DIY Cold Brew Coffee (THM FP)

Is it just me, or does it seem like cold brew is EVERYWHERE this summer? Starbuck’s, Dunkin, and even the grocery stores are packing their shelves with different cold brew blends. Lucky for you, making cold brew coffee at home is as easy as picking up your regular grounds at the store!

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Cold brew differs from your normal hot brewed coffee in a few ways. First, it’s the obvious hot steep vs cold steep. Second, cold brew is stronger than your everyday java so you only use a little at a time.

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I suggest a strong, dark roast coffee for this because it adds more flavor and punch with less product.

Recently, I have fallen in love with Kicking Horse Coffee, and found that their “Kick Ass” blend is perfect for cold brew. It’s a bold, dark roast coffee that isn’t bitter. I like the whole beans, because once I get it I can grind it to the coarseness I like and it tastes fresher.

To make your cold brew, just add 1 cup of ground coffee (as coarse or as fine as you like) to a quart mason jar, cover to the top with water, and stir. Place the lid on, and just let it sit in your fridge for at least 24 hours. For a more concentrated blend, you can go to 36 or even 48 hours.

Strain the grounds using a mesh strainer and/or paper filters (to catch those extra small pieces).

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Store in the fridge for up to 1 week (or as long as you can keep it around! ^_~).

As I said before, the best part is that you only need 1/4 – 1/3 cups of cold brew to make 8oz of coffee. If you enjoy your coffee black, just add some water to your cold brew. You can flavor it up with almond or coconut milk, extracts, etc.

I tell you, making cold brew at home is even easier than the drive-thru at Starbuck’s. Plus, you have more flavor options using your own coffee at home – win!

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Cold Brew Coffee (THM FP)

  • Servings: Makes 5-8 8oz cups of coffee
  • Time: 5 minutes, plus steeping
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Credit: Erin Murray, My Fling with Food

Ingredients


Directions

  1. Place the ground coffee into the bottom of a quart mason jar, cover to the top of the jar with water, and stir.
  2. Fix the lid onto the jar and refrigerate for at least 24, or up to 48 hours. (The longer you leave it, the stronger (better) it is)
  3. Strain the grounds out of the coffee, and keep in the fridge for up to 1 week.
  4. Use about 1/4 – 1/3 c of cold brew per 8oz cup you want to enjoy. Fill with water for black coffee, or add almond/coconut milk/a splash of cream – whatever you like to flavor it up!

Caramel Macchiato Bulletproof Creamer (THM S)

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In my pre-THM days, I was all about the flavored creamers, and lately I’ve really been missing them. So, instead of going back to my old ways, I came up with a new way to enjoy my favorite flavors.

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Coffee is my favorite part of the morning. Every day I juice mine up with collagen, MCT oil, half and half, and different extracts. I know I may be preaching to the choir here, but it can be quite time-consuming getting together just one cup of coffee.

So, I decided to try my hand at making my own DIY coffee creamer.

The method was fairly simple, and I threw it all together in the midst of making breakfast for my family. Quick and easy, anyone?

I made a syrup using water, Pyure, vanilla extract, and caramel extract. Once the Pyure dissolved, I added the collagen. Since I only made a test batch – enough to last about a week – I did about 7 scoops of collagen (I try to get one full scoop per day). Once the collagen dissolved, I added the MCT oil (about enough for 1 week, 1 teaspoon per day).

*NOTE: If your syrup needs a little help mixing, and a whisk isn’t quite doing the job, try this little gadget. My syrup had some trouble at times, and this helped get everything incorporated.

Really, that’s it!

I cooled the syrup slightly by sticking it in the fridge for about 7 minutes before adding it to my half and half. Now, I was running low on half and half that day, so I did a mix of half and half and heavy cream. However, feel free to make this what YOU want. Isn’t that the point of DIY creamer?

“Official” bulletproof coffee includes butter, or ghee. However, I just wasn’t feeling it that day. The MCT oil in my coffee is really enough for me, but again – make this your own. No MCT oil? No worries, use some coconut oil. Want to add ghee? Go for it! Want to make it dairy free? Use coconut milk (from a can is fine too, just make sure to shake it first) or any on-plan nut milks. No collagen in your house? Leave it out, I won’t know.

Not only can you make this coffee creamer with as many, or as few, ingredients as you want, but it also goes from start to in-your-coffee in the time it takes to make bacon and eggs.

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Come to momma.

Caramel Macchiato Coffee Creamer (THM S)

  • Servings: 7-10
  • Time: 12 minutes
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Credit: Erin Murray, My Fling with Food

Ingredients


Directions

  1. Place the water, sweetener, and extracts in a small sauce pan. Bring to a boil and simmer rapidly until sweetener is dissolved.
  2. Add the collagen, blending if needed.
  3. Add the MCT oil, again blending if needed.
  4. Cool the syrup for about 5-7 minutes in the fridge. It should be cool (or room temperature) to the touch.
  5. Stir the cream of your choice into the syrup. [I chose to use my half and half container, since I was bout to recycle it anyway. It’s the perfect vessel, if you have one! I shake it a little each time before I use it.]
  6. Use 1-2 Tbsp in your coffee, sip, and enjoy!

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White Chocolate Peppermint Mocha

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I’m guilty. Starbucks holiday drinks get me every year, even though I don’t drink their coffee hardly at all throughout the year. I’m not so much a pumpkin spice girl, I’m a winter-flavors kind of gal. Last year is was the caramel brulee latte, and this year it’s the chestnut praline latte.

However, in an effort to kick what could become a bad habit, I’ve started experimenting more with my coffee at home. I know many people love the peppermint mocha, and I greatly prefer the white chocolate version. It’s not quite as bitter as the dark chocolate.

When you can have your favorite holiday drink at home, and it’s actually GOOD for you? I call that a win.

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White Chocolate Peppermint Mocha (THM S)

  • Servings: 1
  • Time: 5 minutes
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Credit: Erin Murray, My Fling with Food

Ingredients


Directions

  1. Combine all ingredients together in a large, or single-serve blender and whip.
  2. Serve immediately.
  3. *NOTES: My cacao butter comes in 1oz cubes, so I used one cube for this recipe. I roughly chopped it, and softened it in the microwave for about 45 seconds. I use Truvia packets for my coffee, and used 2 packets for this recipe. I don’t like my coffee too sweet, so adjust the sweetness to your liking.


How easy was that? Now go brew yourself some coffee, and bottoms-up, baby.

Fat Burning Ginger Mocktail + Ginger Juice Concentrate

Ever since my husband and I discovered Moscow Mule cocktails (ginger juice and vodka), I have gotten a slight obsession with ginger. I love the spicy “bite” it has, plus it has several wonderful health benefits (anti-inflammatory, heart health, and reduces nausea to name a few).

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I actually found a local company that makes ginger concentrate that’s fabulous and spicy (shout out – Mo Mint & Thyme!), however it’s not on plan for THMers because their concentrate uses sugar. So, I decided to doctor up my own concentrate using stevia as well as a fat-burning mocktail.

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Ginger Concentrate (THM FP)

Multiple servings

  • 3 large pieces fresh ginger, peeled and roughly diced
  • 2 Tsp ground ginger
  • 3 pinches salt
  • scant 1/4 c Pyure or Gentle Sweet
  • few dashes of vanilla
  • water

Place the all ingredients into a single serve, or full-sized, blender with about 2 cups of water and blend on high until everything looks cohesive.

Strain the ginger liquid into a large mason jar through a fine mesh strainer, pressing the ginger pieces with the back of a spatula to release the liquid. Add about another 1 – 1 1/2 cups water to the concentrate.

Keep in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 10 days. Shake well before every use.

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Ginger Mocktail (THM FP)

Single serve

  • 2-3 ounces ginger concentrate (I used a shot glass to measure, or and ounce is about 2 Tsp. I use 3oz, because I like the spicy ginger kick.)
  • 1/2 tsp MCT oil or melted coconut oil
  • 1 tsp whey isolate
  • 1 c water
  • sparkling water (unflavored works. Lemon is great, and I love unsweetened peach ginger sparkling water at Target. Choose any flavor you like!)
  • liquid stevia to taste, if needed
  • ice

Place the concentrate, oil, whey, and flat water into a blender and blend on high for 1 minute. Put some ice into a 32oz mason jar, and pour the concentrate mixture over it. Gently add the sparkling water (the whey already makes it puffy, so go slow and steady.) Taste and adjust for sweetness, if needed.

I have come to love the taste of ginger, and the concentrate is incredibly versatile. Use it in your mocktail, GGMS (pg. 397 of the THM cookbook), smoothies (peach + ginger were made for each other! Apple + ginger would be good too.), or anything else you like.

Enjoy!

Quench Your Thirst

Summer is the time of beautiful fruit, and what better thing to make with that fruit than a wonderfully refreshing drink?

From top left, you have Strawberry Limeade, Strawberry Lemonade, Watermelon Limeade, Blueberry Lemonade, and Raspberry Lemonade.

All are sugar free and contain just 3 ingredients. Seriously, it couldn’t get much easier than this!

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Strawberry Limeade (THM FP)

  • juice of 2 limes
  • stevia extract to taste (I used about 1/2 a dropper)
  • 1/2 c strawberries
  • water (can also use 1/2 flat, 1/2 lime/lemon flavored sparkling water, unsweetened)
  • pinch of salt, (optional, just brings out the fruit flavor)

In the bottom of a big mason jar, juice the limes and add the stevia.

In a small blender container, add the strawberries and cover with water. Puree and strain through a fine mesh strainer straight into the mason jar to remove seeds.

Add 1 cup ice and cover to the top with water and/or sparkling water.

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Strawberry Lemonade

Strawberry Lemonade (THM FP)

  • juice of 2 lemons
  • 1/2 c strawberries
  • stevia to taste
  • water
  • (optional salt and sparkling water for fizz)

Juice 2 lemons in the bottom of a big mason jar. Add stevia to taste.

Add the strawberries to a small blender container and cover with water. Puree and strain directly into mason jar through a fine strainer.

Add ice and cover with water.

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Watermelon Limeade (THM FP)

  • juice of 2 limes
  • stevia to taste
  • 3/4 c watermelon cubes
  • water
  • (optional pinch of salt and sparkling water)

Juice 2 limes in a big mason jar and add stevia.

Place watermelon cubes into a small blender bottle with a little water. *Be sure to pick the juicy, sweet melon pieces from the center of the melon. That’s where all the melon-y goodness is! Puree and strain into the jar through a fine strainer.

Add ice and cover with water.

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Blueberry Lemonade (THM FP)

  • juice of 2 lemons
  • 3/4 c blueberries
  • stevia
  • water
  • (optional salt and sparkling water)

Juice 2 lemons into a big mason jar and add stevia.

Add blueberries to a small blender cup with a bit of water. Puree and strain directly into mason jar.

Add ice and cover with water.

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Raspberry Limeade

Raspberry Limeade (THM FP)

  • juice of 2 limes
  • 3/4 c raspberries
  • stevia
  • water
  • (optional salt and sparkling water)

Juice 2 limes into a mason jar and add stevia.

Add raspberries into a small blender container with a little water. Puree and strain into mason jar.

Add ice and cover with water.

There you have it! It’s really that simple. See? Clean eating is easy and super tasty.

Smoothie Diaries: Orange Creamsicle

Nothing peps you up in the middle of a long day like some zingy orange! And orange creamsicle…come on! Who doesn’t want an excuse to have a liquid popsicle?!

Orange Creamsicle Smoothie

  • 1 1/2 cups chopped, frozen banana (if you use fresh banana, add about a cup of ice to this recipe)
  • 1 container (about 3/4 cup) vanilla yogurt
  • 1 scoop vanilla protein powder
  • 1 can mandarin orange slices (if they’re in syrup, like mine unfortunately were, just give them a rinse)
  • 1 – 1 1/2 cup milk, any variety
  • sugar or substitute to taste

Place all your ingredients in the blender. I usually layer mine with the ice or frozen fruit on the bottom so that it gets good and pulverized and blends easily into the softer stuff. Taste for sugar after the first blend, add sugar by the teaspoon if you need to.

Recipe makes 1 16oz smoothie.