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WLS friendly Basil-Lemonade

So I learned about Basil Syrup this weekend, it was something Alex’s aunt Viv made and he wondered if I could try it, and since my basil plants in the kitchen are going crazy and I have been snipping them back so that I had a bunch of Sweet basil in the freezer and fresh I decided to make some.

My kitchen Sweet Basil

NOTE: Basil syrup is NOT WLS friendly at ALL…

Classic Basil Syrup:

1 cup water

1 cup basil

enough sugar to make a thick simple syrup (at least 2 cups)

Bring the water and sugar to a boil until the sugar is dissolved and place the basil in the pan then turn off the heat and cool the simple syrup/basil mixture in the fridge for 40-60 mins and strain.. use over ice cream or crepes.

How I make the Basil infusion for my Sugar free lemonade and for Alex’s Basil Syrup…

take a sauce pan and put 2-3 cups of water and add at least a cup of basil leaves then bring to a quick boil, reduce heat and simmer on low for 40 mins to an hour with the lid on, if you want a stronger infusion leave the leaves in the water for a while after you take it off the heat.

When the infusion is as strong as you want it strain out the basil and squeeze out the water (I save the basil mush and freeze it to add it to pesto sauce)

Now if you want to make the non WLS people in your life the syrup it is easy…..Divide the infused water and leave 1 cup in the pan and bring back to a boil and add the sugar and after it cools put it in a tightly sealed bottle in the fridge and let them enjoy it or give it away this makes a great gift.

After the rest of the infusion cools down, pour one cup of it in a half gallon container and add cold water and your favorite Sugar Free lemonade mix (I like to use plain lemonade but Pink Lemonade will work too … you can also make your own with lemon juice and Slenda or Stevia but that is a tad pricey) stir and pour over ice and enjoy… you can do the same with Limeade as well and it is also yummy.

Give it a try, this is an amazingly refreshing drink and if you want to try making a cocktail out of it add vodka to taste and pour over crushed ice, it is a lemon/basil martini.

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SF Protein Chai Latte Recipes

I have a couple of chai recipes that work well with Vanilla Protein powder for a yummy chai latte.

The one I prefer is to use a homemade Chai concentrates

The EASIEST CONCENTRATE

Ingredients:

5-6 Chai tea bags, 3 black tea bags and a few other flavors like ginger spice or cinnamon orange (I like to change up my mixes and sometimes use mulling spice tea as well)

brew at least 8 teabags (up to 12) in a 10 cup coffee pot for up to an hour and let let cool, remove teabags and store in the fridge in a tightly sealed container and use within a week

THE MORE CLASSIC CONCENTRATE:

50 oz cold water

6 black tea bags

1-2 cinnamon sticks

10-15 cloves

6 lightly crushed cardamon pods

1 or 2 slices of fresh ginger (peeled)

Vanilla extract or half a vanilla bean split down the middle

4-6 black peppers

put everything in the water in a large pan and slowly bring to a low boil, as soon as it begins to bubble remove from heat and allow to sit for 20 mins, cool and store in air tight container in fridge for 1 week

 

How to make Protein Chai Latte

warm 8 to 10 oz of milk in the microwave, do not allow to boil, you just want it warm

Add 1/2 a scoop of vanilla protein powder to the milk

you can also add 1 oz of Sugar Free flavored syrup to it (optional)  I like Vanilla, brown sugar cinnamon or gingerbread syrups

while you are blending the protein into the milk heat the same amount of concentrate in the microwave until it is quite hot

Add the protein milk to the concentrate

 

You can also make this an iced chai latte by not heating any of it, mixing it together then pouring over ice.

 

Oregon chai also makes a Sugar Free version of their concentrate

 

 

 

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