Feel Like You’re on Vacation with This Tropical Smoothie Recipe

I can’t afford to go to the Maldives right now let alone get time off work, so I’m being mentally transported there via this tropical smoothie bowl. It’s super easy to make and has been my go-to lunch lately, full of enough energy to get me through my busy day.

Start with frozen fruit, a banana, yogurt, almond milk, and almond butter:

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Slice up a banana

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A scoop or two of greek or low fat yogurt (you can pick any flavor but I use either honey, vanilla, or strawberry)

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Generous splash of almond milk to help everything blend

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Tablespoon of almond butter

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Blend together for about 1-2 minutes until smooth

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Pour into bowl and top with seed mix, granola, and honey. You can also use fresh slices of fruit if you have the time or have some available.

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I got the idea to add chia seeds after reading Born to Run by Christopher McDougall, one of the best books I’ve read this year, which is essentially about a man’s quest to figure out why running always hurts him and leads to injury. He ends up in Mexico learning from a native tribe that have the ability to run 100s of miles a day on foot. It was such an interesting novel about the science of running with some evolutional theories thrown in. The tribe members drink a concoction that gives them tons of energy, and it turns out it’s made with chia. I highly recommend reading the book and also adding a seed blend to your smoothie for an extra burst of energy. The blend I use also has flax and sesame seeds which have their own health benefits.

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Enjoy the bowl while browsing travel inspiration online or while reading one of my favorite travel memoirs!

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Sunset Sips at Cordiano Winery

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Since moving to San Diego, wine tasting has quickly become one of my favorite ways to spend a day. It doesn’t get much better than picturesque views, good wine, and a gorgeous sunset. Thank you Cordiano Winery for offering all of the above and more!

Tasting price: 7 tastes for $12

Food: Brick-oven pizzas

When to go: Arrive at least 45 min-1 hour before sunset to guarantee a good table

Don’t forget: to walk around and explore the grounds 🙂

Website: http://www.cordianowinery.com

The Signature Lounge

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In my opinion, nothing goes better with a good drink than a good view. If you’re ever in Chicago (whether it’s your first time or 100th time visiting), The Signature Lounge on the 96th floor of the John Hancock building offers unparalleled views of this breathtaking city that you should definitely check out. Growing up close to Chicago, I have been to this city many times but had never experienced it like this before. If it is your first time in Chicago, I highly recommend seeing the city from above to really appreciate how amazing it is. The Signature Lounge is a cheap alternative to paying for the tourist trap attractions like 360 Chicago or The Ledge in Willis Tower. All you have to pay for is one drink (the beers start around $8), but you’ll most likely want to stay for more. If, like me, you’ve been to Chicago many times before, this view never gets old, and seeing it from The Signature Lounge made me feel like I was seeing it for the first time all over again (pure bliss). The drinks menu also features local craft beers which make you feel even more connected to the panoramic views in front of you. I couldn’t even tell you if I got tipsy off the alcohol or off the spectacular view, but I was feeling good! I can’t recommend this place enough. Insider tip for the ladies: the girl’s bathroom has possibly the best views in the house.