Pineapple Mint Fauxjito

Our good friend Erin, the blogger behind The Almond Eater, is back with her final recipe for our summer countdown series. If you missed her other posts, you can find them here, here and here. Cool down this weekend and celebrate the summer solstice with a sweet drink! Keep reading for Erin’s recipe. 

Enjoy a non-alcoholic version of this classic drink! This Pineapple Mint Fauxjito tastes like a fruity and refreshing mojito minus the morning hangover. It’s sweet, refreshing and ready in just 5 minutes!

 

Make this Pineapple Mint Fauxjito & celebrate the summer solstice!

So, instead of a mojito, today we’ll be enjoying a pineapple mint FAUX-jito. Get it?! I thought I was beyond clever when I “created” that word but, as it turns out, the fauxjito is real. Which is a good thing, because the flavors of a mojito deserved to be enjoyed with or without alcohol.

My cocktail of choice is a mojito. In one word, they are REFRESHING. In more than one word, they are refreshing and come in a variety of flavors and I’m fairly certain you can’t mess them up.

You definitely can’t mess these fauxjitos up – they’re that easy! They’re five ingredients and they come together in approximately 5 minutes, maybe 10 if your pineapple isn’t already cut. THAT’S IT. You’ve got your pineapple (duh), your club soda (necessary), your mint leaves (refreshing!), your lime juice (yes please!), and your…wait for it…coconut milk (YES I’M SERIOUS).

Make this Pineapple Mint Fauxjito & celebrate the summer solstice!

For whatever reason, I’ve been into adding coconut milk to cocktails recently, specifically coconut milk. Coconut milk plus any fruit equals tropical to me, and tropical equals fruity alcoholic and/or non-alcoholic beverages. Yes, it’s true. Coconut and pineapple may be the most common combination, and that’s because they go perfectly together. A match made in heaven, if you will.

So whether you’re sitting poolside with your BFFs your on your couch watching Friends reruns (no judgment here), I hope you find an excuse to sip on a pineapple mint fauxjito. Trust me, you won’t regret it!

Recipe

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups pineapple, muddled
  • 2 cups pineapple juice (1 cup fresh pineapple+1 cup water, mixed in a blender)
  • ½ cup club soda
  • 10 mint leaves
  • ¼ cup coconut milk
  • Juice from 1 lime

Directions:

  1. Place cubed coconut in a bowl and use a muddler (or a fork) to smash it down; divide evenly between two glasses.
  2. In a separate bowl, stir pineapple juice, soda, mint, milk, and lime juice together really well; pour overtop of muddled pineapple, dividing evenly.
  3. Garnish with a lime wedge and enjoy!

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Summer 2016 Beach Reads

Our motto for hanging out at the beach? Sun, sand and books. With more free time, summer is a great season to catch up on all of the bestsellers from the past year. Beach days are pretty much made for relaxing, and we love to do so with a book in one hand and a cold drink in the other (+ #AEOSTYLE, of course). We’ve rounded up some of our recent favorite novels – including everything from YA lit to fiction to memoirs – so that all you have to do is head to the bookstore or open up your Kindle! Check out our picks below, and let us know what you’re adding to your summer reading list.

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1. Me Before You by Jojo Moyer: How could we not include this bestseller AND movie on our list? If you’ve already seen Me Before You in theaters, you know just how deep the feels are in this humorous and heart-wrenching story. The book follows Lou Clark as her life unexpectedly changes forever after becoming a caretaker for a man who lost faith in life and love. You’re going to laugh and cry – maybe at the same time – during this read!

2. Kindred Spirits by Rainbow Rowell: It wasn’t long ago that we were obsessing over Rowell’s hit novel, Eleanor & Park. Rowell has a talent for creating characters that are both unique and relatable, and the characters in this short story are no different. Truly a perfect beach read due to its shorter length, Kindred Spirits will make you just a little less alone in this world – because who isn’t a little bit quirky?

The best books to read when you lounge on the beach this summer in #AEOSTYLE.

3. The Girl With The Lower Back Tattoo by Amy Schumer: At this point it’s pretty clear that Amy Schumer is all of us. Get to know 2016’s favorite comedian better in her autobiographical look at everything from her romantic adventures to embarrassing moments… then try to tell us you don’t want to be in her #squad.

4. Truly Madly Guilty by Liane Moriarty: Moriarty became one of our favorite authors with her breakout bestseller Big Little Lies. This author has a gift for exposing our true selves, even when we don’t want her to. In this novel, two best friends discover just how much one small moment can change your life… for better, or worse. We can’t wait to get our hands on this book on July 26th!

The best books to read when you lounge on the beach this summer in #AEOSTYLE.

5. Eight Hundred Grapes by Laura Dave: What would you do if everything you thought you knew about your soon-to-be husband changed in one second? In Eight Hundred Grapes, Georgia retreats to her family’s vineyard in Sonoma after her life is thrown for a loop. She only has one week to decide if she’s going to get married or not, but when she learns that her family has been keeping some secrets, the decision is tougher than ever. Bonus: there’s a rumor that Eight Hundred Grapes could become a film, so read it now!

6. Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs: The first novel in a bestselling series of three, Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children explores a hidden world right inside our own. Follow Jacob as he journeys to find the truth about his grandfather’s death and discovers something… peculiar… about himself along the way. Be sure to check out the movie trailer here, too.

What books made your beach reads list this summer? Tell us in the comments below!

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What to Wear to a Baseball Game

Take YOU out! Sunshine in the stands calls for a breezy outfit to keep you cool all the way through extra innings.

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Pair our Stripe Baby Tee with AEO’s Denim X Cafe Hi-Rise Shortie, and wear our Racerback Boho Bralette underneath for a super soft and light layer. Then don’t forget your sunnies (we love these Quay Odin Sunglasses) and your baseball hat for shade.

Have a ball, Aerie girls! xo

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SWEET POTATO + POMEGRANATE QUINOA POWER BOWL

What happens when you can’t get enough of the avocado and pomegranate combo, but want something a little more filling? You create this quinoa power bowl instead! Filling—but not heavy—this recipe is great for lunch and dinner, and you can prep it ahead of time for the week to come.

fullINGREDIENTS

Makes 4 servings

*For the salad

2 small sweet potatoes

4 cups arugula

1 cup quinoa

1 avocado

1 can chickpeas

½ cup pomegranate seeds

½ cup pumpkin seeds

½ cup feta cheese

*For the dressing

¼ cup lemon juice

2 tbsp apple cider vinegar

2 tbsp olive oOil

Salt + pepper to taste

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DIRECTIONS

1] Preheat the oven to 375℉.

2] Dice the sweet potato and bake in the oven for about 20 minutes. If you don’t have access to an oven, you can microwave the sweet potato instead!

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3] Follow the directions on the package to prepare the quinoa.

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4] Wash and prep your arugula.

5] Slice up the avocado.

6] Whisk together all ingredients for the dressing and add salt and pepper to taste.

7] Assemble your power bowl and eat up!

ABOUT CHAARG

We believe that working out can (and should!) be fun. We’re an organization of 5,000+ girls at more than 37 universities that encourages college-aged girls to find their fit, whether it’s yoga, CrossFit or anything in between.

You don’t need to be a marathon runner or a weightlifting champion to join—it’s all about finding what works for you. That’s the beauty of CHAARG. We’re a group of real girls with a passion for leading happy, healthy lives.

Sound like you? Learn more about us, check out CHAARG.com and find us on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook.

ABOUT TERESA

Teresa Sandoval is CHAARG’s Creative Project Lead. She dedicates her free time to any and all activities that let her get outside. When she isn’t taking her dog for a run or spending time in the sunshine, she can be found getting messy and creative in the kitchen.

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Zen On: 4 Yoga Poses To Master This Summer

During the summer, it feels like plans are never ending and a new invite pops up on your calendar every day! Although we usually think of summer as a season of relaxation, these months can get pretty busy – sometimes to the point where you actually have to set aside time for yourself. We love a good Netflix binge as much as the next person, but we’ve also discovered that there are more productive options if you need to de-stress… and, surprise!, you won’t end up feeling like a couch potato after. One of our favorite ways to unwind is by getting active, whether that means taking a walk outside, lifting weights in the gym or hitting the mat for some yoga. Active movement helps to clear your mind and strengthen your body. Plus, it’s a great way to show off your athleisure #AEOSTYLE! Today, we’re grabbing our yoga mats and breaking down four yoga poses to master this summer.

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CRESCENT LUNGE (Anjaneyasana):
Alignment Tips: Make sure you’re on the ball of your back foot and that your hips are square. Sometimes it helps to put your hands on your hips and psychically align them so that they’re facing the front wall. Keep your back heel firm on the floor and the back leg strong as if you were trying to touch the back of your knee to the ceiling. To your own degree, bend your front knee as close to 90 degrees as possible. Reach your arms overheard and breath deep.

Benefits: Stretches hip flexors & legs; strengthens thighs and glutes; opens chest; improves balance

Master these 4 yoga poses by the end of summer!

DANCER (Natarajasana):
Alignment Tips: Keep a slight bend in your standing leg & shift weight on to this leg. Bend your back leg up to your degree slowly, simultaneously catching your foot or ankle with one or both hands if possible. You can reach one arm in front to help your balance. Keep your neck long and head high.

Benefits: Improves balance; strengthens legs and core; stretches shoulders and chest

Master these 4 yoga poses by the end of summer!

ONE LEGGED KING PIGEON (Eka Pada Rajakapotasana):
Alignment Tips: Keep your shin on the ground parallel to your mat to protect the knee. Slightly angle your back hip and from a straight leg, bend the back leg up. Catch the ankle or foot with one or both hands, or rest it in your arm as seen below. If you cannot reach back or bend the leg up, that’s fine! support yourself upright using both arms in front.

Benefits: Stretches thighs, chest and shoulders; stimulates abdomen & internal organs

Master these 4 yoga poses by the end of summer!

ONE LEGGED KING PIGEON II (Eka Pada Rajakapotasana II):
Alignment Tips: Start with shins on the floor and core reaching high. Slowly backbend to your degree and catch one leg within your arm as your raise it. Reach the other arm toward the ceiling and breathe. If you need back support, bring your lower hand to your lower back and breathe.

Benefits: Stretches torso and deep hip flexors; improves posture; strengthens back; stimulates abdominal organs

Master these 4 yoga poses by the end of summer!

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Source: Yoga Journal

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Make Your Own French Fry Bar

Erin from The Almond Eater is back with her third recipe post to help us count down the days until summer (we’re in the single digits now!). If you missed her first two posts, Caprese Kebabs and Chocolate Dipped Coconut Popsicles, be sure to check them out! Keep reading for her make-your-own french fry bar tips below.

A French Fry Bar is what dreams are made of! Homemade baked french fries sprinkled with salt and served with several different choices of condiments… talk about a tasty appetizer your friends can get behind!

Whenever someone asks “would you like fries with that?” there is only one appropriate answer: YES. How does one even go about ordering a sandwich without fries? How?! In fact, sometimes I just order fries. I know they’re considered a side, but sometimes they deserve to be the star of the show.

Like today.

Amp up your next get-together with a make your own French fry bar!

Though it may be more common to create a cheese plate or fruit platter when you have guests over, I guarantee they’d be much more thrilled to hang out with you if they knew there were going to be FRIES. Not that you’re not fun to hang out with, but c’mon. It’s a french fry bar for goodness sake! Fries on fries on fries with so many different condiments. You could even take it up a notch and add sweet potato fries into the mix.

I may be a bit biased, but a french fry bar is WAY better than a fruit platter, and I love fruit! Seriously, I do. But you cannot say “no” to fries.

I decided to use the following condiments in this spread: ketchup, mustard, truffle oil with parmesan cheese, garlic herb olive oil, chipotle mayo, and nacho cheese. Obviously you can include whatever you like – that’s the beauty of it! While I don’t like to play favorites, my favorite french fry condiments are probably truffle oil and chipotle mayo. In case you aren’t aware, chipotle mayo is simply mayo with a bit of sriracha. Yes, you can technically go to the store and buy “chipotle mayo,” but there’s really no need.

Amp up your next get-together with a make your own French fry bar!

Oh, and if you’ve never made your own fries, what are you waiting for? Truthfully, I should make them more often than I do. I like chopped, roasted potatoes anyway, so why not spend a few extra minutes chopping them up even smaller into french fry-sized potatoes. Because for some reason, fries>potatoes.

So cheers to summertime and friends and all the condiments. Oh yeah, and to fries! DUH.

Recipe 

Ingredients:

  • 3-4 russet potatoes, washed and scrubbed
  • 3-4 tbsp olive oil
  • Salt
  • Condiments of choice (ketchup, mustard, truffle oil, mayo, etc.)

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 450°.
  2. Chop potatoes into thin slices; typically, the thinner they are, the crispier they’ll become.
  3. Line two baking sheets with foil and then spray nonstick spray overtop.
  4. Place potatoes into a large bowl and drizzle olive oil and salt overtop; stir to coat.
  5. Place fries only baking sheet, making sure they are evenly spread out and not overlapping one another.
  6. Bake fries for 25-30 minutes, flipping over halfway through so that they bake evenly.
  7. Remove from oven, sprinkle with more salt and serve with several choices of condiments.

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