Organic Matcha Green Tea Frappe

matcha powder

Do you like green tea? I’m not a fan of actual hot green tea but I do love all the green tea flavored backed goodies and frappes. Do you know where the pretty green color and tea flavor comes from? I honestly had no idea until I got this bag of organic matcha green tea powder.

Honestly, my first impression was pretty iffy…when you first open
it you’re hit with a strong grassy smell. Once you use it though it’s nothing but good flavor.

My first test run with the matcha powder was a green tea frappuccino like Starbucks.  I only tried one recipe and I wasn’t too thrilled with it. More milk next time maybe. This is what I did:

  • 1/2 tsp green tea powder
  • 1/8 cup hot water
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 tbs sugar
  • 1 cup ice

Mix tea powder and hot water until disolved. Add all ingredients to blender and blend until smooth.

I’ve also been adding this powder into all of my smoothies lately which definitely tastes a lot better!

The green tea powder I used was the Organic Matcha from Kiss Me Organics.

 

I received this product for free using Tomoson.com.

Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

Pumpkin Protein Shake

Back in 2011 I shared a recipe I found for a pumpkin protein smoothie… you can see it HERE.  After the gym today I wanted to make some kind of yummy meal shake since it was kind of lunch time and I wouldn’t have a lot of time after picking up Timmy from school before we went to the library. Also, there’s a new shop here in Enterprise that sells Herbalife shakes. I’m a bit obsessed with them but am trying to cut back since all the yummy ones have soy and I want to avoid that. Also, I don’t have a job to fund my Herbalife shake addiction.

ANYWAY, I wanted to make a shake. I found some shake recipes online and saw they use a tablespoon of instant pudding mix. Um, yes please?! I’ve been making some with Mounds pudding mix but changed it up today and busted out the cheesecake. OMG.

I’m not really sure the nutrition content in this. If you want to know you can plug it all in somewhere. I figured its going to be meal sized calories since I kind of just tossed ALL THE THINGS in the blender and turned it on.

pumpkin protein shake

Toss all of this in a blender until it looks like a hot mess- 

  • 1 sc vanilla whey protein powder
  • 1 sc vanilla meal shake powder (I use nature’s bounty but it ALSO has soy along with whey. I just cant win)
  • 1 tbs ground flax
  • 1 tbs chia seeds
  • 1 tbs instant cheesecake pudding mix
  • 1/2 cup pumpkin puree
  • A couple shakes pumpkin pie spice
  • 2 big handfuls spinach (I keep a bag in the freezer for this)
  • 1 cup lowfat milk (Id use almond if I had it. but I dont.)
  • ICE.

Blend all that goodness together. It was really tasty! Especially with all this talk of pumpkin spice lattes floating around the internets…I needed something fall-y that wasn’t going to make me sweaty or drive 45 minutes to get it…

protein pumpkin shake

 

PS – Don’t forget to sign up for the 2014 GMC Mug Swap!

Breakfast Smoothie

Mornin’ y’all! Just jumping on here really fast to share a smoothie recipe with you. Not every smoothie I make tastes good so when I do come up with a winner I try to write it down or at least remember what I put in it so I can hopefully make it again.  Today has to be a grocery day. We are out of pretty much all the go to easy stuff which meant I was grumpy and needing breakfast. No cereal, not enough oatmeal left, no more eggs or bread. UGH. I decided to try out an oatmeal smoothie to use the last bit of oats I had. It turned out super tasty and filling.

breakfast smoothie

Here’s what I did…

1/3ish cup quick oats.

1/2 cup blueberries (frozen)

1ish packed cup chopped kale

1/2 banana

1.5ish tbsp chocolate PB2

1 cup 2% milk.

Blend! It JUST fit in my 16oz  cup. Perfect.

Here’s the My Fitness Pal breakdown.

breakfast smoothie

Crock Pot Taco Soup

Yesterday I posted about trying to get back into the clean eating and a good starting point grocery list. Of course after I posted about the shopping I found THIS awesome blog. I can see this make the actual meal planning process so. much. easier! Check it out… Themed meal planning. I had to come back and share it too. It can really work with any kind of diet. There are so many options you could use and yet having the initial framework to build your menu makes finding recipes super easy.

In that post she starts her week with Monday being Soup Day. There are about 9 million different soup recipes. I hadn’t planned on planning like this right away but I’ve been craving some taco soup so why not?!

crock pot taco soup

Crock Pot Taco Soup

Ingredients-

1lb ground turkey (or beef if you want)

1 packet taco seasoning (or be clean and make your own)

2 cans diced tomatoes – I used 1 mexi and one Italian because its what I had

2 cans beans drained – use what you want..I used 1 black, 1 white northern

1 can diced green chilis

1/2 diced onion

A couple shakes garlic powder

Chicken broth (about 1 – 2 cups until its more soupy than chili-y. Unless you want chili…then ignore the broth)

Frozen corn – I forgot to add this but I wanted to. Oops!

Tortilla chips and cheese to top with if you want

Do it – 

Cook your meat with your taco seasoning. Add to crock pot with the rest of your ingredients except for the chips/cheese and let simmer for a few hours. Not very scientific. I put mine on medium for about 3 hours. When it’s hot and you’re hungry scoop into bowls, crunch a few tortilla chips on top and add cheese if you want it. So yummy and perfect now that the weather is cooling off.

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