Drinks

Matcha Monday

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Ingredients:

  • 10 ice cubes
  • 2 tsp Jade Leaf Matcha Tea
  • 1.5 cups whole milk
  • 1/4 tsp xanthan gum
  • Heavy whipping cream
  • organic maple syrup to taste


What to do:

Blend all ingredients (except heavy whipping cream and maple syrup) in a quality blender until smooth.

Homemade Whipped Cream:

In a mixer, whip heavy whipping cream and pour in maple syrup to taste. Whip on the highest setting for a few minutes.

Pour the frappuccino into a glass and top with desired amount of whipped cream! So refreshing, right?!


*Thank you to Jade Leaf Matcha for sponsoring this post with their tea. As always, opinions are 100% my own!*

Aloha Smoothie with prAna

I was talking to a friend the other day about how I need to switch up my workout routine. Thank goodness for some good ol’ sunshine these days, that is making a world of difference. In my mind, being outside is one of the best parts of the change from winter to spring. (Cold weather and I just don’t mix very well!) Do you want to know one of the other best factors to get me motivated? New workout gear. I’ve heard it said time and time again and tried to convince myself that my high school tee and older shorts were just fine. Although they are and get the job done, there is something about a new set of clothing that ups the ante for that early morning, eyes-still-half-asleep workout. Am I right or am I right? ūüėČ

Whether it’s yoga, going for a run, or simply a walk, taking time to slow down and enjoy you is really what working out is all about. Pair your workout with some this fair trade, organic comfies from prAna and you are set!¬†If nothing else, this Aloha Smoothie post-workout is refreshing and refuels you when you need it most! I like to workout early in the morning so this smoothie can serve two purposes: Post workout food and breakfast. Embrace this season sipping on something healthy for you while wearing something that is sustainable.


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Aloha Smoothie:

Ingredients:

1 cup frozen pineapple

1 medium banana

1 (5.3 oz) Plain Stonyfield Greek Yogurt

3/4 cup coconut milk

2 Tbsp shredded coconut flakes

1 Tbsp shredded coconut flakes (for topping)

2 tsp (or desired amount) hemp hearts (for topping)

Directions:

Combine all ingredients (except toppings) into a blender. Blend until smooth. Pour into a large glass and sprinkle with toppings!

*Makes one large glass.*


*Thank you to Stonyfield for sponsoring this post. Thoughts and opinions are 100% my own.*

Chocolate Chai Tea Time

On days when I’m craving something warm and toasty, rather than cool and refreshing (like this), and the wind is howling creating a “real feel” in the teen temps, a Chocolate Chai Tea latte is in order. Adding a dash on cocoa powder to the original chai latte produces an entirely different cup of cozy all together. It’s sweet and balanced all in one. Plus, you can add a shot of espresso for an extra boost of energy, which is preferred these days. Although it changes the flavor a little, it’s delicious nonetheless. Both are preferred to be sipped under a pile of blankets or by a crackling fire with your favorite movie playing in the background–optional of course, but recommended. ūüėČ


 Ingredients: 

  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 2 bags chai tea
  • 2 tsp dark chocolate cocoa powder
  • shot of espresso (optional)
  • whipped cream for topping (optional)


 What to do: 

Boil water in a teapot. Steep both tea bags in water. In a small saucepan, combine milk and cocoa powder and stir on medium high heat. Once it is thoroughly mixed, remove tea bags from water and pour milk and cocoa mixture into mug. Add shot of espresso if desired and stir. Whipped topping if desired. ūüôā


 

Brighten-Your-Day Smoothie

After such warm temperatures the other week, my mind has officially sailed to summer. The sun shining, birds chirping, and the waves crashing are on repeat in my mind. But when snow is still in the forecast and appears after such beauteous days, I need a little pick-me-up. To start and brighten your day, a little splash of OJ to this standard drink, awakes your senses and those sleepy eyes in the morning when catching some extra Zzz’s sounds so appealing. But really, it puts a little extra hop in your step, and hope for the summertime sensations that are ahead!


Ingredients:

  • 3/4 cup Organic Orange Juice
  • 1/4 cup organic coconut milk
  • 1 frozen banana
  • 1 cup fresh strawberries (greens left on)


What to do:

Blend everything into a Vitamix and blend until smooth.


Chocolate Chai Tea Smoothie

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I remember my senior year of college I went through a little coffee/latte craze¬†after studying abroad. After visiting the campus coffee shop at least twice a day, I asked the barista to make whatever she thought I may like on days I couldn’t decide. She handed me a genius drink, just to my liking:¬†A chocolate chai tea latte.


Saturday morning, all of these memories came flooding back as I sipped my morning tea and opened another box to brew some more. I felt like a smoothie would at least switch it up a little bit for my indulgence in this new favorite. Wink, wink. Low and behold, a chocolate chai tea smoothie is what was created!
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Ingredients:

  • 3 bags Spiced Dragon Red Chai Tea
  • 1 Tbsp + 1 tsp Hershey’s Special Dark chocolate cocoa powder
  • 1 tsp local honey
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 frozen banana
  • about 7 ice cubes
  • 1 cup almond milk
  • 3 pitted dates (chopped)


What to do:

Boil half a cup water and steep all three tea bags for five minutes. Remove tea bags and chill the tea in the refrigerator. Once chilled, combine all ingredients into blender and blend until smooth. Snuggle and sip.