Coffee who? Anyone who knows me knows I don’t drink coffee or tea. I drink the odd peppermint or camomile tea but the majority of the time I stick with hot water with a few dashes of lemon juice.
People immediately jump to the conclusion that I avoid the hard stuff for health reasons… which to a degree is now true but it’s not why it started! I confess, unashamedly, that it was after I got my teeth whitened; very vain I know!
And hence forevermore drinking smoothies with a straw!
Monday morning I usually awake bright and breezy eyed, it’s Tuesday’s were the appeal of the snooze button is very slightly more tempting (not that I ever give in for longer than 5 minutes, if I go down that I road there’s no going back!)
I needed a caffeine hit, but the thoughts of hot coffee now turns my stomach and the lingering aftertaste leaves little to be desired.
A Pink Coffee and Raspberry Smoothie was born!
Who knew coffee and fruit went so well together!
In order to reassure myself that I wasn’t filling my body with a ghastly caffeine filled substance I decided to do a quick check up on the coffee perks (besides the obvious heightened alertness!).
Antioxidants and Caffeine…
- help prevent type 2 diabetes, Parkinson’s disease, and dementia
- reduction in development of certain cancers, heart rhythm problems, and strokes
- reduced risk of gallstone disease
- enhances the effects of painkillers!
Of course no hard evidence exists, but there are plenty of suggestive indications that at least some of the above is true!
“Everything in moderation, including moderation.”
Coffee may be making a teeny tiny comeback.
I liked it! Just enough of a coffee taste.
Prior to my coffee hit I managed to summon the energy to do 50 minutes of Pilates (almost a complete video).
And now it’s time to make haste and get to work before the caffeine wears off!
Raspberry Coffee Smoothie
Servings – 1
Preparation Time – 5 minutes
- 125ml cool/cold coffee
- 125g (1/2 cup) plain soy yoghurt
- 2 tsp honey
- 125g (1 cup) frozen raspberries
- 1/2 tsp vanilla
- Blend raspberries to a smooth puree
- Whizz together puree and all other ingredients
- Slurp down with a straw!