Earlier this month I had the amazing opportunity to visit the Baskin- Robbins/Dunkin' Donuts Headquarters for an "Ice Cream Innovation" Day! Now I know you're thinking, "Wait, how does that work, as a dietitian????" Well I'll tell you how that works. Ice cream. I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream. Food is love and all food fits- especially ice cream.
Welp- looks like I cleaned that bowl.
I have the sweetest childhood memories (no pun intended) of going to Baskin-Robbins with my mom and dad. Mom and Dad would get Pralines and Cream, and I'd either join that bandwagon OR go the Bubblegum ice cream route. I mean it's truly a win-win; you get ice cream AND THEN you get gum. Brilliant, I tell you. But those memories are exactly what Baskin-Robbins is all about. The VP of the company shared the neatest story about how when he was a young child playing baseball, the winning team got Baskin-Robbins and the losing team... well, they went to a not as beloved ice cream shop. Let's face it, Baskin-Robbins is a family favorite and many of us have special stories and memories about this brand.
That photo was taken over Easter weekend at the Baskin-Robbins I frequented as a child. Yes, I got two scoops. And no, I had no idea just a few weeks later I'd be visiting the Baskin Headquarters!
But enough about ice cream and emotions- let's talk about the goodies we got to try. And oh, were there goodies. Everything from ice cream sandwiches (yes, the cookies are served warm), to donut sandwiches to the upcoming flavors of the month to even designing our very own flavor- we had the ultimate ice cream experience.
My most favorite thing I tried was a little something called Polar Pizza. Apparently this was around in the 80s? BUT this thing is A-M-A-Z-I-N-G. Think of it like a cookie cake meets ice cream meets cookie dough... it's ridiculous. Like, I probably need to update my Deathbed Eats blog to include this masterpiece.
Did you know Baskin-Robbins does custom cakes? I'd seen ice cream cakes in their freezer before, but didn't realize they'll customize anything. I even tried my hand at decorating.... not too shabby!
Spreading some KISS Love in the Baskin-Robbins lab and kitchen!
We finished the day out with creating our own ice cream. This was such a neat experience and really shed light on what the Baskin-Robbins culinary team goes through to create the perfect flavors. Although Baskin was already my fav, I have a much greater appreciation for the science and art of making ice cream. And yes, there are places (that shall remain nameless) that allow for tons of mix-ins (and messes!), but I'll continue to leave my ice cream to the experts and kindly ask for as many free samples with a little pink spoon as my heart desires. <3
Oh Fiesta- you are truly one-of-a-kind. For that matter, San Antonio is one of a kind. And for us to have a 2 week-ish party celebrating San Antonio is pretty darn awesome. But with the parades, parties and countless events comes countless opportunities to eat lots of crap. Don't get me wrong, I'm all about enjoying our favorite foods from time to time, but when heading out to the last few Fiesta events, packing a healthy and tasty lunch box or cooler is going to set you up for success!
Packing lunches can become so mundane, but this Viva Fiesta Turkey Wrap is sure to spice up your lunch! After all, it's all too easy to get in a lunch rut and what better timing to amp up the flavor then Fiesta?! PLUS it's time for another Recipe ReDux Challenge, so at the bottom you will find plenty of inspiration for packing healthy lunches from other dietitians and food bloggers!
KISS Tip #1: If making a sandwich or wrap the night before, adding a thin layer of cream cheese is a great way to prevent a soggy sandwich or wrap!
KISS Tip #2: Serve this wrap in half or cut in 1/2-3/4 inch pinwheels for added fun!
KISS Tip #3: For even more Fiesta flavor, choose a spinach or a jalapeno wrap!
KISS Tip #4 For larger appetites or sharing a wrap, use a larger tortilla and double the ingredients!
Viva Fiesta Turkey Wrap
Time: 10 minutes
4 Whole Wheat Tortillas (medium size, ~8 inch diameter)
½ lb turkey breast, salsa or chipotle variety
4 Tbsp Veggie Cream Cheese Spread
½ cup torn lettuce leaves
½ cup matchstick carrots
½ cup shredded Cheese, Chipotle or Mexican blend
For more flavor-packed recipes, keep coming back to KISS in the Kitchen! Viva Fiesta! <3 Shannon
If you're reading this post after the title, thank you- I PROMISE the smoothie is a million times better than it may sound. I've been on such a smoothie kick here lately- perhaps it's my ridiculous lack of time and I can throw a bunch of stuff (even veggies!) in a container with blades and call it a meal... OR perhaps it's because I finally opened my Vitamix after it set in a box since December (again with the whole lack of time thing), BUT either way, smoothies are my jam.
In case you missed it, check out my Strawberry Banana Lemon Smoothie!
Late last week I was super low on fruits and veggies.... like, with the exception of a lone sweet potato in the hanging basket, I had nothing fresh. But thank goodness for that sweet potato. #sweetpotatoforthewin
*Side note- There are a couple clutch items I always have around- bananas in the freezer, sweet potatoes in the hanging basket and a KIND bar in my purse/gym bag/work bag*
Banana + sweet potato is sweet, creamy, blends into this gorgeous orange color and hey- a glass a day keeps the doc away. Yes, that's a wine glass.
Now, no freaking out about a raw sweet potato and the time it could take to convert that into a smoothie- the microwave has your back. The sweet potato is the superstar of this smoothie. #smile
KISS Tip #1: Prick a sweet potato with a fork on all sides, place on microwave safe bowl/plate and microwave on 90 second intervals until cooked (about 4-5 minutes for a medium sized sweet potato). Rotate sweet potato at the end of each 90 seconds.
KISS Tip #2: Keep frozen bananas in the freezer (peeled and halved) to toss in smoothies and eliminate the need for ice!
KISS Tip #3: Add a dash of cinnamon for a slightly different (and still delicious) flavor!
KISS Sweet Potato Banana Smoothie
Serves 1 (Double or Triple as needed!)
1 small banana, frozen
1/2 cup mashed sweet potato (see above KISS Tip for fast mashed sweet potato!)
1/3 cup Greek yogurt
1/3 cup milk of choice (cow's, almond, soy, etc.)
1 dash cinnamon
1 scoop of your favorite protein powder, if desired
1.) Place all ingredients into blender and blend on high until smooth and desired consistency is achieved.
2.) For added nutrition, consider adding 1-3 tsp of flax, chia or hemp seeds!
*Depending on moisture content of fruit, additional milk may be needed. Start with 1/3 cup and increase from there- it's always easier to "thin" down a smoothie than it is to "thicken" up.*
Welcome to KISS in the Kitchen! I'm Shannon, and my dad always told me "Keep it simple, Shannon". And that's what you'll find here- simple recipes and simple ideas to help you get healthier and happier.