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*Full disclosure: I am a proud partner of Unilever's Agents of Change program. Unilever® provided me with sample packets of Knorr® One Skillet Meals Southwestern Chicken with Brown Rice and Quinoa Meal starter packets, but the views and opinions expressed in this post are completely my own.

Recently, I was talking with my cousin about my job as a nutrition counselor. I mentioned the challenges my clients face when it comes to changing their eating habits to improve their health. Despite my medical nutrition knowledge and good intentions, I know that my diet recommendations will simply serve as “good advice” if I don’t take into consideration their life stressors, budget constraints, food preferences and motivation to make changes. “You have such a difficult job,” she said, which made me pause for moment. I thought, yes I do, but…I love it!

Preparing nutritious meals is as important for my clients as it is for me and my own family. Like them, I find it difficult to make it to the grocery store, find time to cook and feel inspired in the kitchen. This is why I’m so impressed with the latest line of Knorr® One Skillet Meals. Their variety of one skillet meal starters feature organic grains and tasty blends of dried herbs and seasonings that combine perfectly with lean protein and vegetables. They only take about 30 minutes to prepare, make a balanced meal so easy to put together and they are true to their name – everything is combined in a single pan! Knorr® One Skillet Meals are simple, budget friendly, and can help you prepare a nutrient-rich, high-fiber meal that can be customized by adding any plant or animal-based protein and vegetables. 

I prepared  Knorr® One Skillet Meals Southwestern Chicken with Brown Rice and Quinoa and it was a hit at home! The recipe on the packet suggested chicken breast, which was on sale at my local grocery store (yes!). Pan cooking the vegetables was suggested, but I roasted a combo of corn, peppers, onions and delicious tomatillos. I love how roasting brings out the natural sweetness in the vegetables! So, the chicken and grains were all cooked in one pot, then I tossed everything together and dinner was ready and on the table in approximately 30 minutes. 

 With so much going on in our lives, slowing down to eat a home-cooked meal is one way to help us feel good and improve our health. Though cooking may sometimes seem daunting, products like Knorr® One Skillet Meals can help get a nutritious and budget-friendly meal on the table quickly! 

Try out this recipe and let me know what you think! Feel free to switch out the vegetables and protein choice to your liking! You can find a variety of Knorr® One Skillet Meals at all major grocery stores.

Add roasted vegetables, lean chicken and a packet of Southwestern Chicken Brown Rice & Quinoa Knorr® One Skillet Meals for an easy and delicious meal!

Roasted Vegetable Southwestern Chicken with Brown Rice and Quinoa Knorr® One Skillet Meal

Prep time: 10 minutes
Cook time: 35 minutes
Servings: 4-6

For roasted vegetables:

  • 1 pound tomatillos, hulled, cleaned and quartered

  • 1 cup frozen corn, defrosted

  • 2 red peppers, sliced

  • 1/3 cup yellow onion, sliced

  • Spray vegetable oil

For Knorr® One Skillet Meals: 

  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil

  • 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour

  • 1 pound boneless, skinless chicken breasts, sliced into 1 inch strips

  • 2 cups water 

  • 1 Knorr® One Skillet Meals Southwestern Chicken with Brown Rice and Quinoa meal starter packet

  • Juice from 1 or 2 key limes

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Add all vegetables to a parchment (or foil) lined sheet pan. Quickly spray vegetables with oil and roast for 25 minutes. 

  2. While vegetables are roasting, add 1 tablespoon of vegetable oil to a large skillet. Toss chicken with flour and cook for about two minutes on each side, until browned. Add water and contents of Knorr® One Skillet Meals to the skillet and bring to a boil. Cover pan then lower heat to medium low and simmer for about 22 minutes. 

  3. Once roasted vegetables are done roasting, fold them into the chicken and quinoa combo. Remove skillet from heat and let stand covered for about 5 minutes. Squeeze fresh lime juice over entire dish and serve immediately.  


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*Full disclosure: I am a proud partner with Unilever's Agents of Change Master Class program. Unilever provided me with coupons to purchase Best Foods®/Hellmann’s® Real Mayonnaise, but the views and opinions expressed in this post are completely my own. 

If you want to add flavor and flair to meals, there are shelves full of products to choose from at our local grocery stores. For years, we’ve been dipping, dressing and spreading our vegetables, meats, breads and crackers with all sorts of stuff. Personally, I’ve always loved the creamy, rich texture and flavor that Best Foods®/Hellmann’s® Mayonnaiseadds to my sandwiches, burgers and hot dogs. I recently experimented with this old favorite and added a little tang and spice to it! With just a few added ingredients, I made a tasty sauce that adds a spicy kick to anything I’d typically add plain mayo to--and more! My Chipotle Chili Mayo Sauce is perfect to spread on sandwiches, burgers, drizzled over hot dogs and tacos, as well as rice and grilled vegetables like corn, peppers and zucchini. 

Why do I choose Best Foods®/Hellmann’s® Mayonnaise? It’s made with real, simple ingredients that are sourced from trusted American Farms including cage-free eggs and responsibly sourced oils. The plant-based oils in Best Foods®/Hellmann’s® Mayonnaise contain monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fatty acids that can part of an overall heart-healthy diet. As a culinary-focused dietitian, I love the versatility of this product! By adding a few ingredients to the mayo, I can change the flavor of my foods to be sweet, savory or spicy, and I know that simple flavor-enhancers like my chipotle chili mayo encourages my kids to eat an even wider variety of vegetables, lean proteins and whole grains. 

In honor or National Family Meals Month, get creative in your kitchen and try out this quick and simple recipe to kick up the flavor of your favorite foods!

You’re 5 ingredients away from you’re new favorite condiment!

Best Foods®/Hellmann’s® Chipotle Chili Mayo Sauce

Prep time: 5 minutes
Total time: Less than 10 minutes

Ingredients:

  • ¼ cup Best Foods®/Hellmann’s® Real Mayonnaise

  • 1 ½ tablespoons fresh lime juice

  • 1 tablespoon canned chipotle peppers in adobo, diced

  • 1 tablespoon adobo

  • 1 teaspoon chili powder

Directions:

Add all ingredients to a small blender and mix until combined. 

*Note: if you don’t have a blender, finely dice chipotle peppers and whisk all ingredients together in a medium sized bowl.

Drizzle this chipotle chili mayo on rice, vegetables or any grilled meats or fish.

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*Disclaimer: This is a sponsored post with  Blue Diamond Almond Breeze® Almondmilk, however all opinions, experiences and enjoyment of Almond Breeze Almondmilk are completely my own!

Over the past few years I’ve become a big fan of the chicken curry dish at one of our local Indian restaurants. I’ve also found a small restaurant by work that makes a delicious chicken curry kabob for lunch that I treat myself to every once in a while. In effort to replicate something like it at home for my kids, I did a little research and figured out how to make this amazing dish, with a little twist! 

Earlier this year, I took a tour of the Blue Diamond factory in Sacramento and I was able to sample a variety of Almond Breeze® products. From Original Unsweetened Almond Breeze® Almondmilk, to its chocolate varieties, to its Almondmilk Coconutmilk Blend and even its creamy  Chashewmilk Blend varieties, it made me start thinking and experimenting with all the ways to use these varieties in cooked dishes--outside of the typical smoothie and cereal recipes. In my mission to nail-down this curry recipe, I discovered that almondmilk was the perfect ingredient for my base sauce! 

Using Original Unsweetened Almond Breeze® Almondmilk, this chicken curry recipe was a dinnertime hit! With minimal added fat and salt, this dish delivered so much flavor. The curry paste is made with aromatic vegetables like onion and garlic, fresh ginger, and earthy seasonings like cumin, garam masala, cardamom, and a little spice from chili powder and a pinch of cayenne. The almondmilk brings these flavors together with added texture and extra nutrition without taking away the color or intense flavors from the paste. Unsweetened Original Almond Breeze® delivers almost half of our daily value of bone-building calcium, a quarter of our vitamin D needs, no added sugar and only 2 ½ grams of total fat (none of which are saturated).

For parents looking for an easy one-pot recipe that’s simple to make during busy weekday nights – look no further! Although I made this recipe using unsweetened almondmilk, I’m totally trying this out with Almondmilk Coconutmilk Blend and Chashewmilk Blend varieties! Try it out, too, and let me know what you think! 

Chicken Curry with Almond Breeze® Almondmilk

Servings: 4-6 servings
Prep time: 15 minutes
Total time: 40 minutes

Ingredients

  • 2 teaspoons extra virgin olive oil, divided

  • 1 pound chicken thigh fillets, cut into 1 inch pieces

  • 2 red bell peppers, sliced

  • 1 tablespoon tomato paste

  • 1 ½ cups Almond Breeze® Original Unsweetened Almondmilk

  • 2 tablespoons cilantro, plus more for serving, chopped

  • ½ teaspoon chili powder

  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon

  • 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper

For curry paste:

  • ½ medium sweet onion (about 1 cup), chopped

  • 2 cloves garlic, diced

  • 1 inch piece ginger root, sliced

  • ½ teaspoon ground cumin

  • ½ teaspoon turmeric

  • ½ teaspoon ground cardamom

  • 1 teaspoon garam masala

  • ½ teaspoon coarse salt

  • 2 tablespoons Almond Breeze® Original Unsweetened Almondmilk

Directions

  1. To make the curry paste, place the onion, garlic, ginger, cumin, turmeric, cardamom, garam masala, and salt with two tablespoons of almond milk in a small food processor or blender. Process until smooth. Set aside.

  2. Heat 1 teaspoon olive oil in a large nonstick skillet over high heat. Add chicken and cook for about 3 minutes on each side or until lightly golden. Transfer to a bowl and cover to keep warm.

  3. Heat the second teaspoon of olive oil in the pan the chicken was cooked in, add curry paste. Cook until aromatic, about 2 minutes, then add in tomato paste, Unsweetened Almond Breeze® Almondmilk, cinnamon and chili powders. Stir until tomato paste melts.

  4. Return chicken to the skillet and add in sliced red pepper and 1 tablespoon cilantro. Stir all ingredients to combine. Reduce heat to low, cover and cook for about 25 minutes, or until sauce has slightly thickened.

  5. Top the curry with remaining cilantro. Eat immediately or allow to cool, then store in airtight container up to 3 days.

*Suggested to serve with steamed basmati rice. 

Blue Diamond Almonds

Ever wonder where the almonds that make Blue Diamond Almond Breeze® almondmilk come from? In groves like this in California. February 2018. 

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*Disclaimer: This is a sponsored post with California Strawberries and Society Culinaria, however all opinions, experiences and enjoyment of strawberries are completely my own!

School is back in session and easy, healthy and satisfying snacks are the way to go!  When my kids arrive home from school, they are stimulated and super hungry. Oftentimes, they reach for the first thing they see in the pantry, on the countertop or at eye-level in the refrigerator. To avoid having my kids fill up on salty, greasy and sugary snack foods every weekday afternoon, I’ve planned ahead and prepared for the afterschool kid-fridge raid! 

Over the summer, I tested out a few different snack recipes and this one was a winner. My frozen Strawberry Yogurt Bark with almonds and drizzled dark chocolate is easy to make and is a nutrient-rich snack that the kids can eat afterschool or as an after-dinner dessert. Made with five simple ingredients, the nutrition super star in this recipe is the pound of fresh and delicious California Strawberries that are sliced right into this frozen treat. Here are a few nutrition highlights about this sweet super food:

  • Strawberries are naturally low in sugar (8 grams) and have only 50 calories per cup
  • Studies (see references 1, 2, 3 below) show that the antioxidants, fiber and phytochemicals in strawberries have helped reduce cholesterol, and their potassium helps control blood pressure and prevent strokes
  • One serving of 8 strawberries has more vitamin C than a single orange!

Try out this recipe, then enter win a prize from my friends over at California Strawberries. To enter, head over to the #GetSnacking campaign page for details. Entry is as easy as this recipe—just tag your strawberry creations on Instagram with @CAStrawberries and include the hashtag #GetSnacking. For more nutrition information, recipes and tips about California Strawberries, visit their website www.CaliforniaStrawberries.com.

Study references: 
1. Basu, A., Betts N.M., Nguyen, A., Newman, E.D., Fu, D., & Lyons, T.J. (2014). Freeze-dried strawberries lower serum cholesterol and lipid peroxidation in adults with abdominal adiposity and elevated serum lipids. The Journal of Nutrition, 144(6), 830-837. doi: 10.3945/jn.113.188169
2. National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute. (n.d.). Your guide to lowering your blood pressure with DASH – How do I make the DASH? In Heart & Vascular Diseases. Retrieved fromhttp://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/health/resources/heart/hbp-dash-how-to
3. Seth, A., Mossavar-Rahmani, Y., Kamensky, V., Silver, B., Lakshminarayan, K., Prentice, R., ... Wassertheil-Smoller, S. (2014). Potassium intake and risk of stroke in women with hypertension and nonhypertension in the women’s health initiative. Stroke, 45, 2874-2880. doi: 10.1161/STROKEAHA.114.006046 

Strawberry Yogurt Bark

Serves: 12 pieces
Prep time: 10 minutes
Freeze time: 2-3 hours

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups vanilla flavored Greek yogurt
  • 2 teaspoons honey
  • 1 pound California Strawberries, sliced
  • ¼ cup slivered almonds
  • ¼ cup dark chocolate morsels, melted

Directions:

  1. Line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper. Set aside.
  2. With a rubber spatula, mix yogurt and honey in a medium sized bowl. Pour and spread mixture evenly onto prepared sheet to about ¼ inch thick. Top with sliced strawberries and slivered almonds. 
  3. In a small microwave safe bowl, heat dark chocolate for about 1 minute then stir until smooth. Heat for an additional 30 to 60 seconds or until all chocolate is melted. Carefully transfer melted chocolate to a plastic bag. Snip off one end to make a mini-piping bag and drizzle chocolate over the entire yogurt mixture.
  4. Transfer baking sheet to freezer and allow yogurt to freeze for 2-3 hours or until completely firm. Break bark into about 12 pieces and serve immediately or store in large zip-top bag or airtight container. 

 

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*Full disclosure: I am a proud partner with Unilever's Agents of Change Master Class program. Unilever provided me with coupons to purchase Hellmann’s® Avocado Oil Mayonnaise Dressing, but the views and opinions expressed in this post are completely my own. 

Anyone who knows me knows that one of my all-time favorite foods is street tacos. A dear friend of mine in New York laughed at me when I visited him and said, “You come all the way out here and you eat tacos?” Yes. Yes, I do. 

Where I grew up, tacos are a delicious meal as much as they are a late-night, crave-worthy, street food snack, and each ingredient enveloped inside the tortilla adds flavor and texture to every single bite. From the flavor of the tortilla, to the seasoned meat or fish, and toppings you add to that small, hand-held meal, it all matters! In my hometown of Nogales, Arizona and its sister city, Nogales, Sonora, Mexico, restaurants, small stands and food trucks alike all have a buffet of toppings to choose from including a variety of salsas, cheeses, fresh and pickled vegetables and hot sauces. I always loved adding a creamy, tangy avocado puree that I couldn’t find anywhere else except for my local taco establishments.

I’ve partnered with Unilever as part of their Agents of Change Master class and I recently visited their headquarters for an immersion experience where I got to taste and experiment with several of their products, including Hellman’s® Avocado Oil Mayonnaise Dressing. Right away, I knew this was the perfect ingredient to use in my Avocado Mayo Sauce! I topped my chicken tacos with this stuff and it tasted just as good as any taco stand version. It added flavor, texture and extra nutrition to my meal. This mayo is made with high-quality and responsibly sourced ingredients like 100% cage free eggs and oils that are sourced from trusted American farms. This product contains good fats such as Omega-3 Alpha Linoleic Acid (ALA)*, vitamin E and has 30% less fat and calories than Hellmann’s Real Mayonnaise.

Made with only six ingredients, my Avocado Mayo Sauce is quick to whip-up in a blender and isn’t just for tacos! Add it to grilled fish, lean meats, roasted corn or as a dip for fresh vegetables. Give it a try and let me know what you think!

*Contains 320 milligrams of ALA per serving, which is 20% of the 1.6 grams recommended daily value.

Avocado Mayo Sauce is the perfect topping for tacos! 

Avocado Mayo Sauce with Hellmann’s®Avocado Oil Mayonnaise Dressing

Created for Unilever using Hellmann’s®Avocado Oil Mayonnaise Dressing
Author: Christy Wilson, RDN

Makes: 1/3 cup sauce
Servings: 8, 2 teaspoon servings
Total Time: 5 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 avocado
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
  • 2 tablespoons chopped cilantro
  • 1/4 cup Hellmann's® Avocado Oil Mayonnaise Dressing
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon seasoned salt

Directions

Combine all ingredients in a blender and mix until pureed. 

*Serving suggestions: Use as a topping for tacos, burritos, grilled fish, meats roasted corn, beans or as a dip for fresh vegetables. 

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Nutrition Facts per 2 teaspoon serving: 
Total calories: 70; Total fat: 7 grams; Saturated fat: 1 gram; Trans fat: 0 grams; Monounsaturated fat: 4 grams; Cholesterol: 2.5 milligrams; Sodium: 114 milligrams; Total carbohydrates: 2.5 grams; Dietary fiber: 2 grams; Sugar: 0 gram; Protein: 0.5 grams

Hellman’s® Avocado Oil Mayonnaise Dressing has Omega-3 Alpha Linoleic Acid (ALA)*, vitamin E and has 30% less fat and calories than Hellmann’s Real Mayonnaise.

Unilever Agents of Change Master Class 2018

Immersion experience at Unilever headquarters in Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey

2018 Agents of Change Master Class. Fortunate to be working with such an amazing company and a talented group of RDN colleagues. From top: Amy Gorin, MS, RDN, Emily Kyle, MS, RDN, Carlene Thomas, RDN, Sharon Palmer, RDN, Annessa Chumbley, RDN, Manuel Villacorta, MS, RDN, Mia Syn, MS, RDN. Click on names to check out their sites!

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*Disclaimer: This is a sponsored post with Blue Diamond Almond Breeze® Almondmilk, however all opinions, experiences and enjoyment of Almond Breeze Almondmilk are completely my own!

Growing up, my dad insisted we all eat breakfast before leaving the house. He could not fathom how anyone could start their day without eating that all-important first meal of the day. Although I, too, am a big advocate of breaking-the-fast, I know that busy mornings can overwhelm us to the point of meal-skipping. So, what's a busy person to do? I think I have the perfect recipe to help you out.  

My Chorizo Vegetable Mini-Frittatas made with Almond Breeze® Original Unsweetened Almondmilk, make breakfast a snap even on the craziest of mornings! Made with a combo of eggs and unsweetened Almond Breeze® almondmilk, sautéed vegetables and pork chorizo, these mini egg cups will keep you satisfied and energized all morning long. Almond Breeze® almondmilk adds minimal calories and no added sugar while providing bone-building calcium, Vitamin D, and a light and fluffy texture to this tasty dish!

Chorizo Vegetable Mini-Frittatas with Almond Breeze® Almondmilk

Serves: 12 mini frittatas
Prep time: 10 minutes
Cook time: About 20 minutes

Ingredients

  • 6 eggs
  • 1/3 cup Almond Breeze® Original Unsweetened Almondmilk
  • ½ teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground pepper
  • Spray vegetable oil
  • 1/3 cup sweet onion, chopped
  • 1/2 of a medium red bell pepper, diced (about ½ cup)
  • 1 cup mushrooms, diced
  • 4 ounces pork chorizo
  • 2 tablespoons cilantro, chopped, divided

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 375° Fahrenheit. Spray muffin tin with oil. 
  2. In a medium sized bowl, beat eggs, Almond Breeze® Original Unsweetened Almondmilk, oregano and pepper until blended. Set aside.
  3. Spray a medium sized skillet with vegetable oil. Add onion and pepper and sauté until fragrant, about 2 minutes. Add in mushrooms and cook for 1-2 minutes.
  4. Add pork chorizo to skillet and break up meat with the back of a wooden spoon. Stir meat and vegetables together. Heat until chorizo is cooked about halfway. Set skillet aside and allow to cool for about 5 minutes. 
  5. Add cooked chorizo and vegetables to egg combo. Mix to combine. Whisk in 1 tablespoon cilantro to the mixture. 
  6. Fill muffin cups about ¾ way (about 3 tablespoons) with egg mixture and bake for about 20 minutes. Using a rubber spatula, loosen the cooked frittatas from muffin cups and slide them onto a platter. Top with 1 tablespoon cilantro. Serve immediately. 

Tip: Place in an air-tight container and freeze for 2-3 months.

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When it's blazing hot outside, there is nothing like a frozen treat to refresh you cool you! That's why I'm excited to share my Horchata Paletas recipe-- a low-calorie and low-sugar summer treat that's still creamy and tests just like the real deal.

Traditional horchata is typically made with evaporated dairy milk and lots of added sugar. I took on the challenge of making a lighter and better-for-you version of horchata using a few of my favorite Blue Diamond Almond Breeze® Almondmilk products. The end results? A tasty snack that has all the flavor and a fraction of the calories of regular horchata. I used a combination of Original Almond Breeze® Almondmilk and Original Unsweetened Almondmilk Cashewmilk Blend, which adds a creamy, rich texture to these paletas! This recipe is vegan and with only five simple ingredients, you and your familia can easily make these frozen pops all summer long! 

Here are a few fun facts about the delicious and nutritious Almond Breeze® products I used in my Horchata Paletas: 

  • If you have any allergies or sensitivities to soy, dairy, eggs, peanuts, or gluten, rest assured that all Almond Breeze products are free of these.
  • All almonds used in Almond Breeze® products come straight from growers within Blue Diamond's cooperative in our neighboring state of California. 
  • Almond Breeze Almondmilk is super versatile and can be used in a variety of ways. For cooking and baking, you can easily swap 1:1 for any recipe that calls for milk. 
  • Original Almond Breeze Almondmilk is low in calories (60 per cup) and is a great source of dietary calcium and vitamins A, D and E.
  • Unsweetened Cashewmilk Blend is also low in calories (25 per cup), has zero added sugar and provides 45% of your daily calcium needs, which helps keep your bones and your teeth healthy and strong.   

Seeing these California almond trees in bloom is truly a magical sight!

Almonds that grew from these blooms were used to make Almond Breeze products.

Refreshing, light and delicious Horchata Paletas made with only five simple ingredients. 

Almond Breeze® Horchata Paletas

Servings:   10 paletas (about 1/3 cup portion each)
Total time: 10 minutes prep, at least 5 hours to freeze

Ingredients

  • 1 ½ cups Original Almond Breeze® Almondmilk
  • 2 cups Almond Breeze® Original Unsweetened Almondmilk Cashewmilk Blend
  • 1 ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon agave nectar
  • ¾ teaspoon ground cinnamon, plus more for dusting

Directions

  1. Add all ingredients into blender. Blend on high setting for about one minute.
  2. Skim off any foam and divide horchata mixture into ice-pop molds (about 1/3 cup). Cover and insert sticks. Freeze until solid or at least 5 hours.
  3. Dip molds briefly in hot water to release paletas.
  4. Sprinkle with additional ground cinnamon before serving.

Nutrition: Each paleteta has only 15 calories!

Enjoy!

Extra! Extra! This recipe was featured in May 2018 as a Best Recipe selection on The Daily Meal.

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When it's blazing hot outside, there is nothing like a frozen treat to refresh you and cool you off! My Horchata Paletas are a low-calorie treat that have all the flavors of one of my FAVORITE summer drinks. Traditional horchata is a rice drink is made with evaporated dairy milk and lots of added sugar. I took on the  challenge of making a light version of horchata using a few of my favorite Blue Diamond Almond Breeze® Almondmilk products and I came up with a treat that has all the flavor and a fraction of the calories of regular horchata. I used a combination of Original Almond Breeze® Almondmilk and Original Unsweetened Almondmilk Cashewmilk Blend, which adds a creamy and rich texture to the paletas! These paletas are vegan and with only five simple ingredients, you and your familia can easily make these frozen pops all summer long! 

Here are a few fun facts about some the delicious and nutritious Almond Breeze® products I used in my Horchata Paletas: 

  • If you have any allergies or sensitivities to soy, dairy, eggs, peanuts, or gluten, rest assured that all Almond Breeze products are free of these.
  • All almonds used in Almond Breeze® products come straight from growers within Blue Diamond's cooperative in our neighboring state of California. 
  • Original Almond Breeze Almondmilk is low in calories (30 per cup) and is a great source of dietary calcium and vitamins D, E and A.
  • Unsweetened Cashewmilk Blend is also low in calories (25 per cup), has zero added sugar and provides 45% of your daily calcium needs.   

Seeing these California almond trees in bloom is truly a magical sight!

Almonds that grew from these blooms were used to make Almond Breeze products.

Refreshing, light and delicious Horchata Paletas made with five simple ingredients. Give them a try!

Almond Breeze® Horchata Paletas

Servings:   10 paletas (about 1/3 cup portion each)
Total time: 10 minutes prep, at least 5 hours to freeze

Ingredients

  • 1 ½ cups Original Almond Breeze® Almondmilk
  • 2 cups Almond Breeze® Original Unsweetened Almondmilk Cashewmilk Blend
  • 1 ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon agave nectar
  • ¾ teaspoon ground cinnamon, plus more for dusting

Directions

  1. Add all ingredients into blender. Blend on high setting for about one minute.
  2. Skim off any foam and divide horchata mixture into ice-pop molds (about 1/3 cup). Cover and insert sticks. Freeze until solid or at least 5 hours.
  3. Dip molds briefly in hot water to release paletas.
  4. Sprinkle with additional ground cinnamon before serving.

Nutrition: Each paleteta has only 15 calories!

Enjoy!

This recipe was featured in May 2018 as a Best Recipe selection on The Daily Meal.

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