Chocolate Covered Strawberry Smoothie

It happened again.  I got suckered in by some good looking produce at the grocery store, and I bought it without having any idea what I was going to do with it.  Luckily, strawberries are a great smoothie ingredient, so my path was pretty clear.  For this smoothie you will need:

  • 1/2 a banana
  • 8-10 strawberries
  • a handful of spinach
  • 1/4 cup yogurt
  • 1/4 cup dark chocolate chips
  • ice cubes

You might have noticed that this time I gave you all the measurements.  That’s because this is my recipe, so no links to sources!

Chocolate Covered Strawberry Smoothie

Process

Peel the half banana.  If you have a frozen one, awesome!  I didn’t and it turned out fine.  Chunk the banana and throw it in the blender.  Cut the stems off the strawberries and add them to the blender.  Add the yogurt and chocolate chips to the blender.  Throw in as much spinach as you feel like.  I put in about 1/4-1/2 cup, but more or less is totally fine.  Finally, add your ice cubes.  I have one of those ice cube trays that comes with your refrigerator and used 8 of those cubes.  I think that’s equal to a cup or a cup and a half of ice.  Put as much in as you feel like.  Keep in mind that the less ice you add the warmer the final product will be.  Blend everything until smooth.

I really enjoyed this smoothie because it was quick and simple.  It really did taste like chocolate covered strawberries, and I felt fine about the chocolate chips because I also had spinach in there.  I’d love for you to give this a try and tell me what you think!

Vanilla Mint Smoothie

I’ve mentioned before that sometimes things are super expensive out here, more so than I would expect.  Mint is one of those items.  I love mint, both in food and as a plant (even if it does sort of take over wherever it is planted).  So, I decided I needed to grow my own mint so I could have it whenever I wanted.  I put it in a planter all by itself in hopes it would spread out and take over.  Now it’s time to use it!  For this smoothie you will need:

  • Mint
  • Spinach
  • Coconut milk
  • Vanilla
  • Banana

Get the full recipe here, or check out my pin on my Drinks on Me board.

Vanilla Mint Smoothie

Review

This smoothie is made in two parts to give it a layered look, also, one part is vanilla and the other part is mint.  I tried the pour over method to get the green to settle on top of the white, but it just didn’t happen for me.  After I took the picture and my first few sips, I just mixed it all together.  The drink itself was easy enough, though it was annoying to have to mix two sets of ingredients.  I did the white part first so I wouldn’t need to clean in between blends.

Overall this recipe was just okay.  It wasn’t anything special, and you will have coconut milk left over that needs to be stored.  Not a big deal if you decide to make this again tomorrow, but something to be aware of.  I probably won’t make this recipe again (not when that thin mint smoothie exists), but I do think that it has an audience that just isn’t me.  Maybe it’s you?  I think that this recipe is perfect for someone that regularly buys chia seeds.  I didn’t put them in mine because I simply couldn’t find them and didn’t want to order them online.  If that’s you, give this one a try!

Simple Tea Latte

AGK!  I’ve missed two posts.  So sorry!  It’s been some crazy days here.  My husband left for a medical service trip to Ethiopia and my parents came to visit.  My parents have left to enjoy the rest of their vacation, and my husband will be back this weekend, so I thought a simple recipe was just the thing for today.

Materials

  • Tea
  • Milk
  • Sweetener

Process

  1. Brew double strength tea.  I like black teas.  I also like large lattes, so I brew one cup of tea with twice the amount of tea as normal.  I usually brew for 5 minutes.
  2. Heat the milk on the stove.  Use the same amount of milk as tea brewed.
  3. If desired, froth the milk.
  4. Combine the tea and milk in your mug.  Sweeten as necessary.  I use Very Vanilla Silk, and with that I don’t need to add any sweetener. But that’s my preference.  Your mileage may vary.

Review

I actually took zero pictures this week when I was making this because I was so excited to drink it.  I’ve made it five separate times over the past seven or so days, and each time I’ve forgotten the pictures because I couldn’t wait to enjoy my latte.  I will clearly be making this again, and probably forgetting the pictures too.