Since I have cut dairy out of my diet, I am feeling great, no stomach aches, lost 6lbs and I am having fun finding new things to try. I am pretty adventurous when it comes to trying new foods. Some a hit, like today’s ingredients and other things a flop! But I am having fun doing it! Sounds weird, but I’m a total foodie and I just LOVE trying new foods! While I was venturing out looking for dairy free drinks and yogurt, I found two items I just had to buy!
Oh my gosh the Mint Chocolate Coconut Milk is to die for! It’s so creamy, chocolaty and just the perfect hint of mint! The yogurt is amazing too, and mixes well in my smoothies. Plus it has 9 grams of fiber! 9!! That’s crazy! So if you’re lacking in fiber, you should try this yogurt out. I bought plain because I was planning on mixing other things in it, but they do come in other flavors. Check out the stats! I still can’t get over 9 grams of fiber!
With the combination of these two ingredients, plus a frozen banana, I made the most amazing smoothie!! This smoothie is friggen delicious!! It’s creamy, thick, very filling and loaded with great nutrition and healthy fat! Healthy fat is great for the skin and hair! Since I have been consuming a little more fat in my diet, I kid you not, my hair is shiny and soft. I color my hair (please don’t tell anyone) and having non-frizzy hair for a change is just wonderful. Even little Jenny said how is your hair so nice? You color it and it’s normally on the dry side. I credit healthy fat to that!! Thank you coconut and peanut butter!
Even though the smoothie is made with all coconut ingredients,except for the banana, you don’t taste the coconut at all. You wouldn’t even know that it is dairy free and vegan. I even used dairy free whip cream and chocolate chips. It’s amazing how far we have come with ingredients. I have to tell you I just made this smoothie, downloaded the pictures and I feel like my stomach is going to explode. I am soooooo full! I guess that’s a good thing! That means I won’t be snacking this evening!
To make the smoothie, I just added all my ingredients in a blender and processed it until it was creamy smooth. To thicken it up a bit I added xanthum gum. You guys told me over a year ago to try xanthum gum in my smoothies and I have to thank you for that! My drinks don’t separate and it’s nice and thick. Xanthum Gum is a little pricy, $13.00 a bag, but I am still using the same bag from over a year ago, well worth the money. An 1/8th of a teaspoon is all you need. However you don’t need it in any of my drinks, but I use it mostly for pictures. Oh and if you happen to buy it, keep it in the fridge for fresh keeping!
Just in case you’re wondering where you can find these ingredients, I found them at my local grocery store, but I saw them at Target on Saturday. They even make coconut milk in Pumpkin Spice and Eggnog. That is great for the holidays. Plus it gives me more ideas for recipes, not just smoothies. I’m not pushing these ingredients, but I get so excited when I find a good thing! Plus I really LOVE coconut milk! I discovered it at Trader Joe’s over a year ago and I always keep a carton in my pantry. I’m kind of a coconut lover, if you couldn’t tell!
I do have to tell you I credit this smoothie to Starbucks! Ever since they debuted their peppermint mocha for the holidays, I have been on a MAJOR peppermint kick. I love peppermint! It is my favorite flavor this time of year. I don’t think I could ever get sick of it!! Mmmmm, peppermint!! Oh how I love thee!!
- 1 cup So Delicious Mint Chocolate Coconut Milk
- 6 oz container So Delicious Coconut Milk Yogurt, plain (vanilla would work too)
- ½ banana, frozen
- 1 cup ice cubes
- ⅛ tsp. Xanthum Gum (optional)
- Optional: 2 tbsp. dairy free whip cream
- ½ tsp. mini chocolate chips (I used Enjoy Life)
- Place all ingredients in a blender and process until smooth.
I’m still having a little bit of a hard time finding protein snacks. I always got my protein from yogurt, so I have been upping my meat intake at dinner, but it’s still not enough. I’m still learning and I’ll find my way. But I do have to show you something that I found!
Don’t you love it? This is a hand made necklace that was made just for me! I just love it! It’s the name of my two babies and a little paw print. I love wearing this necklace. Whenever I am feeling a little sad, I look at it and smile! My dogs, no matter how crazy they are and how much they drive me nuts, steal my food and makes me bonkers, I love them! And you know what? I wouldn’t have it any other way! They are such characters and being able to wear their names around my neck just makes me happy!!
Not only do I love my dogs! I love my Husband too! I could not just get a necklace for me, but I had to get one for him too. Now he doesn’t where necklaces, but I told him that this necklace will bring him good luck! I told him to put it in a safe place where he feels he needs it, like in his tool box at work, or in his glove compartment in his car or even near his pillow. He said he is taking it with him, when he knows he needs luck, but won’t use it everyday because he doesn’t want to wear the luck out. lol I gave him this necklace for our 8 year wedding anniversary that we celebrated a couple of weeks ago. He really loved the gift!
I was contacted by Jasmine of bama + ry and she asked if I wanted her to make a necklace for me. I picked the dog one and I loved it so much that I bought the other one from her. There are so many options, not only does she makes necklaces, but she also makes earrings, cuffs, ornaments, charms, and key chains. Jasmine makes custom jewelry to what you want. You could have a mother and daughter, I love coffee (he he), strength, love, children, inspiration and so much more. The possibilities are endless and you can have made what you want and love.
I am sharing this with you because I really thought that this would make a wonderful Christmas present. Give it to your sister, mom, dad, friend, teacher or for yourself. It’s low price for custom-made jewelry, it beautifully packaged and I love that you can tell someone something without actually saying it. I personally have a hard time sharing my feelings. I may talk a lot and apparently loud, but I don’t know how to show emotion. I feel it, but it’s hard to share it. I’m working on that!
Jasmine is also offering my readers a 20% discount, which makes the price even better! Your looking at anywhere from $5.00 to $40.00. Great prices for one of a kind piece that you won’t be able to get anywhere else.
I want to give a big thank you to Jasmine for working with me (I can be a little annoying) and creating a necklace that I am proud to wear. People just don’t understand why I have a necklace with the name Samantha and Sampson on it with a dog print. They think they are my kids and then I say nope, my dogs. I get a funny look, a giggle and then they smile. Hey! What can I say? I love my babies!!
To check out bama + ry custom jewelry you can go to her Etsy shop here.
Don’t forget to use my 20% discount: PBPEPPERS
Check it out! Tell Jasmine I said hi!! Have fun with it! Be creative and most of all be YOU!
Well my Friends, I think I blabbed enough today! But I have to tell you I totally love my post today! I am having so much fun with all of these finds! Plus I am starting to get into the Christmas spirit! Woohoo! I know it’ early, but I am already planning what to get everyone for Christmas. Funny thing is, I don’t know what I want! Hmmmm, I have a feeling my Husband will get me a dishwasher, hope not, unless it comes with an actual dishwasher. Hate doing the dishes. Ok, I realize I am really in a talkative mood! I better go before I drive you nuts! 🙂
Have a great week!!!