Category Archives: Beverages

Berries and Cream Protein Smoothie

With the cold weather continuing and the holiday season being over, I have been trying to eat healthier and have also been getting tired of winter. This smoothie was my temporarily getaway from winter this morning. As someone that was born in the Spring, once the holidays are over, I look forward to Spring and wish for the rest of winter to be gone. Since fresh berries are very expensive in the winter and aren’t very fresh, I used frozen berries and milk in this smoothie. Frozen berries are often cheaper this time a year, I get mine from Trader Joe’s. I also used vanilla protein powder to give it the “cream” effect and to make me full longer. Just be sure to check the protein powder you buy for gluten, some brands are not gluten free. I used Designer Whey vanilla, which is gluten free and is sweetened with Stevia. This is perfect for a light breakfast or shared with someone as a snack or healthy dessert. Here is the recipe:

Berries and Cream Protein Smoothie – Makes 1 large smoothie or 2 smaller smoothies

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups of frozen mixed berries (my frozen blend had strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, and blackberries)
  • 1 1/2 cups of milk (any kind of milk will work)
  • 1 scoop of vanilla protein powder

Directions:

  1. Place frozen mixed berries and milk in the blender and puree until everything is blended together and all chunks of fruit are completely smooth.  Feel free to add additional milk if you want your smoothie to be thinner.
  2. Add vanilla protein and blend until protein powder is completely blended with the smoothie mixture.
  3. Serve and enjoy!

Mixed Berry Protein Smoothie

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Recipe Review – Pumpkin Spice Syrup

I made the pumpkin spice syrup this morning from Baker Girl this past weekend. I made mine sugar free with Splenda and substituted the nutmeg, ginger, and cloves with 1 teaspoon of pumpkin pie spice. Came out fantastic and tastes as good, if not better than Starbucks’ Pumpkin Spice. I actually liked it better. Easy and cheap to make, definitely worth a try! Definitely makes a cup of coffee with milk a bit more special and is great for a homemade pumpkin latte or pumpkin chai tea latte. To see the original post, visit http://buddingbaketress.blogspot.com/2011/09/pumpkin-spice-syrup-for-homemade.html. Here is the my slightly modified version of the recipe I made from Bakergirl:

Pumpkin Spice Syrup for Homemade Pumpkin Spice Lattes (makes about 2 cups of syrup)

Ingredients:

  • 1/3 cup pumpkin puree (fresh or canned)
  • 1 cup sugar (I used Splenda)
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 1/4 cups water
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice

Directions:

  1. Combine all ingredients in a saucepan and bring to a boil. Cook over medium heat, stirring occasionally to keep syrup from burning.
  2. Let mixture cook together until it becomes syrup-y and begins to coat the spoon (for about 10-15 minutes), then remove from heat.
  3. Refrigerate in a heat-proof container. The syrup will thicken a bit in the refrigerator, but will become syrup-y again when heated.
Image of Pumpkin Spice Latte using homemade syrup. This picture is from Bakergirl’s original post.