One 'treat' I have been missing was the weekly venti Starbuck's Matcha Frappuccino, so I decided to see if I can re-create the taste and satisfaction of it at home in a more healthy drink.
Matcha Frappa Breakfast Drink or Snack
2g powdered matcha green tea powder (culinary grade)
1/4 cup unsweetened, organic soy milk (Silk Green container)
2T DaVinci SF French Vanilla syrup
1 Scoop vanilla whey protein powder (currently using Body Fortress)
1 serving pasteurized egg white
7-10 ice cubes for a frozen one, less for a more creamy liquid one
Whisk the tea powder with 1/4 c of very hot but not boiling water, cool with ice cube, then blend everything up in the blender. It is not as sweet or creamy as the Frappa, and I did not put whipped cream on it, I am using it as breakfast. But had the distinctive, odd, astringent/sweet/cream taste I was craving and is a win as far as satisfaction and a boost to nutrition! It was easily the size of a Venti and very filling. Mission accomplished!
4 net carbs
Starbucks Venti Matcha Frappa (whole milk+whipped cream)
88g net carbs
Tea Note: I ordered a sample 4 oz of Matcha from Malden Tea and it is fragrant, fresh and good for this and other mixing recipes, it is NOT Tea Ceremony/plain tea drinking grade and I have not tried drinking it in the traditional way. Ceremonial grade tea is about $1/g or more, and is not needed for this, ice cream or cupcakes unless you simply want to be extravagant : D
Meal Replacement NOTE: I don't advocate doing the shake/protein drink MEAL substitution thing unless you are spacing your meals and have at least 3 small, balanced whole food meals in your diet as well, I find it interferes with my ability to feel full or portion my food correctly. BUT as part of a 5 meal plan, as a snack, it works for me, especially on gym days when I need something in my tum before I work out but whole food bloats me and gives me cramps when I exercise first thing in the morning.
kkkk this morning I FINALLY tracked out the meal plan I have been trying hard to follow, 3 good meals, 1 blender protein drink for morning ( I can't face food till lunch, never have been able to much!), then one hunger satisfaction Crystal light to tide me over after gym, and assorted no cal drinks with and without caffeine and then my water ( average is about 6 cups plain).
Eating the unprocessed meat, poultry and fish is REALLY paying off, I kept pepperoni and am keeping at least 1 oz cheese per day as well and my full fat dressings....but I am finding that the extra veggies, the dressings and the pickles and olives are really satisfying my cravings. I can keep near normal fat and protein levels, stay low carb and around 1200 cal per day and I am almost bang on losing 2 pounds a week for over 3 months steady now, and I am 1 pound off my 1/2 way mark--yay!!
Next Mission: even though they do not seem to stall me, I have too many servings of Splenda and Aspertame in my diet, so off to the co-op for Stevia and to explore other natural sweeteners!!