Monday, October 12, 2020

Chocolate-Coconut Shake and the end of the Fall Leaves


In the afternoons I need a bit of a pick-me-up.  I used to drink massive amounts of Diet Coke, but I've been trying to stay away from that stuff.  I like coffee and often have a 3:00 pm cup to keep me going through the afternoon but I was looking for something a little different.

I came across a recipe for this blended drink that uses whey protein powder and glucomannan (aka Konjak Root powder).  It mixes with the ice and makes this smooth, frothy drink.  I've made this with water, coffee, coconut milk, almond milk and coconut water.  All are really good.

It is weird that I have been craving something cold and creamy in the afternoons, our afternoons are now pretty crisp.  The leaves are off the trees now and, contrary to what you see next to Charles, Dave has all the leaves (from the next door neighbor's trees) picked up.  

I have read that Alaska eats the most ice cream per capita so there must be something to us Alaskans wanting something cold and creamy!  If it is cold or warm where you are, try this cool and creamy drink.

Charles still has his leaves, and they are beautiful!

However, the neighbor's tree has completely lost it's leaves.  Such a big change from this picture just a few weeks ago!

Afternoon Pick Me Up

1 cup liquid of choice; cold coffee, coconut milk, almond milk, coconut water etc.
1 Tbsp. unsweetened cocoa powder
1 Tbsp. powdered erythritol, or sweetener of choice
3-5 drops liquid stevia, I like coconut, caramel or chocolate in this, Optional
1/2 tsp. glucomannan
pinch of salt
1/3 cup whey protein powder
ice, about 2 cups

In a blender add liquid, cocoa powder, erythritol, glucomannan, liquid stevia (if using)
and salt.  Blend to combine.  Add whey powder and ice, blend for 2 minutes.  Pour into glasses and serve.  Makes 2 large servings or something to drink for the next 2 hours!

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October 12, 2020  Sunrise 8:36 am  Sunset 6:36 pm (exactly 10 hours!) Temp H 35/ L 19°F

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