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Tips for a Healthy 4th of July Holiday and a Red, White and Blue Power Protein Smoothie Recipe

Celebrating a holiday doesn’t have to mean overindulging in sweets or giving up your healthy habits. Start your 4th of July off right with your normal workout and a powerful protein smoothie to give you lots of energy for the festive day ahead.

Tips for a Healthy 4th of July Holiday and a Red, White and Blue Power Protein Smoothie Recipe

By making time for your workout and protein smoothie in the morning, you get it out of the way before things get hectic; then the focus is on having a good time for the rest of the day. Another benefit of drinking your protein smoothie before that big cookout? Protein is filling, so you’ll be less tempted to go for huge portions at the dessert table.

Tips for a Healthy 4th of July Holiday and a Red, White and Blue Power Protein Smoothie Recipe

Keep the focus on a smart balance of food, activity and fun by getting active in the morning, snacking on something healthy before the party, and these other tips:

  • Take a look at what’s on the party buffet before you fill up your plate. Take a few things you want, none of what you don’t love, and be sure to balance things out with fruits and veggies.
  • Eat slowly and don’t stuff yourself. Summer cookouts and holidays usually mean food is around for snacking for hours on end, so just eat enough to feel comfortably full. There will always be more if you get hungry again.
  • Bring a healthy dish to the cookout, so you know you’ll always have something to eat that works within your personal dietary guidelines.


Red, White and Blue Power Protein Smoothie
SERVES: 3

See "Notes" for the method used in this single-serve blender.
Ingredients
1 cup cranberry-raspberry juice
1/2 cup (2 scoops) vanilla protein powder
1 1/2 cups (8 ounces) strawberries, hulled and halved
3/4 cup (4 ounces) blueberries
1 medium ripe banana, cut into large chunks
1 cup vanilla yogurt
15 ice cubes
Instructions
1. Place ingredients in blender jar in order listed.
2. Cover and blend on AUTO SMOOTHIE setting or PULSE a few times, then blend on HIGH for 30 to 45 seconds.
Notes
For a Single-Serve Blender, use 1/2 cup juice, 1/2 scoop protein powder, 1 cup strawberry halves, 1/2 cup blueberries, 1/2 banana, 1/3 cup yogurt and 4 ice cubes.
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51132 single serve blender

Hamilton Beach® Single-Serve Blenders feature durable stainless steel blades that blend your favorite drinks, sauces or dressings in seconds. Use the travel cup to blend drinks to go anytime, or fill the whole jar with fresh ingredients for family and friends. Cleanup couldn’t be simpler — place the cup or blending jar right in the dishwasher.

 



Banana Stuffed French Toast from Everyday Good Thinking by @hamiltonbeach

Nothing says it’s the weekend like a big brunch, especially if it’s something sweet you normally don’t (or can’t) eat on a rushed weekday morning. We love all kinds of brunch foods, from eggs benedict to buttermilk pancakes, but sometimes we start craving that delicious, caramelized crunch on the edge of good French toast.

Banana Stuffed French Toast from Everyday Good Thinking by @hamiltonbeach

French toast is tasty enough on its own, but it’s even better when it’s stuffed with fruit and cream cheese to add texture, flavor and a little extra adventure. To “stuff” the toast, we just cut a slit in extra-thick bread slices to create a pocket, then spread the inside with a cream cheese, sugar and cinnamon mixture before adding banana slices.

Banana Stuffed French Toast from Everyday Good Thinking by @hamiltonbeach

To really put this French toast breakfast over the top, we replaced maple syrup with caramel syrup. Beware, this was an addictive transformation of your typical French toast. A little whipped cream and a few more banana slices topped everything off before we dove into this fluffy, caramel-sweetened stack of heaven. You won’t want to let another weekend go by without making these.

Banana Stuffed French Toast from Everyday Good Thinking by @hamiltonbeach


Banana Stuffed French Toast
SERVES: 4

Ingredients
1/2 cup cream cheese, softened
1 Tablespoon confectioners' sugar
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon, divided
1 cup milk
4 large eggs, slightly beaten
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 Tablespoon granulated sugar
1/4 teaspoon salt
8 slices (each 1-inch thick) Italian bread
2 medium bananas, thinly sliced
Caramel syrup, warmed
Whipped cream
Additional banana slices
Instructions
Preheat griddle to 400°F.
In a small bowl, combine cream cheese, confectioners' sugar and 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon until smooth; set aside.
In a large bowl with a wire whisk, blend milk, eggs, vanilla, sugar, remaining cinnamon and salt; set aside.
Cut a slit in each slice of bread to form a pocket. Spread inside of pocket with cream cheese mixture. Add sliced bananas.
Place stuffed bread slices in the milk mixture. Let soak 1 minute on each side. If necessary, soak in batches to fit in bowl.
Carefully transfer to griddle.
Cook 15 to 20 minutes, turning once, until browned and egg mixture is set.
Serve with warmed caramel syrup and extra banana slices if desired. Or, sprinkle with confectioners' sugar.
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griddle skillet

With a Hamilton Beach® Electric Skillet or Griddle on your countertop, you can create satisfying, one-dish meals that eliminate the need to clean multiple pots and pans. To make cleaning even easier, the nonstick cooking components are either dishwasher safe or are fully immersible with the cord removed.



The holidays are a time when most people slack off on their healthy habits and indulge in a few extra pieces of pie, a sweet breakfast and a mug of hot cocoa. It’s also a time when just as many people struggle to eat well while traveling, shopping and visiting family. Make your house guests happy after a morning of unwrapping gifts, and set up a few options for “naughty” or “nice” breakfast sandwiches. Family can choose whether they’d like to enjoy an extra treat to celebrate or keep it light and balanced. These featured breakfast sandwiches are our favorites, but you can find more breakfast sandwich maker recipes here. Whether you’re using a single Breakfast Sandwich Maker or saving time with a Dual Breakfast Sandwich Maker, your guests are promised a fun way to serve breakfast everyone will enjoy.

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NAUGHTY: Eggs Benedict Breakfast Sandwich with Hollandaise Sauce

Eggs Benedict with Hollandaise Breakfast Sandwich (made in the Breakfast Sandwich Maker) from Everyday Good Thinking, the official blog of @hamiltonbeach

NICE: Pesto with Sun-dried Tomato, Mozzarella and Egg Breakfast Sandwich

Pesto Sun-Dried Tomato Mozzarella Egg Breakfast Sandwich (made in the Breakfast Sandwich Maker) from Everyday Good Thinking, the official blog of @hamiltonbeach

NAUGHTY: Pancakes and Sausage Sandwich

Sausage and Pancakes Breakfast Sandwich (made in the Breakfast Sandwich Maker) from Everyday Good Thinking, the official blog of @hamiltonbeach

NICE: Southwestern Breakfast Muffin

Southwestern Breakfast Sandwich (made in the Breakfast Sandwich Maker) from Everyday Good Thinking, the official blog of @hamiltonbeach

NAUGHTY: Warm Chocolate Croissant

Warm Chocolate Hazelnut Nutella Croissant Breakfast Sandwich (made in the Breakfast Sandwich Maker) from Everyday Good Thinking, the official blog of @hamiltonbeach

 

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Cajun Sausage and Grits Casserole from Everyday Good Thinking, the official blog of @hamiltonbeach

For the ultimate in breakfast comfort foods, look no further than this Cajun sausage and grits casserole. Creamy grits, gooey cheese, spiced sausage, roasted peppers and eggs come together to make an indulgent brunch dish that will have everyone begging for the recipe. Make it for the family on the weekend or bring it to a potluck. This savory dish does well for a crowd and works just as well at lunch and dinner as it does at breakfast.

Cajun Sausage and Grits Casserole from Everyday Good Thinking, the official blog of @hamiltonbeach


Cajun Sausage and Grits Casserole
SERVES: 8

Ingredients
1 block (8 oz.) Monterey Jack cheese
4 cups milk
3/4 cup water
1 1/2 teaspoons Creole seasoning, divided
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup quick cooking grits
3 Tablespoons butter
1/2 pound andouille sausage, sliced
1 medium onion, diced
2 garlic cloves, minced
2 large eggs, lightly beaten
1/2 cup diced roasted red bell pepper
Chopped fresh parsley
Instructions
Remove 1 rack and position the other on the fourth slot in the Countertop Oven with Rotisserie. Place the knob on STAY ON and preheat on BAKE to 350⁰. Spray a 7 x 11-inch rectangle baking dish with nonstick cooking spray.
Shred cheese using the shredding disc of a food processor and set aside.
In a 3-quart saucepan over medium-high heat, bring milk, water, 1 teaspoon Creole seasoning and 1/2 teaspoon salt to a boil. Whisk in grits, reduce heat and simmer 20 minutes or until thickened and tender, whisking occasionally. Remove from heat and stir in butter and cheese. Let stand 15 minutes, stirring occasionally.
In a medium nonstick skillet over medium-high heat, brown sausage 6 to 7 minutes. Reserve 1/2 teaspoon drippings and remove sausage. Drain well on paper towels.
In same skillet over medium-high heat, cook onion in reserved drippings 6 to 7 minutes. Add garlic and cook 1 minute longer.
Whisk eggs into grits and mix until smooth. Fold in sausage, onion, garlic, and red bell pepper. Pour into prepared dish. Sprinkle with 1/2 teaspoon Creole seasoning.
Bake 35 to 40 minutes or until thoroughly heated.
Sprinkle with chopped parsley.
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The best Mother's Day Brunch (or any brunch!) includes Eggs Benedict with homemade Hollondaise sauce. Everyday Good Thinking | @hamiltonbeach

I love Eggs Benedict and order it at brunch all the time. I never, ever made it at home. To me, it was stuffy and labor intensive. Not to mention I had to poach eggs, which is the equivalent of retaking the SAT’s (they were hard for me). And whisking up a Hollandaise Sauce can be on the complicated side. Two products have made this seemingly elaborate brunch staple easy, easy, easy. Our new Egg Cooker will poach eggs to perfection while you toast the english muffins. No boiling water, adding vinegar, swirling or stirring needed. As for the sauce, our Single Serve Blender allows you to put in all the ingredients, pulse a few times and have the creamy, buttery decadence that IS Hollandaise sauce. We served it with fruit-infused sparkling water (made, of course, with our handheld SodaStation™) and roasted asparagus, which is just as easy to prepare as the Eggs Benedict. Trust me, try it at home (maybe for Mother’s Day?) and you will be amazed by the simplicity.

The best Mother's Day Brunch (or any brunch!) includes Eggs Benedict with homemade Hollondaise sauce. Everyday Good Thinking | @hamiltonbeach

 

The best Mother's Day Brunch (or any brunch!) includes Eggs Benedict with homemade Hollondaise sauce. Everyday Good Thinking | @hamiltonbeach


Eggs Benedict with Ham and Roasted Asparagus
SERVES: 1

Ingredients
2 large eggs
1 English muffin, split, toasted
4 slices baked ham
6 spears asparagus, roasted
Fresh dill
Instructions
Poach eggs to desired doneness in egg cooker.
Place English muffins, split-side up on a plate.
Top each muffin with 2 slices of ham, 3 spears of asparagus trimmed to fit muffins and 1 poached egg.
Garnish with fresh dill.
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The best Mother's Day Brunch (or any brunch!) includes Eggs Benedict with homemade Hollondaise sauce. Everyday Good Thinking | @hamiltonbeach


Easy Blender Hollandaise Sauce
SERVES: 2

Ingredients
1 stick (1/2 cup) unsalted butter
2 large egg yolks
1 Tablespoon lemon juice
Salt and pepper to taste
Instructions
Microwave butter in a microwave safe container on HIGH for 1 minute.
Place egg yolks and lemon juice in blender jar.
Cover and blend on pulse a few times, then blend on HIGH for 1 minute, gradually adding melted butter until mixture is thickened and smooth.
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Hamilton Beach Egg CookerSingle Serve Blenders make smoothies, sauces and dressings quickly and easily everydaygoodthinking.com @hamiltonbeach

We used the Hamilton Beach Egg Cooker to perfectly poach the eggs. The Egg Cooker also prepares soft, medium or hard-boiled eggs. Along with making smoothies to go, the SingleServe Blender is perfect for mixing sauces or dressings. The Hollandaise sauce in this recipe can be drizzled over the eggs right from the jar.

 

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