Showing posts with label Drinks. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Drinks. Show all posts

Sunday, 4 May 2014

Oreo Milkshake



Back when I was 14, I had my first job at a bubble tea place at the mall. One of the biggest perks of that job was that we got to make ourselves a free drink every time we worked.

In the beginning, I hated bubble tea, so what I would make myself every day were milkshakes.

Keep in mind, this is a really skinny 14 year old who didn't know better and never gained weight. I am not advocating this as a lifestyle choice (but if only...)





Ever since I quit, I haven't really made many milkshakes at home. Which is really weird because what is better than a drink which is pretty much purely blended ice cream? I'm always on board for drinkable desserts, (oatmeal raisin smoothie or pecan square milkshake anyone?) and drinkable desserts involving everyone's favorite cookie? Swoooon.

Because who wants to spend a lot of time in the kitchen to get their sugar fix when it's such a nice day?

I am so ready for you, summer.





What you'll need:

-4 scoops ice cream
-4 Oreo cookies
-1/2 cup milk


Directions:

    1.   Combine all ingredients in a blender, and puree until smooth.

Saturday, 12 October 2013

Oatmeal Raisin Cookie Smoothie



I know I should be making pumpkin recipes, I know I should say goodbye to summer, I know it's almost getting too cold to be having smoothies, but...I just can't help it!

The thing is, a couple of weeks ago, I bought a HUGE bag of raisins so that I could make oatmeal raisin cookies (can you believe I have never made any in my life??) but school keeps getting in the way of cookie making.

But getting food fixes is way easier when I have a blender. Instead of cookies, I can just make a smoothie!




I was a little hesitant at first. I mean, I once ordered a blueberry smoothie at a restaurant and it tasted like garlic then later a hint of blueberry, which totally freaked me out, because I thought I stepped into Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, and I was going to turn into a giant blueberry.

But I've got to say, this smoothie turned out great! Who needs cookies when I have this smoothie? Drink up!





What you'll need:

-1/4 cup oats
-2 bananas, cut into coins and frozen
-1/4 cup milk
-1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
-1 tablespoon raisins


Directions:

    1.   Combine all ingredients in a blender, and puree until smooth.

Saturday, 31 August 2013

Peanut Butter Banana Smoothie



I love making simple food. Especially 3 ingredient food, such as my Vanilla Bean Ice Cream or my ice cream cake doughnut. Or my two ingredient Greek yogurt frosting. Easy should be my middle name...that is only if people won't interpret it wrong.

So this morning when I woke up, I wanted something quick and easy to just drink and go. So I made this smoothie.

I love putting frozen bananas in my smoothies, because it makes the smoothie all frosty and slushy.. It's as if you put ice cream in your drink without all the extra calories and fat. This is why I always have a couple of bags of bananas cut into coins in my freezer.

I will definitely remember this drink the next time I am in a hurry to make breakfast. In other words, probably every day during this upcoming school year.




What you'll need:

-1 banana, frozen and cut into coins
-1 tablespoon natural peanut butter
-1 1/4 cups milk


Directions:

   1.   Combine all ingredients in a blender, and puree until smooth.


You might also like:
Healthy Banana Milkshake
Mango Green Smoothie
Peanut Butter Banana Bread with Peanut Butter Glaze

Saturday, 13 July 2013

Pecan Squares Milkshake




After making those pecan squares last week, I became obsessed with anything pecan. I would dream about those squares, and when I couldn't sleep, I would go into my fridge and eat one as a midnight snack. I would have them for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and some snacks in between.

Since they have made an appearance at every meal, it's only natural that I try to put them in a drinkable form. So here comes a pecan square milkshake.

If you've made pecan squares, or if you have bought some in the store and are tired of eating them, why not try drinking them? And this milkshake is the perfect way to do it. So simple. So quick. So delicious.



 
Pecan Squares Milkshake
printable recipe 


Makes 1 drink
What you'll need:

-2 1-inch pecan squares
-1 cup vanilla ice cream
-1/4 cup milk


Directions:

    1.   Combine all ingredients in a blender, and puree until smooth. 


You might also like:
Healthy Banana Milkshake
Strawberry Smoothie
Blue and Blackberry Smoothie

Wednesday, 12 June 2013

Mango Green Smoothie



I am a huge fan of trickery.

Halloween was one of my favorite holidays as a kid (although maybe that was for the candy), and I would never miss a chance to trick someone on April Fool's day. But when it's me being tricked.. Well I'm not so sure I'm a huge fan.

Let me elaborate. I have been contemplating whether or not to quit my job at Safeway. Well, I finally managed it. I know. I accept all of your congratulations. But without a job, I needed to find a way to earn some money that works with my schedule at school. The best way to do that is, of course, participate in psychology experiments. And don't get me started how much they love to trick the participants.

First I was tricked into thinking I was playing with a Ouija board with someone else while blindfolded, when that other person was part of the experiment and not touching the game at all. Next, I was tricked into thinking I was being observed by multiple people while I performed mental math just to stress me out. Next... well next is tomorrow. I'll be ready.




Now it's your turn. Your turn to perform a trick on someone you know who doesn't like veggies/fruit/eating healthy. Make them this smoothie, and tell them it's totally bad for them, filled with fat and ice cream and all that good stuff. Because when you take one sip of this smoothie, you might actually believe it. You might think "there is no way this smoothie is good for you".

If I was being tricked into anything, I would definitely want to be tricked into drinking this drink.





What you'll need:

-2 cups spinach
-1 banana, cut into coins and frozen
-1 mango, peeled and seeded
-1 cup coconut water
-1/4 cup Aloe pomegranate flavor drink


Directions:

   1.   Combine all ingredients in a blender, and puree until smooth.  



You might also like:
Mango Smoothie 
Strawberry Mango Smoothie 
Strawberry Spinach Salad 

Tuesday, 28 May 2013

Fruity Melted Marshmallow Soy Hot Chocolate



Have you ever had the feeling where your legs are on fire and every step you take makes you feel like you are going to collapse and lie there the rest of the day?

Well, I have mislead you. Even though I was expecting that to happen to me, I have successfully avoided becoming a stiff wreck. Let me explain..

On Saturday, me and my boyfriend climbed the Stawamus Chief, and I have got to say, it's quite the hike. By the end of the day, my legs were shaking from all the effort. But it was so worth it. It was one of the most gorgeous hikes I have ever been on. We went to the second peak (there are 3 peaks) and didn't want to leave. To make it more user-friendly, this hike has chains and ladders at some very hard parts to help you along. If anyone visits BC, they should go straight to the Squamish area. I would definitely urge them to try this out.

Needless to say, after this long hike, we needed something to gather our strengths. Since I have experimented with melted marshmallow hot chocolate before, I thought, why not try it with fruity marshmallows? Fruit and chocolate go together well...right?

Right. This was surprisingly good, and very comforting. A great thing to make before the weather gets too hot to have hot drinks.





What you'll need:

-1 tablespoon cocoa powder
-4 teaspoon water
-1 cup soy milk
-2 tablespoons chocolate chips
-1/4 cup mini fruit marshmallows
+whipped cream


Directions:

    1.   In a medium saucepan, combine all ingredients on medium heat. Bring to an easy boil while you stir, until chocolate and marshmallows are melted.
    2.   Pour into a mug and top with whipped cream.


You might also like:
Melted Marshmallow Hot Chocolate 
Maple Hot Chocolate 
Ginger Hot Chocolate 

Saturday, 11 May 2013

Mango Smoothie



It's beginning to look a lot like summer.

The skies are clear and blue, skirts/shorts/bare chests are out and, one of my favorite parts of the summer: cold drinks are getting cheaper.




When one place advertises a cheap drink, another one lowers their price until now I can get some delicious cold smoothies anywhere I go for $1.

Which makes me wonder: why would I ever need to make another smoothie ever again during the summer? I would probably spend more money making it at home than just picking one up anywhere I go.

That was my reasoning until I realized that even though they had so many smoothie flavors, I could find no mango flavored smoothies. It almost felt like a crime.. a crime that one homemade smoothie can only resolve.




This can also be the perfect way to reward your mother for all her hard work on mothers day: an easy to make ice cold smoothie. Make it now, and thank me later.




What you'll need:

-1 cup mango, cubed and frozen
-1 cup plain yogurt
-3/4 cup milk


Directions:


   1.   Combine all ingredients in a blender, and puree until smooth. 


You might also like:
Strawberry Mango Smoothie 
Strawberry Mango Peach Smoothie 
Cherry Mango Coffee Cake 

Thursday, 25 April 2013

Soy Strawberry Lemon Smoothie



I am ecstatic. I am finally done my exams! Now I can relax...for the two weeks I have before it's back to summer school.

I think that I'm one of those people who get really nervous and jittery when I don't have something to do.  Last summer I was teaching myself Russian because I couldn't stand not learning anything. Sadly, I had no time to continue during the school year, so I forgot most of it.




But for these first few days, I just want to relax.

And what better way to relax than with a refreshing smoothie in your hand? This smoothie takes practically no effort to put together, so it's perfect for this relaxing, lazy day.




What you'll need:

-1 cup strawberries, frozen
-2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
-1 cup soy milk


Directions:

   1.   Combine all ingredients in a blender, and puree until smooth. 


You might also like:
Strawberry Mango Peach Smoothie 
Strawberry Cranberry Smoothie 
Cranberry Lime Smoothie 

Saturday, 6 April 2013

Ginger Hot Chocolate



Whenever I look in my spice cupboard and see that I have only about 1/4 teaspoon of a particular spice left, what is my first instinct? Not to buy more. Oh no, that sounds like something a normal person would do. I obviously dump it into the next drink I make.

Like the time I made Chili White Hot Chocolate. Now that was a good drink. I would never had put chili powder in a drink had I had more than 1/4 teaspoon of this spice. It's a compulsion I tell you!

I'm just wondering whether I will still be that crazy when I have 1/4 teaspoon left of oregano..




It just started raining again after some gorgeous days we've been having, so I needed something warm and comforting in this cold weather. And this drink really hits the spot. The best part is, it's so easy to make! It's the perfect drink to start your morning off, or to relax with at night.





Makes 1 drink
What you'll need:

-1 cup milk
-1/2 cup water
-1 teaspoon agave syrup
-1 teaspoon white sugar
-1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
-2 tablespoons cocoa
-pinch of sea salt
-1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
+whipped cream


Directions:

    1.   Heat the milk and water in a small saucepan. When it begins to simmer, lower the heat and whisk in the agave syrup, white sugar, ginger, cocoa and sea salt until fully combined.
    2.   When the hot chocolate is at your desired temperature, remove from heat and stir in the vanilla.
    3.   Pour into a mug and top with whipped cream.


You might also like:
Gingerbread Latte 
Melted Marshmallow Hot Chocolate 
Peppermint Hot Chocolate 

Wednesday, 6 March 2013

Strawberry Mango Peach Smoothie



It's been a while since I've made a smoothie.

Smoothies used to be my breakfast every morning. They were just so easy to make, I didn't see why I should go for a bowl of cereal when I could mix my breakfast up every morning with a new kind of fruit.




So as the weather is starting to get hotter, I find myself daydreaming about smoothies, and lazing by the beach in some sunny place far from here. 

While I can't go off to some beach right now, what I can do to make satisfy at least half of my fantasy is to make myself a delicious smoothie. A smoothie that trumps all smoothies.




This is the process of me making smoothies: 

What fruits do I have in my house? I don't care, lets dump them into a blender and see what happens.

But these fruits complimented each other well. I will definitely be revisiting this smoothie. That is, until I finally make my trip to Mexico.






Strawberry Mango Peach Smoothie 
printable recipe


Makes 1 drink
What you'll need:

-1/2 cup strawberries, fresh and cut into quarters
-1/4 cup mangoes, cut into cubes and frozen
-1/4 cup peaches, cut into slices and frozen
-1 cup plain yogurt


Directions:

   1.   Combine all ingredients in a blender, and puree until smooth. 


You  might also like:
Strawberry Mango Smoothie 
Strawberry Cranberry Smoothie
Peach Cranberry Mint Tea Smoothie

Sunday, 30 December 2012

Peppermint Hot Chocolate





New years is just around the corner, and it gets a girl wondering: what are my resolutions? What do I want to accomplish during the year of 2012?

Every year my resolution is the same, and every year I fail within the first week.

You are probably thinking that I'm dreaming big. To be a vegetarian, or to go to the gym every day.




But no. I've been trying to start small, and I cannot get past this one stage. My new years resolution is, yet again, to floss everyday. The compliment I hear most from people is that my teeth are gorgeous. All from flossing maybe 50 times in my lifetime.

But this year I am determined. I have bought a lot of floss, and have even stashed some in my purses, so I will have no excuse.

And I think especially need to take care of my teeth at this time of year. Do you know how many sweet treats I have indulged in this holiday season?

Actually, don't guess. I think I would prefer not to know. I will try to remain ignorant as I drink this hot chocolate jam-packed with chocolate and sugar that I will forget what I was thinking about in the first place.





Makes 1 drink
What you'll need:

-1 1/2 cups milk
-2 tablespoons sugar
-3 ounces dark chocolate, chopped
-1/2 teaspoon peppermint extract
+whipped cream


Directions:

    1.   In a saucepan on medium heat, combine the milk and sugar. When it negins to steam, add the chopped chocolate and stir until the chocolate is melted. Remove from heat and mix in the peppermint extract.
    2.   When the drink is to your desired temperature, remove from heat and pour into a mug. Top with whipped cream.


You might also like:
Chili White Hot Chocolate 
Maple Hot Chocolate 
Melted Marshmellow Hot Chocolate 

Tuesday, 11 December 2012

Chili White Hot Chocolate



How have I never heard of National Cocoa day??? Apparently it is on December 13th. I'm so ready for it.

Cocoa is one of my favorite drinks and a definite must for the holidays. You know the feeling: when you sit down and drink a steaming hot cup of cocoa and you can feel the warmth spreading all across your body. To me, that right there feels like Christmas.




Now although this is not quite hot cocoa, it definitely hits the spot. I have been buying and drinking so much white hot chocolate recently, that I thought "why don't I make it myself?"

Reaching for my bottle of cinnamon, I accidentally reach for my almost empty bottle of chili powder. Whatever, let's dump this into the saucepan too. And I'm glad I did. This makes for the perfect kick.





Makes 1 large drink
Ingredients:

-1 3/4 cup whole milk
-5 tablespoons white chocolate chips
-1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
-1/4 teaspoon chili powder
+whipped cream


Directions:

    1.   Place the white chocolate in a medium metal bowl over a pan of simmering water. When the chocolate is melted, mix in the chili powder and cinnamon.
    2.   Mix in the milk gradually, stirring until hot (do not allow to boil). Pour into a mug and top with whipping cream.


You might also like:
 Melted Marshmallow Hot Chocolate
Maple Hot Chocolate 
Mexican Coffee 

Wednesday, 7 November 2012

Healthy Banana Milkshake



 When I buy bananas, I go all out. I can probably feed a couple of zoos and still have some to spare with all the bananas I have bought.

This is one of the reasons I don't buy bananas during the summer. They would be ripe before I could even get them home.




So I'm always on the lookout for some good banana recipes. This time, I decided to cut them up and freeze them. I know, why haven't I thought of doing this before? I think I found my solution to the my weird compulsion to buy too many bananas, and besides, it makes a killer milkshake.





What you'll need:

-1 banana, frozen and cut into coins
-150g Sunrise Lychee Tofu Dessert
-1/3 cup milk
-1/2 teaspoon vanilla


Directions:

    1.   Combine all ingredients in a blender, and puree until smooth. 


You might also like:
Strawberry Cranberry Smoothie 
Blue and Blackberry Smoothie 
Maple Oatmeal Banana Bread 
   

Sunday, 21 October 2012

Strawberry Cranberry Smoothie



You know that I bought too many cranberries when all my smoothies are somehow loaded with these left-over frozen cranberries that I bought for thanksgiving. I should really celebrate another thanksgiving next month. You know, like the rest of America.

Instead I made this. I have got to say though, I have grown to love adding frozen cranberries into my smoothies. This way, it is thicker without having to water this drink down with ice cubes. It is a definite win in my books: perfect when you want a quick and easy treat.






What you'll need:

-1 cup strawberries, fresh and cut into quarters
-1/2 cup cranberries, frozen
-1/2 cup plain greek yogurt
-1/4 cup milk



Directions:

   1.   Combine all ingredients in a blender, and puree until smooth. 


You might also like:
Peach Cranberry Mint Tea Smoothie
Cranberry Lime Smoothie
Strawberry Smoothie

Sunday, 14 October 2012

Peach Cranberry Mint Tea Smoothie



Well, it seems like I'm pulling an all nighter. Yet again.

But instead of guzzling down some coffee or grabbing a can of red bull, I opted to make this delicious smoothie instead. I know, the other two would have been faster to make so that I can get more stuff done, but I have found that coffee will just make me jittery, which is surprisingly distracting, and I placed the full unopened can of Red Bull in a fish tank full of water (it actually floated. Who knew? Apparently Red Bull does have wings).

And I am glad I made this instead. The mint tea really woke me up, and it was a refreshing break that made me feel like I was away somewhere nice and sunny, with a refreshing drink in my hand, as opposed to sitting at this desk for the whole day trying to work out how to make use of this inclusion homomorphism, and stuff of the like.



What you'll need:

-1 cup cranberries, frozen
-1 peach, cored, pealed and cubed
-1/3 cup mint tea, brewed and chilled


Directions:

   1.   Combine all ingredients in a blender, and puree until smooth.  


You might also like:
Cranberry Lime Snoothie 
Chocolate, Cantaloupe and Cranberry Smoothie 
Nectarine, Cashew and Apricot Muffins 

Saturday, 6 October 2012

Cranberry Lime Smoothie




Wow, it seems like I have no time for anything! I thought I could handle it. School full time plus tutoring 4 people plus running two first year calculus workshops plus working another job... But now I can plainly see that I need to give something up..

Making food? I think I may have given that up last week. Which is sad, cooking baking always relaxes me. Now I have so much to do that sometimes I go without lunch because I think that it's a waste of time, because I am not being productive in my studies. Looking back at those days, it seems like going without food is more detrimental to my studies: I mean, everyone thinks better when they've had something to eat. I guess I wasn't thinking so clearly because I haven't eaten.

In any case, yesterday I just gave in my two week notice for my part time job (at Safeway). It's always sad quitting, it feels like I've given up, but what I've really done was come to terms with my limitations. I swear, I'm up all night and wake up super early that the bags under my eyes are almost touching the floor. If I stay at Safeway for much longer, the service clerk will ask me if I'd like carryout service for those bags under my eyes.

So in two weeks I'll have time to make more food! But in the meanwhile, I have just made a simple, yet totally delicious smoothie.




Makes 1 drink
Ingredients:

- 1 cup cranberries, frozen
-1/2 cup plain yogurt
-1 teaspoon lime juice
-1/4 cup cranberry juice


Directions:

   1.   Combine all ingredients in a blender, and puree until smooth. 


You might also like:
Chocolate, Cantaloupe and Cranberry Smoothie 
Strawberry Mango Smoothie 
Strawberry Lime Parfait 

Sunday, 23 September 2012

Blue and Blackberry Smoothie



I have been sinking deeper and deeper into a state of sadness. Why, you all are probably wondering? Well, I have just finished grading the quizzes of the students in the first year calculus workshops that I'm running this year. And let me tell you, it wasn't pretty.

I told myself at the beginning, right when I sat down to grade this huge stack in front of me, that I will not give anyone a zero. Turns out I had no choice. I mean, they are in university now, they should expect things to get tougher. I just didn't want to discourage them by returning them their first quiz in calculus, and they got a zero. Maybe it will be more motivational than discouraging: showing them that they need to step it up if they want to pass.

I don't know how teachers do it. Grade quizzes I mean. It shook me to the core, because I was just thinking about what my reaction would be if I saw a zero on anything I have written. I think I might have a mild heart attack.

So I had to make me a quick and easy pick me up. And a smoothie is the best hug on a rough day.




What you'll need:
 
-1/2 cup blueberries, frozen
-1/2 cup blackberries, frozen
-1/2 cup plain greek yogurt
-1/4 cup milk


Directions:

   1.   Combine all ingredients in a blender, and puree until smooth. 


 You might also like:
Strawberry Smoothie 
Strawberry Mango Smoothie
Chocolate, Cantaloupe and Cranberry Smoothie

Thursday, 23 August 2012

Strawberry Smoothie




Super simple. Super summer. This is what I made with breakfast this morning. And it was great.

You see, the heat has finally got to me. I'm usually very cold. Go to the beach: everyone in a bikini. But me? I'm easily spotted because I'm the one in two sweaters.

This has finally changed. In the middle of August. Because my goodness, the heat! It's almost unbearable!

So what are you waiting for? With only three ingredients, it's the easiest thing to do to beat the heat.





What you'll need:

-1 cup strawberries, frozen
-1/2 cup honey Greek yogurt
-1/4 cup milk


Directions:

   1.   Combine all ingredients in a blender, and puree until smooth.


You might also like:
Strawberry Mango Smoothie 
Chocolate, Cantaloupe and Cranberry Smoothie 
Strawberry Lime Parfait 

Sunday, 17 June 2012

Strawberry Mango Smoothie



I love mangoes. Love love love, with a capital L. I buy them buy the bag full. But I have never been able to make anything with them (except for one time) because I seem to always eat them by themselves. I can`t help myself. There they are, all nice and yellow and attractive, just calling for me.




But I restrained myself long enough to make a drink. A pretty healthy breakfast smoothie to be precise. Because when I want a drink for breakfast, I will not be reaching for a glass of orange juice from my local grocery store. (which, apparently,has been sitting in vats for up to a year with the oxygen removed, with added flavor packs often made by perfume companies. Just so you know..) I can just make my own tasty beverage.




Strawberry Mango Smoothie
printable recipe 


What you'll need:

-1/2 mango, peeled and cubed
-1 cup frozen strawberries
-3/4 cup plain yogurt


Directions:

    1.   Combine all ingredients in a blender, and puree until smooth.


You might also like:
Chocolate, Cantaloupe and Cranberry Smoothie 

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