The first time I tried a Starbucks Frappuccino was at a hotel I worked for. Starbucks had just opened a retail outlet that was situated right inside the hotel. On opening day I remember walking out smiling triumphantly as I took that first, very long, cold sip. The strong, syrup sweetened coffee, blended with ice and topped off with whipped cream and caramel. What was not to like. Back in those days I had no interest whatsoever in knowing, or for that matter caring, what they were made up of. All I knew was that this thing was delicious knowing full well where those empty calories would lead.
Fast Forward To Today.
Living low carb has allowed me to take control of my former sugar addicted lifestyle. As I transitioned I went thorough the requisite stages of sugar withdrawal. Putting it nicely, I was not a very fun person to be around. I was always moody and miserable. Things changed that day I went shopping at Whole Foods and found that Lily’s Chocolate Bar. It gave me a solution that I now apply to all aspects of living a low carb lifestyle.
The solution in a nutshell, was giving myself options. And not just any old options. I continuously engage myself with ways to replace what I was accustomed to with healthy and delicious tasting alternatives. What I discovered by doing this, is I no longer feel like I am missing out or depriving myself. These healthy alternatives train my brain to accept these changes and effectively keeps me happily satisfied and on track with absolutely no regrets whatsoever.
The Frappuccino Style Smoothie Reinvented
This recipe is something I myself had been working on unsuccessfully for quite some time. My friend Deb, who I met thorough one of the groups I belong to had just posted her own version for people to try. I combined the best of both recipes. The result is a frappuccino style smoothie that tastes just as good as what inspired it. The plus though, is that it’s also way better for you.
I am a huge fan of cold brew coffee. When Deb posted this, I got very excited. She’d had the foresight to add Isopure Protein Powder to the mix. Instead of just making this a treat, she had effectively just come up with one of the most delicious tasting nutritional powerhouses you will find out there. The Isopure adds a whopping 25 grams of high quality whey protein isolate. The additional protein comes from using almond milk and unflavored gelatin. It has a creamy, smooth texture you will savor and have you slurping every last bit out of the cup. This comes from the addition of 1/2 an avocado.
Now for those of you who think that avocado and coffee do not go together, let me enlighten you. Avocados are very neutral tasting. Blended into the smoothie, you will never even detect that it’s there. What you will notice though is the luscious creaminess it imparts. What it will also give you is a nice dose of the healthy fat and nutrients your body needs for this way of eating.
I hope you will give this a try. Both Deb and I think that once you do you will never cringe or feel like your missing out again as you walk on by that Starbucks for good! From our kitchen to yours, happy low carbing, Deb and Mike