It's National Donut Day! Arguably one of the best made up days of the year. With gourmet donut shops popping up around the Phoenix valley I thought I would take it upon myself to sample the sweet treats and share my top 3 local bakeries! I know, I know... such a selfless act :)
Coming in hot at #1: The Local Donut
I may be a bit bias because this shop is literally around the corner, but their flavors, the dough, the presentation, and friendly service simply cannot be beat. With flavors like bacon maple, PB&J, fruity pebbles, and s'mores - you can see why this shop takes the dough! They're located at 3213 N Hayden Rd, Scottsdale, AZ 85251 and are open until 2PM! Get there soon because once they're out, they're out!
How can you say no to donuts with lunch? And what about donuts with beer? Welcome Chicken & Donuts takes their dough a step further with their sweet and savory meal combinations in addition to their passion for using high quality ingredients like non-GMO butter and organic sugar for their donuts. But these sweet treats come at a cost. A premium donut will cost you $3, though they do give you a bit of discount if you buy in bulk. Overall: worth every penny! Check them out 1535 E Buckeye Rd, Phoenix AZ 85034 - open until 4PM.
#3: Fractured Prune
Alright, I know they're not quite "local" with stores across the country, but I just love the build-your-own concept! When you enter the shop you watch the donut cook in real-time. and then walk down the line picking out flavored glazes and an abundance of creative toppings. If you're too intimidated to design your own they have a list of best selling combo's that can do no wrong. I love this model for the interactive experience and unlike most gourmet shops, they never run out! The donuts are literally made to order and melt in your mouth! Visit their website for locations & hours!
Have a local favorite that I should try?? Leave a comment below! I'd love to see how they stack up against these shops!❤
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Time to Layer!
The most amazing zucchini lasagna (and probably the best thing I’ve ever made!) for when you are all zoodled out.
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It's crazy to think in just one more month we'll be up in the triple digit temperatures here in Phoenix! To help keep cool this summer I've compiled a list of my favorite summer supplements & sweets to make it through the summer... in a two-piece :)
Greek Yogurt Popsicles
A summer staple - popsicles! But unlike most sugary treats, these Greek yogurt 'sicles are packed with real fruit, natural sweetner, probioitcs and protein. And that's a mouth-full :)
To recreate these Greek popsicles, you can approach them in quite a few ways.
Tips & Tricks:
Sweet Tooth Smoothies
Whether it's a post workout protein blast, serving as a meal replacement, or just giving into that nightly sweet tooth - smoothies are a go-to choice! Because my grocery lists tend to be pretty basic, I usually stick to a few main ingredients that I can switch up depending on my cravings - generally using a non-fat, plain Greek yogurt base and adding up from there!
Two of my favorites:
[simply throw it in the blender & enjoy]
Greek Yogurt Honey Protein Stacks
If you live for brunch, you're familiar with the struggle. Pancakes will literally take the cake every time... These protein stacks are the perfect supplement to your brunch routine, not to mention, if you make them in bulk, you can freeze them - making them super accessible!
Detox & Hydrate > Ginger & Lemon Infused H2O
Ginger should be your new best friend - for so many reasons! Not only does it regulate the movement of food through your digestive track (increasing the rate of your metabolism to help burn off some of that fat stored in the body), it is also an extremely powerful anti-inflammatory that helps to suppress cortisol (the stress hormone that builds and stores in your tissue, leading to belly fat and weight gain!)
There are so many ways to incorporate ginger into your diet, but the easiest way is to shred 1-2 tablespoons into your drinking water. You can also add lemon to enhance the taste and further promote fat burn and enjoy this drink all day long. Cheers!
Ultimate Kickstart > Apple Cider Vinegar
While we're talking about ways to kick cravings we might as well stop and shine some light on Apple Cider Vinegar. To provide a little background knowledge, vinegar is known for lowering blood sugar and insulin levels, which help to fight our fatty cravings. When you combine that with the power of apples, which help you feel fuller - you've got an award winning combination to suppress your appetite.
In addition, like ginger, Apple Cider Vinegar also helps break down fat cells, aiding in digestion (promoting metabolism), so food doesn't sit in your intensities for too long.
However, unlike ginger, Apple Cider Vinegar is very harsh and it's potency can certainly turn you off. If you're brave enough, you can add a teaspoon to 8oz of water and drink the solution before you eat. If you have trouble choking this down, you can use it as a base ingredient in mixing up salad dressings that are actually quite delicious!
Chia Craze > Parfaits & Pudding
Parfaits - my every morning addiction! Perhaps it's the simplicity of a parfait that I love so much, or maybe it's how many versions I'm able to create. Either way - it's a household staple!
Recently I came across the ChopShop PB&J Parfait and my world was rocked. I went home to recreate it with a few lighter ingredients, and with great humbleness I must say, it's pretty dang amazing :)
Chia seeds are among the healthiest foods on the planet. Extremely high in protein and fiber, benefiting both your body and brain! They also happen to super easy to incorporate in your daily routine (seen above in the parfaits!)
One of the most raved about Chia recipes is the Chia pudding - great for breakfast, snacking... even dessert. To recreate this recipe, simply add 1c of Coconut Milk for every 1/4c of Chia seeds. You can dress it up with your favorite fruits and even add some natural sugar with a bit of honey.
Tips & Tricks:
This might be the easiest, and yummiest, dish yet! For all you Chinese food lovers, you can indulge completely guilt free with this recipe!
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Prep Steps »
Prepare 1 cup of white quinoa in a sauce pan. While the quinoa is cooking, add the Asian vegetable stir-fry in a skillet on medium heat with a few tablespoons of coconut oil and cover with a lid. Stir occasionally until vegetables are steamed through. Once the vegetables in the Asian stir-fry are steamed, add 2-3 cups of zucchini noodles to the skillet. Then, add about 2 cups of the Original Teriyaki sauce to the skillet and stir. Cover the skillet on low for about 3 minutes so the "zoodles" can steam lightly with the stir-fry and absorb the delicious teriyaki flavors. Once the vegetables are cooked, serve the stir-fry and "zoodles" over a serving of quinoa, and enjoy!
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