I take my coffee iced.
I cannot believe it, I am on my 28th day of the 30 day Bikram yoga challenge! I actually missed a day last week (which is allowed), so I have to take two classes today to make up for it. 9am class done… now it’s time to refuel and prepare myself for an afternoon class.
Normally I am so not a coffee drinker, but for some reason after class the idea of coffee sounded so good to me. Maybe it was that Starbucks I walked by on the way home… Anyway, I knew that buying a soy latte was probably the worst thing to do after a 105 degree yoga class, so I decided on the next best thing… a slushy Coffee Smoothie in a Bowl! Here’s what I used:
- 1/2 a very large banana I had in the fridge (frozen would be even better!)
- 5 ice cubes
- handful baby spinach
- 1 date (pitted) – to add some extra sweetness
- 1 tsp instant decaf coffee (I use Mount Hagen brand)
- 2-4 drops vanilla extract
- a pinch salt
- 1 tsp psyllium husk (to add a little fiber for fullness factor)
Using my Vitamix and the handy temper tool, I blended everything until it was the consistency of soft serve ice cream and scooped it in a bowl. Normally I use frozen bananas to make it more like ice cream, but since I had none on hand I stuck my bowl in the freezer to firm up a bit while showering. So, so good – it brings a whole new meaning to “iced coffee”. ;)
Well guys, I’m going to relax for a bit after my tough class this morning. I always have more trouble in morning Bikram classes because I’m all stiff from just waking up. It’s totally worth it though because after it I feel energized, yet so calm and ready to face the day. Especially after doing so many days in a row now, I just feel as though my energy levels have gone up so much – not making me hyper though – just making me feel like I can never tire. I love it!