Cold-Brew Iced Coffee

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Gotta love the Virginia humidity… I have officially switched over to iced coffee in the morning because carrying a hot beverage out the door when it’s 90 degrees and feels like the inside of a steam room makes me want to hurt somebody. The best part about this coffee is it’s cold-brewed so I start it the night before and canĀ get caffeine in the bloodstream asap the next morning. This requires a French press which is well worth it if you like quality, strong coffee.

Ingredients (makes two cups):
1/2 cup coffee beans (preferably Italian or French roast – something bold)
fresh, cold water (enough to fill up an 8-cup French press)
creamer of choice
sweetener or flavoring of choice

Directions:
1) The night before, grind your coffee beans coarsely.
2) Pour coffee grounds into the French press, fill with cold water, and place top on press (but don’t press yet!). Place the press in your fridge overnight.
3) In the morning, slowly press the coffee. Serve over ice with creamer and sweetener if desired!

Banana Almond Milk Smoothie

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My awesome best friend bought me a blender after I wanted one for years and never got around to buying one. I’ve made all sorts of smoothies for breakfast now. Here’s a simple one that’s great for a snack or breakfast. It’s naturally sweet enough to be a treat too!

Ingredients:
2 bananas, very ripe
2 cups unsweetened almond milk
2 cups ice cubes
1 packet stevia
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
a couple dashes of nutmeg and/or cinnamon
1 tablespoon Chia seeds

Directions:
1) Add all ingredients to a blender. Sometimes adding the liquid last works best.
2) Pour in glasses and serve! Opt for an additional sprinkle of nutmeg or cinnamon on the top if you’re feeling fancy.