Thank you to the Tastemakers Foodbuzz program with Godiva coffee for allowing me to sample two different types of Godiva coffee – Chocolate Truffle and Hazelnut Creme.

Godiva and Tastemakers asked me to come up with an iced coffee drink recipe.  I love coffee, though I only drink it every so often.  However, I can’t drink a cup of hot coffee on a hot summer’s day, so this was perfect for me. 🙂

The first thing of thought of when I saw the Chocolate Truffle flavor was ‘strawberries’.  Who doesn’t love chocolate and strawberries?  The recipe I came up with is very simple and refreshing.  It has the delicious flavor of the coffee with the underlying tastes of strawberries and bananas.  I think it’s a perfect hot morning pick-me-up!

Instead of using the coffee in liquid form, I decided to freeze it in ice cube trays.  This way, I wasn’t watering down the flavors with ice.  Use as much or as little sugar as you’d like.  I tried it without the sugar addition, but I thought it needed just a bit of sweetness – the strawberries and banana didn’t add quite enough.  I hope you enjoy!  After I enjoyed this drink, I thought that it might be a good addition to add just a bit of vanilla yogurt, to smooth it out. 🙂

For more iced coffee recipes, check out http://www.godivacoffee.com/.

Ingredients:
6 cubes iced Godiva Chocolate Truffle coffee
4 frozen strawberries
1/2 frozen banana
1 c milk
1-1 1/2 t sugar

Directions: 
Place all ingredients in the blender and blend until smooth.

Makes 2 servings.

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Recipe from Eating Well

Sorry I don’t have a pretty picture in a nice glass, but these were the cups that were available. 🙂 

This was a delicious, and potent, drink. I made it for both Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve.  Everyone who tried it loved it! I actually tripled the recipe to make a full pitcher. 

Be careful drinking it – this is one of those sneaky drinks where you don’t notice the alcohol until its too late! ; )

Ingredients:
2 c champagne
1 c pomegranate juice
1 c seltzer
1/2 c citrus vodka
Optional: lemon twists for garnish

Directions:
Mix all ingredients together.  Serve over ice with optional garnish.

Recipe from All Recipes

This was a Christmas gift I made for some family members.  I actually doubled the recipe and made about 56 ounces of it and put it into 6 ounce corked bottles.

Make sure you sterilize whatever bottle or jar you put this into.

Ingredients:
1 c water
1 c white sugar
1/2 c brown sugar
2 c vodka
2 T almond extract
2 t vanilla extract

Directions:
Combine water and sugars in a saucepan over medium heat.  Heat until mixture is boiling, and all of the sugar is dissolved.  Remove from heat and let it cool for about 10 minutes.

Stir in the vodka, almond and vanilla extracts and then store in sealed bottles.

I decided to throw together a smoothie for my breakfast the other morning.  I have been making green monster smoothies, but I was out of spinach, so made this.

This was so good and refreshing!!  Loved it!


Ingredients:
1 c vanilla soy milk
1 banana
6-8 frozen strawberries
1 T flax seed

Directions:
Place all ingredients in blender and blend until smooth.

I am really liking these Green Monster smoothies.  You can check out my original Green Monster here. I have switched it up by replacing the protein powder with PB, and adding in some vanilla yogurt and halving the milk.  Today I decided to add some strawberries.

I thought this was great!  I just did milk and no yogurt today.  I think I’d like to try this with a vanilla or chocolate soy milk.  I forgot to pick some up this weekend.

This is such a quick, filling breakfast for me.  I can make it before I come into work each morning in about 5 minutes.  Quick is extremely important for me in the mornings.  I’m not much of a morning person, so I’m always rushing around to get out the door. 🙂

Ingredients:
2 handfuls baby spinach
1 c milk
1 T flax seed
1 scoop chocolate protein powder
4-5 strawberries, halved
1 banana
Ice


Directions:
Place all ingredients except for the ice into the blender.  Blend for about 1 minute until smooth.

Add the ice and use the ice crush setting to blend it into the smoothie.

Pour into your favorite glass or to-go cup, and enjoy!

I’ve been meaning to try a Green Monster smoothie ever since Kelly (Kelly Cooks… and Other Amazing Feats) pointed them out to me on my health/fitness blog.

The basic premise of this smoothie is that it is made with spinach. I know what you’re thinking… gross! Who wants a smoothie made of spinach? But, I promise, you can’t even taste it!! I swear. 🙂 Basically it’s healthy, and supposed to give you an energy boost.
So I tried a basic Green Monster smoothie this morning – and it actually tasted really good. Okay, so they don’t look like the most appetizing things in the world. But… try it, you won’t be disappointed. :p

There are a large number of recipes on the Green Monster website, using different different flavors and ingredients – but all with one in common, spinach. Check them out and find one that looks good to you. You won’t be disappointed. 🙂

Update: I tried this recipe with 1 T of peanut butter instead of the protein powder. Delicious!  Just like a PB banana smoothie. 🙂

Ingredients:
2 c fresh baby spinach
1 T flax seed
1 1/2 – 2 T chocolate protein powder
1 banana
1 – 1/2 c milk
Ice

Directions:
Take out your blender – add in the flax seed, protein powder, spinach, banana and milk and blend for about 1 minute. You may have to mix it around at first to get it all to blend.

Next add it in the ice, and turn your blender on the ice crush setting.

Pour into a tall glass, and enjoy!

I made this for my breakfast this morning – and it’s really filling! I haven’t been feeling my typical hunger pangs this morning, and it’s just about time for lunch.