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Mocha Iced Frappucinno (healthier version)

 

IMG_0956Have you ever had an iced frappucinno at Starbucks or any coffee shop?  Well, as tasty as it might be, it is most likely loaded with GMO’s, high fructose corn syrup, artificial flavoring and sweeteners, and antibiotic injected milk. Not to mention extremely high in calories!  Actually, incase you haven’t heard, Starbucks is a big supporter of Monsanto.  If you are a Starbucks addict, you might be interested in learning more about this issue before you make your next purchase.

Even though I have always opted for a plain old basic coffee shop cup of joe, I have enjoyed the occassional fancy high calorie drinks from time to time.  And I won’t lie, they are so good, and often leave me feeling so bad!  And although I successfully gave up coffee last year, I do still crave the flavor some days. Which is what led me to find an easy healthier version I can make at home, and it’s way cheaper!  I even think this version tastes better.  But who knows, maybe thats my healthier taste buds talking!  Anyway….if you like fancy coffee then you should try this.  I swear it’s not hard and you probably have most of the ingredients needed.  I add a frozen banana to mine to create a smooth creamy ice cream like texture, but you can omit that if you don’t love bananas like I do.  You know how I feel about ba-nana ice cream.  Enough chit chat, let’s get started!

What you will need:

  • 1 1/2 c almond/coconut milk (or your choice of healthy milk)
  • 2 tsp instant coffee (I use decaf, organic when possible)
  • 1 Tbsp. raw cacao powder (omit if you don’t like “mocha” and just want it plain)
  • 1/2 tsp. vanilla
  • 1 Tbsp. coconut sugar (can substitute with agave, pure maple, honey, stevia, etc)
  • 1/5 frozen banana (not necessary but gives ice cream-like creaminess)
  • Dash of sea salt
  • 5-7 ice cubes

Blend everything together in high speed blender until smooth.  I find that this comes out better when I heat a few tablespoons of water and mix the instant coffee/espresso first then add that to the blender with the rest of the ingredients.  Either way, the result is still delicious!  Sprinkle with cinnamon and guzzle.  Be careful of the brain freeze!

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Chocolate Cherry Smoothie

 

 

IMG_1005I am loving smoothies lately.  I used be a juicer, and I still am.  But recently my needs have changed and I crave thicker denser beverages.  Not to say this won’t change again soon, but for now I am addicted to chocolate smoothies.  Who wouldn’t be?  It’s chocolate for crying out loud!  And I love that I have the liberty of adding whatever the heck I want.  I always make sure to add veggies and protein so I can justify replacing a meal or snack with something chocolatey.  It’s a win win!!!

 

What you will need:

  • 6 frozen cherries
  • 2 frozen bananas
  • Handful spinach or kale
  • 1 C water/coconut water/milk
  • 1/4 tsp. vanilla
  • 1 Tbsp. coconut sugar
  • 2 Tbsp. cacao powder
  • 1 scoop protein powder (optional)
  • 4-5 ice cubes (optional)

Add everything to high speed blender and blend until smooth. Enjoy!


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Easy Chocolate Peanut Butter Smoothie

Pressed for time and want something sweet, healthy, and satisfying?  This smoothie is so delightful and takes minutes to make.  And chances are you have most of these ingredients already!

For this blend I like to use strawberries as my sweetener, besides being juicy and sweet, they are packed with nutritional benefits.  Strawberries are known to promote cardiovascular health, help to lower blood sugar levels, contain antioxidants, fiber (great for constipation), aid in decreasing inflammation (which can also fight against certain types of cancer), and also help to keep you hydrated.  (To list a few).   If you are a fan of strawberries, my suggestion is to freeze your fresh strawberries after cutting the stems off.  You can also chop them and freeze them.  They have a fresher flavor than store bought frozen berries because there aren’t any preservatives or additives.

What you will need:

  • 2 cups unsweetened almond/coconut milkphoto_3-12
  • 1 frozen banana (peeled before freezing)
  • 3 large frozen organic strawberries (or 1/4 cup sliced)
  • 1 large tablespoon all natural peanut butter
  • 1-2 tbs raw cacao powder (depending on how chocolatey you are feeling)

Optional:

  • handful of fresh organic baby spinach
  • 1 tsp ground flax
  • 1 tsp maca powder
  • 1 tsp coconut sugar
  • 1 scoop protein powder
  • fresh/frozen berries for garnish

Add ingredients to blender and blend until smooth.  Garnish with raspberries or cacao nibs.  Smile and enjoy!