I am not a big experimenter in general. When I was younger (with a little less on my plate), I used to be very creative. I loved to paint, draw, make things … I used to drive my mom nuts because I would rearrange the furniture in my room practically every week. I would drive home a different way every time I went somewhere, hoping I would get lost and that I could discover something new. I would throw things together and see what would come out of it. And if it didn’t work, so what? It was fun to try.
Now that I’m a mom and have 10,000 things to do on a daily basis, I find that experimentation just causes anxiety, because if I throw things together and it DOESN’T turn out, not only did I just waste whatever products were thrown together (and that’s money!) but I also wasted the time it took to throw them together.
For whatever reason, I was feeling like a mad scientist last week (must be the start of the new school year or something) and decided to make a new smoothie.
And all I can say is, on the days you feel like experimenting, you gotta experiment. Because what gets thrown together turns into all sorts of wonderful.
You may have heard of bulletproof coffee. I don’t drink it very often, but when I do I really enjoy it, not only for the creamy taste, but for the way I feel after drinking it. While coffee can give you the jitters, the fat in the bulletproof coffee helps to prevent me from feeling that way. I had seen a recipe somewhere recently where someone did the same thing with green tea, which sounded interesting to me. So I decided to try it.
So I threw some green tea (triple strength), butter, coconut oil, a little raw milk, and some ice cubes in a blender. After I blended it together, I found that it tasted like licking a stick of butter. Not quite the taste experience I was going for! So I added a little raw honey. This helped me to appreciate the cream flavor of the drink, but it definitely needed more. So I started throwing in some spices and vanilla. Getting there, but not quite there. A little more vanilla and a little more honey and ooooooooohhhhhhhh, it was like drinking the clouds.
Feel free to experiment with this recipe too! Try black tea versus green tea … or my latest experiment and improvement on this recipe: using organic cinnamon chai with rooibus tea. (This even made my hubby say, “WOW!”) There were some very happy little taste buds at our house! 😉
Iced Bulletproof Spiced Tea
3 green or black tea bags (or try Cinnamon Chai with Rooibus Tea from Organic & Pure!)
2 Tbs. grassfed butter
2 Tbs. organic virgin coconut oil
1 Tbs. organic raw milk or heavy cream (optional)
About 3 Tbs. raw honey (to taste – use less if using the cinnamon chai variety of tea)
½ tsp. cinnamon
1/8 tsp. ginger
1/8 tsp. cardamom
1 tsp. vanilla
About 1-2 cups of ice cubes (I use about 8 ice cubes from a regular-sized ice tray)
Brew the tea by placing all three bags in a large coffee mug with boiling water. Steep for about 3-5 minutes. Remove tea bags.
Place all ingredients except ice cubes into the blender and blend until smooth. When smooth, add ice cubes and continue to blend until well-mixed.