With this heat and humidity, a cool and refreshing drink is just what anyone needs. Right now, I am obsessed with mocha iced coffee from Dunkin Donuts. I really need to get out of this habit. Or stop thinking that if I pay with change, it doesn’t count because I am not using my debit card.
So keeping with the refreshing theme, I went through a phase around April/May where I was really into making fruit smoothies. I thought it would be a great way to get more fruit in my diet and it was unusually hot then so it was perfect. And, because if I have a healthy smoothie to start the day I can eat pretty much whatever I want the rest of the day, right? So I have those chia seeds from Trader Joe’s that I thought would be great to have in a fruit smoothie.
This time around, I switched things up. Instead of regular yogurt, I used Greek yogurt. I just started to eat this and it is taking me some time to get used to. I really like the blueberry yogurt, but I am struggling with the other flavors. So here is my version of a mixed berries smoothie:
- ½ cup non-fat vanilla Greek yogurt
- ½ cup frozen mixed berries (or fresh).
- About 1 tbsp milk
- 1 tsp chia seeds
- Handful of ice
Put the first 4 ingredients into the blender in that order and blend. Once that is just blended, add the ice and blend again. You can add more or less ice depending on how thick you want the smoothie. I add the ice after because with the frozen fruit, the blender struggles a bit. I’m sure with fresh fruit you wouldn’t have to do this. It’s so easy to have frozen fruit on hand anytime of the year. This recipe can easily be doubled or tripled.
Now you may be asking, “Why bother with chia seeds? What do they do?” Watch this clip from The Chew and Daphne Oz will explain it to you.
Now to the chocolate…the really good stuff. Hot chocolate is one of my favorite things about the fall and winter. And sometimes during the summer I think, “I could really go for a hot chocolate.” And of course I would want the Dunkin Donuts hot chocolate but I couldn’t possibly order one cause they would look at me like I have 3 heads. And then I say to myself, “I wish they had cold hot chocolate. But wouldn’t that be chocolate milk? Which isn’t the same.” Yes, these are things that go through my head daily. So I was so excited when I saw a blog post for frozen hot chocolate from Brown Eyed Baker. You can find the recipe here. I did cut this recipe in ½ because I was the only one home to drink it and I did not want to have more than I should. Here is how I made it:
- 1 ½ ounces semi-sweet chocolate, finely chopped (I used Baker’s squares)
- 2 ¼ tsp granulated sugar
- 1 tsp hot chocolate mix
- ¾ cup whole milk, divided
Using a double boiler, melt the chocolate (You could do this in a microwave too. Just watch it carefully). Whisk in the granulated sugar and hot chocolate mix. Slowly add ¼ cup of milk. Remove from the heat and allow it to cool.
In a blender, add ½ cup milk, the chocolate mixture, and ice (Wish I took a picture!). Blend. Enjoy!
I topped it off with some fresh whipped cream and mini chocolate chips…delish!
As I said, I cut the recipe in half but forgot I was doing that by the time I added the milk to the bowl. I am sure it would have been fine to leave it but I scooped a little out.
Just like regular hot chocolate when the whipped cream or marshmallow melts into it, it was delicious when the whipped cream in this started to mix in. Yum!!!
Hmmm…I should have added some chia seeds. That would have made it healthy. And I should get straws that are more fun!