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I had a Caramel Frappaccino for Breakfast!!

Sunday, July 15, 2012

I love my life!! It was 300 Calories of pure HEALTHINESS!! My chocolate smoothie minus the cocoa with a half a cup of pitted dates [to give it a CARAMEL FLAVORING] added to it and about a cup of coffee instead of water... I ran out of milk so I figured I would through my coffee into my smoothie this morning... I may never turn back!!

For one... my coffee was the one thing I wasn't willing to shift on... one coffee per day, with one sugar and about a quarter of a cup of milk... I don't like sweetener in it, no compromising on this one... until today!! LOL

So the ingredients were two handfuls of spinach, maybe 3/4 cup of frozen banana slices, one cup of frozen watermelon chunks, 1/2 cup of pitted dates, 1 tsp vanilla, 1 cup of coffee black... and a bit more water until I got the right consistency... That makes roughly two servings... one I have for breakfast... the other I pour into my popsicle makers for snacks throughout the hot weather!
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ALIXOXO 7/17/2012 11:56AM

    @STARCROSSED29 - I was maybe a little skeptical too at first... but i will NEVER look back. I can't imagine having a smoothie now without the nutrient base of spinach... I can't taste it, I would certainly challenge you to try and see if you can taste it once you have added other ingredients. Its the first thing I add every day... everything else is optional!!


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ALIXOXO 7/17/2012 11:54AM

    I LOVE that texture of frozen spinach, it just scrunches up in your hand, and it does blend beautiful... although I do find you have let it blend for a couple of minutes, I don't mind larger chunks, but the longer you blend the finer the mixture/blend will become...

Now, I just used what I had in my cupboard, the pitted dates... I will be scouting about a bit now to restock and see whats available... the ones I had were from walmart, but I think there might have been an added sugar content to them. I am going to check out my local bulk foods store and see what they have... The dates you don't want to grind them up as finely as the spinach... the little bits act like butterscotch bits! so tasty!

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NEELIXNKES 7/17/2012 11:03AM

    Wow, you freeze your baby spinach to add to smoothies. That sounds like a great idea. It adds extra coldness and probably makes it easier to blend up as I have tried blending fresh spinach without luck in the past.

Your smoothie sounds yummy. I love caramel and you are the second person to sub dates for a caramel flavor recently. Do you use a particular kind of dates?

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STARCROSSED29 7/16/2012 3:06PM

    I am a bit skeptical of the spinach bu I may give it a try...

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MINNIEME1114 7/16/2012 5:28AM

    And I thought I've was creative making my own ice coffees in the moning.

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ALIXOXO 7/15/2012 7:02PM

    YES SPINACH!! Oh my goodness, I can't make a smoothie without spinach now! Why not have two cups of spinach for breakfast every morning and not even "taste" it... I keep a bag of spinach in the freezer now, so its all crispy... and scrunch it down into the smoothie then add all my other ingredients of the day... especially with cocoa and banana... i think it gives it a richness that it wouldnt have otherwise. So GOOD [for you!]


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UMUCGRAD 7/15/2012 6:09PM

    Spinach??? Everything else made sense to me, but spinach with the fruit? Interesting. I would never thought of that. The frap sounds fab!

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