superfood and berry yogurt parfait

I’m totally ready to embrace the fall vibes that are setting in these days, but first, some superfood yogurt parfaits to celebrate the last of the sunny season’s beautiful berries.

superfood and berry yogurt parfaits start with a rich and creamy base of greek yogurt, and are topped with layers of fresh juicy berries, antioxidant rich cacao nibs, and heart healthy hemp seeds | www.nyssaskitchen.comsuperfood and berry yogurt parfaits start with a rich and creamy base of greek yogurt, and are topped with layers of fresh juicy berries, antioxidant rich cacao nibs, and heart healthy hemp seeds | www.nyssaskitchen.com

in truth, this post was supposed to go up a week ago, BEFORE summer officially came to an end, but then you know, mercury in retrograde came along and my images were all posting blurry. so fun trying to figure that one out. thank goodness for the awesome community over at Food Blogger Pro who helped me sort everything out! community makes life’s challenges so much easier to manage.

but since these are so easy to make and such a perfect, healthy breakfast or snack, AND the farmer’s markets are still selling blueberries and raspberries by the flat, I’m gonna share this super easy recipe with you anyways.

let’s just say making these superfood and berry yogurt parfaits is like giving one last big hug to the epic-ness that was this summer.

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easy lavender coconut iced coffee

where my lavender lovers at?! I’ve got an incredibly easy lavender coconut iced coffee recipe on deck for you that I’m betting you’re gonna fall hard for 😍

lavender coconut iced coffee is a delightfully easy, dairy free homemade fancy coffee recipe perfect for the late summer months. made with coconut milk, lavender, iced coffee and coconut sugar or honey. | www.nyssaskitchen.com

since we travel so much during the summer, sadly, we don’t end up growing a lot of food in our garden. but my little food loving heart has a plan to some day either;

a) travel less and be around to tend to the garden

b) invest in an irrigation system to do the work for us while we take off to dance barefoot in the grass and sleep under the stars

I’m guessing the second option is more likely since who want’s to give up a summer full of camping + music + road trips? not this girl.

but until that happens we do have a few plants that don’t take much caring for that we get to harvest around this time of year. there’s a couple of blueberry bushes (the birds got most of them this year, though.. sigh. 🙄), several raspberry bushes, some herbs and of course, lavender.

it was my one request when my honey was planting out our backyard. there’s something about the flowers that make me so happy – plus I love using them in the kitchen, and they attract so many honey bees! hosting some lavender bushes in our yard makes me feel like I’m doing something good to help those little guys out.

lavender coconut iced coffee is a delightfully easy, dairy free homemade fancy coffee recipe perfect for the late summer months. made with coconut milk, lavender, iced coffee and coconut sugar or honey. | www.nyssaskitchen.comlavender coconut iced coffee is a delightfully easy, dairy free homemade fancy coffee recipe perfect for the late summer months. made with coconut milk, lavender, iced coffee and coconut sugar or honey. | www.nyssaskitchen.com

last year the plants were too small to really put out many flowers, but this summer they literally tripled in size and I couldn’t wait to harvest them and turn them into something delicious.

👉🏼 that’s where this easy lavender coconut iced coffee comes into the picture.

lavender coconut iced coffee is a delightfully easy, dairy free homemade fancy coffee recipe perfect for the late summer months. made with coconut milk, lavender, iced coffee and coconut sugar or honey. | www.nyssaskitchen.com Continue reading

watermelon and arugula salad with mint and red onion

who’s ready to savor these last weeks of summer like the boss’s that we are? say yes and I promise to make you all the watermelon and arugula salad with mint red onion 😉

because everybody’s summer deserves this salad.

watermelon arugula salad with mint and red onion - a super easy and healthy salad made with juicy watermelon, red onion, fresh mint, arugula and a simple lime vinaigrette. the perfect summer salad! | www.nyssaskitchen.comwatermelon arugula salad with mint and red onion - a super easy and healthy salad made with juicy watermelon, red onion, fresh mint, arugula and a simple lime vinaigrette. the perfect summer salad! | www.nyssaskitchen.com

in reality I’m actually kind of freaking out over here about ALL THE watermelon AND tomatoes AND salad greens AND berries because from June –> July I wasn’t in my kitchen for almost 5 weeks – gasp! 😳

all the seasonal goodies I missed!

the first official 3 weeks of summer I was traveling for work (Spain + Israel : NO COMPLAINTS!) and then the next couple of weeks I was on the road chasing bands and dancing barefoot in the grass under the stars with my hubby and BFF + a dozen of my other favorite people in the world (also, NO COMPLAINTS! life is good. ) BUT I did miss hanging out in the kitchen, windows open, music on, tinkering around with whatever good things are in season.

so now I definitely feel like I have some catching up to do when it comes to summer produce, and time is running out, so let’s get to it!  Continue reading