Category Archives: Beverages

Matcha Nin

Energy Boosting drink with great health benefits.

Matcha Ninny is the newest of the Trim Healthy Mama drinks. It can be served hot or cold. It’s summer, so we are drinking ours cold. Here’s the link to the video on the benefits and how to make it. If that link doesn’t work for you, here’s a different one.

So we make a few tweaks to their recipe. We use chocolate protein powder!!!! They use plain protein powder but we love the hint of chocolate that the other gives to the drink. I’m not a huge fan of milk, but chocolate milk, that’s a different story entirely. :)

Sooo, in this house, you don’t make one of anything. :D So we are making two here. For yours, you’d just use half of your chosen container for both almond milk and water. Ours are these cute pint jars. We got the red one at Dollar Tree, so cute. The other has a chalk board label and was about $3 at TJMaxx or Ross or someplace like that. ;)

By using half almond milk and half water it lightens the caloric load.

water in jar ~ Lifeofjoy.meAlmond Milk in pint ~ Lifeofjoy.meIngredients ~ Lifeofjoy.me

Add the liquid to the blender.  Then add the other ingredients: matcha, sweetener (We use Super Sweet.), vanilla, coconut oil, and salt. We just get inexpensive matcha at Walmart. It probably isn’t the best quality but we like it and can afford it.

Matcha add sweetener ~ Lifeofjoy.meAdd matcha ~ lifeofjoy.mecoconut oil ~ lifeofjoy.mepinch of salt ~ lifeofjoy.meDon’t forget the vanilla.

Blend.

Blend matcha nin ~ lifeofjoy.meThen add the protein powder and give it a quick whirl. Now if you like it frothy/foamy, then blend it longer but we don’t like foam.

Pour into your containers. We add a couple ice cubes because it is so hot right now that we need cool refreshment. Enjoy!

Matcha Nin ~ Lifeofjoy.meYum!

Until next time, God bless,

Michele ºÜº

Sugar Free Chocolate Almond MIlk ~ Lifeofjoy.me

Chocolate Milk and It’s Sugar Free

Milk (made from nuts) that is sweet and chocolatey are a favorite of mine!

Sean wanted chocolate milk one day and made this recipe up. Of course, he doesn’t really measure, he just adds a little of this and a little of that but it hits the spot. :)

So he starts by pouring the milk into the glass you wants to fill, so he has a full glass. ;)

Not yet chocolate milk ~ Lifeofjoy.meThen he pours it into a blending cup but you could use a blender. Next add in about 2 tablespoons of cocoa.

Almond Milk with cocoa powder ~ Lifeofjoy.meThen add 3-4 tablespoons of Gentle Sweet (this is a THM powdered sweetener but you can use your favorite one).

Milk, cocoa and sweetener ~ Lifeofjoy.meHe said he usually adds the sweetener first because then he doesn’t have to wipe off the scoop. Then add a dash of vanilla.

Dash of vanilla ~ lifeofjoy.meI may add a small pinch of salt next time to round out the flavor; I just thought of that.

Then blend blend blend!

Blending Chocolate Milk ~ Lifeofjoy.meThe cocoa will be resistant to blending but persevere and it will surrender. :)

Blending Chocolate Milk ~ Lifeofjoy.meThen pour back into your glass and enjoy!

Sugar free Chocolate Almond Milk ~ Lifeofjoy.me

Chocolate Milk and It’s Sugar Free

Ingredients

  • 1-2 cups nut milk (we use almond milk but cashew or coconut milk would probably work fine)
  • 3-4 tablespoons Gentle Sweet (or sweetener of your choice, best if powdered)
  • about 2 tablespoons cocoa powder
  • dash of vanilla
  • maybe a pinch of salt?

Instructions

  1. Pour your milk into either a blender or blending cup.
  2. Add sweetener
  3. Add cocoa powder
  4. Add vanilla
  5. Add the pinch of salt if desired
  6. Blend blend blend!
  7. Pour into your glass and Enjoy!
http://lifeofjoy.me/chocolate-milk-and-its-sugar-free/

I hope you enjoy this chocolate milk, we sure do.

Until next time, God bless,

 Michele ºÜº

Mixed Berry Kefir

Another delicious kefir variety with frozen strawberries, blueberries, and blackberries.

This week I’m sharing another way to make a kefir (ke-FEAR) drink. I know it is a bit of a cop out because by now you have the idea of what to do. But it is the only thing that was coming to me this week.

So here it is. Start with about a cup of kefir. (I made this for four people so I had two cups. I usually make for at least two half to three-quarter cup servings.)

Plain double fermented kefir ~ Lifeofjoy.me

Add a few strawberries, about a quarter to one third cup of blueberries, and about a quarter cup of blackberries. (I prefer blueberries but the blackberry seeds are pulverized in the blender.)

Frozen berries + Kefir ~ Lifeofjoy.me

Add in about 4-6 ice cubes, or more if you like yours really thick and icy. It is currently VERY cold out and I’m not into drinking or eating cold things when I’m cold.

Kefir +berries + ice ~ Lifeofjoy.me

Add in sweetener of your choice; 2-3 doonks of stevia powder which is a scant 1/8th of a teaspoon. (You can see the powdered stevia in the picture above.)

Blend away!

Blending Mixed Berry Kefir ~ Lifeofjoy.me

Drink up. Mixed Berry Kefir ~ Lifeofjoy.meI recently read where a gal had tried for years to get pregnant and couldn’t, and even spent lots of money on fertility drugs and such. Finally decided to stop trying and just enjoy the niece she has and get healthy. She started drinking kefir daily and ended up getting pregnant. So, maybe it can help if you are trying to get pregnant. Although, as with most things, don’t go overboard. It appears that drinking too much can also not be good for getting pregnant. :)

Kefir ~ Lifeofjoy.me

Until next time, God bless,

Michele ºÜº

E Kefir ~ Lifeofjoy.me

Kefir as an E Drink

Kefir with peaches, pineapple, and citrusy baobab for a yummy, healthy drink.

This week I’m showing you how to make Kefir as an E drink. It is really simple. Add a few slices of frozen peaches, a bit of frozen pineapple, ice, and stevia. That’s it. Give it a whirl in the blender and drink.

E Kefir Ingredients ~ Lifeofjoy.meBlending Kefir ~ Lifeofjoy.meSimply blend and serve! :)

Fruity E Kefir ~ Lifeofjoy.me

Kefir as an E Drink

Ingredients

  • All of these measurements are approximates and very flexible, change as you desire.
  • 1 cup double-fermented kefir
  • 4 slices frozen peaches
  • handful frozen pineapple
  • 4-8 ice cubes depending on how thick/slushy you want
  • 2-3 doonks stevia extract powder

Instructions

  1. Put it all in a blender and blend until smooth.
  2. Drink.
http://lifeofjoy.me/kefir-as-an-e-drink/

I hope you enjoy this healthy probiotic, prebiotic drink.

Until next time, God bless,

Michele ºÜº

Quick Kefir Drink

Happy Drink ~ Lifeofjoy.meI’m really tired and just remembered I need to get a post up. So here is a quick kefir recipe. My grandson, Liam, really likes this! Oh, and it is super simple!!!

Simply add a couple drops of your favorite extract and a bit of your favorite sugar-free sweetener to double-fermented kefir. Stir and drink.

Yep, I told you it was easy. I put a couple drops of strawberry extract in about a half cup of cold kefir and a doonk (1/32 teaspoon) of stevia powder OR a few drops of stevia glycerite or whatever alternative sweetener you prefer. It is best to use a powdered or liquid sweetener alternative.

Yes, this is a bit of a cheat recipe, but it’s the holidays and everyone needs a little simple recipe in their lives. ;)

Until next time, God bless,

Michele ºÜº

How to Use Kefir ~ Lifeofjoy.me

Strawberry Kefir

Here’s a boost to your gut health AND it tastes good. This one is strawberry. Oh! And it is very simple to make.

So last week I showed you how to make double-fermented kefir (kuh-FEAR). Now that you have some, I thought I’d share some ways we drink it.

First put about a cup into a blender.

Strawberry Kefir ~ Lifeofjoy.meThen add in a handful of frozen strawberries.

Next add sweetener to your taste. I put in 1/16th teaspoon of pure stevia extract, which is 2 doonks.

sweetener add to kefir ~ Lifeofjoy.meAdd 2-4 ice cubes.

Add ice cubes ~ lifeofjoy.meBlend until smooth. And enjoy.

Blend Kefir ~ Lifeofjoy.mePour into your glass and drink. :)

Strawberry Kefir ~ Lifeofjoy.meThis is really good for you. It is both a probiotic and a prebiotic, I believe.

My grandson, Liam, loves this!

Liam and Kefir ~ Lifeofjoy.meI can hardly justify writing the recipe for this but here goes any way.

Strawberry Kefir

Ingredients

  • 1 cup kefir
  • 4-6 frozen strawberries
  • 2-4 ice cubes
  • sweetener to taste, I used 1/16th teaspoon stevia extract powder

Instructions

  1. Put all ingredients into a blender and blend until smooth.
http://lifeofjoy.me/strawberry-kefir/

Until next time, God bless,

Michele ºÜº

Kefir step 7 ~ Lifeojfoy.me

Double Fermented Kefir

Good for your gut health and yummy too! When it is double fermented and sugar free, it is even better for you.

This is so easy! It is actually harder to explain than it is to do. Let’s start with how to pronounce it. Yes, really because I have pronounced it two different ways and both are wrong! Yep both are wrong. It is pronounced kuh-FEAR. Yeah, I’m probably going to have to correct myself another couple dozen times or so. ;)

Basically you start with kefir grains. Kefir grains are soaked in milk. If you have a good source of grass-fed dairy cows, go ahead and use full fat milk for all the lovely health benefits it provides. But if you don’t have that good source, just use skim milk because the toxins are stored in the fats, so you won’t be getting the toxins from grain-fed cattle. I use skim milk from Aldi.

So, If you get your kefir in a jar with milk, the person giving it to you will tell you how long it’s been fermenting (what time it needs to be strained). I’m told you don’t want to use metal. So I use my glass measuring cup, a nylon strainer, and a smaller rubber spatula.

Kefir Step 1 ~ Lifeofjoy.meThis one was in the cabinet a little longer than I intended but it’s still good.

I cannot get the whole quart poured into my strainer, so I pour as much as I can and stir and then add the rest.

Straining Kefir ~ Lifeojfoy.meSwish it back and forth around the strainer, getting all the milky part through the netting. I scrape it off the bottom of the strainer, so I don’t waste any of it.

Step 2 Kefir ~ Lifeofjoy.meThen you put the kefir grains back in the jar it came out of.

Step 3 Kefir ~ Lifeofjoy.meAnd fill it with skim milk about an inch from the top of the jar.

Add skim milk ~ Lifeofjoy.mePut a coffee filter on top.

Step 4 Kefir ~ Lifeofjoy.meSecure in place with a rubber band or hair tie or ribbon or something.

Kefir ~ Lifeofjoy.meGive the liquid that you pour out of the jar (and into the bowl or measuring cup) a stir.

Kefir Step 5 ~ Lifeofjoy.meAnd pour it into a clean, freshly rinsed jar.

Kefir step 6 ~ Lifeofjoy.mePut on the lid and put back into the cabinet with the jar of kefir grains and milk for twenty-four hours (or so).

Kefir step 7 ~ Lifeojfoy.meNow tomorrow, give the lidded jar a shake and put it into the refrigerator until you are ready to drink it. We like it best when it is cold.

It is okay if either jar substances separate into whey and the thicker part on top. If it is lidded, just shake it. If it is the other jar with the coffee filter, you can remove the coffee filter and give it a stir but I don’t mess with it until the next day and then I just pour it into the strainer and stir it through.

I’m told that by double fermenting the kefir (remember it is kuh-FEAR) it is getting rid of all of the milk sugars making it very low carb . . . of course I don’t know how low carb but I don’t need to know.

I’m told that it tastes much better by second fermenting it but I wouldn’t know because I’ve never drank single fermented kefir; it just smelled like runny yogurt and I’m not really a fan of yogurt either.

I’m told that second fermented kefir has more probiotics, so it is better for gut health, has more B vitamins, and that the calcium and magnesium are more bioavailable, which means it can be used more readily. There are also more enzymes and it has less lactose. :)

This one doesn’t really have a recipe. Just steps listed above. I’ll share some ways we drink our kefir on some future Tuesdays.

Until next time, God bless,

Michele ºÜº

Hot Cocoa

Dark Chocolate Hot Cocoa ~ LifeOfJoy.meI’ve been fighting a headache all day long, so this is going to be a short post.

Any time I make Hot Chocolate this is the recipe I use. Where did I get it? Off of the can of Hershey’s Cocoa, that’s where. :)

 

 

Mix Cocoa and Sugar ~ LifeOfJoy.meFirst you mix 1/2 cup sugar, 1/4 cup Hershey’s cocoa, and dash of salt in a medium saucepan.

 

 

 

 

 

Add water and bring to boil ~ LifeofJoy.me
Please disregard the pan; it is very old and it was very cheap.

Stir in 1/3 cup of water and cook over medium to medium high heat. Stir constantly, until it comes to a boil. Boil for 2 minutes.

 

 

 

Add Milk ~ LifeOfJoy.me

 

Add 4 cups of milk and keep stirring to serving temperature.

Remove from heat and add 3/4 teaspoon vanilla extract.

Serve with marshmallows or whipped cream, as desired.

Dark Chocolate Hot Cocoa 2 ~ LifeofJoy.me

 

Hope you enjoy the recipe.

Until next time, God bless,

Michele ºÜº