beverages

Iced Vanilla Bean Collagen Matcha Latte

Iced Vanilla Bean Collagen Matcha Latte

Y'all know why I love Vital Proteins collagen products from this post, so I feel it's only right for me to put them on blast in another feature recipe. I just love their vanilla coconut variety of collagen, and want to put it in everything....so I do! Like this matcha latte here. It's hot in Charlotte, so iced lattes are what I've been craving. This refreshing, nutritious, collagen-laden caffeine bomb is the perfect pick me up if and when you might be searching to an alternative to your precious coffee. I hope you love it!

Butter Coffee Blocks

Butter Coffee Blocks

These to-go butter coffee blocks are the [fat] bomb. I LOVE my morning butter coffee, but sometimes I'm just not in the mood to wrangle the several ingredients I like to use, pull out the blender, clean the blender, etc. Sometimes I just want to have butter coffee ready in .2 seconds - particularly on the mornings when I've hit "snooze" about 15 times and have negative 10 minutes to get ready and fly out the door to get to work. Light bulb! Butter coffee blocks. 

Filthy Almond Chai Latte

Filthy Almond Chai Latte

I like to consider this filthy only because it's got an extra shot of espresso than the traditional dirty chai latte. However, if you're more of the PG-13 type, leave that extra shot out. Or you can even go the PG, daytime TV route and stick with chai concentrate and milk....whatever floats your prude boat.

Chai Concentrate

Chai Concentrate

Anyone else aboard the chai tea train? Though coffee will always be my main squeeze, a spicy chai tea latte is always welcome in this caffeine junkie's morning ritual. Making your own chai concentrate is very easy and not at all labor intensive. Basically, you just simmer a bunch of sh*t in a pot and call it a day. 

Jalapeño Beet Pear Smoothie

Jalapeño Beet Pear Smoothie

So my favorite cold-pressed juice company, Lumi, makes this amazing juice - Upbeet Pear. I love it so much I wanted to recreate it by virtue of a creamy, delicious, nutrient-dense smoothie. Success! I know it sounds weird, but the jalapeño gives this such a fantastic zing. Give it a try! If you want to make this into a post-workout smoothie, replace the coconut milk with coconut water or almond milk (something with less fat).

Watermelon Cucumber Basil Margaritas

Watermelon Cucumber Basil Margaritas

Did you have an AWESOME Labor Day Weekend? Ok - enough about you, more about me. I had a fabulous LDW, chalk-full of boozin', foodin' and more boozin'. T'was just an all around indulgent weekend, and - though I may have felt like hefty piece of doo doo yesterday - I wouldn't have changed a thing! My girlfrand and I (no, not an actual girlfriend, though people HAVE confused us to be a romantic couple...I'll leave it at that) went to my parents house located in a bustling Virginian metropolis. 

Peppermint Mocha Coffee Creamer

Peppermint Mocha Coffee Creamer

In light of the holiday season and everyone's (including my own) unnatural obsession with peppermint, I present you both a Peppermint Mocha two ways. One way is with a frozen frappe and the other way is a creamer for a hot latte. Find the frappe in this post. Keep reading for the mind-blowingly delicious creamer below. Thank me later!

Peppermint Mocha Frappe

Peppermint Mocha Frappe

Remember my Starbucks rant? Well...Starbucks strikes again with the magical holiday beverages. I always succumbed to their peppermint mocha flavored anything during the holidays, so obviously it became mandatory that I figure out how to get my peppermint mocha fix on without compromising my health. I have come up with two recipes so you can satisfy your peppermint mocha cravings in two ways - frozen or hot! A frappe in the winter seems weird, but who am I to discriminate against those of you in SoCal or Florida? And I'll admit...I've enjoyed this frosty drink amidst a light snowfall myself. And it was delightful. 

Protein Cashew Milk

Protein Cashew Milk

Making your own cashew milk (or any other nut milk for that matter) is actually pretty simple. I wouldn't go as far to call it "cost effective" since nuts are pretty expensive (I suggest purchasing them in bulk), but it's fun to do every now and then and tastes really good and fresh! You can adapt this recipe with any nut you want - like almonds! I just happened to have cashews on hand and thought cashew milk sounded different and delicious...and having a little protein in their to boot is just another plus.