Healthy Starbucks Pink Drink At Home

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A healthier twist on the Starbucks Pink Drink…at home!

by Erica Johnson


Who isn’t in love with the new Starbucks Pink Drink? The gals here at the iGoPink offices surely are…so I decided to take on the challenge to find a way to make this at home for less money and with as healthy and organic of products as possible. The result? COMPLETE success (at least in my books!)

Since I’m due with our first baby in 3 weeks, caffeine is still being kept at a minimum in my world. So I went to my tried and true base of bai Coconut Flavored water with the raspberry hint of flavoring too. Then for the rest of the ingredients I used all natural items from our grocery store to make it pretty darn close to what Starbucks has to offer…try it for yourself. Would love to hear any recipe changes or ideas!


Starbucks Pink Drink at Home
1 cup of bai Coconut-Raspberry flavored water (note there is some caffeine in this, just lower than brewed tea—but if you want the extra boost replace with 1 cup of brewed Green Raspberry Tea)
1/3 cup of Almond-Coconut Unsweetened Milk
4-6 drops of All-Natural Lemon Juice
1 ½ tsp of organic honey
½ cup of fresh sliced strawberries mashed with a fork


Blend the liquids together then add the honey to dissolve into liquid. Lastly add the strawberries and really mix thoroughly. Finish by pouring over crushed ice and add a strawberry for garnish. And voila…a sweet pink treat that’s healthy, delish and just like your local coffee stop!

Healthy Dessert Recipe

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October Means Apple Desserts

by Tristan Cablay


OCTOBER is here! This year, I am definitely falling for fall! The leaves are changing. There is a new found crispness in the air. The kids are back in school. I can finally start pulling out my sweaters and scarves. The smell of apple and nutmeg are everywhere. Fall is a good time of the year! It’s even better with this recipe to nibble on! Go ahead, indulge.

Stuffed Baked Apples
· 4 large Granny Smith apples
· 1/4 cup steel-cut old-fashioned oats
· 1/4 cup chopped pitted prunes
· 1/4 cup chopped dried apricots
· 2 tablespoons maple syrup
· 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
· Pinch of ground nutmeg
· 1 tablespoon unsalted butter, cut into pieces

Before you begin your preparation, preheat oven to 375ºF.
1. Core 4 Granny Smith apples and be careful not to cut through bottom of apples
2. Stir together oats, prunes, apricots, 2 Tbsp. maple syrup, cinnamon and cloves.
3. Place the mixture into the cored apples tightly with some extra lumped on the top
4. Place apples in a baking dish and pour 1/2 cup water into bottom of dish.
5. Dot tops of apples with butter and loosely cover with foil.
6. Bake for 20 minutes. Uncover and continue to bake until apples are tender but not falling apart, 20 to 30 minutes longer. Let cool slightly.


Sushi in September

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Sushi for a fun September Dinner Fix!

by Tristan Cablay


Sushi just sounds like the perfect September dinner! As the summer heat starts to cool down and the days are still long, rolling sushi and dining on the patio just sounds like heaven to me!

Never rolled your own sushi? You should give it a go! This sushi recipe is packed full of healthy fats and great vitamins and minerals! Avocado is a great source of heart healthy fat! Nori (the seaweed wrap) provides fantastic minerals such as calcium and zinc! The brown rice is a great source of fiber, and seafood is packed full of omega-3 fatty acids.

There are so many great benefits to eating sushi! Give this recipe a try! Even if it comes out lopsided on the first few tries… It will still taste delicious and be full of “good for you” foods.


What you need to get started:
• Makisu (A bamboo rolling mat)
• Saran wrap
• A sharp knife

• 3 cups short-grain brown rice
• 3 to 4 tablespoons rice wine vinegar
• ½ pound raw sushi-grade tuna or salmon (Don’t care for raw fish? Substitute with crabmeat.)
• 1 cucumber, peeled and cut into long strips
• 1 Avocado
• 1 package of Nori (Dried seaweed wrap)
• Soy sauce for dipping
• Wasabi if you want some extra UMPH!

• Cook the brown rice, once done ad the rice wine vinegar and set aside to cool
• Chop the fish or crab, cucumber, and avocado into long strips
• Split the sheets of Nori (Bend them in half and they will fold and break)
• Cover the bamboo mats with plastic wrap
• Stack the Nori first followed by rice, spread evenly over the entire piece of Nori
• Then add your fillings to the middle
• Roll with a slight pressure
• Remove from bamboo mat and cut with a sharp knife
• Tip… dip your knife or spoon in water to help “unstick” as your cut or serve

There you have it! What are your favorite family meals?

Date Night Healthy Cooking

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by Erica Johnson

If your house is like ours, we’re busy! However, having date night has always been a priority to my husband and me. We used to always say that date night had to be a night out, but we both love to cook and realize how much healthier it is (and how savvy we can be) by making date night a fun home night.

When I’m in charge of cooking and planning our date night, one of my favorite (busy day) go-to meals is this chicken recipe. It’s a family one that I’ve tweaked over the years to make my own…but it’s a one stop shop baking dish recipe (which is even better!) So what’s all in it?


Healthy Sweet & Spicy Salsa Bake

· Chicken breast(s)—depending on how large the breasts are, or what all I’m making on the side, we’ll sometimes split a breast. We prefer the organic chicken breasts (yes, they’re a bit more $$ but you omit all the injected chemicals into the meat and we feel they taste better too!)
· 1 Cup Salsa of your choice (I like a Medium spice Peach or Cilantro Salsa Personally)
· 2 Tbsp Ketchup
· 2 Tbsp Brown Sugar
· 1 Tbsp Worchester Sauce

Mix all of the sauce ingredients together and pour over chicken. If cooking the chicken only, bake at 350 for around 30 minutes until cooked through. If you’re adding in veggies to the baking dish to make it a full meal, add your choices (I go with onions, peppers, potatoes and jalapenos) at around 20 minutes and cook the entire bake for around 40-45 minutes until chicken is cooked through and veggies are at the consistency you prefer.

This dish is so easy to make and makes for a wonderful date night healthy recipe. Then for the rest of your date night, it’s all about the small things to make the evening special…I always will have one of our favorite music stations playing, candles lit, a glass of wine (for my hubby right now only) and then like to typically have a sweet something for dessert as a surprise (we both have a sweet tooth and I don’t keep ‘naughty’ sweets in the house, so for date night I’ll find something that will be a special treat!)

Bon appetite! Would love to know what great healthy date night recipes you and your loved one devours in!

Homemade Healthy Popsicles

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A fun and easy summer snack!


By Erica Johnson

As the summer wraps up, I’m sharing one of my latest obsessions and a fun way to create wonderful after school treats for the kiddos!

My current OBSESSION is Bai Waters. You’ve probably seen them in my other posts and recipes due to how much I love these waters. They’re not only sweetened with Stevia (verses artificial sweeteners) but taste absolutely amazing. (And no, we’re not a partner of theirs, although I wish we were…or that I had personally bought stock in this company for the amount that I love them!)

Last weekend I was looking for a sweet, cool and refreshing treat, so I popped open a bottle of my Coconut Bai water and also used a little bit of the Dragonfruit to mix it up some. I got some fresh berries and my popsicle maker from my local grocery store and my hubby and I got creative.


A little half and half on some of them, some filled with mixed fruit, others filled with only the flavored waters. TIP: if you’re doing half and half (and you want to try to make the popsicles look half one color, half the other) do a quick freeze on half of the popsicles BEFORE you put the stick in them…then add in the other half.

There isn’t a formal recipe to these and you can be as creative as possible with your add-in’s and fruit. What I can tell you is that they’re DELCIOUS, hardly any calories and a fun/festive way to brighten up an afternoon snack.

Get your kiddos involved! Bai has a number of different flavors and they truly taste like what they say on the bottle. Watermelon and Peach are next on my popsicle list to try! Enjoy and share your pics or flavor combos here!


Simple, Sweet, and Healthy Dessert

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Chia Seed Pudding








Erica Johnson

Sweets…by far my #1 weakness. There are very few sweet treats that I say no to. However, my goal is always to find something that is not only healthy but sweet…from breakfast shakes (see my prior blog post) to after dinner desserts. I’ve been dying to try this Chia Seed Pudding recipe (don’t let the name freak you out) and I put my own twist on it the other night…and all I can say is it’s FANTASTIC!

Not only is it healthy, but packed full of protein and fruit (for this version) too. I’ve had the leftovers already for breakfast one morning and it was equally as delicious. It easily makes four solid servings and you’ll see that I packaged some in fancy glasses for dinner and then also some in small mason jars for snacks/breakfast.


14 oz Unsweetened Vanilla Almond milk

6 tbsp chia seeds

3 tbsp shredded coconut

Organic honey or agave nectar or stevia (adjust amt. depending on preferred sweetness)

1 tsp vanilla extract

fresh mango, diced and chilled


In a bowl, combine the almond milk, chia seeds, shredded coconut, honey (or sweetness option) and vanilla extract. Whisk together.

Let the mixture sit for about 30 minutes at room temperature.

Whisk again then cover, and refrigerate overnight.

Next morning, layer pudding/fruit in desired serving dishes, alternating levels to desire and top with some shredding coconut for an extra pop.

Serve immediately or keep refrigerated until time to serve.

This variation with mangos and coconut is one of MANY ways that this recipe can be served…you can do it with mixed berries; dark organic chocolate nibs; plain without any additions or with nuts. You will NOT be able to put this dessert down and will be anxious to make the next batch and new version of it…I sure was!!


Summertime Skinny Mocktails

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By Erica Johnson

Mocktails…they’re my saving grace, especially this summer (now that I’m six months pregnant, we’ll just say I really do miss a margarita by the pool), BUT—I have been bound and determined that I would get creative in my kitchen and find a healthy solution for my baby girl and I to enjoy in the sun (with our SPF 50 on!) And voila, these are two coconut summertime skinny (and virgin) drinks that I’ve become literally obsessed with.


Pictured is my Skinny-Mini Colada (and to be honest, you hardly miss the alcohol…hardly). First grab the super short and sweet ingredient list:

Coconut flavored water (my fav is Bai Coconut-Lime)

Cream of Coconut (only a small amount used, but makes it extra creamy)


Fresh Lime slice

Fill the glass you’re going to use to the brim with ice. (To me, a fancy glass can make ANY drink taste fantastic!) Blend the ice in a blender with about 4-6oz of the Coconut water, a big squeeze (my preference) of the cream of coconut and a quick squeeze of lime. And ta-da. Put in a fancy glass and add a slice of lime for décor.


One of my other favorite Skinny Mocktails sounds a bit strange, but is like a dessert in a glass.


½ carton of coconut (or any flavor you desire) Greek yogurt

Splash of lime juice

2oz of flavored sparkling water


Shake all ingredients together in a martini shaker and serve in a glass. It tastes like a coconut cloud-dream martini. It’s a creamy, sweet and acts like a dessert too.

So although I’m missing my normal fun summer drinks, these versatile mocktails are not only easy and healthy, but taste delish as well! Cheers!

Easy Breakfast Ideas

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By Tristan Cablay


Breakfast is the most difficult meal of the day for me! In the midst of the crazy, sometimes it’s hard to remember to feed myself. If you are like me, easy breakfast ideas sound like heaven! Because in my household, when I don’t plan breakfast beforehand… cereal or granola bar on the go it is!


Here are some easy breakfast ideas that work:


1) I am a fan of slow cooker prep ahead meals. Why not bring that process into your morning routine? Steel-cut oats are fabulous in the slow cooker! Prep and set. The bonus here is that you will wake up to a fantastic smelling kitchen! I toss in apples, cinnamon, and pecans. Literally, it is hard to go wrong. YUM!

Mix the following together, and set your slow cooker at low. It is roughly 6 hours for firm oats and 8 for a softer texture.

Try this:

• 1 Cup Steel Cut Oats

• 3 ½ Cups of Water

• 1 Cup Peeled and Chopped Apple

• 1 Tablespoon Ground Cinnamon

• ½ Cup of Pecans

• 1 Teaspoons of Vanilla Extract

• 2 Tablespoons of Brown Sugar

• 2 Tablespoon of Butter


2) With all of this gorgeous summer fruit out in the grocery store, I can’t stop buying fruits in bulk. Sometimes we do plow through a ginormous watermelon in one day, but a lot of times we have various fruits left over from one of my many grocery store binges that need to be used ASAP before they go bad! Like I said, I’m in a prep ahead kind of mode this season! I have been freezing all of my extra fruits and using it as snacks (Have you ever had frozen grapes? DELISH!), but the majority of the time I use the frozen fruits into make quick breakfast smoothies!

Blend your frozen fruit with Greek yogurt, your favorite juice (milk, coconut water, or infused water work well too) and blend.

Try this:

• 1 Cup of Frozen Strawberries

• ½ Cup of Greek Yogurt

• 1 Banana

• ½ Cup of Orange Juice


What are you into right now? What helps you get breakfast on the table- hassle free? Tips? Tricks? The iGoPink girls would love to try your suggestions!

Satisfying Summer Smoothies

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By Erica Johnson

Good morning sunshine! It’s smoothie time. Last week I blogged about my morning routine and other than my fruit and yogurt parfait, one of my favorite ‘go-to’ breakfast (or lunch) meals is a healthy smoothie or shake.

We all know that getting in 5 servings a day of fruits and veggies are what is recommended for ultimate health, but if you’re at all like me, some days I’m SO on the go that it can be hard to be sure I get them all in!

My favorite way when I know a busy day is in store is a healthy summer smoothie. I put everything in them from spinach and kale, to organic fruits, chia seeds and agave nectar.   Everything but the kitchen sink pretty much.

Some quick tips for getting a great smoothie:

  • Keep fruit frozen–the frozen fruit makes that smoothie taste like something naughty but it’s not. It gives it a nice thickness and texture to jump start the day.
  • Buy fruit when it’s on sale–sometimes I will purchase the store pre-frozen fruit, but other wise I’m always on the lookout for fresh fruit in the produce department and will come home, clean it, cut off stems/etc and then place them in baggies in the freezer so I’m ready to go in the AM. It’s a great way to portion control also.
  • Get creative–I LOVE experimenting with my shakes and smoothies. Maybe it’s tropical breeze I’m going for one morning and the next it’s a nutty chocolate banana goodness. Try a bunch of combos to find your staple recipes

Banana Crunch Smoothie Recipe

My Sweet-Tooth Chocolate/Banana Crunch Smoothie

  • 1 Frozen Banana (be sure you take the peel off before you freeze it…take it from me!)
  • 8oz of Chocolate Cashew Milk (Silk is one of my fav’s with only 90 calories per cup)
  • 4-5 Ice Cubes (depending on how thick you like a shake…I like mine extra thick!)
  • 1 tsp of organic crunchy nut butter (Almond butter, peanut butter, cashew butter…any work)
  • Dash of Stevia for sweetness (remember, I have a BIG sweet tooth!)
  • 1 Scoop of Vanilla Protein Powder (optional—being pregnant, I’m needing a full balance of nourishment in all my meals, adding this makes my shake a one stop shop)

Blend all ingredients together for about 30 seconds in a blender until smooth…then pour on up and enjoy!

Rise and Grind: My Morning Routine

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Morning Routine Parfait

By Erica Johnson

Rise and Grind…my morning motto. For the most part I’m a morning person (don’t get me wrong, I’ll have my occasional “it’s nice to sleep in”, but sleeping in is 8am in my books!) However, there’s something about the peaceful quietness of the morning hours when the world is still asleep that is not only productive, but enjoyable.

So what does my morning ritual really consist of? Check it out below:

5:30-6:00am- Rise and Shine. Time to start my day. As soon as my alarm goes off, I’m up (used to be a snooze-button person but like to get up and get moving). First task on my morning is letting my puppy out/feeding her, pouring myself a cup of coffee (decaf currently—hello: prego mama here) and getting my laptop going.

By 6:20am– Have gone through my morning batch of emails (I despise a full inbox), read some of my favorite business briefs and blogs and done a quick check in on social media.

6:30am- Out the door with my puppy for work out time. We typically will do a 45 minute walk in the morning…that’s MY TIME. I pray, go through my to-do list, brainstorm on projects and enjoy the outdoors. Very rarely do we miss our morning walks…when I do, I’m truly not the same productive person.

7:15am- Back home, grab a big bottle of water and hit my weights for a quick round. (Check out my at home work out tips I featured in an earlier blog).

7:40am- Another check on emails to see what has come in and then a quick get ready for work time. My morning shower/make up/hair/getting dressed routine normally takes about 30 minutes from start to finish. Simple, clean and classy is what I strive for.

8:15am- By now I’ve probably gotten side tracked getting ready for work with emails or things I need to respond to/texts/calls coming in on my cell or someone who wanted to chat first thing. Multi-tasking is something I’m luckily good at…and hustling to get things in order.

Last part of my morning routine is breakfast…I used to be the “never eat breakfast” person…but have learned I need that mix of fruit, protein and a little organic grain to get me started. My favorite go-to breakfast is a fruit and yogurt parfait. Normally I prep it the night before (getting the fruit cut up and layered with my organic Greek Yogurt) then will top it with everything from organic granola to chia seeds and nuts. It’s quick, satisfying and sticks with you when you’re busy!

Then I’m off to the office…luckily I live a 12 minute drive from my house to my office door if I hit the lights right, so it’s a quick commute! But there’s my normal Monday-Friday routine in a nutshell. I like consistency so I don’t change off this routine very often and gets my day going. Would love to hear what morning routines you can’t live without! Share in the comments below!