Guide to Delicious & Beautiful Smoothie Bowls

This week we are talking smoothie bowls! This has been a big trend for a while now, so we decided we wanted to share some of our favorite recipes and combinations too!

A good smoothie bowl starts with a good smoothie! Here’s what you’ll need:

  • A base ingredient to help the smoothie be thick and creamy such as bananas or Greek yogurt.
  • A splash of liquid to help get the blender going. You can use a variety of juices but lately we’ve been using non-dairy milks such as almond milk, soy milk, or oat milk.
  • Fruits, veggies, nuts, seeds — pretty much anything else you want to add for taste, color, and nutritional value!

Once you’ve got your smoothie, the next step is toppings! These give your smoothie bowl a variety of tastes and textures, and help it look pretty too!

We usually start with some of the fruits that we included in the actual smoothie. Then we get a little more creative. For example, if we included almond milk in the smoothie, perhaps we would top the smoothie bowl with actual almonds for some added crunch! Use your creativity, the options are ENDLESS!

Below are a few fun recipes to help you get started!

Purple Peaches Eater

  • Fresh peaches
  • Frozen blueberries
  • Frozen blackberries
  • Frozen raspberries
  • Frozen strawberries
  • Oat milk
  • Honey

Give Almond Love to You

  • Fresh banana
  • Frozen strawberries
  • Greek yogurt (we used Chobani Peach)
  • Almond milk

Good luck and happy blending! Let us know your favorite combinations in the comments below!

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Peaches & Honey Summer Spritz

Peach season in Wisconsin usually ends sometime in September so we’re soaking up every ounce of it while we can. With that in mind, this week we are sharing a delicious peaches & honey cocktail!

This recipe is a variation of one developed by Spring44 Distilling and features their fantastic honey vodka. Here’s what you’ll need!

Ingredients:

  • 1 oz Spring44 Distilling Honey Vodka
  • 1 oz peach liqueur
  • lemon or grapefruit sparkling water (we used Klarbrunn’s Citrus Blend!)
  • sliced peaches
  • mint leaves

Directions:

  1. Muddle the honey vodka and peach liqueur with peaches and mint leaves.
  2. Shake with ice and strain into highball glass.
  3. Top with sparkling water.
  4. Garnish with sliced peaches and a sprig of mint.
  5. Enjoy!

Let us know your thoughts in the comments if you try it out! What is your favorite peach recipe for the summer?

Fresh Summer Cucumber Melon Cocktail & Tomato Basil Bruschetta

We’re putting a fresh, new twist on the classic cucumber melon combo. And with it, we think we’ve found the perfect summer drink to cool off with.

Ingredients (for 4 servings):

Directions:

  1. Place frozen watermelon cubes and cucumber slices into pitcher.
  2. Add gin and lemonade and stir.
  3. Top with sparkling water.
  4. Serve with mint sprig.
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We can’t think of a better summer snack to pair with this cocktail than this easy bruschetta with tomato, basil, and fresh mozzarella.

Ingredients:

  • Loaf of french bread
  • Olive oil
  • Fresh garlic or garlic powder
  • 1 tomato (per 4 large slices of bread)
  • Fresh mozzarella balls
  • Fresh basil
  • Balsamic vinegar or vinaigrette

Directions:

  1. Slice bread and rub with clove of garlic if using fresh garlic.
  2. Drizzle with olive oil. If using garlic powder, sprinkle on after olive oil has been poured.
  3. Broil for about 5 minutes or until bread is golden brown.
  4. While the bread is in the oven, dice the tomato(es) and slice the mozzarella and basil.
  5. Remove bread from oven and top with tomato, mozzarella, and basil.
  6. Put back in the oven and broil for about 5 more minutes or until cheese has melted to the level desired.
  7. Drizzle with balsamic vinegar or balsamic vinaigrette and enjoy!

If you try out either of these recipes (or both!), let us know in the comments! We’d love to hear what you think!

Welcome!

Hello and welcome to our new blog! We are Lauren & The Foreign and we’re very excited to start sharing with you our cocktail recipes, travel adventures, lifestyle tips and so much more! To get started, we wanted to give you some background on who we are and how Lauren & The Foreign began.

The Foreign’s real name is Julia, and she was born in Russia. She came to the United States when she was 8, and met Lauren in 5th grade. We’ve been best friends almost ever since!

Last year we developed an interest in wine and spirits and have been experimenting and developing recipes for all kinds of different cocktails. We also love travelling together and have been coast to coast sight-seeing, and of course, sampling drinks!

 A couple of things we both love, aside from fine wine and cocktails: chocolate covered strawberries, The Office, the beach, Joanne the Scammer (check out our parody here!), and Laffy Taffys!

We’re looking forward to sharing more stories and recipe ideas with you soon, and we hope you follow along with us on this next exciting step in our journey!