Mocha Berry Smoothie

I have been a smoothie fanatic these past couple of weeks. The mixture of the blazing hot weather and the fact that I can take breakfast on my way to work, has definitely added to the appeal of smoothies. I usually make 3-4 each week, and try to vary the flavors a little bit each day. My regular rotation of flavors include: bananas, peanut butter, cocoa powder, and coffee. If I want something a little heartier, I will also throw in some oatmeal or spinach. Every once and a while I will try a new combination. Sometimes it’s not a combination I would ever replicate: banana chocolate coffee-I thought it sounded good, but it wasn’t! And occasionally it is delicious enough to make again and again. Until I realize that I really should blog about my success! Today’s flavor is Mocha (blue)Berry, and it is perfect as a fruity treat with a little caffeine kick!

  

 

Coffee is becoming more of a smoothie staple as I become addicted to caffeine (I blame the K cup machine in the office), but I rarely want to sit down and drink a cup of coffee. I usually workout in the mornings, and freshly brewed coffee does not help me cool down and stop sweating enough to put on make up. However, I have gotten in the habit of turning off the warmer and letting the java cool while I work out and shower. When I am ready to make my smoothie before heading out the door, the coffee is room temperature and great as a smoothie addition. Obviously if I had an espresso machine I would use it in a heartbeat, but coffee is working just fine for now! I actually got the idea for this flavor combination from a coworker who ordered a raspberry mocha from Starbucks (on the sad sad day that the K cup machine broke). I sampled his drink and was surprised how well the coffee and berries blended.

Mocha Berry Smoothie

makes 16 oz

3/4 cup cooled coffee

3/4 cup almond milk

1 cup frozen blueberries

1 scoop protein powder

Pour the liquids and blueberries into the blender. Top with protein powder and blend until smooth!

***No camera yet, so Flickr pictures will have to suffice for a while!

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Happy Friday!

This week has really flown by for me, I can’t believe we are well into July already!

I will say that the work day has dragged on and on for me. Although this is mostly due to the fact that our office K-cup machine broke on Wednesday, and I am used to a certain level of caffeination throughout the day. A couple coworkers and I made an emergency Starbucks run yesterday afternoon because everyone was half asleep.

Thankfully I had my arsenal of snacks to keep my energy up!

Today I am guest posting over at Crazy Running Girl about all of my go-to snacks and favorite snacks to bring to work. You should check it out!

Guest Post: Kath’s Iced Coffee

Today Kath from The Nut Kase is going to share a great summer recipe with you all. Kath is one of my closest friends from UNC, and also a great healthy blogger! She is currently on an inspiring weight loss journey by eating healthy and running. She recently ran her first 5K ! You should check out her blog to read more about her healthy living, recipes, and workouts.

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Hi Recimplicity readers! My name is Kath from The Nut Kase and I am excited to be writing this guest post while Erin is getting’ her cruise on. Erin and I have been friends since sophomore year in college—we were roommates at UNC. And from then on, she’s been my best roomie-running-workout-church-foodie friend.

Erin and I have very similar loves for healthy food and healthy lifestyles. When she ran her first triathlon last summer, I was SO inspired to get my little butt in gear. During the school year, we would eat lunch together, share recipes and go workout. But one of the things we both agreed on is that when crunch time came around, we were not afraid of caffeine. Normally we are tea drinkers (just check out her tea organization!). Lately I have been on a coffee kick—but who wants hot coffee when it’s 80 degrees outside?!

Thus, almond milk ice cubes were born.

I got a little creative one night in the kitchen and decided there would be nothing better than
homemade iced coffee, with a little twist.

How To Make Iced Coffee with Almond Milk Ice Cubes!

Step 1: Find an ice cube tray, or get a little crafty and use an old egg carton. If it’s paper, be sure to line it with plastic wrap!

Step 2: Fill tray with milk of choice. I used unsweetened vanilla almond milk, my fav!

Step 3: Freeze overnight.

Step 4: The next morning, break up the cubes, place in your favorite {mason jar} mug and pour some hot coffee over it!

I added a little Stevia and cinnamon to mine. I love how the cinnamon speckles the coffee with little hints of spice! The ice cubes will melt to chill the coffee and make perfect, creamy iced coffee bliss!

You could also use this technique and fill the tray with fruit and/or juice to flavor your water! YUM!

Have a wonderful day!

Love,

Kath

Exam (meme) time

gpoy. i legit once drew a picture of a cat and left. (bio 101, you still could not defeat me!)

With two exams and a paper due tomorrow, I am now entering panic exam mode. Regardless of how well I prepare, I always get super freaked out right before a test and doubt everything I have learned about the course. Obviously the most rational thing to do when in exam mode is to look for funny memes that depict how I feel right now. Enjoy 🙂

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Paranoid parrot takes examsource 

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The ackward moment in an exam

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This is basically my philosophy of the week.