Javier and I have decided we’re going to see if we can last without air conditioning this summer. Given that our bedroom is on the third floor, our goal is…optimistic. However, we’ve got lots of windows, good air flow, and if worse comes to worse, I know where we can borrow a sprinkler to set up in our room (sorry landlady!). Also, I’m armed with a roster of yummy frozen recipes, of which I’ll be sharing throughout the summer.
Speaking of frozen things, how ’bout those blended iced coffees that can now be found in a variety of permutations in every convenience store and coffee shop around North America? Walk down any street on a hot day and you’ll see someone slurping on one. Now, I’ll be honest, if I didn’t react badly to nearly every major ingredient in these concoctions (sugar, coffee, dairy), I would be tempted to slurp along with the masses. However, for my body, coffee and sugar is like mixing crystal meth and gasoline. It will make me crazy and then destroy my insides. In short, I’ve not made that mistake again. Although not everyone reacts so violently to such a cocktail, I will promise you this: There is absolutely nothing health-building inside a conventional iced coffee. And if it’s not health building, then it’s health damaging. I tried to find the ingredients in what I believe is Canada’s most popular iced coffee beverage, but it seems to be locked away from public access (red flag!). I did, however, find the nutritional information, and it’s isn’t pretty: in ONE beverage, you will consume between 33 and 73 grams of sugar, more if you add a flavoured syrup. They should call it Iced Diabetes.
Now, one of my biggest passions in life is showing people that they don’t necessarily have to give up what they love, they just have to MAKE IT BETTER! If I catch myself lusting over some treat that I know isn’t good for me, it inspires me to create my own version using ingredients that I feel good about putting in my body. There is a healthy alternative to nearly every one of your food fancies.
Here is my creamy, icy, rich and delicious version of an iced coffee. It’s full of superfoods rich in minerals, antioxidants, fibre, protein, and healthy fats. This beverage is actually liver cleansing (thanks, dandelion!), nourishes the adrenals (holla at yer girl, maca!), keeps those bowels moving (cheers, chia!), boosts the immune system (thumbs up, chaga!), and supports cardiovascular health (props, cacao!). This is one of my favourite summer breakfasts.
Iced Superfood Latte
8 ice cubes
1/2 cup water or non-dairy milk
1 scoop of good tasting protein powder (I use unflavoured or vanilla whey protein isolate)
3 Tbsp hemp seeds
1 heaping Tbsp raw cacao powder
2 tsp dandelion-based coffee substitute (I like Dandy Blend)
1 tsp chia seeds
1 tsp chaga mushroom powder or 30 drops of chaga tincture (optional)
1/2-1 tsp maca powder
20 drops of stevia or raw honey/maple syrup to taste
-Add all ingredients to a high-powered blender and blend until smooth. Comsume immediately, preferably outside listening to the birds chirp and june bugs hum