Did you know that I have a horrible addiction to coffee? Coffee itself is not so bad, but I am hopelessly devoted to two brands (including this one that currently has an AH-MAZING S’mores drink that is almost 600 calories but I’ve had two in the past two weeks and oh why can’t I drop this weight woes surround)…yeah it’s like that. I could really do fine on just black coffee and it not be a problem. It wasn’t from 2011 to 2015. But lately I’ve been bad. Hence, I needed a copycat s’mores blend drink to help me kick my habit and start making some healthier choices.
Copycat S’mores Blend
This drink is packed with protein (your favorite powder, I’m no longer partial) and can make you feel like you are being bad when you are being good. What I created fit in my snack range 150-250 calories, but could also be a breakfast drink paired with some fruit or a greek yogurt.
Ingredients (to make a 16 oz drink)
1 scoop of chocolate protein powder of choice
6-8 ice cubes
8 oz brewed and chilled coffee
2 + 2 TBSP non-fat whipped cream
1/2 TBSP mini chocolate chips
1/4 of a graham cracker, chopped up
Blend all but a few of the chocolate chips/graham cracker and 2 TBSP of the whipped cream until consistency of your choice. Top with the whipped cream, chocolate chips, and graham cracker. Enjoy, with no guilt, your copycat s’mores blend beverage. Smile.
Back in October, just after I announced I was pregnant, we were sitting in the pool at Disney and my cousins left me with all the kids and hopped over to the bar for a drink. Admittedly, I was a little sad – not because I was left with 6 screaming and splashing kids (one who was repeatedly kicking me in the stomach) plus the two in utereo, but because I would have given anything to have a sweet, fun [non-alcoholic] drink along with them. If only I had taken my copy of MOMOSAS along as a guide to come up with a fun drink I could have asked them to bring me back.
MOMOSAS (Fun Alcohol-Free Drinks for Expecting Moms), by Paul Knorr, is a book filled with over 130 non-alcoholic drinks for anyone who might be like me and want a fun drink without the alcohol (expecting moms, nursing moms, supportive dads, people in training, people abstaining).
With everything from Punchless Piña Coladas and Virgin Banana Daiquiris, to smoothies, shakes, sparklers, and spritzes, pregnant women can finally enjoy happy hour instead of sitting on the sidelines for 9 months.
I love the names (and tastes) of these drinks. Yeah, many of the names are a bit baby-based, but that is pretty much all I have on my mind these days anyhow. Doesn’t a Pitter-Patter or Smooth Delivery sound good? I mean, I know it’s cold out there in Pittsburgh today, but sometimes kicking back and relaxing with a fun drink can warm up these cold days, right?
You can find these fun recipes in MOMOSAS by picking up the book (published by Sterling Publishing) for a suggested retail value of $12.95 – a nice addition to a “Congrats” card for the newest expecting mama in your life, right? (Here it is on Amazon.) BUT, I’ve been given a copy to give away and a recipe to share with you! (Scroll down for the giveaway – it ends 1/18 at 11:59 PM and there are options to enter daily.)
1 Part Lemonade
1 Part Apple Juice
Shake with ice and strain over ice in a tall glass.