Currant Obsession Shake Recipe
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If you like Piña Coladas... you'll probably like this tropical spiked shake featuring currants, rum, and coconut sorbet.
- ½ cup currants, removed from stems, plus extra for garnish
- 1 ½ ounces Brugal Añejo rum
- 3 large scoops coconut sorbet
Blend the currants, rum, and coconut sorbet together until smooth. Pour into a glass to serve and garnish with a bundle of currant berries.
Honey Currant Jam Recipe
It’s not entirely my fault… Wyoming’s growing season isn’t exactly conducive to fruit orchards. I gave up for a while, until I started doing a little research.
What did the old-timers plant around here? Currants.
What can you find still growing around many old prairie farmhouses? Currants.
So currants it is.
And we got our first substantial fruit harvest in over a decade.
It’s a lesson in going with what naturally wants to work, instead of stubbornly beating your head against the wall repeatedly (I usually have to do the latter for a while– just how I roll.)
I planted a couple currant bushes 2-3 years ago, and they are already loaded with fruit.
They don’t care if I forget to water them, the 70mph winds don’t phase them, and they are one of the first plants to start greening up in early spring.
If you’ve never had a currant, it’s definitely on the sour side– but with a little sugar or honey, it transforms into a old-fashioned delicacy.
There are a different varieties of currants, but we are growing the black ones right now.
Because that’s what the guy at the farmer’s market sold me.
So yeah, not a super compelling reason… but that’s where we are.
However, any of the varieties will produce berries that you can use in dozens of homestead-style recipes, so I don’t think you can go wrong, regardless of what type you go with.
From what I can tell, red currants are a bit more mild, while black currants have a stronger tart flavor and contain more Vitamin C.
(Interestingly enough, I found out that currants were formerly banned in New York and other parts of the USA because they were thought to carry a disease that effects some varieties of pine trees… Thankfully, the ban has been repealed.)
What Do You Do With Currants?
Currants make delicious jams, jellies, syrups, quick breads, and pies with an old-fashioned twist. They contain a lot of natural pectin, so you don’t technically don’t *have* to add additional pectin to make your jams/jellies set up.
Because they are decidedly tart, they aren’t a fruit that I’d want to eat raw or plain, but with a little sweetener, they have a beautifully bright flavor.
My currants ripened in stages, so I picked the berries as they turned dark purple, removed the stems, washed the fruit, and popped them in the freezer until I had enough to justify making jam.
If currants naturally contain pectin, why did you still use boxed pectin?
Unfortunately, many of the no-additional-pectin-added jam recipes required white sugar to make the jam set.
I much prefer using honey to sweetened my homemade jams (this is my favorite honey), so to avoid any snafus, I chose to stick with my usual jam technique using Pomona’s Pectin. I’ve been using it for years and it allows me avoid using cupfuls of white sugar as a sweetener (which normally is required to ensure that jams gel properly).
Here’s the currant jam recipe I used– it’s been a hit with the whole family.
Healthy Blackcurrant Smoothie Recipe
Healthy blackcurrant smoothie recipe. Very easy and delicious non-alcoholic mixed drink. use any berries (fresh or frozen) for this recipe.
Equipment you Need to Prepare This Smoothie:
Interesting facts about blackcurrants: They have a high concentration of antioxidants and rich in vitamin C. Blackcurrants contain vitamins A, B-5, B-6, B-1, and E. Also, in blackcurrants present copper, calcium, phosphorus, manganese, magnesium, and potassium.
Blackcurrant seed oil contains Omega-6 fatty acid, which helps to decrease inflammation in the body .
Healthy Blackcurrant Smoothie Recipe with Banana and Yogurt
Ingredients: 1/4 pound (120 g) fresh or frozen blackcurrants, 1 small ripe banana, peeled and chunked, 1 cup (250 ml) apple juice, 2 tablespoons (30 ml) plain yogurt
Instructions: In a blender or food processor, combine all ingredients. Blend until smooth. Pour into a cocktail glass. Serve immediately.
Blackcurrant Smoothie with Buttermilk
Ingredients: 1 cup (250 ml) fresh or frozen blackcurrants, 2 cups (500 ml) buttermilk, freshly squeezed juice of 1 lemon, 4 tablespoons (60 ml) clear honey, 1 teaspoon (5 ml) vanilla extract
Instructions: Chop blackcurrants in a blender, then strain
through a sieve.
Add reaming ingredients to the blender. Blend well. Pour blackcurrant smoothie into cold cocktail glasses. Serve immediately. Learn here how to prepare delicious blackcurrant sauce for any kind of meat.
83 Chocolate Shakeology Recipes
Our shakes are a little boring compared to what some people come up with. Did you know you can use chocolate Shakeology in pancakes, cookies, ice cream and other recipes if you want to be creative? We put together all of the recipes we could find into this BIG LIST. Enjoy and remember to share your favorite recipe below!
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1. Amy’s Every Day Shakeology Recipe:
- 1 serving Chocolate Shakeology
- ½ banana
- 1 cup almond milk
- Sprinkle cinnamon (optional)
Below you will find 83 Chocolate Shakeology recipes to shake up your everyday (pun intended). Try each one if you need some inspiration or stick to the one you like the best. The trick is to find what works best for you! We even included some dessert and breakfast treat recipes at the bottom.
The Mega Milkshake: Your Next Outrageous Dessert Obsession
The sweet sensation known as a FreakShake started trending last summer at a tiny cafe in Canaberra, Australia, where Anna Petridis got tongues wagging with way over-the-top ice cream treats. FreakShakes hit New York City at the beginning of 2016, but these crazy messy creations are still impossible to find outside the Big Apple. So, I decided to come up with a DIY version: the Mega Milkshake.
What is a Mega Milkshake?
How do you make a milkshake even better? Pile on. The sky&aposs the limit in terms of stacking extra goodies on top of a shake. Cookies, cones, wedges of cake, and pieces of pie. all good. Followed by showers of sprinkles and candy, drizzles of syrup, oh, and don&apost forget the whipped cream. Stick in a long spoon and a couple of straws, and you&aposve got a party.
What About Doing More with S'mores?
I&aposve always been obsessed with the graham cracker, melted marshmallow, and runny chocolate, so that was the inspiration for my S&aposmores Mega Milkshake. I&aposm not alone in the quest for all things s&aposmores, judging by all the products I found on the supermarket shelves. S&aposmores mini muffins, PopTarts, cookies, even s&aposmores ice cream from Ben & Jerry&aposs all play supporting roles in this dramatic staging, with the baked goods mounted on skewers. The key, though, was the marshmallow creme smeared on graham crackers and toasted briefly under the broiler. Regular marshmallows are genius around the campfire, but tricky to brown in a regular kitchen.
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No matter what your aim is &ndash working your way towards your weight loss goals, maintaining your weight, or getting superior nutrition for your busy lifestyle and on-the-go &ndash these 310 meal replacement shake recipes will help you get there. Plus, they&rsquore so delicious, that you&rsquoll truly look forward to them, daily! Since they offer well-balanced nutrition, use the shakes to replace meals, as a healthy snack, as pre- or post-workout fuel, or the healthiest dessert you&rsquove ever had&hellip They&rsquoll satisfy your cravings, power you up with whole foods, and provide lasting satiety!
Here's How To Make Smoothies That Won’t Spike Your Blood Sugar
The art of smoothie making lies in the balance of taste and nutrition. It’s easy to make a smoothie taste good with a ton of sugar or fruit, but a find a recipe that keeps our blood sugar levels stable, is crucial. L.A. nutritionist and health coach, Shauna Faulisi, is launching a smoothie delivery service we can’t wait for and we asked her to unpack the perfect low sugar smoothie with us…
More of us are making the effort to live consciously and healthfully, and thankfully the world around us is rising to the occasion. Smoothies have become the poster child of #healthyliving and for good reason. When made correctly, a smoothie can deliver stable energy levels, satiate hunger for hours, clear skin and even balance weight. When made incorrectly, smoothies can be a major sugar bomb leading to blood sugar spikes, irritability, breakouts and weight gain.
As a celebrity nutritionist, chef and hormone specialist, I see this mistake with clients all the time. Many clients are excited about the latest popular superfood or vegetable craze, which gets them excited to start blending, but without the proper smoothie set-up it can end up doing more harm than good.
But Really – Are Smoothies Healthy?
Yes! Here are our top ways to make a smoothie that will sustain energy, elevate mood, make skin glow, support gut health and make you feel your best.
It’s All About Balance | We’re talking about the balance of macronutrient combinations: greens, fat and protein. Macronutrients will have your body feeling satiated and happy. Also include a leafy green vegetable because greens are life. We love spinach for smoothies as it has an impressive nutrient profile, and its mild flavor won’t overpower the flavors in your beverage.
Keep Sugar On-The-Low | The biggest mistake we see at our practice is clients using sweetened non-dairy milks or coconut water, which can be filled with upwards of 14 grams of sugar per serving. Drinking sugars is never a good idea because it lacks fiber and leads to a major blood sugar spike. Stick to a mix of unsweetened non-dairy milk and water to help keep you hydrated. This will also keep you from going overboard on liquid calories — we’d rather eat them later.
Limit Fruit | When it comes to adding fruit to your smoothie, keep fruit intake to a minimum. Stick with berries, they’re a low-glycemic fruit and won’t send your insulin levels soaring. We encourage a quarter cup to keep adrenals happy and in a stress-free state. Keeping sugar minimal in the morning and throughout your day will do wonders for your energy levels, skin, anxiousness and overall mood.
Keep It Simple | We’ve all heard about meal prepping for lunch and dinner, but smoothie prep doesn’t get enough love. Simply set your your dry ingredients in an assembly line once a week or month, and place in individual containers, then set in your freezer. Pour them in the blender in the morning, add sugar-free liquid, blend and voila! (We love this trick so much that we created our smoothie delivery service in Los Angeles — WellBalance Smoothies — making it even easier.)
Make It Delicious | Stick with our glow smoothie (recipe below) to curb hunger hormones, keep insulin low and raise your energetic vibration.
The art of the classic cocktail is as fresh as it ever was. For the time-pressed, intimidated, or minimalist drinkers out there, we bring you inspiration and reassurance, and some very good libations. Have you noticed that the most storied mixed drinks, like the martini pictured here, feature the alchemy of just two-to-three ingredients (we're not counting garnishes)? You don't have to have an arsenal on your liquor tray (or in the kitchen cupboard) to mix them. Unless you'd like to try them all in turn, of course.
Some rely on fizz: Think of the irreproachable summer sundowner that is the gin and tonic. The wayward Pimm's Cup, companion to poolside parties, and the Moscow Mule, gingery and cold in a copper cup. Or the elegant Kir Royale, a ruby-hued flute of Champagne (or simply dry sparkling wine) with crème de cassis.
Then there is the luminous citrus flock: the lusciously citric Sidecar. The outgoing Margarita (using real lemon or lime juice with Cointreau and decent tequila will reveal this much-abused drink in an altogether different light). The lime-centric and sexy Caipirinha. The grapefruit-bitter Salty Dog.
And the pedigreed vintage cocktails that take themselves seriously and somehow embody the dignity of drinking alone at a polished zinc bar in a summer city that everyone seems to have left: The austere Martini. The cynical Negroni. The introspective Manhattan. The self-conscious Vodka Gimlet.
Different in character, but suitable for all occasions and personalities, these drinks have in common the signature of good mixology: a combination of restraint and inspired pairing. That and the fact that they can be made using three ingredients or less.
Delicious, Naturally Sweet Gooseberry Juice & Smoothie
The gooseberry is thought to be native to Asia, northwestern Africa, India, and Europe. This fruit is a member of the family Grossulariaceae and a relative of the black currant. The gooseberry is described as having a distinctive flavor all its own and varies in color from green, yellow, and white to various shades of pink, bright red, and even black, depending upon the species.
In Europe, the gooseberry can grow to the size and shape of a plum, while in the Northern Hemisphere–the US and Canada–it’s much smaller, approximately a half-inch in diameter. While often described as being acidic in flavor, recently hybridized varieties are quite sweet.
For centuries gooseberries have been eaten directly from the vine. But in the US, supplementing your diet with this highly nutritious fruit may be challenging as they are not readily available in supermarkets. Gooseberries are abundant in polyphenolic antioxidants and vitamins and provide a good source of certain minerals as well. The fruit is also a good source of vitamin A, C, and B-complex compounds. Low in calories (66 per cup) and with no fat and cholesterol, gooseberries are also very low in sodium.
Gooseberries offer a range of minerals from iron to potassium, magnesium, copper, phosphorus, and manganese, as well as a small amount of calcium. This fruit also provides trace elements selenium, chromium, and zinc.
Besides being low in calories, the high fiber content of gooseberries gives one a sense of fullness for longer periods of time, making this an excellent fruit for weight loss.
Current (Cocktail) Obsession: Grand Marnier Raspberry Peach
Breaking booze news from House of Marnier Lapostolle: This year’s Signature Collection Blend (No. 2) is Grand Marnier Raspberry Peach ($39.99 – limited edition) which combines succulent European raspberries and rare red peaches from Ardèche in the South of France. These complementary flavors are blended with the famous Grand Marnier orange essence and the same blend of premium quality Cognacs – sourced from the best crus of the Cognac region and aged in French oak barrels – used to craft the original Grand Marnier Cordon Rouge.What does that mean to us? Hot holiday cocktails with a creative twist!
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Here are three of the most incredibly merry cocktail recipes to serve at your next soiree.
GM Raspberry Peach Holiday Punch
Created by mixologist George Carney
2 quarts Grand Marnier Raspberry Peach
1 ½ cups cinnamon syrup
2 quarts water
1 quart lemon juice
1 quart overproof rum
4 oz apricot brandy
Combine all ingredients in a punch bowl and serve. Optional: freeze raspberries and pieces of peach in purified water and add to punch bowl.
For individual portions:
2 oz Grand Marnier Raspberry Peach
1/2 oz cinnamon syrup
2 oz spring water
1 oz lemon juice
1 oz overproof rum
1/8 oz apricot brandy
Combine all ingredients in a shaker and shake vigorously. Strain into a punch glass.
GM Raspberry Peach Cosmo
Created by mixologist George Carney
2 oz Grand Marnier Raspberry Peach
1 oz cranberry juice
1/2 oz fresh lime juice
Combine all ingredients in a shaker and shake. Strain into a cocktail glass and garnish with a twist.
GM Raspberry Peach 75 (New Years)
Created by mixologist George Carney
1 oz Grand Marnier Raspberry Peach
1/2 oz fresh lemon juice
1/2 oz simple syrup
Moet & Chandon Champagne
Combine all ingredients except the Champagne in a shaker and shake. Pour into a flute and top with Champagne. Garnish with a lemon twist.
Janene Mascarella is the beauty editor of BELLA NYC Magazine. Follow Janene on Twitter!