Good morning! How’s life treating you today? Me? Oh, I’m plugging away, getting ready for the holiday preview. Are you coming? If so, we’ve got some goodness in store for you! If not, don’t fret. Just look to your right, order yourself a “Portable Preview” and enjoy the yummy goodness of wls-friendly comfort food…without having to get out of your pajamas. (Truth be told…that might be the better deal…just sayin’)
So a funny thing has been happening in my household. I’ve been making my hot protein drinks and my youngest daughter will be playing outside/taking a bath/ ________(insert activity that takes a person away from the kitchen) and it’s like a radar goes off. Just as I’m doing my final stirs, here she comes. “Mommy, can I have some?” she says. The other day she jacked me for my Gingerbread Latte (with a scoop of the GOOD protein, might I add)! Drank the whole thing, burped, handed me back my now empty mug and had the NERVE to say, “that was good. I’m full now.” And walk away.
This drink, then, is an attempt at a defense mechanism. Because I figured if I put together a drink with more adult tastes, she wouldn’t like it. Now…at the same time I am the cookie manager for our Girl Scouts Troop and I’ve been eyeing that little green box of Thin Mints for weeks now. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not entirely opposed to them in their proper portions (I mean, each cookie only has 2.5g of sugar…again, just sayin’) but I know about me and moderation, so I abstain unfortunately. Here’s what I came up with that gets me over the hump.
Nik’s Hot Thin Mint for Grown Folks (only!)
(yes, all that is the name of the drink)
12 oz. milk, divided into a 1/4 c. + 1 c.
1 scoop chocolate protein powder (I used this)
1 heaping tablespoon dark chocolate baking cocoa powder
4 packets no-calorie sweetener (to offset the bitterness of the cocoa)
3-5 pumps Davinci Peppermint Paddy Syrup
In a mug, combine protein powder and cold milk and stir until a smooth paste forms. Add cocoa powder (it will not integrate into the milk).
In a small saucepan, heat milk until it becomes warm and frothy (or you could nuke it but you get less “froth factor” and I like that).
Pour hot milk over protein mixture SLOWLY, stirring the mixture as you pour. It takes some practice, but you should end up with a smooth, lump free drink.
Add your sugar-free syrup and stir again. If it’s not hot enough, nuke it for 30 seconds.
Top with fat-free whipped cream and…hide! Why? Because my defense mechanism wasn’t effective. The child has a mature palate. I can’t win. I suppose I’ll just have to start making two.