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Mango Blueberry Blast Smoothie

With so much change going on, sometimes something as comforting and familiar as a smoothie can help you stay anchored to reality. This thick and creamy smoothie has a fresh fruity flavor, a not so fresh color, and plenty of protein to keep you going throughout the day😋 Feel free to omit the protein powder or anything you’re not sure you will like. Likewise, add anything you think might be good in this smoothie.

  • 1/2 cup milk of choice (I used oat milk)
  • 1/4 cup plain greek yogurt
  • 2 tsp honey for added sweetness (optional)
  • 1/3 cup blueberries
  • 1/3 cup frozen mango chunks
  • 1/4 cup ice (optional)
  • 1/2 scoop vanilla protein powder
  1. Put everything in a blender and blend until smooth and creamy. The chunks of blueberry are perfectly fine 🙂

Enjoy!

~ Amy and Esther ❤

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Apple Cinnamon Blueberry Water Detox

This may not be the most creative recipe I’ve ever come up with (Remember my CinnaBanilla Protein “Milkshake”?), It certainly is one of my favorites! Detox waters, also known as fruit waters, flavored water, detoxes, infused water, and about a bajillion other names, are simply mason jars of water (for some reason it’s always a mason jar 🤔) with fruit. The fruit infuses the water with some of its’ flavor and nutrients. Water alone makes a fabulous detox because it flushes toxins from your body, but combined/flavored with fresh fruit, it becomes twice as amazing. It surprised me how flavorful this water became!

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 cup cold water.
  • 1/2 an apple, fancily sliced into chips. (Or noodles, or cubes, or just plunk the apple half right in there (if it fits).
  • Cinnamon sticks (I used 2, but they are very strong once they sit for a bit. You may want to start out with one and see how you like it 🙂 )
  • 1/4 cup blueberries (I tediously poked each one with a toothpick to get the full flavor :D)
  1. Simply plop all ingredients into the cold water and let sit for your desired amount of time. Half an hour will give it a very subtle hint of flavor, 24 hours will make it strong enough to make you cry (especially if you add 2 cinnamon sticks).

Enjoy!

~ Amy and Esther ❤

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Iced Dirty Chai Latte

Dirty chai lattes are my absolute favorite iced beverage. A dirty chai is a combination of cold coffee, chai tea, and milk. Just as refreshing as the starbucks beverage, but you don’t have to step outside your door.

INGREDIENTS

  • 1/4 cup milk of choice
  • 1/4 cup cold coffee, double strength
  • 1 chai tea bag
  • 1/2 cup ice
  • 1/3 cup cold water.
  1. Pour the cold water over the tea bag in a glass.
  2. Let steep for around 5 minutes. It takes longer than hot water.
  3. Remove tea bag and add ice to glass (be careful, it splashes :D)
  4. Pour coffee and sweetener in and give it a quick stir.
  5. Add milk and let the milk cascade throughout the cup.

Enjoy and stay well!
~ Amy and Esther ❤

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Easy Mocha

I love mocha. It’s caffeine and chocolate. Together. How can it get any better? Well, for one thing, it could get a bit cheaper. A grande starbucks mocha is over 4 dollars. Seriously? Luckily, there is an easy method to creating the chocolate lovers’ favorite coffee at home. Simple enough to whip up at 5 in the morning., yet delicious enough to make for a friend, this mocha will have you praying for the colder weather. (Oh wait, it’s already here!). Time to get started.

INGREDIENTS

  • 2/3 cup milk (I recommend whole milk, but you can try any kind you’d like)
  • 1 T chocolate syrup (Hershey’s works, or you can make your own)
  • 1/2 T granulated sugar (or the equivalent of stevia or another sweetener)
  • 1 tsp hot water
  • 1/4 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup hot brewed coffee or 1 shot espresso
  • 1 French Press or mason jar with lid
  1. Start by microwaving your milk in a glass measuring cup. Microwave for approximately 50 seconds so it becomes very warm.
  2. While the milk is in the microwave, in a small glass bowl, mix together the chocolate syrup, sugar, and hot water. This should turn into a smooth paste.
  3. Pour the milk into the french press if using and pump the handle up and down until the milk is frothy. If you don’t have a french press, pour the warm milk into a mason jar and screw the lid on tight. Shake until frothy. Swirl a few times around the french press or jar. This should pop any large air bubbles.
  4. Gently stir your chocolate mixture and your brewed coffee or espresso. Pour in your frothed milk, holding the foam back with a spoon and then topping with the foam.
  5. Garnish with chocolate syrup, cocoa powder, or whipped cream. (whipped cream on foam! 😱)

Enjoy!
~ Amy and Esther ❤

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Healthy Cheesecake Fat Bombs!

I am truly in love with these creamy treats. With healthy fats and plenty of sweetness, these fat bombs taste just like peanut butter cheesecake! You probably know how much of a cheesecake fanatic I am. A big one for those who don’t know. I love how rich and creamy cheesecake is, and how it is almost savory, yet still sweet enough to be a dessert. This is also the philosophy behind my love for cheese danishes, but that’s another story.

INGREDIENTS

  • 1/2 package of room temperature full-fat cream cheese (4 ounces)
  • 2-3 T granulated sugar
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 T creamy peanut butter (or a nut butter substitute)
  • 1 T tahini paste (You can use peanut butter)
  • Coating such as melted chocolate, mini chocolate chips, cocoa powder, protein powder, or chopped nuts.
  • Optional add-in’s include mini chocolate chips, pumpkin puree, cinnamon, nutella (YES), or anything you’d like.
  1. Start by simply folding the cream cheese and peanut butter in a medium bowl together until there are no streaks.
  2. Next, stir in the tahini paste, vanilla extract, and sugar. Continue until completely mixed.
  3. If you have any, add in your add-ins. (haha)
  4. Now chill in the fridge for approximately 40 minutes or in the freezer for 10 minuntes. The mixture should be slightly firm and dough-like.
  5. Roll the dough into balls using a tablespoon and coat in your coating until coated (wow).
  6. ENJOY!

These fat bombs are the perfect creamy snack to enjoy after a light lunch or as a mid-morning snack. Let me know what you think in the comments!

~ Amy and Esther ❤

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Banana Chocolate Pudding (2 ingredients!)

Oh yeah baby, we’re entering pudding territory 😎 You ready for it? Good. Here we have a smooth, creamy “pudding” that is no cook, no chill (though it is recommended to chill it in the fridge a few minutes before serving) and takes just 1 minute to whip up. Be warned that this is not your average pudding, as it contains no dairy, no thickeners, and has a unique texture that some may not like, though it is vegan and raw. I can picture this as a breakfast, snack, or healthy dessert for those who don’t like the taste or texture of ordinary pudding, or maybe who are just looking for a change. I hope you enjoy!

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 overripe banana, cut into slices or smashed
  • 2 T cocoa powder unsweetened
  • (Optional) 1 T sweetener (maybe a packet of stevia, sugar, honey, maple syrup, etc.)
  1. In a blender or food processor, combine all ingredients until smooth and creamy. Pour into container and enjoy chilled.

~Amy and Esther ❤

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Cherry Smoothie

If you want something COLD, HEALTHY, and CHERRILICIOUS (don’t worry, it’s not the first word I’ve made up) this smoothie is for you. Plussss it is easily blended up with just a few ingredients and lotsa love. Ready to get started? Let’s go ri- WAIT. Did I apologize yet? I’m sorry for not posting for like, a week. That’s why I wanted to make a super special recipe just for you guys. This smoothie! Now are you ready? I won’t interrupt again… probably.

INGREDIENTS

  • 1/4 cup cherry vanilla yogurt
  • 1/3 cup frozen cherries, pitted
  • 1 scoop of your favorite vanilla protein powder
  • 1 cup milk (any kind will work well)
  • 1 T almond butter (optional)
  1. Simply enough, just blend your ingredients together and then pour, sip, and enjoy!

~ Amy and Esther ❤

-Serving Size: 1

-Calorie Count: 280

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Strawberry Smoothie Pops

These quick, easy, refreshing pops are great as a quick and easy breakfast, summery mid-day snack, or even a healthy dessert. Easy to whip up within 5 minutes, this popsicle takes the cake, or should I say popsicle ;). I know that was bad, but I’m distracted by these tasty smoothie pops. Smooth and creamy, these pops are my new go-to summer breakfast. If you prefer a sweeter pop, Sprinkle in some sugar or anything that you prefer to sweeten the smoothie. Enjoy!

INGREDIENTS

  • 3/4 cup milk (any kind will work well)
  • 1-2 T nut butter (for healthy fats and to add texture)
  • 1/4 cup vanilla yogurt (you can use greek if you like, but I prefer my pops sweeter)
  • 4-6 frozen strawberries (or fresh, because they are getting frozen anyways)
  • 1 scoop of your favorite protein powder (optional)
  1. In a blender, blend all ingredients until smooth and creamy, with a pale pink color.
  2. Pour smoothie into as many popsicle molds as you can. Freeze overnight.
  3. In the morning, check on your popsicles to make sure they are fully frozen, and then enjoy!

I’ll post a picture really soon, so that you can check out these pops in person! (uh, semi-person I guess, because you are using a device.)

~ Amy and Esther ❤

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Easy Strawberries and Cream Smoothie

Thanks to chia seeds and strawberries, this easy, wholesome smoothie is full of nutrients and vitamins. A very tasty way to start any boring day, this smoothie will keep you going long into the day. Plus, as a bonus, it tastes amazing! It is sweet, smooth, creamy, and flavorful. As another benefit, this smoothie can be created in less than a minute! I owe this recipe to my friend, who challenged me to create a smoothie that was easy, healthy, and absolutely delicious!

INGREDIENTS

  • 1/2 cup frozen strawberries (or fresh, if you don’t mind a thin smoothie)
  • 1 cup milk (any type will work well)
  • 2 tsp chia seeds (optional)
  • 1 scoop vanilla protein powder
  • 1/4 tsp vanilla extract (optional)
  • 2 T creamy nut butter
  • 1 T greek yogurt

*optional

  1. Combine all ingredients in a blender and pour into a chilled glass. Enjoy!

I really hope that you enjoy this simple smoothie, and if you choose to make it, let me know how it turns out 🙂 I’m always up for feedback!

~ Amy and Esther ❤

-Serving Size: 1

-Calorie Count: 240

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Vanilla Peanut Butter Smoothie

This super easy smoothie is great for people who love peanut butter (so pretty much everyone who isn’t allergic). The texture is smooth and creamy, and as a quick breakfast, afternoon snack, or even healthy dessert, I can guarantee that you will want to give it a try 🙂 However, this smoothie is a bit on the larger side, so feel free to share the peanut-buttery goodness with a friend! Let’s jump right in.

INGREDIENTS

  • 1-2 T peanut butter
  • 1 cup milk (any kind will work)
  • 1 scoop of your favorite vanilla protein powder
  • 1 tsp chia seeds
  • 1/2-1 frozen banana (cut into pieces)
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • a few ice cubes (for a thicker, slightly icy, smoothie)
  • 1 T cream cheese
  1. In a blender, blend all ingredients until smooth and creamy. Pour into a glass and enjoy!

This smoothie is very tasty, and I hope you give it a try 🙂 It reminds me of a peanut butter milkshake, but healthy!

~Amy and Esther ❤

-Serving Size: 1

-Calorie Count: 410