This morning was one of those crazy mornings when I was ALL over the place, running around getting everyone ready and feeding everyone but myself. I just got home from a girls weekend away, and although super fun and relaxing, coming home to a busy Monday just about did me in. See, this morning was the kid’s first day at a summer day camp. So, finding backpacks, bathing suits, lunch boxes (not to mention packing a day’s worth of food in those lunch boxes), braiding hair, and making sure they ate a great breakfast all before 8 am left me not a lot of time for breakfast or coffee myself. It’s mornings like these that I need a little extra boost to get me though and keep me going all morning while I run around like a chicken with my head cut off! This recipe is one of my favorite go-to iced coffee drinks that has a little extra in it for the crazy morning ahead. It may sound strange, but I love adding chia seeds to my iced coffee.
They have become pretty popular lately thanks to their reputation for being a super food…and it’s not hard to see why. They are packed with vitamins and minerals, not to mention a great source of fiber and omega-3 fates. They are also a rich source of antioxidants and protein. In fact, one tablespoon has 3 grams of protein and 5 grams of fiber. Pretty impressive for a tiny little seed. The best part is, they go into just about everything without even knowing they are there. I sprinkle them on my son’s oatmeal or mix them into meatballs. I’ve used them to make chia seed pudding, or just blend in a smoothie for an extra boost of nutrition. They are great mixed with coconut oil, oats, peanut butter, and a few chocolate chips to make no-bake energy bites. But the easiest and fastest way to get them into my day is just to mix a tablespoon into my iced coffee and be on my way. This morning I brewed a pot of New England Coffee’s new blend called Centennial Reserve. The company is celebrating 100 years of making exceptional coffee since 1916. And I do have to say the coffee is delicious. I had my first cup hot and iced the rest to reserve for my chia seed iced coffee that I was taking on the road with me. New England Coffee is a small company that offers a bunch of flavors (my personal favorite is the hazelnut) and can be found both in bags and single serve options. Check out the New England Coffee Shop to read more about this great company and where you can find it.
So, the recipe that follows is how I personally like my iced coffee. Obviously, tweak it to suit your own preference. Oddly, I drink hot coffee black and iced coffee with almond milk and a little sugar. Not really sure why..but oh well. I add one tablespoon of chia seeds to each 8 oz of cold coffee, pour in almond milk, a few drops of vanilla and about a teaspoon of honey. I like to put this all in the blender to break down the chia seeds a bit and really make sure everything is mixed together. Pour over ice, maybe shake little cinnamon on top and you’ve got a delicious icy coffee that cost penny’s compared to the drive-thru and is a heck of a lot healthier for you too! Hope you try this one out the next time you’ve got a crazy workday or just a busy morning getting everyone out the door. Get out there and join the thousands of extraordinary people fueling up with New England Coffee!
- 8 oz brewed New England Coffee, chilled
- 1 tbs chia seeds
- ½ cup almond milk
- 1 tsp honey
- Add all ingredients to the blender and blend until well mixed and frothy. Pour over ice and Enjoy!