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Healthy Chocolate Smoothie


Heyoooo. So 2015. Feeling good so far? Are you all rested up and ready with your list of things to conquer this year?

If you’re anything like me, you lose sight of many of your year-long goals by February. Knowing I do this, I scrapped resolutions this year. Threw ’em out the window. Buh-bye. Instead, I’m focusing on quarterly goals. Three months at a time seems more manageable and still enough time to create a new habit or complete a project.

Since one of the most common New Year’s resolutions/goals people make is about eating better, I thought I’d share a healthy smoothie. When I need a chocolate fix but want to stay in the healthy eating groove, this is what I make. It’s naturally sweetened with honey and it has protein powder in it so it would also be a great treat after a workout. The texture is similar to that of a frappuccino.

Healthy Chocolate Smoothie

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  • 3 T. good quality vanilla protein powder
  • 2 1/2 T. cocoa powder
  • 1 T. honey
  • 3/4 c. almond milk (use any milk you like)
  • handful of ice
  • pinch of instant coffee, optional

In a blender, combine all of the ingredients and blend until there are no longer large ice pieces and the consistency is what you want.




Iced Coffee

I have been an avid milk drinker all of my life. Growing up, my older brother and I would go through so much milk my mom could hardly keep it stocked.

So you can imagine my reluctance when my husband tried to get me to try a Starbucks iced coffee drink with…(gasp)…soy milk. No thank you. I can guarantee I won’t like it; soy milk is not even close to the taste of real milk.

Eventually I gave in and tried it, much to my surprise, it was love at first sip. Starbucks uses vanilla soy milk which is a nice little bonus because it adds a vanilla flavor without having to get a shot of vanilla syrup. The Starbucks iced soy latte became one of my favorite summer drinks. Who knew?

Now, I am very frugal person, or at least I try to be, so shelling out three or four bucks for an iced coffee drink didn’t really jive with my spending habits. I decided that there HAD to be a way I could get the drink I had come to love without paying the big bucks.

Google to the rescue.

With one Google search, I stumbled across an iced coffee post by The Pioneer Woman, my newest blog obsession. Her method was one I had not thought of or seen before so I thought “Why not?” and gave it try.

Here’s how it went down:

I used Starbucks Medium Columbian blend ground coffee as my flavor of choice but any coffee will do.

I put about 1/2 to 2/3 of the bag of coffee into a big glass mixing bowl. Then I poured enough water, at room temperature or could even be cold water, to fill up the bowl.

I hail from a family that does not measure when cooking so I do not know precisely how much water I put in but it was several cups. Use your judgment on how strong you like your coffee. Since this is iced coffee, I do recommend making it a little stronger than your normal java.

Be sure to give it a good stir! You want all of the grinds to be mixed with the water.

The next step is very difficult for the weak-willed and impatient…

Let the bowl of coffee set for several hours. I mean like 8 hours minimum.

Noooo! I have to wait that long? But yes, its a must. I made my coffee concoction at night and let it set allll night long while I dreamed of how delicious it would be the next day.

This is where I veered off from The Pioneer Woman’s method. She uses a hand-held strainer to strain off the grinds. In my case:

Lack of hand-held strainer + my husband’s genius = French press to the rescue

If you don’t have a french press, you could line a strainer with a coffee filter or paper towel.

Voila! French press doing what it does best.

After the French press did its thing, I poured the coffee into a pitcher we could keep in the fridge.

We ended up getting at least 10 glasses of iced coffee out of this bad boy, if not more.

I was too anxious to find out if this was a success or not so I think I let the pitcher set in the fridge for…maybe 30 minutes? Maybe? It wasn’t very long that’s for sure.

I poured a half glass of coffee to start out.

Because the vanilla flavor is what I love about the Starbucks drink, I used vanilla soy milk but you can use whatever you like in your drink. Half n half, milk & sugar, flavored syrup…whatever gets your taste buds dancin’!

Ohhhh….chocolate syrup. Why didn’t I think of that sooner?! Pure bliss in an iced coffee drink.

Give it a good stir and let your taste buds have a little sip of heaven!

I was utterly thrilled to find this iced coffee how-to by The Pioneer Woman. Visit her post and I recommend reading the rest of her blog.  She’s hilarious and fun to read. Also, a fellow Bartlesville native I might add.

I hope you enjoyed this as much as I did!