recipe (ok I may have stolen it from my sister) to a quick and easy PB protein smoothie that’s perfect for when you’re running late to class. Or when you’re too lazy to make dinner.

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons of crunchy peanut butter (or creamy if you didn’t mess up like I did)
  • 2 teaspoons of vanilla flavored protein powder
  • 1 banana
  • soy milk
  • 1 cup of crushed ice
  • cinnamon
  • blueberries
  • honey or agave
  • chia seeds

Prep

Add all the ingredients to a blender. I usually eyeball the soy milk so that’s all on you. Sprinkle some chia seeds and add a dash of cinnamon. I usually add about eight to ten blueberries and drizzle a small amount of honey (or agave) on top to sweeten. Blend that sh*t together and pour it in your cup of choice. Voila! A lazy girl’s dinner (don’t worry guys, we won’t tell anyone you’re skipping out on a #gainz meal) that’s packed with protein, omega-3, and deliciousness. I made this for dinner, but this is also a great option for breakfast on the go!

 

Happy blending,

Nicki G.

Recipes

Avocado Toast

If you follow me on any social media, you know I’m a fanatic for avocado toast. It’s a delicious, superfood breakfast that gives you energy for the whole morning. I’m sharing my recipe because everyone keeps harassing me on Instagram and Snapchat. It’s quick, easy, and fun to make!

Ingredients

  • 1/2 Hass avocado
  • 1/4 lime
  • Pico de gallo
  • 1 brown egg
  • 1 slice of whole wheat bread
  • Chia seeds
  • Hot sauce (optional)
  • Olive oil
  • Salt and pepper

Prep

Cut your avocado in half and pick the half you’ll be indulging in. You can store the other half in a Ziploc bag in your fridge for up to one day. Cut your lime. In a small bowl, place the cut pieces of avocado (tip: peel the skin off the avocado to keep the nutrients; don’t scoop it out) and season with salt and pepper to taste. Drizzle a small amount of olive oil and squeeze the lime. Mash and mix until it starts to look like guac. Add about a teaspoon of your pico de gallo. Continue guacing.

Grease a small pan with some olive oil and wait for it to warm up on medium heat. Crack your brown egg and season it with some salt and pepper. Cook to your preference. I always go for over-easy, but I know some people get weird with yolk. Toast your bread to desired toasty-ness. I use different varieties of Dave’s Killer Bread because it’s packed with nutrients and protein.

At this point, you kind of start to feel like a contestant on Master Chef because everything starts moving so quickly. Get your toasted bread out of the toaster and top it with your smashed avocado. Sprinkle a dash of chia seeds over it. Hopefully your egg hasn’t burned at this point. Use your spatula skills to finally top your beautiful toast creation with your egg. If you’re wild, drizzle on some hot sauce for a fun kick.

And there you have it! Nicki’s Signature Avocado Toast. Try it out and let me know how it comes out. If you post on Instagram, use the hashtags #justnickithings and #eatwithme.

Happy Eating,

Nicki G