I have been trying to cut processed foods out of my diet lately – part of a larger effort to get healthier, regain some energy and shed a few pounds. The biggest challenge to cutting processed foods is that practically EVERYTHING I love to eat is processed in some way.
The weather in Toronto has warmed over the past week, with temperatures almost reaching 20. Dreams of lounging on my patio, iced beverage in hand with the Wall Street Journal on my iPad (or Martha Stewart Living!) is almost a reality. As temperatures start to swelter, I have often looked to my local Starbucks for some relief in the form of a Green Tea Frappuccino. Green Tea fraps blend the refreshing flavour of matcha green tea and soften it with a bit of vanilla. They are so delicious, I would go through three or four venti-sized green tea fraps per week. Knowing the green tea mixture was a blend of matcha, sugar and likely other additives and the sugar-free vanilla syrup had aspartame in it, I knew I had to come up with my own version of the beverage to continue to enjoy it, guilt-free.
After a bit of experimenting, I found the right blend for a half-sweet version of the drink (and no whip!)
Makes 1 serving. You’ll need:
- 1 cup of ice cubes
- 3/4 cup of skim milk (or milk of your choosing. almond would be delicious!)
- 1.5 teaspoons green matcha powder
- 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- 5 drops of stevia (add more if you prefer it sweeter)
Directions: Add all ingredients to a blender and blend until completely mixed and a little frothy. Pour into a glass and enjoy!
If you don’t have Stevia on hand, consider swapping with one teaspoon raw honey.
As it gets warmer and I drink more of this deliciousness, I want to experiment with adding in some spinach to up the nutritional value – hopefully, without significant alterations to its taste. Expect another post if it goes well!