Quick Cheap Healthy DIY Frappuccinio

21 07 2010

I am mad coffee addict. Not in an angry sense… in a cultural slang way which means “intense“.

I think of it, drink it, fantasize about it and hate it. I know I need to stop (some people it’s okay for, but I have a few health issues I am trying to naturally dispose of that require my quitting).

Additionally, I am cheap and hate paying others to make drinks for me that I know aren’t good for me and that I have to pay for. There’s also the issue that last week I spent our budgeted food money on a 1970s chrome rocking chair and promised my hubby to pay for it and keep us from going out of budget that I would not get Starbucks or CBTL for a month.

Onward to the goods. I worked as a Barista for Starbucks for 2 years and a barista and then trainer at Coffee Bean for 2 years and decided to apply my experience and frugality to make me a happier person. My at home cheap drinks have been a progress, but I think I have reached perfection for my summer coffee drinks.

Here’s a photo… I find that a glass old salt jar makes a perfect beverage container.

Lady Grunge Quicky Ice Blended with Coffee:

Needed: Blender that crushed ice (I cheat and have a vitamixer 5200), soy, almond or rice milk in chocolate or vanilla flavor. 1 tray of icecubes. instant coffee. Straw.

1. Place all the ice from the tray into the blender.

2. Pour the flavored milk into the blender until the ice is covered

3. Pour about 1tbsp of instant coffee (I started out with less and then added more to find my desired coffeeness)

4. Blend until it’s all mixed up and pour into cup.

Tips: If the drink is chunky and hard to get out of the blender tap the middle of the container against the sink lightly which looses it up.

The whole process takes me less than 1 minute and yields much happiness with a total cost of max 50 cents a drink.

Lady Grunge Quicky Ice Blended Foffee Drink:

(I call faux coffee ‘Foffee’ for fun)

Needed: Blender that crushed ice, soy, almond or rice milk in chocolate or vanilla flavor*. 1 tray of icecubes.  Coffee Substitute**. Straw.

1. Place all the ice from the tray into the blender.

2. Pour the flavored milk into the blender until the ice is covered

3. Pour about 1tbsp+ of coffee substitute. The substitute has a strong scent but not a strong flavor… it requires more then instant coffee to get that yum factor.

4. Blend until it’s all mixed up and pour into cup.

* Look for flavored milks that have vanilla bean as the source of the flavor to keep too much bad stuff out. And my favorite is the Vanilla Almond Milk.

** I have been using Roma because it’s the one I have access to, but if you have any other good brands- let a girl know!

Side Note: Aren’t these adorable? I’m gonna put them in my shop in a bit..





Vita-Mixing Thru My Day

28 06 2010

Our new Red and Shiny New 5200 Vitamixer has been such a pleasure!

I try to keep everything affordable because if done properly owning a vitamix blender can not only enrich your diet but also your wallet.

I primarily shop for veggies at discount produce locations (in our area called farmers markets). I can walk out with 4 bags stuffed with veggies and fruits for under $15 most of the time. These fruits and veggies are used primarily in soups and smoothies and on occasion as snacks. Example of the discount: Red Bell Pepper bought at Sprouts:79 cents each on special/ Red Bell Peppers bought at Farmers Market: 79 cents a pound and it takes 3-4 to make up a pound. Good stuff.

When i get home from the store I chop up my fruits and freeze them immediately. This keeps them from going bad over the week of use and also makes it really easy to throw together a drink in 2 minutes.

This week I found Oranges for 25 cents a pound, nectarines for 39 cents a pound and apples for 79 cents a pound. I also was able to get kale for 79 cents a bunch and spinach for 49 cents a bunch.

So, this week those will be the flavor of my smoothies.

Morning Use: 1 cup of vanilla almond milk (flavor from vanilla bean), 1/2 recommended dose of the powders shown in below picture, 2 handfuls of frozen veggies and a bit of each fruit that I had frozen. I also sometimes add in a spoonful of coconut oil and vegetable glycerin. Water to create desired texture and 30 seconds blending. This will fill up 2 large cups for breakfast. One for Hubby and one for myself.

I rotate the protein powder source Bi-Monthly to keep from potential allergies developing.

Pre-Blending

The apples do not blend when cut as large as I cut them… do not freeze them.

Lunch: Normally we like to chew for lunch

Dinner: Dinners from the Vita-Mix consist of a variety of whatever is in the fridge soup or a cream of _____ soup made from the Vitamix Recipe Book.

My favorite combo was: Red jalapeno, garlic, a few red bell peppers, a few tomatoes, a few onions and pinto beans. I also used some veggies stock and a dash of red wine to impress my hubby. I took half of the cooked soup and put it into the vita-mix with a  gank of herbs and blended until creamy. Then I poured it back into the soup and WA-LA: Stuff Soup! Tingling to the palate and a textural feast for the eyes. All together the soup only cost about $3 to make sue to my thrifty produce places.

Snacks: My Fav-Or-Ite thing to do with my red bundle of joy is: A tray of icecubes, 2 tablespoons of instant coffee, 1 scoop of coconut oil and then flavored milk to desired consistency (maybe a cup to start)

Blend for about 30 seconds and it is a AMAZING summer coffee drink and I love it.

We actually had a MAD discount night when we saw a double feature at the drive in for $7 each person and I made kettle corn and garlic popcorn with the coffee drinks. Snacks only cost us about $1.50 because I made them and there was plenty left over.

I drink it to fast to include a photo!