Sunday, April 30, 2017

A KINDER TAKE ON THE UNICORN FRAPP.

I have to say, I've never quite understood all the hype around Starbucks. I give their marketing team credit though, the world is in a tizzy over this new Unicorn Frappuccino. I've seen the whole range of emotions on my Facebook feed this week, from "OMG - finally got to try the new Unicorn Frappuccino!" to "OMG - went to Starbucks and they were sold out of the Unicorn Frappuccino! Can you even believe it?!". Meanwhile, I'm over here like "OMG! I cannot believe you would put that junk into your body!!!".

That being said, I didn't want to be left behind in the unicorn dust! So I thought, why not take this opportunity to improve a bit on what Starbucks is doing, and make a healthy alternative?


Yes, healthy - whilst still remaining hot pink and neon blue. I like a good challenge! That's how I came up with this bad boy. I invite you to join me on this magical journey and make your own Kind Unicorn!

But first, let's take about the Starbucks iteration...Really, have you read the ingredients of this thing?! Aside from the fact that a Grande is a whopping FOUR HUNDRED AND TEN calories and THIRTY NINE grams of sugar (that's nearly twice the recommended DAILY amount for women - FYI), the ingredients (dairy, sugar, chemicals, more dairy, more sugar, and hell - why not more chemicals?!) are nothing I want anywhere near my body. Don't take my word for it, take a look for yourself...

Nutrition Facts Per Serving (12 fl oz)
Calories 280 Calories from Fat 100
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 11g 17%
Saturated Fat 7g 35%
Trans Fat 0g
Cholesterol 35mg 12%
Sodium 170mg 7%
Total Carbohydrate 42g 14%
Dietary Fiber 0g 0%
Sugars 39g
Protein 4g

Ingredients
Ice, Milk, Crème Frappuccino Syrup [Water, Sugar, Salt, Natural And Artificial Flavor, Xanthan Gum, Potassium Sorbate, Citric Acid], Whipped Cream [Cream (Cream, Mono And Diglycerides, Carrageenan), Vanilla Syrup (Sugar, Water, Natural Flavors, Potassium Sorbate, Citric Acid)], Mango Syrup [Sugar, Water, Mango Juice Concentrate, Natural Flavor, Passion Fruit Juice Concentrate, Citric Acid, Potassium Sorbate, Turmeric, Gum Arabic], Blue Drizzle [White Chocolate Mocha Sauce (Sugar, Condensed Skim Milk, Coconut Oil, Cocoa Butter, Natural Flavor, Salt, Potassium Sorbate, Monoglycerides), Classic Syrup (Sugar, Water, Natural Flavors, Potassium Sorbate, Citric Acid), Sour Blue Powder (Citric Acid, Color [Spirulina, Water, Sugar, Maltodextrin, Citric Acid])], Pink Powder [Dextrose, Fruit And Vegetable Color (Apple, Cherry, Radish, Sweet Potato)], Sour Blue Powder [Citric Acid, Color (Spirulina, Water, Sugar, Maltodextrin, Citric Acid)].

So appetizing right?! I mean who doesn't love a good blue drizzle?! Jesus take the wheel.

A few ingredients that really stuck out to me as huge, glaring HELL NO'S (aside from dairy and processed sugar, which you already know I don't eff with) :

  • Carrageenan - know for its inflammatory properties, degraded carrageenan is commonly used in drug trials to literally induce inflammation and other diseases in lab animals :( Should be great for humans, right?!
  • Natural Flavor - I can't even begin in the depth of what a 'natural flavor' could be. I'd recommend you read more here
  • Maltodextrin - used as a thickener, filler or preservative in many processed foods. Typically derived from GMO corn. 

So, you must be asking yourself, 'how could she ever improve on this?' Well stay tuned!

Before we get to the fun stuff, I wanted to highlight a our three key 'unicorn' ingredients:

  • Strawberries - The health benefits of strawberries include improved eye care, proper brain function, relief from high blood pressure, arthritis, gout and various cardiovascular diseases. The impressive polyphenolic and antioxidant content of strawberries make them good for improving the immune system, preventing against various types of cancers and for reducing the signs of premature aging.

  • E3 Live Blue Majik(taking this right from their site, because why try and paraphrase?) Blue Majik is a proprietary, certified organic, and chemical free extract of Arthrospira platensis (Spirulina), a Nutrient Dense AquaBotanical. Its stunning blue pigment contains both phycocyanin (PC) and non-PC compounds. This unique combination is not seen in standard Spirulina powder. PC is clinically shown to relieve physical discomfort, which means consumers feel better, can do more activity, and enjoy an overall better quality of life.

  • Coconut Cream -  much like it's sibling, coconut oil, coconut cream has many health benefits including immunity building (it's fatty acids are virus fighters), anti-aging (antioxidants that fend off free radicals), hydrating (hello, electrolytes), and the fiber content helps keep things regular (if you catch my drift).


Ingredients (organic when possible)

The Friendly Unicorn (serves 2)

Pink Layer

  • 1 cup almond milk
  • 1 cup frozen strawberries
  • 1.5 frozen bananas

Blue Layer

  • 1/2 cup almond milk
  • 1 packet E3 Live Blue Majik
  • 1/2 frozen banana 
  • 1/2 cup frozen mango


Coconut Cloud Topping

  • 1 can coconut cream (refrigerated for at least 8 hours - it needs this time to get firm)
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract 

Directions

Pink Layer

  • Place all Pink Layer ingredients in your high speed blender (I use the Blendtec Total Blender)
  • Blend until smooth
  • Pour 3/4 of the smoothie into two glasses - set other 1/4 of smoothie aside in fridge
  • Place glasses in the freezer to set for a few minutes (use this time to wash out your blender!)




Blue Layer

  • Place all Blue Layer ingredients in your clean high speed blender
  • Blend until smooth
  • Remove glasses from the freezer and pour a layer of Blue into each glass, place back into freezer

Coconut Cloud Topping

  • Refrigerate can of coconut cream, 8 hours or overnight and place metal mixing bowl and beaters in the refrigerator or freezer at least 1 hour before making whipped cream.
  • Open can of coconut milk, being careful not to shake it (we want to keep the solids separate). Scoop coconut cream solids into cold mixing bowl. Reserve remaining liquid for another use.
  • Beat coconut cream using electric mixer with chilled beaters on medium speed; turn to high speed. Beat until stiff peaks form, 7 to 8 minutes. Add vanilla extract to coconut cream; beat 1 minute more. 
  • Store in refrigerator until ready to use (this topping stays good for about two weeks! Use it to top coffee, as a smoothie base, or on any dessert!)

Final Assembly

  • After you've whipped your coconut cream, remove glasses from the freezer, and remaining pink smoothie from the fridge. 
  • Pour remaining pink smoothie over the Blue layer
  • Top glasses with generous scoops of Coconut Cloud topping
  • Snap a pic for Instagram (make sure to tag me!)
  • Enjoy!!!


Now don't you feel better about putting that into your body?! I certainly do.

Let me know if you try this remixed version of the Unicorn Frapp - or if you've made your own. I'd love to see what you come up with!

xx K








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