Wednesday, August 15, 2012
It's August, and in most areas of the USA, the weather is hot. This weekend in Seattle is going to be extremely warm. On Friday, 90 degree temps are expected. This is definitely NOT your typical Seattle weather. I love to drink water, but sometimes when it's so hot outside, liquid with a little bit more interest is way more appealing than plain H2O. This iced tea fits the bill precisely. It is sweet, with a hint of chocolate, so it tastes a lot like chocolate milk, but without the calories. So it's light - it's refreshing! And the raw milk adds some healthy fats along with probiotics and enzymes! This would be a great iced tea to serve at a party. Your guests, real foodies, primalists, paleo, or not, will drink it up!
Chocolate Yerba Mate Iced Tea.
makes one large pitcher
4 chocolate yerba mate tea bags - source
1 cup raw milk
2 tsp vanilla extract
3 full droppers stevia - source
dash unrefined sea salt - source
To make your tea:
1. We have an iced tea maker at home, but if you don't, simply boil a pot or tea kettle full of water, pour it into a glass bowl, and place tea bags in the water to steep. After about 5 to 10 minutes, remove the tea bags, push the rest of the tea from the tea bags.
2. Pour about 1 quart of ice into the bowl, add the stevia, pinch of sea salt and vanilla. Mix well. When the tea is cool, add cup of milk and stir. Return to pitcher and place in the fridge!
3. Serve in a cool glass with more ice. Straws are optional!
Wherever you are, stay cool! Happy summer :)
Wednesday, August 8, 2012
Happy August everyone! As I type this post, it's July, and I anticipate some hot weather ahead for New Englanders in August. But as you read this post, it's August, and I am busy busy studying Organic Chemistry. I am completing my last pre-requisite before starting the ND program (naturopathic medicine program) in the fall at Bastyr University in Seattle, Washington. This East Coast girl, turned California girl, is now a Seattlite(?) I never imagined this! Now can say I've lived in all four corners of the USA. I was born and raised in Florida, lived in New Hampshire until college, lived in Southern California for my undergrad, and now I am pursuing my doctoral degree in Washington state! How cool. Even though I haven't moved around "a lot" in comparison to some people, I still feel as if I have. Am I an East Coaster now? Or a West Coaster? For the past four plus years the West Coast has been my home, and now for the next four plus years (at least) the West Coast will continue to be my home, only instead of the Southwest I'll be in the Pacific Northwest. Once I was just starting to feel like a true CA girl, I'm off to Seattle. Sunshine to rain. Dirty LA traffic, to clear Seattle roads. It's a new adventure.
Peanut Butter Frozen Yogurt.
Makes almost 2 quarts
3 cups raw milk yogurt
1 cup raw whole milk or full-fat coconut milk (mine was mixture of both)
½ cup organic peanut butter
½ cup organic raw honey
2 real eggs
1T vanilla extract
1T arrowroot powder
¼ tsp unrefined sea salt
To make your delicious peanut butter fro-yo:
1. Mix all ingredients in a blender.
2. Pour into ice cream maker and churn per manufacturers instructions.
3. When ready, scoop into reused plastic yogurt containers (or another vessel) and freeze for at least 12 hours. Serve when frozen yogurt has hardened. You may also want to remove from freezer a few minutes before serving. Enjoy!
Make this frozen yogurt as a healthy "cool-off" treat to beat the August heat. East Coast humidity is something that I definitely don't miss on the West Coast! You can also put this fro-yo into popsicle molds for yourself or the little kiddos in your life. I can't wait to do this when my little nephews get older!
Question for you: how much does your location relate to your identity?