Summer Treat We Love: GoodPops

This fresh take on frozen treats is so 2014.

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What do we crave when it gets unbearably hot outside? Something cold to cool down with! Ice pops have been a summertime staple since lazy childhood days. Unfortunately, we typically associate ice pops with lots of added sugar. Not quite what we’re looking for anymore, in days when green juice can be a lunch and veganism is the norm!

That’s where GoodPops come in. Made from fresh, organic, local ingredients in Austin, TX, these fab frozen finds used to only be available on the West Coast. This summer, though, NYCers are getting lucky—GoodPops can now be bought on Fresh Direct!

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At only 48-102 calories a piece, you’d be crazy not to stock your freezer with delicious flavors like Watermelon Agave, Banana Cinnamon Strawberry Lemonade, Hibiscus Mint, Coldbrew Coffee and Chocolate Milk. We promise, you’ll be reaching for these every time. They’re just the refreshing treat you’ve been searching for!

Arielle Sidrane is the Associate Editor of Spa Week Daily. 

 

Recipe of the Week: Shrimp Louie with Sriracha Aioli from The Lemonade Cookbook

Shrimp Louie with Sriracha Aioli is a spicy, creamy and crunchy recipe that you will love noshing on all summer long!

Shrimp Louie Main

If there’s one thing The Lemonade Cookbook does right, its Southern California comfort food – as evidenced by the tangy, creamy and incredibly satisfying Shrimp Louie recipe that we whipped up this week.

While this summer recipe may not be quite as healthy as you’re usually used to seeing, ingredients like avocado and shrimp boast some impressive health benefits, and make you feel full longer. Lemonade Cookbook authors Alan Jackson and Joann Cianciuli recommend topping a toasted bun with the semi-spicy shrimp mixture for a spin on the New England lobster roll.

This recipe can be time-consuming if prepared all at once, but if you pickle the cucumbers in advance, you can throw it together in less than 30 minutes. Another bonus is that you can refrigerator the leftover shrimp mixture to use for tomorrow’s lunch!

Find out how to make Shrimp Louie with Sriracha Aioli and let us know if you love this recipe in the comments below!

Ingredients for Pickled Cucumbers

  • 1 hothouse cucumber, ends trimmed, halved lengthwise, and seeds scooped out with a spoon
  • 2 teaspoons coarse salt
  • 1/2 cup seasoned rice wine vinegar
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 2 tablespoons sugar

Ingredients for Sriracha Aioli

  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 to 2 tablespoons Sriracha hot sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon sesame oil
  • Juice of 1/2 lime
  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped cilantro

Ingredients for Shrimp Boat

  • 1/2 pound cooked small shrimp, such as Rock or Bay
  • 4 firm-ripe Hass avocados, halved
  • 1 small seedless grapefruit, segmented (note: we skipped this and topped with thinly sliced avocado instead)

Directions

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Dice the cucumber into small pieces or shred with the large holes of a box grater. Mix the cucumber pieces in a strainer with the salt, and let stand in the sink or over a bowl for about 30 minutes, shaking and turning them a few times to drain their water. In the meantime, prepare the pickling liquid by combining the vinegar, water, and sugar in a small pot over medium heat. Bring the liquid to a boil, stirring to be sure the sugar dissolves, about 3 minutes. Remove from heat and set aside in the refrigerator to chill.

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After the cucumbers drain, squeeze the pieces in a dish towel to get out most of the liquid, and transfer them to a large bowl. Pour the chilled pickling liquid over the cucumbers, mixing well so all the pieces are coated. Set aside in the refrigerator for 1 hour. Drain the cucumbers from the liquid before adding to the salad.

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To prepare the sriracha aioli, combine the mayonnaise, Sriracha, sesame oil, lime and cilantro in a mixing bowl. Blend well with a small whisk to fully incorporate the ingredients into the mayo.

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Add the shrimp and drained cucumbers to the Sriracha aioli; mix really well to coat in the mayo.

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To serve, mound the shrimp salad inside the avocado halves. Shingle a couple grapefruit segments on top to garnish.

 If you liked this recipe you will love The Lemonade Cookbook by Alan Jackson and Joann Cianciulli, available at amazon.com

Noelle Chehab is the Junior Editor of Spa Week Daily. 

Recipe of the Week: Lime-Cilantro Slaw from Moosewood Restaurant Favorites

This week we tried a zesty, refreshing and low-cal recipe from Moosewood Restaurant Favorites!

Lime Cilantro Slaw

Summer is the season of backyard barbeques and picnics at the park, which can quickly derail your diet. But kicking back and relaxing while indulging in refreshing snacks shouldn’t have to spell disaster for your bikini body!

That’s why this week we tried out a new recipe from Moosewood Restaurant Favorites – written by the people behind America’s best-loved restaurants. This zesty Lime-Cilantro Slaw is super satisfying thanks to the crunchy cabbage and fresh herbs infused in every bite. The best part of all is that this summer side takes less than 15 minutes to whip up, making it the perfect dish to bring along to any outdoor occasion.

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Recipe:

4 cups thinly sliced cabbage (green, red or both)

1/2 cup chopped scallions

1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro

For the Dressing:

1 tablespoon olive oil or vegetable oil

Finely grated zest of 1 lime

3 tablespoons fresh lime juice

1 teaspoon sugar

1/2 teaspoon salt

Directions:

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In a bowl, combine the cabbage, scallions and cilantro.

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In a separate small bowl, whisk the dressing ingredients.

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Add the dressing to the cabbage and stir well. Add more sugar and/or salt to taste.

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Serve right away or refrigerate. Can be served chilled or at room temperature.

Noelle Chehab is the Junior Editor of Spa Week Daily. 

3 Healthy Recipes for Doughnut Day

National Doughnut Day doesn’t mean you have to screw up your summer diet already! Read on for healthy recipes to make at home.

Not all doughnuts are created equal. It’s true—most are created with copious amounts of sugar, butter and sometimes milk chocolate…but not all. In honor of National Doughnut Day we found some absolutely delicious healthy doughnut recipes for you to make at home—we’re talking nutritious enough to eat for breakfast!

Raisin Oat Doughnuts

Recipe by Caitlin O’Neill for Create the Life You Want to Live

This is the perfect healthy breakfast treat! These doughnuts substitute honey for sugar, use fat-free milk, and oats/flaxseed instead of flour. They take less than an hour to make and are only 130 calories each—yep, we think we found your new go-to breakfast recipe!

Baked Cinnamon Spelt Doughnuts

Recipe by Diana for This Chic Life

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Photo Credit: This Chic Life

If cinnamon doughnuts are your go-to, then these are a must-try! They use healthier spelt flour, which is packed with protein. The cinnamon flavor will be a great complement to your morning coffee—or enjoy these as a lighter dessert option!

“All for One” Chocolate Protein Doughnuts

Recipe by Kelly for Foodie Fiasco

Photo Credit: Foodie Fiasco

Photo Credit: Foodie Fiasco

These unique treats have minimal ingredients—including egg whites, pumpkin, and cocoa powder.  Plus, they are low-carb, low-fat and sugar-free! You can’t go wrong with packing these for breakfast in the office—the protein will leave you feeling fuller, longer and keep your energy up throughout the day!

Happy National Doughnut Day, everyone! Let us know how you’re celebrating in the comments below.

Arielle Sidrane is the Associate Editor of Spa Week Daily.

6 Best Rooftop Bar Happy Hours In NYC

The best rooftop happy hours in NYC serve up some cheap cocktails, plus stellar city views!

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There’s so many things to love about summer in NYC (there’s no snow on the ground, for starters) but one of our all-time favorite warm weather activities is grabbing happy hour drinks at gorgeous rooftop retreats.

The very best rooftop bars offer not only sweeping views of the Big Apple, but also provide an escape from the bustling city streets. Coupled with discounted cocktails, we totally understand why rooftop happy hours are steadily frequented by locals and tourists alike. Nevertheless, there are a few elevated drink destinations that you don’t want to miss.

Check out our picks for the best rooftop bars in NYC, and stop by during happy hour for a good time that doesn’t cost a pretty penny:

Photo Credit: Instagram/Empire Hotel

Photo Credit: Instagram/Empire Hotel

Empire Hotel at 44 W 63rd St between Central Park West & Broadway

The Empire Hotel’s swanky rooftop bar is outfitted with perfectly coiffed greenery so lush that you almost forget you’re in the middle of NYC. The Upper West Side location promises sweeping sunset views, and during happy hour you can sip on world-class wine for just $6-$8 a glass.

Photo Credit: Twitter/Vu Bar NYC

Photo Credit: Twitter/Vu Bar NYC

Vu Rooftop Bar at La Quinta Manhattan at 17 W 32nd St between Broadway & 5th Ave

At some rooftop bars there’s a pretentious vibe, but not at Vu Rooftop Bar, outfitted with laid-back and colorfully painted patio furniture. There’s an incredible view of the Empire State Building, up close and personal, and happy hour deals to boot. From 5 to 7 p.m.  you can score $3 beers and $5 drinks, and on Sundays you can enjoy the same discounted drinks all day long!

Photo Credit: Instagram/Bar 13

Photo Credit: Instagram/Bar 13

Bar 13 at 35 E 13th St &University Pl

This happy hour scene is definitely catered to the younger set, situated near NYU. Don’t be fooled by the drab-ish appearance by day because when the neon light panels illuminate at night, you’ll feel like you’re in Miami Beach. Did we mention it’s 2-for-1 drinks from 5 to 8 p.m.?

Photo Credit: Instagram/Hotel Chantelle

Photo Credit: Instagram/Hotel Chantelle

Hotel Chantelle at 92 Ludlow St & Delancey St

Situated in the Lower East Side, Hotel Chantelle offers a taste of Parisian cafes right here in New York City. The tiled floors, ample greenery and vintage-y décor like old time lamp posts truly transports you to a relaxing place. If you’re interested in sipping some cocktails that also have some health benefits, stop by this chic locale from 5 to 8 p.m. and enjoy half priced cocktails made with summer staples like cucumbers and pineapple.

Photo Credit: Instagram/Wythe Hotel

Photo Credit: Instagram/Wythe Hotel

The Ides at the Wythe Hotel at 80 Wythe Ave between North 11th & 12th St

Just across the Williamsburg Bridge resides The Ides at the Wythe Hotel – a rooftop bar that offers unparalleled views of the NYC skyline. While this scenic Brooklyn bar doesn’t offer an actual happy hour, beers are always priced between $5-$8 each – and, let’s face it, that makes us pretty happy.

Photo Credit: Twitter/Tavern 29

Photo Credit: Twitter/Tavern 29

Tavern 29 at 47 E 29th St & Park Ave

If you’ve ever been to a beer garden, you know those huge German brews don’t come cheap, but Tavern 29’s rooftop happy hour promises a readily welcomed exception. Geared toward the early birds, the happy hour lasts from 12 to 5 p.m., when you can get draft beer, cocktails or wine for just $5!

If you’re in NYC, or just like to visit, tell us where your favorite rooftop happy bars are! Did our favorites make your list? Tell us in the comments below!

Noelle Chehab is the Junior Editor of Spa Week Daily.