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Homemade Vanilla Coffee Creamer

Coffee

Coffee… what’s not to love? It is something to look forward to each morning, or it is something to wrap your hands around as you and a friend talk out the problems in your worlds. The fragrance is soothing to many, the taste is something acquired. It can be bitter or sweet or semi-sweet. It can range in many flavors, colors and tastes.

One taste many people have acquired is having a flavored creamer in their cup of dark brew. These come in many different choices too.  I tried to google “How many different coffee creamer flavors are available?” but only got recipes and not a statistic! :) I suppose there are as many flavors available as there are people! Ha! 😀

Here are the ingredients from Coffee Mate Creamer- Water, Corn Syrup Solids, Vegetable Oil (High Oleic Soybean and/or Partially Hydrogenated Soybean and/or Partially Hydrogenated Soybean and/or Partially Hydrogenated Cottonseed), and Less than 2% of Sodium Caseinate (a Milk Derivative)**, Mono- and Diglycerides, Dipotassium Phosphate, Artificial Flavor, Carrageenan. **Not a source of lactose.     Seriously, who would want to drink processed ingredients like that when homemade is so much better and just as easy to make??

I was looking to make my own, and found a recipe on the side of a Watkins vanilla box!  20161021_184259

I decided to concoct my own with the ingredients I already had. Here is the recipe I created:

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Vanilla creamer

3/4 cup unsweetened almond milk

1/3 cup powdered sugar

1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract.

Mix in a pint Mason jar and put in a shaker ball (from your shaker bottle). Screw the lid on tight and shake till blended.

I want to try it with coconut milk sometime and maybe add in some cocoa powder. Or try it with peppermint extract and cocoa. So many possibilities of flavors and KNOWING what you are putting into your body!

You might wonder how I made the lid? :) Just take the old milk carton and draw around a Ball canning lid, then cut to fit! I found this idea in a video on Facebook and it has worked amazingly well! These lids will work for children who like Cheerios and you don’t want them spilling the entire snack jar onto the floor! 😀

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Here are some websites of other homemade flavored recipes!

Over 2 dozen flavors  and 10 ways to flavor your coffee without buying flavored coffee

Have fun concocting your own recipes and let me know what works for you! 😀

~Coach Shannon

Afternoon Pick-Me-Up

Prep time: 5 minutes
Cooking time: 0 minutes
Yields: 1 person

Ingredients:
3 carrots (or 12 ounces carrot juice)
1 tablespoon spirulina or chlorella powder

Directions:
1. Juice carrots in a juicer or purchase fresh carrot juice from a health food store.
2. Add spirulina to juice and mix very well.
3. Drink slowly and enjoy your energy.

Notes:
• Try different types of greens and super-foods to see how they affect you differently.
• If using bottled carrot juice make sure it is organic.

Mint Lassi

Prep time: 5 minutes
Cooking time: 0 minutes
Yields: 2 people

Ingredients:
1 teaspoon ground cumin
Dash of black pepper
1 cup plain yogurt
1/2 cup loosely packed fresh mint leaves
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 cups water

Directions:
1. In a skillet, dry roast cumin and black pepper.
2. Stir frequently, until the aroma is released.
3. Combine cumin and pepper, along with all the other ingredients, into a blender.
4. Mix at high speed until mint leaves are well blended.
5. Serve.

Notes:
This is a drink used in Indian culture to aid in digestion. Traditionally they use black salt which can be found in Indian food markets.
• For a different taste ground cardamom or ground fennel in place of the cumin.
• Try different types of yogurt: cow, sheep, goat or soy.

Green Lift Smoothie

Prep time: 5 minutes
Cooking time: 0 minutes
Yields: 2 people

Ingredients:
1 bunch of kale, finely chopped
1-2 grated carrots
3 cups boiled water
1 cup coconut milk

Directions:
1. Add kale, carrot and water to a blender and puree very well, about 2 minutes.
2. Add coconut milk and blend for 10-15 seconds more.
3. Serve warm or place in the fridge and serve chilled.
Notes:
• Add a slice of ginger or a dash of cayenne pepper for an added kick.