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Cafe au lait

Coffee with milk. Sometimes the simplest of recipes can turn out the most delicious. This recipe is so easy, it can hardly be called a recipe. This is one of my go to beverages for Mondays. There’s enough coffee to get my caffeine fix, but with the creamy component of milk added, it’s drinkable for those of us who aren’t quite coffee purists 😉 I like to add a dollop of foam on mine, just for interest, but since the foam almost immediately melts, it may not be worth it for you. You can add a little bit of sugar if you want, but I like to use good coffee and let the milk give it all the sweetness it needs.

INGREDIENTS

  • 1/2 cup strong coffee
  • 1/2 cup milk (Use dairy for the best flavor profile, but you can use non-dairy as well)
  1. Heat the milk in the microwave or in a sauce pan until hot, but not boiling. Whisk lightly to gently aerate it, or leave it.
  2. Pour hot coffee into a mug. Add the hot milk. Top with a dollop of milk foam if desired.

Enjoy!

~ Amy and Esther ❤

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Coffee Smoothie

Coffee Coffee! Coffee coffee, coffee “coffee”. Coffee coffee coffee? Cof- oh wait. I forgot. I’m supposed to speak english in this blog. I can’t believe I forgot that again (long story)! Whatever. The point is- Coffee is awesome. This smoothie is the protein-packed version of your favorite iced drink. Seriously. Frappuccinos were huge, but then BOOM iced coffee became the next big thing. I’m not objecting though ;). Enjoy this smoothie as a filling brekkie or a post-workout snack with a punch of protein. Let’s get right to it!

INGREDIENTS

  • 3/4 cup milk of choice (I use almond milk)
  • 1 T peanut butter (or nut butter of your choice)
  • 1 scoop vanilla protein powder (chocolate would be good too…)
  • 1/3 cup cold coffee
  • 3/4 of a frozen banana
  • 1 cup ice cubes
  • 1 packet splenda (optional)
  1. Blend all ingredients together. Depending on the power of your blender, you may need to add a bit more milk or coffee.
    1. ENJOY! (This is the most important step!)

~ Amy & Esther ❤

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3 Ingredient Smoothie

With summer practically here, there is no better time to learn the basics of smoothies. These treats are my favorite breakfast of all time and can be as simple as you need them to be. With your imagination, you can create virtually any smoothie you like. Feeling green? Try whipping up a kale and apple smoothie. Fruity? A triple berry blast smoothie should keep you on your feet. Sweet? Peanut butter chocolate smoothies are perfect in every way.

  • 1/2 cup fruit (blueberries, strawberries, frozen banana coins, apple, mango, etc.)
  • 1/2 cup milk of choice (almond milk, coconut milk, cashew milk, etc.)
  • 1 cup ice (ice cubes, chunks of frozen water, water that is below 32 degrees fahrenheit, etc.)
  • (optional) add ons such as seeds, nut butters, protein powder, spices, etc.
  1. Blend allllll ingredients together until smooth.

Enjoy!
~ Amy and Esther ❤

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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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Greek Yogurt Bark

This treat is easy to make and is healthy too! With 2 ingredients, it doesn’t get much easier than this. Enjoy 🙂

Ingredients

– 1 cup plain Greek yogurt

– 2 T honey or maple syrup (or other sticky sweetener)

1. Simply stir both ingredients together until combined.

2. Spread onto a baking sheet covered in parchment paper. Spread until thin and add any toppings you may want (fruit, nuts, seeds, chocolate).

3. Place sheet in freezer and let freeze for 2 hours. Take it out and snap it into pieces. Put pieces in a bag and enjoy one any time you want a quick treat 🙂

Enjoy!

~ Amy and Esther ❤️

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Vanilla Steamer

Now that the holidays are gone (Oh how I miss them *dramatic sigh*) the craving for fluffy blankets, steaming beverages, and hot soups is bigger than ever. Vanilla steamers are ever-so-popular, and for good reason. The two big downfalls, however are the price and the sugar content. A grande vanilla steamer contains almost 37 grams of sugar. That’s already over the amount of sugar you are supposed to have in a day. Luckily, there is a better, healthier, (cooler) option. Using only a french press, you can create a thick, creamy layer of foam. Let’s get started.

INGREDIENTS

  • 1/2-1 cup milk. (I’ve tried with almond and whole milk)
  • 1 T Torani Vanilla Syrup
  1. Start by heating your milk in the microwave for approximately 40 seconds. (this depends on your microwave)
  2. Pour your warm milk and your syrup into your french press. Without bring the plunger above the surface of the milk, punge the top up and down rapidly. Be careful not to splash.
  3. Pour your foamy milk into a mug and enjoy 🙂

Enjoy!

~ Amy and Esther ❤

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Snow Ice Cream!

Now that the snow is rolling in, it is the perfect time for snow ice cream! This treat is very fun to make (if a little messy) and takes no time at all. Mixing a bit of milk, sugar, and snow together creates a fluffy treat that your kids (and you of course…) will love! Plus you can kick the kiddos outside so they can gather their own bowl of snow. (Use snow at your own risk, finely ground ice works too)

The ice cream melts fast, so be prepared!

Ingredients 

  • 2-3 cups of freshly fallen snow (scrape the top fluffy layer off the snow, make sure it is smooth and there is no debris)
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/4 – 1/3 cup milk (or half cream if you want to be indulgent)
  • Sprinkles (this is NOT optional 😉 )
  1. Start by mixing together the milk/cream and vanilla.
  2. Drizzle over the snow and stir. Don’t overstir or your ice cream will melt!
  3. Add sprinkles and enjoy right away!

~ Amy and Esther ❤

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Watermelon Smoothie

With school starting up soon and summer winding down, It’s time to bring in my most refreshing beverage yet. This sweet and slightly tangy smoothie gets a kick of both protein and flavor from the yogurt, with a lovely sweet flavor from the fruit. Some ice gives the smoothie an almost slushie-like consistency that I adore. What a wonderful drink to enjoy by the pool or on a porch. I especially love this because it is surprisingly light. I hope you love it too!

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 cup fresh watermelon, cubed.
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 1/4 cup plain greek yogurt
  • 1/3 cup frozen strawberries
  • 1/4 cup ice cubes
  1. Blend the watermelon, almond milk, greek yogurt and strawberries together until smooth and creamy. Add the ice and continue blending until the smoothie is without chunks.

~ Amy and Esther ❤

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Cafe Latte

I love this drink a latte! Okay, okay, so I get that this joke is not original, but you will get what I mean after a sip of this tasty coffee. The only supplies necessary are a coffee maker, a french press, and a large mug. That’s pretty much it! No fancy shmancy espresso machine needed. I like to make a french vanilla latte by adding a tablespoon of french vanilla coffee creamer at the bottom of the mug before the coffee is poured in, but that’s up to preference 😉 Without further adieu, let’s check out the recipe!

INGREDIENTS

  • 1/3 cup strong coffee or espresso.
  • 1 cup whole milk (you can use any milk, but full fat milk froths best)
  • 1-2 T creamer (optional)
  1. Start by pouring the creamer into the mug. Pour the coffee right on top.
  2. In a glass microwavable measuring cup, add the milk. Microwave for 1 minute or so until it starts to bubble slightly. Remove from microwave.
  3. Add the warm milk into the french press and place lid on top. Pump the plunger slowly up and down for 45 seconds or so. You will notice the milk doubling in volume. Remove lid and pour slowly into the coffee mug. The thick milk will go in first, followed by that lovely, velvety foam.

~ Amy and Esther ❤