#DopeRecipe: Protein Caramel Iced Coffee

Are you ready for September 1st? I am. And right now, I'm laying the foundation for dopeness by compiling some of my favorite culinary tips, recipes, and reviews to share with you all here. Today is a special one for my Starbucks lovers! The Iced Caramel Coffee with Cream is a popular drink (next to the Caramel Frapp, of course) but both are not the business for #dopebody goals.

If you're on my e-mail list, then you got the PDF of the #30DaysofDope prep checklist, and if you read the blog post, then you know I'm 137% about that meal prep life now. I had a meal plan designed by my friend Kohran of A-1 Lifestyle, and he laid out my meal plan with macro and calorie goals to a tee. Without getting into the nitty gritty details, I had to cut a LOT of carbs. And carbs just doesn't mean rice, bread, or pasta - it means sugar, too.

That said, a trip to Starbucks would easily consume alllll my carbs for the day and then some. To kick my hankering for a coffee drink and switch up breakfast, I played around in the kitchen and created a Protein Caramel Iced Coffee drink.

This drink is full of vanilla and caramel flavor, while being sweet - but not too sweet. Just a warning: in this recipe I use decaf coffee (I had to, I was consuming too much caffeine drinking coffee AND pre-workout daily) - but you can feel free to swap that with your fave. Even with the decaf, I had tons of energy and it kept me satisfied until lunchtime thanks to Neocell Collagen Sport Recovery Protein. It's seriously amazing - click here to read the review and discover the connection between collagen, protein, weight loss, healthy hair, and great skin!

Let's get to this recipe. It tastes great and the macros are dope. Here we go:

#DopeRecipe: Protein Caramel Iced Coffee

Ingredients
+ 5oz decaf coffee (I used Sprouts Organic French Roast Decaf K-Cups)
+ 4oz Califia Unsweetened Vanilla Almond Milk
+ 2 tablespoons Califia Pecan Caramel Almond Creamer
+ 2 tablespoons Walden Farms Caramel Sauce (1 tablespoon in the mix, 1 tablespoon for garnish)
+ 1 scoop Neocell Collagen Sport Recovery Protein in French Vanilla
+ 6-8 cubes of ice

Tools & Utensils
+ Blender (I use a Ninja with the single-serving Nutri Cup)
+ Measuring cup or food scale with fluid ounces
+ Measuring spoon

Instructions
Brew your coffee or espresso and let it cool to at least room temperature. Add all ingredients into the Nutri Ninja or single serve blender cup, along with 4 ice cubes.

Blend until completely mixed together. Drizzle 1 tablespoon of Walden Farms Caramel Sauce around the top to finish.

If you would like the Starbucks effect, transfer blended drink to another container, drizzle Walden Farms Caramel Sauce around the sides of the cup, and return drink to the Nutri Ninja cup. Add 4 or more ice cubes to keep drink cool.

Sip and enjoy!

#DopeRecipe: Protein Caramel Iced Coffee

Macros for this recipe:
+ 172 calories
+ 30.6g protein
+ 7.4g carbs
+ 4g fat
+ 4g sugar

#DopeRecipe: Protein Caramel Iced Coffee

Macros for Venti Starbucks Caramel Iced Coffee with Cream:
+ 180 calories
+ 4g protein
+ 36g carbs
+ 2g fat
+ 36g sugar

If you try this recipe out, let me know in the comments or on Instagram @ 30DaysofDope! I'll probably tweak it soon to duplicate a Starbucks Caramel Frapp!

Are you ready for September 1st? I am. And right now, I'm laying the foundation for dopeness ...

#30DaysofDope Launching September 1st! Here's What You'll Need.

If you're looking for information on how to get prepped for the September 1st #30DaysofDope launch, you've come to the right place.

If you're trying to get a better sense of what #30DaysofDope is about, you've come to the right place.

We've covered a lot of ground, and I'm super excited about the path ahead. Here's the prep guide for #30DaysofDope September 2016 (and I'll be e-mailing this to my #30DaysofDope list peeps):

Dope Mind

#30DaysofDope Launching September 1st! Here's What You'll Need.

The Four Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz
The greatest barriers to our success lies within the mind. To lay the mental landscape for success, I'm enlisting the help of a book that I loved but need to read again - The Four Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz. You don't have to read this book with me, but if you did, that would be pretty darn dope. Why? Because the agreements in the book are pretty much the blueprint for dopeness:

Be impeccable with your word
Don't take anything personally
Don't make assumptions
Always do your best.

I purchased my copy years ago from Google Play Books (back in my Samsung Galaxy Note days) and luckily, there's an iOS app for that so I'm good to go. But just in case you need a copy here are some links:

If you're a better listener than I am, Audible has a free 30 day trial and you can get the book here: http://www.audible.com/pd/Self-Development/The-Four-Agreements-Audiobook/B002VA3GJO

For Kindle download or to order a physical copy for under $7, here it is on Amazon: http://amzn.to/2aXuvka

Dope Body

#30DaysofDope Launching September 1st! Here's What You'll Need.

Meal Prep/Meal Plan
Beginner: If changing your eating habits is something new, the very first step is to take the time to track your food intake. You can use regular ol' pen and paper, the notes app in your phone, or my personal favorite - MyFitnessPal. Just make sure you document every single thing you eat and drink (including water!), and do your absolute best to accurately reflect portions.

Intermediate: Use MyFitnessPal (or any method above) to track meals - but take it a step further. Invest in a food scale like this one, or use measuring utensils to parcel everything out. Begin monitoring your food intake and making adjustments (or healthy swaps). This is what I did in July.

Advanced: Go full on meal prep status. Create your own meal plan, weigh everything out, and prep like a crazy person. Or, get a custom meal plan from my friend Kohran of A-1 Lifestyle by e-mailing a1lifestyle247365[at]gmail.com (that's what I did..and yes I paid for it!). Then weigh everything out and prep like a crazy person. Even though I just started this one, I can tell you right now it requires the most discipline, focus, and effort. You have to be mentally ready for this one. And if you are, welcome! (P.S. - you're going to need meal prep containers like these that I got from Amazon and some NeoCell Collagen Sport Protein Powder.)

#30DaysofDope Launching September 1st! Here's What You'll Need.

Physical Activity
Set your own goal here - just make a plan to be more active. Whether that means walking every day at lunch, or challenging yourself to do more than just the elliptical at the gym. You know truthfully how much you work out, and what you should be doing. Just take it from there :) And if you want someone to keep you accountable - e-mail me at christina[at]30daysofdope.com and I'll check in with ya.

Dope Spirit
#30DaysofDope Launching September 1st! Here's What You'll Need.

Download the YouVersion app, and set the daily scripture notification
Add the Before the Cross: Fruit of the Spirit devotional, to your reading plan

And lastly - I cannot stress this enough - GET ON THE LIST! Get on the #30DaysofDope e-mail list! This is where I'll be checking in with my peeps, answering questions, and providing exclusive information. I'll even be enlisting support from some of the dopest folks I know - and you can only get this stuff if you're on the list. GET ON THE LIST. I don't mean to yell, but it's super important.

And you're dope for doing this.

If you're looking for information on how to get prepped for the September 1st #30DaysofDo...

Ginger, Wheatgrass, Lemon & Cayenne Detox Shot

It's here! Today is officially day 1 of #30daysofdope. The response from you all has been amazing, and I'm super excited to kick off this journey. Even if you don't join me this go-round, I'm happy to have you along. Consider me your personal test subject, lol!

Since it's the first day and we're starting all fresh and new, I figured it would only be appropriate to kick things off with my favorite fresh juiced shot. It's spicy, and tangy - with a hint of sweet and a whole lotta benefits. My Ginger, Wheatgrass, Lemon & Cayenne Detox Shot is cleansing, clarifying, energy boosting, and oh so perfect for a fresh start.

Ginger is amazing for a whole host of reasons - including it's ability to reduce inflammation, pain, muscle soreness, and headaches. It is also said to be helpful in improving carbohydrate and lipid metabolism - reducing blood glucose and cholesterol levels while helping to boost weight loss.

Wheatgrass is known as the alkalizing blood booster, thanks to the high levels of chlorophyll present. Chlorophyll aids in tissue renewal and skin rejuvenation (great for issues like eczema and psoriasis), while helping to lower blood sugar and boosting the function of the liver, vascular system, intestines, and lungs. Wheatgrass is also believed to be one of the most potent healing supplements, because it contains all minerals known to man, is rich in protein, and 17 amino acids.

The reason I rock with the Amazing Grass Acai-Berry Antioxidant ORAC Green Superfood is because of what ORAC actually means and does. ORAC stands for Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity, which refers to the antioxidant capacity of foods, supplements, and spices. The idea is, the higher the ORAC score, the better it as at fighting off ageing, age-related decline and illnesses. Amazing Grass Acai-Berry Antioxidant ORAC Green Superfood has an ORAC value of 15,000 per scoop. Compare that with a serving of kale, which comes in at an ORAC value of 1,770. Pretty neat, right? You can read up on ORAC values (and search their database of foods) here.

Lemon, as we all know, is high in Vitamin C, and is another free-radical zapper. Cayenne pepper, besides spitting hot fiyah, is great for congestion relief, while aiding in the digestion and metabolizing of foods. It stimulates circulation , and serves as a metabolic booster as well.

Now that we know why I love these 4 ingredients together, let's get started, shall we?

Ingredients
To put together your very own Ginger, Wheatgrass, Lemon & Cayenne Detox Shot, you'll need:
+ 1.5/2 inch thumb of fresh ginger root
+ Juice from 1/2 of a lemon or 1 tablespoon of lemon juice concentrate
+ 1 scoop Amazing Grass Acai-Berry Antioxidant ORAC Green Superfood
+ 1/4 cup water
+ 2 dashes of cayenne pepper

Ginger, Wheatgrass, Lemon & Cayenne Detox Shot

Tools & Utensils
+ Blender or juicer (I use a Ninja with the single-serving Nutri Ninja cup). I highly recommend using    a single-serve blender, or blender that can support a single serve cup attachment.
+ Measuring cup
+ Knife and cutting board
+ Mini strainer
+ Short glass (I like to drink mine from a stemless wine glass because, #fancy lol)
+ Spoon

Instructions
Take your thumb of fresh ginger root and skin it completely. Rinse quickly under water to remove any extra dirt and debris, then chop it into 6-8 cubes. Transfer the cubed ginger to the Nutri Ninja cup and add water. Secure the Nutri Ninja cup and blend until the water and ginger combine, forming an almost frothy liquid (about 20 seconds).

Ginger, Wheatgrass, Lemon & Cayenne Detox Shot

Place the mini strainer over your fancy short glass, and squeeze the lemon juice through the strainer into the glass. If using lemon juice concentrate, measure out juice and pour in the glass. Next, pour the juiced ginger into the glass through the mini strainer, being sure to tap lightly or press with a spoon to make sure the juice gets through the mesh. Discard the contents of the strainer.

Ginger, Wheatgrass, Lemon & Cayenne Detox Shot


Add to the ginger and lemon 1 scoop of Amazing Grass Acai-Berry Antioxidant ORAC Green Superfood and 1 dash of cayenne pepper. Stir gently. Top off your shot with another dash of cayenne pepper for an extra kick.

Now throw it back! SHOTS! SHOTS! SHOTS! SHOTS! SHOTS! SHOTS! EVERYBODYYYYYY!

Warning: you want to drink this shot as soon as you can after making it, unless you're a serious fan of the burn. Cayenne gets hotter as it's suspended in liquid.

If you make this shot, let me know in the comments below or on Instagram @30daysofdope! 

Cheers!

It's here! Today is officially day 1 of #30daysofdope. The response from you all has been ama...