Mmmmmmm, summertime smoothie. You have that aching sweet tooth during the post-lunch doldrums...once upon a time you'd go to the coffee shop and get an iced blended or a frappé coffee with twenty extra sweet ingredients tossed in, because what the heck, if you're going to indulge, you might as well go for it. Then you started reading about ingredients, if not counting calories at least nodding toward their existence. You might also have felt the outrage of spending more for your beverage than you did on your sandwich at lunch. What's an exhausted, needing a pick-me-up person to do? Make your own, take responsibility for the healthy ingredients, and enjoy!

COFFEE FRAPPÉ SMOOTHIE

Ingredients:

2 Tablespoons cold brewed coffee syrup (no added sugar or artificial sweeteners) -or- 2 shots of espresso

2 Tablespoons chia seeds

Handful of raw almonds

1 frozen banana, peeled and chunked before freezing

1 Cup your choice of milk: nonfat, soy, almond, coconut, hemp, etc

Put all ingredients in high speed blender/bullet/etc and whirl into cool escape from the afternoon blahhs.

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About The Author

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Andrew is the author of Frommer's global guide to volunteer vacations, "500 Places Where You Can Make a Difference" (Gold Medal Winner from Society of American Travel Writers: Best Guide Book 2010). He spent more than a decade on the editorial team of PASSPORT Magazine. He has volunteered and led teams on service projects around the world, and is honored to be on the boards of directors for the Alisa Ann Ruch Burn Foundation (AARBF.org) and Mentor Artists Playwrights Project (mentorartists.org). Mersmann has been a featured speaker, interview guest, or moderator on several travel talks, from the New York Times Travel Show, Smithsonian Associates, and the 92nd Street Y-TriBeCa to Oprah and Friends, Animal House, and The Focus Group on satellite radio as well as on NY1 television. Past participant at the Clinton Global Initiative and judge for Condé Nast World Changers Conference, he blogs about volunteering and service travel at www.ChangeByDoing.com. As part of the evox television team, he is dedicated to audience engagement, so if you're not engaged, he needs to be thumped on the head (gently)...or at least told (nicely). Twitter: /ChangeByDoing

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