It’s Monday and Matcha is on the mind. But let me tell you, the heat has been turned up around here. The temperatures here have been in the mid 90’s and for PA, that’s not completely the norm. When I step outside in the morning and it’s already warm, sometimes a hot drink isn’t my first craving. I took a spin on the average matcha latte I’ve been making and tried my hand at making it into a homemade frappuccino. Turns out, I loooove it just as much! 🙂 So will you, promise. xo
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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? 😉
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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. 😉
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. 🙂
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!
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.
The 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!
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.