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Protein Iced Coffee

Healthy HostessCarlene ThomasComment

Coffee is a morning essential for me. I start nothing until I make coffee. Except for feed the animals because they won't let me start anything until then. With the warmer weather and early morning starts sometimes Chemex coffee just isn't in the cards. Or appealing in humidity where even wearing clothes is not appealing. This protein iced coffee has become the go-to in our house if we aren't ready for breakfast yet but we need to get a move on with the day.

Protein Iced Coffee

A good iced coffee to me is a little creamy (but not too much), very cold and honestly a lil' bit chocolatey. If I'm running around out and about, I get black iced coffee, but for a semi breakfast, I want more calories, more energy and this totally fits the bill. For a protein powder I went with Kura, which is actually a New Zealand company. In total transparency, they sent me some product a while back and I blew through the berry and vanilla flavors, but chocolate protein powder usually sits in my freezer because I don't like it in my fruit/veggie smoothies. And then the husband made THIS recipe and we love it. Kura has probiotics (happy gut microbes=amazing health) and has no gross after taste. They are in no way paying me to say that (and have no idea I'm doing this recipe) but it's the truth. I'm a fan.  

protein iced coffee, kura

Protein Iced Coffee

for two

/// Ingredients ///

  •  8 oz black coffee
  • 4 oz vanilla almond milk or milk
  • 1 scoop (scoop is in the bag) Kura chocolate protein powder
  • 6 ice cubes

/// Directions /// Add everything to a blender and have at it! I like it served with a straw because I don't like to get the froth on my face. I'm a picky pants.  

4 Ingredient Green Smoothie Recipe and Video

Beauty Foods, Healthy HostessCarlene ThomasComment
4 ingredient green smoothie

There are approximately five million smoothie recipes in existence and probably a good third of them are green smoothies. Maybe that's the problem. When you're overwhelmed by too many options and too many ingredients, it's hard to want to try at all. So THIS green smoothie recipe is literally the most simple, essence of a green smoothie there is. It's green. There are 3-4 ingredients (depending on a choice you make later) and everyone will like it because NO it doesn't 'taste green'. What else is there? 

In this smoothie recipe I went with spinach as the green because it's easy to cover the flavor. It's not bitter like a cruciferous green (kale). I picked bananas to make the smoothie creamy and pineapple to cut through a rich banana flavor. As for ingredient four if you choose it? You can go for water (not counting it as an ingredient) or a skim milk (what I do for extra protein) or a milk alternative. You're going to get lots of fiber to keep you full in this smoothie but also important antioxidants. Watch the video for a full explanation! 

/// Ingredients ///

  • 1 ripe banana (look for brown spots on the peel)
  • 1 cup frozen pineapple chunks
  • 2 cups fresh spinach
  • milk, water, milk alternative to your texture preference

/// Directions ///

Add everything to the blender, spinach on the top layer, and blend until smooth and creamy. 

Weekly Curated Videos and Links

Weekly Update, VideoCarlene ThomasComment

Happy Memorial Day weekend! We aren't traveling to the beach (we are beach snobs and the beaches we want to go to and like require ocean hopping), but we are excited my little brother is coming to visit from Arizona! The plans involve farmers market bacon and roasting s'mores. So basically....we're eating. I'm also working on wrapping up the last bit of the NEW EBOOK to help you detox your winter habits. I've been going through the plan myself and although I don't like to talk solely numbers on weight, I've dropped my winter weight (it was a cheesy grits and lots of bread kind of winter) so freaking fast. I really think you guys are going to like this book.

In the mean time, here's what you missed!

VIDEOS

Learn about the two new blog series I'm running: Women in Food interviews and DC Dining. Who should I interview and where should I eat? Any recommendations? 

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