September 21, 2014

Easy Mornin' Yogurt Parfait

If you're anything like me, you hit the snooze a few (thousand) times every morning. Which leaves no time to sit at my dining room table reading the paper, enjoying my coffee, and eating my breakfast. Pretty much everyday I am grabbing my breakfast on the way out the door and eating it in the car. 

I wanted something new and easy to enjoy for breakfast, so I concocted these yogurt parfaits with just 3 simple ingredients. And it gave me a use for those small souvenir cups! I make them at night and have breakfast in the morn!


I have a lot of these small souvenir cups so I like using them, but I would also recommend just using the classic red solo cup. #easycleanup

I put 2 spoonfuls of yogurt at the bottom of the cup and add frozen berries on top. You can choose any fruit you want and can even use fresh fruit.  I chose a vanilla yogurt because I don't like that plain or Greek stuff and frozen blueberries & strawberries that I have in the freezer all the time. 


I added 3 more spoonfuls of yogurt on top of the berries and then covered the cup with foil to keep in the fridge overnight. 


In the morning, I will grab my pre-made cup, add granola to the top of it, grab a spoon, stir, and eat it in the car. The granola I used was actually in the cereal aisle at ALDI and I love it! 


Warning: if you have super sensitive teeth, the frozen berries are not completely thawed overnight. You can prevent this by just using fresh fruit, or do like I do and suck it up and allow biting into half-frozen fruit to give you a real wake up call. 

INGREDIENTS
Any flavor yogurt (5 spoonfuls) 
Fresh or frozen fruit 
1/2 cup granola 

DIRECTIONS
1. In a small cup, add 2 spoonfuls of yogurt. 

2. Add fresh or frozen fruit on top of yogurt. 

3. Add 3 spoonfuls of yogurt on top of fruit. 

4. Cover with aluminum foil and keep in fridge overnight or for 1 day. 

5. Before eating, add granola to top. 

6. Stir and enjoy! 



Keurig original K45 vs. 2.0

I've had the single brew Keurig original K45 for about 8 months. I love how convenient it is and all the things you can make with it (coffee, iced coffee, hot cocoa, cider, tea, iced lemonade, etc). When Influenster asked me to be part of the #HelloKeurig campaign and sent me the new Keurig 2.0, I was beyond excited. 


Today I want to share the pros & cons of the 2.0 when compared to the original K45. 

PROS
- bigger water tank 

- 10 brew sizes (vs. 3 with the K45) 
- can brew a carafe (4 cups)
- colored touchscreen & water lighting 
- stainless steel plate stays warm 


CONS
- larger unit means more counter space needed
- stainless steel fingerprints 

- the k-carafe doesn't even fit on the tray 

- the oops message 

The oops message is shown when you are not using one of the updated k-cups or ANY off-brand cup. The 2.0 uses a new technology that reads the new labels of your k-cup or k-carafe to brew the perfect cup. This means you can't brew your own coffee or use the older k-cups that do not have the new labels. I personally have a stock of about 80 Keurig brand k-cups that will not work in the 2.0. 


I think the fact the Keurig is trying to ensure you only use their products is kinda rude. And the fact that when you buy the new system, you have to make sure you buy the new compatible k-cups too is just a rip-off. How long until stores actually have replaced all the older k-cups so you don't get stuck with a box of the older ones? I know I tried to buy a box of Keurig brand k-cups from the Cake Boss Cafe in NYC (I mean, have you seen their flavors?!) and they didn't have the updated k-cups yet. #fail 

So in my personal opinion, unless you just NEED the ability to brew a pot, I would save your money and get the original brewer. It can use ANY k-cup, including generics, and still has 3 brew sizes. 

I received this product gratis from I flue after, but these opinions are my own. 

September 18, 2014

#HelloKeurig

As most of you have seen around blog land, Influenster and Keurig teamed up and sent out 1k of the new Keurig 2.0's for people to test. And I was one of the lucky ones! 


I already had a single cup Keurig, so I have been enjoying the many flavors and ease of Keurig for a few months now, so I was super excited to try out this new model! 


The 2.0's biggest improvement is that it will brew a single cup AND a carafe. And if you were like me and didn't know what the heck a carafe was - it's a coffee pot. So it also uses a different KCup size to brew a pot (4 cups) 

Some of the other features are a bigger water tank, TEN different brew sizes, a color touch display, and fun colored lights! 


The 2.0 comes with 4 k-carafes and 6 new designed k-cups. But note, the 2.0 will only work with the rebranded k-cups that have a white rim in the label. Influenster also included an ENTIRE BOX of k-carafes - which means I totally need to have some friends over for coffee now! 


I'm enjoying the customizable features of the 2.0 with a colored screen and colored light inside the water tank as well as programmable on & off. 

Check back soon for a comparison to the single cup brewer! 

I received this item gratis from Influnster, but the opinions are my own. 
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