Drinks

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. 😉


 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. 🙂


 

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

Chocolate Chai Tea Smoothie-- Recipe at: stephanie-spring.comChocolate Chai Tea Smoothie-- Recipe at: stephanie-spring.comChocolate Chai Tea Smoothie-- Recipe at: stephanie-spring.comChocolate Chai Tea Smoothie-- Recipe at: stephanie-spring.comThe weekend consisted of temps in the twenties, and lows in the teens. Yikes!  Friday night I snuggled up with a ton of blankets, fell asleep at 8:00 and woke up to a backdrop of flurries on Saturday morning. Chai tea has been my drink of choice, my go-to, my “stress-relief” after a not-so-easy-day with the kiddos. It really is a beautiful thing. A calming drink.

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.


 

Smoothie Sailing into 2017

Blueberry Banana Protein SmoothieStrawberry Banana Smoothie-- Recipe at: stephanie-spring.comGreen Smoothie-- Recipe at: stephanie-spring.comThe holidays consisted of so much food. I love this with all of my heart but sometimes, you just need a day or two (or a week) to detox from what your body has gotten used to. A smoothie is an easy way to incorporate fruits and veggies without a lot of prep. I truly feel more energized and fit when I have one of these on days or weeks where I just feel like I haven’t eaten the best. Here’s a jumpstart to the year because you got this. 😉 May you always appreciate the renewal each day brings. May you always remember the sweetness each year holds. May you throw away anything that hinders you and focus on what He has you reaching for.

Green Smoothie smoothie recipe, here.


Strawberry Banana smoothie recipe, here.

Blueberry Banana Protein smoothie recipe, here.

 

Homemade Pumpkin Spice Latte + Giveaway

Homemade Pumpkin Spice Latte--Recipe at: stephanie-spring.comHomemade Pumpkin Spice Latte--Recipe at: stephanie-spring.com Homemade Pumpkin Spice Latte--Recipe at: stephanie-spring.comEach season brings a new festive drink that everyone seems to be drawn to. I’m completely guilty of loving Pumpkin Spice Lattes but my wallet isn’t a huge fan. Also, my body might go crazy with that much sugar these days. So, I had a genius idea to try my hand at a homemade recipe of my own. A twist, specialized to my taste buds and most likely yours as well. 😉 Sometimes it’s a morning necessity to get me through the day or an evening treat on a chilly night. Either way, it’s a seasonal favorite that can be made right in your home. A huge thank you to Farmer’s Market Foods for giving away four free items to one lucky winner because after all, the organic pumpkin puree is the highlight of this tasty drink! You can enter to win below. 🙂 Homemade Pumpkin Spice Latte--Recipe at: stephanie-spring.comHomemade Pumpkin Spice Latte--Recipe at: stephanie-spring.comHomemade Pumpkin Spice Latte-- Recipe at: stephanie-spring.com


Ingredients:




What to do:

In a small sauce pan over medium heat, combine all ingredients. Stir for about a minute, then bring to a boil and continue stirring until all ingredients are thoroughly mixed. Pour into a mug, top with whipped cream and a dusting of cinnamon!

*Makes one mug*


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