It’s October. Let’s Enjoy Treats, Not Mindlessly Gorge on Them. We Can Do This!

pumpkin blog ready

Welcome to October. This past week I had a little a-ha moment and wanted to share, in case it resonants with you as well.

Last weekend I made a few homemade treats for my husband’s birthday. It was so fun and so easy because I used ingredients that included sugar, flour and cream. With these ingredients everything was basically guaranteed to turn out dreamily (and it did!) I made brownies, cookies and chocolate ice cream – all the birthday boy’s favorites.

Then we had a few people over and we ate them. The end.

It should be the end, right? That’s how treats work in the perfect world:

  • There is something celebratory going on.
  • A person lovingly makes a special food using pronounceable ingredients.
  • A group of people come together and enjoy the treat in accompaniment with other fun activities.
  • And then we move on in our lives back to nutrient-rich conscious eating for our health.

But this is October, so that’s not how treats will roll out for most of us.

  • We will be bombarded with little packaged candies in every house, school and work cubby,
  • Pinterest-worthy Halloween themed treats will be at every event (big or small), and
  • Pumpkin spiced sugary hot drinks will somehow be desired and easily obtained every day.

I encourage us all to make this October the month we evaluate our mindless treat eating and drinking habits.

  • If you don’t feel like your energy is as high as you’d like it,
  • if your immunity is not as strong as you would like it,
  • if your belly is not as tight as you would like it,
  • if your mood is not as peppy as you would like it…

… then you may wish to experiment with turning treats back into what they were designed to be: a special celebratory accompaniment to other fun activities made and consumed with happiness and love. If consuming a treat won’t make you feel wonderful in every way, then SKIP IT!

If you love baking, hot sweet drink consuming, and the smell of pumpkin spice, then use your powers for good and make beautiful, autumn-y, cleaned-up, nutrient-rich, real foods using ingredients that build us up and power us forward. Here are a few of my recommendations:

Pumpkin Spice Mini Muffins from the Gracious Pantry — I use whole eggs or flax “eggs.” Egg whites are so 2000.

Pumpkin Spice Granola from Sally’s Baking Addiction — I say ditch the egg whites and use two extra tablespoons of coconut oil.

Upside Down Apple Tartlets from Elana’s Pantry found on Rubies and Radishes — Just go look at these. They are beautiful!! (I haven’t made them, just drooled on my computer over them.)

Pumpkin Spice Creamer from Coconut Mama — I don’t even like coffee and this looks yummy. I’m going to add it to my Chai tea!

Healthy Halloween Treats on Pinterest — There are SO many great ideas for ways to incorporate Halloween into your food without sky-diving out of a plane into ProcessedFoodTown and/or SugarVille. If you have the time, energy and creative spirit to throw a little holiday fun into your October, then I say you do it! And this Pinterest link leads to hundreds of ideas to get you started.

candy rain This is what SugarVille and ProcessedFoodTown looks like when the candy rains down. ;)

Enjoy October everyone!


Interested in the Lean.Green.Kitchen’s Halloween Manifesto? You’ll find it here:

Halloween Manifesto  Halloween Manifesto

Gatorade is not healthy!

Gatorade Alternative

Gatorade is filled with nasty chemicals, artificial flavorings, colorings and lots of refined sugar. It is not healthy!! If you need more info to decide if drinking Gatorade or Powerade is for you, I encourage you to read these three articles before making your decision. Then come on back and make the EASY and CHEAP Gatorade alternative recipe below. It tastes so much better than the processed nastiness!

NPR – Some Athletes Reject High Tech Sports Fuel in Favor of Real Food

Food Babe – The Secret Behind Gatorade and How to Replenish Electrolytes Naturally

The Atlantic – The Controversial Science of Sports Drinks


Lemon-Orange “Aid”

  • Mix 2 cups coconut water, juice from a lemon and half an orange, 1T maple syrup (or honey), a pinch of salt.
  • You can make it stronger or sweeter to your preference and dilute it with extra water and ice to what works best for you.
  • I like to slice the other half of the orange into rounds and float them in the jar. The drink gets better after spending a night in the refrigerator.

For more hydration drink options, check out this post: Stay Hydrated

Hydration Smoothie Vitamin Water Gatorade Alternative

Recovery Smoothie, anyone?

recovery smoothie

I can’t even believe it… it has been one year since the Lean.Green.Kitchen blog launched. I remember the excitement, the gripping fear, the hopefulness all whirling around as I clicked “Publish” for the first time. It was awesome. I eased into the first post with a celebratory Pom Orange Spritzer recipe and smiled most of the day.

Now here we are a year later and I am much higher (though nowhere near the top) on the blogging learning curve. I have given this blog over 1,000 hours of my time – blood, sweat and tears included. My strengths and weaknesses are bared out for all to see on this site, for I have been authentic through the entire process.

So a celebratory spritzer sounds good right about now, but it’s not an authentic representation of where this blog is today. We are in the thick of it. Much work has been done and much more work is before us. It’s time for a recovery smoothie. Something to replenish nutrients lost through good old-fashioned work, and to power us up for all that remains ahead of us.

Recovery Smoothie

Recipe: Recovery Smoothie


  • 1/2 banana
  • 1/2 cup plain kefir or yogurt (dairy or non dairy both work)
  • 2/3 cup frozen blueberries
  • 1 T coconut oil
  • 1 cup coconut water
  • 1 T aloe vera juice (optional)
  • 1 handful spinach (optional)
  • 25 drops liquid B complex (optional)
  • 1 t green powder (optional, I use Vitamineral Green)

Recovery Smoothie Ingredients


  1. Blend together until smooth. Adjust the thickness to your personal taste by using more or less coconut water.

Preparation time: 5 minute(s)

Number of servings (yield): 1 (very thirsty person) or 2 (somewhat thirsty people)

I drink this smoothie 5 or 6 days a week, especially after hot yoga classes, stressful situations, and working in the yard. It also makes a wonderful breakfast that powers me through without hunger until lunch and is a beautiful food for anyone fighting off or recovering from illness. With probiotics, great fats, electrolytes and super foods, this smoothie is a healthy gift you can give yourself today. And that’s reason to truly celebrate!

Happy Blogoversary to the Lean.Green.Kitchen community. Let’s keep this up, shall we?

Recovery Smoothie


Anyone remember this bench from the first blog post?

pom spritzer  Here it is! The Pom Spritzer recipe is just a click away.

Leah’s Love of Loose Leaf Tea


Leah with Loose Leaf Tea

In honor of my daughter’s seventh birthday this week, I thought I’d share this fun foodie adventure we took last week. Leah is my toughest critic around here, and the least food-adventurous of our bunch, so her love of our recent Chinese Tea Tasting at Vital Tea Leaf in Chinatown, San Francisco just makes me smile.

Loose Leaf Tea

Uncle Gee, the face of the Vital Tea Leaf company in San Francisco (and Seattle, I think) made quite an impression as he and Ming, his delightful assistant, made my family of four round after round of Chinese teas prepared traditionally while teaching us all about the joys of loose leaf tea. We went home with three of those we sampled and the following two conversations have taken place since:

  • It’s early morning and I’m asleep. Leah comes in quietly and says, “Mom, can you turn on the stove for me? I’d like to make myself a cup of Lychee Black.”
  • I’ve made my son a cup of tea before school. He has doctored it with a few drops of stevia. Leah says, “DEAN, WHAT ARE YOU DOING? You know you ruin the tea by adding sweeteners!”

So Leah has become our resident loose leaf chinese tea expert (and she makes a crazy good cup of Lychee Black). Are you a fan of the loose leaf tea? We are hooked!

Check out this great video if you’d like to see more Vital Tea Leaf propaganda and meet Uncle Gee. It’s so fun!

Happy Birthday Leapy-Lou!


The Real Deal Hot Cocoa

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Happy December Everyone!

I am so excited about this month. After spending the month of November minimizing and purging my home, it is time for the rewards! The uncluttered space motivates me to take things to a new creative place. Plus, I know where to find my stuff now. Mega-bonus.

One way this is manifesting is through our Advent Calendar tradition for the kiddos. In past years, we have phoned it in with a 99 cent calendar from Trader Joe’s with a little milk chocolate candy for each day.

This year I wanted to use it as a tool to connect with each other, create with each other, and give to others together. I’ve had many people ask what we are doing, so I’m sharing — please know that we are in beta-mode on all this. I’m sure by next year I will have many lessons learned.

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I bought little envelopes and holiday tape and the kids and I decorated the envelopes, you know, to build suspense. :) Then I brainstormed a million ideas and stared at our calendar for a very long time and plugged in the ideas I think we can pull off. I sealed the envelopes very loosely with the tape so I can do some last-minute switch-a-roos if I need to as the days get closer. Then I did the smartest thing of all! I typed each day’s activity into the calendar on my phone so I can be prepared for what is coming next. I know, brilliant and a bit out of character for me.

December 1st was a big success. The note said, “Dear Ones, Happy December! Tonight we will drink hot cocoa together and make paper snowflakes to decorate our front window.” Because it was the end of the kids’ Thanksgiving vacation, we took the time to make homemade marshmallows to go on top. (SO EASY AND REWARDING, NOT TO BE MISSED – Marshmallow Link!!) After dinner we got right to it, the kids were VERY eager. It was a lovely evening, and our front window looks quite festive today. The husband even pulled off a Darth Vader snowflake, receiving ample praise from the littles.

Here’s the recipe for the hot cocoa we enjoyed. It is a tweak on a recipe from The Gracious Pantry. I highly, highly recommend making your own cocoa – it is so far superior to the chemical ladened packets from the store and the questionable ingredient list in Starbucks.

Recipe: Real Deal Hot Cocoa


  • 4 cups milk (any unsweetened kind will work, I use organic whole milk)
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 1 1/2 t cinnamon
  • 3 T high quality unsweetened powdered cocoa


  1. Put it all in a saucepan and heat it up over medium heat while whisking away until serving temperature.
  2. Pour into cups and serve (preferably with homemade marshmallows!!!)

Preparation time: 1 minute(s)

Cooking time: 5 minute(s)

Number of servings (yield): 4

photo 2  My marshmallow helper.

photo 1  Dusted them with cocoa powder!

photo 4  Crazy snowflake cutting action.

photo  Window is looking good! (We don’t get snow here, so this is our winter wonderland.)

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For those interested in ideas, here is what one might find in the envelopes over the next 24 days…

Hello Dear Ones. Welcome to December! Tonight we will drink hot cocoa and cut out snowflakes to decorate the front window.

Hello Dear Ones. Let’s make a paper chain to countdown to the big day!

Hello Dear Ones. Today we will make rosemary wreaths for your bedroom doors!

Hello Dear Ones. Hidden in the back room is a present for your housemates. Enjoy! [Mom Note: The housemates are our cats and the kids really want to train them, so they will get some cats treats and a dangling stick toy.]

Hello Dear Ones. Treat Time!! [Mom Note: These are strategically placed on nights the grown-ups have events and we need an Advent break!]

Hello Dear Ones. Let’s pull out the Legos and make Christmas themed stuff together!

Hello Dear Ones. It’s tree time! Let’s get one and decorate this house up!!

Hello Dear Ones. This evening we are going to eat pizza and cuddle up on the couch to watch the new Sound of Music movie together!

Hello Dear Ones. Christmas Book Time!! Boy picks the book and girl picks the spot for our reading snuggle.

Hello Dear Ones. Here is $10. It’s not for you. You’ve got to make someone else’s life better with it. Let’s talk about what we could do with it and then do it!

Hello Dear Ones. Let’s stay up late and watch Sing Off together!

Hello Dear Ones. It’s Origami night!! Let’s make Christmas craziness!!

Hello Dear Ones. Let’s make cookies together and wrap some up to give to others!

Hello Dear Ones. Today we are going on an adventure. It’s exciting and fun and awesome. Hope you are ready!!

Hello Dear Ones. Date Day with a parent. Might be a good opportunity to work on a gift for your bro/sis!!

Hello Dear Ones. Christmas Book Time!! Girl picks the book and boy picks the spot for our reading snuggle.

Hello Dear Ones. Let’s watch YouTube and make some crazy Christmas Rainbow Loom Charms together!

Hello Dear Ones. Tonight is going to be crazy rad! We are going to look at lights. And there’s a twist, but it is a surprise!!

Hello Dear Ones. Treat Time!! And we get to wrap up a gift for your teachers together.

Hello Dear Ones. It’s Christmas Movie Night! Put on your PJs and enjoy some popcorn!

Hello Dear Ones. Crazy fun family night… Love you guys so much!!


It’s not perfect, but it is a wonderful start and suits us and our style real nicely. I even have a few envelopes that are empty so we can inject some spontaneity into the whole thing which is really our style. Like everything else on the Lean.Green.Kitchen site… I recommend taking the parts that interest you and leave the rest!

May you make the most of the final month of 2013.


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Kombucha: A Most Excellent Adventure


Freak out your friends! Wow your kiddos! Save a bundle! Support your gut!

After over a year of wishing I was making Kombucha, reading about Kombucha, watching youtube videos on Kombucha, and spending way too much money drinking someone else’s Kombucha, a SCOBY fell in my lap last month. I mean my friend gave me her baby. I mean she pulled the baby apart from her mother. I’m sorry, I can’t help it – my best friend gets so creeped out when I talk about the SCOBY being a mother and producing a baby, that I just can’t stop trying to make it sound horrible.

I know the Lean.Green.Kitchen community has people all over the Kombucha spectrum -from avid daily drinkers on one side, all the way over to those who have never heard of it (or worse, read Wikipedia and think it kills people.) My hope is that this post motivates you to move along the continuum towards enjoying or at least recognizing and appreciating this super cool fermented beverage.

LEVEL ONE: What is Kombucha and what is a SCOBY? Kombucha is a fermented tea beverage. Sugar and brewed tea are placed in a glass jar with a SCOBY and left on a shelf, then mad scientist magic happens and –boom– you have Kombucha a week or two later. A SCOBY is a Symbiotic Colony Of Bacteria and Yeast. It kind of looks like a flat disc mushroom. It is the mad scientist that eats the tea and sugar and produces the Kombucha. It is also called the mother. And during each brewed batch of Kombucha a new SCOBY forms on top of the old one and it is called the baby. I know, it’s really creepy. Or kick-ass cool, depending on the voice you use when saying it.

kombucha  Hello SCOBY.

LEVEL TWO: Why would anyone want to drink this stuff? In a nut shell, Kombucha provides the gut with both probiotics and prebiotics. That means it provides food for the healthy bacteria in your gut and helps you grow new healthy bacteria. This is important due to the fact that so many of us do not have a high enough ratio of good to bad bacteria in our gut, and a healthy gut equals a healthier you. Kombucha is also filled with B vitamins, antioxidants, and enzymes. You can find list after list of the benefits of regular Kombucha drinking and it appears it is awesome for just about everything. The things that jump out to me are: improving digestive issues, increasing energy, combatting seasonal allergies, reducing depression symptoms, supporting bone and joint health, and bolstering the immune system. World peace is probably on the list too, but I haven’t read that far down.

LEVEL THREE: What does it taste like? Delicious! Okay, that’s a little vague. Kombucha can taste like a mild sweetened tea or like vinegar, and every fun sweet-tart flavor in the middle. It all depends on how long you let your Kombucha brew, which type of tea you started with, and if you choose to flavor it. My first batch I flavored with lime, ginger and pomegranate. Interestingly, my daughter loved the spicy ginger the best and my son liked the tart lime. I would have put money on the pomegranate for both of them, so there you go. I think flavored Kombucha tastes like a cross between soda and beer. Maybe you should go try one and then describe it for me. I seem to be having trouble putting it into words.

kombucha  $24 worth of Kombucha that I made for just over a buck!

LEVEL FOUR: Why would you make your own? This is an easy one. Because Kombucha cost $3 a bottle and I want to drink it every day. When I make it myself it costs maybe 15 cents a bottle. Now how motivating is that? Then there are the extra benefits, like feeling like a rock star goddess with a pet SCOBY making the world a better place with my brew. There is something undeniably fantastic about being in charge of your own healthy elixir and being able to share it with others. Like real-deal, in-your-core awesomeness, that can’t be described, only felt.

kombucha supplies  This is all you need to make Kombucha (once you get your SCOBY). Kombucha is a total prima donna – she only drinks filtered water and eats caffeine and sugar.

I’m so new that I’m not going to fill up space telling you step by step how to make Kombucha. I’m going to send you to all the AMAZING resources that I used to learn how and tell you that IT CAN BE DONE. IT IS TOTALLY DO-ABLE. And I’d love to hear all about your adventures. Let me know if you need a baby. I’ve got a short waiting list going. Read below to determine your next step!

kombucha SCOBY  This is me with my first SCOBY. I am VERY happy here. You can tell because my eyes disappeared.

NEXT STEPS IN YOUR KOMBUCHA EDUCATION (jump in where appropriate):
1. Read more about it.

Holistic Squid: Kombucha Visual Guide

Weed ‘Em and Reap: Brewing Kombucha – The Basics, The Benefits and The Bravery

The Cultured Life: How to Make Kombucha

2. Try it! My favorite store-bought is GT’s Classic Ginger and Citrus. You will need to prove that you are over 21 to buy this as it may contain a tiny amount of alcohol from the fermentation process. Please chuckle with the grocer when they card you over this and you then go give a sip to your six-year-old. Anywho… you can more readily find GT’s Enlightened which they make sure does not have the alcohol so anyone can buy it. If you are really panic-y about trying this drink then you can start with one of the sweeter versions, like mango. You can tell how sweet it will be by reading the label for the grams of sugar. Most of the sugar comes from whatever they have added, so mango has 8 grams (I think, don’t quote me on that) and the ginger and citrus have about 2 grams. Buy a few and do a taste test with a friend after freaking them out with photos of SCOBYs.

3. Learn more about making it. Watch some videos. Message me with questions you have. Find an official recipe. Start eyeing large glass containers for “some day.”

Kombucha Kamp

Kombucha Kamp How To Videos

Cultures For Health

4. Start a batch!! The biggest challenge it to find a SCOBY. You’ve got to ask around to find your fellow Kombucha friends (everyone loves to give SCOBYs to a friend). If you are starting the Kombucha craze among your friends, you may need to order your first SCOBY. I would recommend going here: Kombucha Kamp Cultures. One SCOBY is $24.88, and will start you on your way! Just do it. What do you have to lose? And you MUST MUST MUST share a photo with me when that first batch is rolling. MUST. MuSt. must. We clear?

Party on, rock stars!


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Brew Kid Friendly Iced Tea

Kid Friendly Iced Tea

What’s a household to do when they don’t drink soda, fruit juice or store-bought sports drinks? It’s hot, we are thirsty, and in the wise words of my nine-year-old, “water is boring!”

Brew iced tea!

My crew enjoys decaf green teas, white teas, chai teas and peppermint herbal tea – the options are endless! Have fun checking out and trying all the varieties. To sweeten the tea, I recommend using a little honey simple syrup (recipe below). You could also use a little stevia, if you are a stevia person.

Brewing Iced Tea Four Ways

Sun Brewed Tea: Fill a large glass jar (with lid) with filtered water and 2-4 tea bags of your choice depending on strength of tea desired and size of glass jar. I use 2 tea bags in a 2 quart mason jar. Leave out in a safe location that receives full sun for 2-4 hours (again depending on strength of tea desired). Sweeten and pour over ice to serve.

Stove Top Brewed Tea: Bring one quart of filtered water to boil in a saucepan. Turn off heat, add 2 tea bags of your choice and place lid on top. Allow to sit and slowly cool for 15-45 minutes, depending on strength of tea desired. Fill pitcher with ice and pour tea over it. Add cold water to fill pitcher to the top. Sweeten and pour over ice to serve.

Ice Tea Maker Brew: This is the easy man’s version of making tea. Ice tea maker directions vary by model, but all offer ample amounts of richly brewed iced tea in a very short amount of time! Sweeten and pour over ice to serve.

Iced Tisane: A tisane is an infusion of fresh herbs, fruits or roots and can be a beautiful after dinner digestive aid. It is a lighter, brighter, fresher tea. To make your own mint tisane, place several handfuls of fresh mint leaves (add lemon verbena leaves for sublime awesomeness) in the bottom of a saucepan and pour one quart of boiling water over them. Place the lid on the saucepan and let sit for five minutes. Strain and pour over ice to serve. Sweeten only if necessary.

Infused Honey Simple Syrup: Classic simple syrup is usually a ratio of 1:1 water and sugar, heated up until the sugar dissolves. I like to use honey and a ratio of 4:1. In a saucepan, heat a cup of filtered water on the stove top. Just before boiling, add in 1/4 cup of local raw honey and remove from heat. Stir honey and add whatever you’d like for your infusion (optional). My favorites are mint, very ripe peaches and lavender flowers. Place the lid on the saucepan and let sit for 30 minutes or so. Strain and store honey syrup in a mason jar in the refrigerator.

Kid Friendly Iced Tea

In photo from back to front: Spiced Rooibos Ruby Red Chai Tea, Ginger Pear White Tea (in glass and large mason jar), Mint Tisane, Mint-Peach-Honey Simple Syrup

Looking for more summer hydration ideas? Check out all the recipes on this post!

What do you drink to stay hydrated throughout the summer?

Stay Hydrated

Stay Hydrated (Smoothie)

Long days, bright sun, a million activities, hard workouts… let’s all stay hydrated!

With store-bought sodas, juice, sports drinks all containing too much sugar and chemical additives, and water sometimes not enough or just a little too dull, here’s a round-up of clean beverages I’ve put together to keep us happy and hydrated.

“Vitamin Water” – My family (and friends) have been experimenting with making flavored water over the past few weeks by adding fruits and herbs to jugs of water and refrigerating over night. We learned the technique through a Facebook photo shared by a weight-loss program, and find the water refreshing. I’ve long been a fan of lemon, cucumber and mint in my water (makes me feel like I’m at a spa), but we’ve taken it to the next level with some more interesting combinations. Pineapple and mint, cantaloupe and cilantro, lemon and parsley have all been successes by adults and kids alike.


Here’s how to do it:  Chop up about a cup of fruit and a handful of fresh herbs. Place them in a gallon of water and refrigerate overnight. Strain out fruit and herbs (use them for a smoothie) and enjoy the fun and refreshing chilled water.

“Sports Drink” – Gatorade is not healthy! The ingredient list makes me cringe, but I know there is a need for a sports drink when working hard or long or in the heat. Here’s what I’m throwing together this summer for swim meets, yard work and hot yoga workouts – you know, when the sweat is about to flow!


Lemon-Orange “Aid”: Mix 2 cups coconut water, juice from a lemon and half an orange, 1T maple syrup (or honey), a pinch of salt. You can make it stronger or sweeter to your preference and dilute it with water and ice to what works best for you. I like to slice the other half of the orange into rounds and float them in the jar. The drink gets better after spending a night in the refrigerator.

“Recovery Drink” – My favorite new smoothie makes me so happy after a workout.  I can feel the yummy goodness building up my depleted muscles, supporting my gut, and refueling the system. And it’s delicious and filling. Boo-ya!!


Blend 1 ripe banana, 1 cup frozen fruit of your choice (I like an organic berry blend or an organic peach, mango, strawberry blend – both from Costco), 1/2 cup organic NOT sweetened Kefir, 1 1/2 cup organic coconut water. Makes two servings or about three cups.

“Party Drinks” – It’s BBQ/Outdoor Party season and that often means hours of mindless consuming. When the party is at your house be sure to offer some drink options that hydrate your masses. The bar could offer Orange Pom Spritzers. The beverage station could include fresh unsweetened iced tea (make a strong pot of your favorite tea and dilute with water and ice) served with lemon slices and honey. And be sure to include a large beverage jug filled with water (made fancy with lemon slices or mint leaves).

Keep calm and HYDRATE on…

Launching the Lean.Green.Kitchen!


Welcome to the Lean.Green.Kitchen blog launch!  If you are reading this, then you are a groundbreaking superstar who will be a part of the foundation of the Lean.Green.Kitchen community.  I hope this site grows into a happy place where people can find ideas, recipes, support and inspiration for clean eating in the real world.  Here we will eat and celebrate (real) good food together!

In honor of our fun beginning, let’s say “cheers” with a clean mocktail!

Recipe: Welcome to the Blog-O-Sphere Pom Orange Spritzer


  • 1/2 cup 100% pomegranate juice
  • 3/4 cup sparkling water
  • 1 cup ice
  • 1 orange (2 sliced wheels + the juice from the rest)


  1. Combine first two ingredients and stir.
  2. Pour into two beautiful cups filled with the ice.
  3. Splash a little orange juice into each glass.
  4. Top with the orange wheel for garnish (and fiber!)

Preparation time: 5 minute(s)

Number of servings (yield): 2

Raise your glass (to us!) and enjoy.  See this bench?  We are enjoying our celebratory spritzers together right here while discussing our love of (real) good food.

pom spritzer