DarcyDashwood
10,000+ Views

Vietnamese Iced Coffee Smoothie with Boba

Apparently I was living inside a cave all these years. A friend just introduced me to the best coffee smoothie I've ever tried. The little black tapioca aka "boba" or "pearl" is chewy and addicting. Whoever thought of such combination is pure genius. I'm sold. Unfortunately, the closest boba shop is a 40 minute drive. The solution: Make it yourself. I owe this to the Little Kitchen.

Ingredients:

1 shot of espresso
2 Tablespoons sweetened condensed milk
3 cups ice
1/2 cup dried black boba (tapioca pearls); if making one drink use 1/4 to 1/3 cup
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup light brown sugar

Instructions:

1. Start by making the espresso and allow to cool.
2. Proceed to make boba (video demonstration below).
3. When boba is done add it to two glasses.
4. Add espresso to a measuring cup and add enough water to make 1 1/2 cups. Add sweetened condensed milk and mix thoroughly. Add to blender with ice and blend until smooth.
5. Pour coffee smoothie over boba and serve with boba straws.

How to make boba?

1. Bring a pot of boiling water (at least 5 cups) and then add boba (tapioca pearls), stir every so often. Boil for 5 minutes. Turn off heat and allow the boba to sit in the pot for about 10 minutes.
2. While you're bringing the water to a boil, in a smaller separate pot, add sugar (you can use a mix or all light brown sugar) and 1 cup of water. Bring to a boil and allow to boil for 5 minutes, until reduced. Mix every so often.
3. Using a slotted spoon, add the cooked boba to the sugar water and allow to sit for at least 10 minutes.
102 Likes
77 Shares
8 Comments
Suggested
Recent
My ex and I used to make our own boba together. It was a lot of fun but nothing tastes as good as when someone else makes it for you.
Boba is love. Boba is life. LOVE this kind of stuff.
I literally just had this yesterday at a Vietnamese noodle shop. Was amazing!
Boba is so fun to chew on!
YUM. Vietnamese iced coffee is my fave.
Cards you may also be interested in
How To Make Sex Coffee (Yup, it's a thing.)
Sex coffee is a thing. I'm not even kidding. Studies have shown that even on its own, drinking 2 cups of coffee a day can improve your sex life. Combine that with a few ancient superfoods, and you've got some truly sexy health benefits. Whether or not they actually make your bedroom activities more exciting... that's for you to find out. And report back, obviously. ;) What makes this coffee so sexy? Each ingredient has unique libido-boosting, stimulating properties that have been relied on since ancient times. Check it out: MACA: an Aztec root, usually ground into a powder. An adaptogen, it supports your body in creating the enzymes it needs to balance hormones and enhance fertility. It's often touted as an aphrodisiac, which can increase libido. CACAO: Raw cacao is a stimulant. It gets your blood pumping and triggers your body to release seratonin, which enhances mood. The Journal of Sexual Medicine published a study that found women who ate chocolate daily scored slightly higher on the Female Sexual Index, aka the chart that measures female sexual function. CINNAMON: Cinnamon promotes vital energy, keeping your body from that desire-sucking lag that can come after a busy day. HONEY: Honey may increase stamina, and has been shown to increase virility and fertility. COCONUT MILK: Many cultures have used coconut milk to naturally balance hormones and to increase sex drive. Full of healthy fats, coconut milk will give you energy for sex, without a nasty after-crash. (Source: YourTango) Are you ready to take the plunge and try it out yourself? Grab a partner, because here's the recipe that might change your life forever. Sex Coffee Makes 1 serving. Time: 5 minutes. Difficulty: Easy Drink once or twice a week. Tastes like a delicious, spiced Aztec drink, similar to Mexican hot chocolate. Ingredients 2/3 cup hot coffee 1 tbsp raw cacao 2 tbsp coconut milk 1 tbsp honey 1/2 tsp cinnamon 1 tsp maca In a medium-sized mixing bowl, combine hot coffee, cacao, coconut milk, honey, and cinnamon. Use a hand blender to whip until frothy. Add the maca, and mix again. When combined, serve immediately and enjoy! ;) Recipe adapted from YourTango
Choosing the Right Tea to Match Your Mood
We as humans tend to experience multiple moods that come and go without any notice and quite frankly, it can get really frustrating. A kind gesture from a stranger can make your entire day. But, all of a sudden, an inconsiderate jerk pushes past you in order to get the last available seat on the subway and then an immediate transformation occurs. That one quick, yet affective gesture has officially dampened your high spirits and whiplashed you into another mood you really didnโ€™t want to be in. Instead of being heavily medicated and secluding yourself in your room during a Netflix binge, grab a cup of tea and let its natural ingredients do the healing. Common cold: Elderflower Avoiding the common cold is inevitable sometimes. You feel yourself being cautious when youโ€™re in public spaces, yet you still manage to pick it up after you used about half a gallon of hand sanitizer. Elderflower tea relieves the symptoms of a common cold. It has a gentle and pleasant tea, so itโ€™s welcoming to people of all ages, especially young kids. It contains antiviral and immune boosting effects, so it can tackle flu symptoms and other common cold problems. Stressed: Lemon Balm Maybe you have to meet a strict deadline for work. Maybe youโ€™re feeling overwhelmed because finals are approaching and youโ€™re trying to cram in last minute study sessions. You have found that physically youโ€™re exhausted, but the gears running in your mind wonโ€™t seem to shut off. Lemon balm aids relaxation and calmness. The oils in lemon balm contain chemicals that relax muscles, particularly in the stomach and bladder, and calms future anxieties you may be experiencing. Slow metabolism: Green Tea Whether youโ€™re looking to shed a couple extra pounds, or simply speed up your metabolism, green tea has proven to be very beneficial in EGCG (epigallocatechin gallate), an ingredient known to speed up metabolism. Try to make it a habit of consuming 4-6 cups a day in order to notice a significant change in energy level. Sleepless nights: Chamomile Chamomile tea is strictly herbal based, so it doesnโ€™t contain any caffeine, which is the main ingredient for keeping someone up in the first place. The tea itself has a unique, sweet, and floral aroma and will have a drowsiness effect on you. Your local grocery store should have brands like Celestial Seasonings and Traditional Medicinals, which are two of my favorite brands; however, if youโ€™re feeling adventurous, you can even go as far as drying out the flowers and brewing them yourself. Bloated: Peppermint Peppermint has been known to help fatigue and stomach problems. It calms your internal systems and is extremely useful if you over-indulge in a late night meal or food loaded with sugars and fibers that the body finds hard to absorb. Next time youโ€™re feeling uncomfortable because you maybe had one too many slices of cake, try and drink some peppermint tea to settle your stomach and reduce bloating. Nauseous: Ginger Tea Soon to be mothers have claimed that Ginger has helped them during pregnancy sickness. If you make this tea from grated root ginger, it will provide even more benefits. First, you want to steep two teaspoons in boiled water. Then, let it sit until itโ€™s cool. Finally, sip on it casually, and you should find your nausea disappearing. Try not to consume more than three teaspoons a day.
Want to Get Fit? Here Are the Most Expensive and the Cheapest Sources of Protein
Getting fit is a common goal for many people, but achieving it often proves to be quite hard. Although regular exercise, calorie deficits and eating a lot of protein are three of the most important rules to get fit, sticking to a strict diet and exercise regimen can test one's willpower very much. Further, since high-quality gyms can sometimes cost a couple of thousand rupees or more per month, a fitness plan can be fairly expensive. Saving on a gym membership could be straightforward, as one can simply choose to work out at home, outside or switch to budget-friendly facilities, which can cost under Rs. 1,000 per month. Regarding protein consumption, many online articles only highlight foods which have "high levels of protein" irrespective of their cost. So, to help people find the most financially-friendly sources of protein, we analysed the most popular ones in terms of their cost per 100 grams of protein. Meat, Fish, Yogurt and Certain Cheeses Are Expensive As one would expect, certain sources of protein are significantly more expensive than others. As an example, greek yogurt has gotten quite popular recently as a healthy food. In fact, it's a good source of protein, calcium and probiotics. It also helps one feel full for a relatively small amount of calories. But, it's actually a fairly expensive source of protein, costing more than Rs. 500 per 100 grams of protein. For instance, a 90g container of low-fat Epigamia Greek Yogurt costs Rs. 40 on BigBasket. This product contains approximately 7.4 grams of protein, netting an effective cost of Rs. 541 per 100 grams of protein. Above all, we found swiss cheese to be incredibly expensive for the protein one gets out of it. Steak and fish are very expensive too. These tend to be higher in fat and calories, so they may be better to avoid if one is also dieting. Not All Seeds and Grains Are Made Equal Seeds and grains such as almonds or quinoa are often a part of suggested diet food lists. However, such foods tend to vary dramatically in price. We found hemp seeds and almonds cost around Rs. 500 - 700 per 100 grams of protein, while chickpeas and oats cost under Rs. 200 for the same amount of this muscle-building nutrient. If one wants to maximise the amount of protein while minimising cost, pick specific nuts with care and go for something like sunflower seeds rather than almonds. Surprising Winners Most of the winners on this list are pretty obvious: tofu, chicken breast and eggs have commonly been known to be some of the most popular effective protein sources that also help you feel full. So, it's not a surprise that they are some of the cheaper options. One of the items on the winner list was somewhat surprising: peanut butter. It only costs Rs. 167 for 100 grams of protein. However, peanut butter is relatively high in fat and sugar, so it shouldn't be heavily relied on for building lean muscle mass and reducing belly fat. Staying Healthy Physically & Financially If one wants to get into better physical shape, it requires a deliberate commitment to change one's lifestyle, increasing the frequency and intensity of one's workouts while also strictly regimenting one's diet. Just pumping out sets at the gym won't provide the desired results if one isn't following a well-structured exercise routine and using proper form. It's also important to control one's diet properly so that one consumes a wide variety of nutrients. Worrying solely about protein and calories can be counterproductive and cause ailments. Focusing on certain financial aspects related to getting into better physical shape will make the whole process easier on one's bank account. For example, as we have done here, researching the most cost-effective sources of protein can help one efficiently build muscles while also helping one save money. There are several other aspects related to one's health that could potentially result in cost savings, too. For instance, one could use a rewards credit card to pay for gym memberships or groceries, which could offset the total economic cost. Further, it's possible one may be overpaying for health insurance if one simply took the advice of a salesperson without researching other viable options. Properly researching different endeavours in life will help one focus on what is most important and effective, while weeding out sources of inefficiencies that impede reaching your goals. This article originally appeared on ValueChampionโ€™s blog
102
8
77