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Vegan Mocha "Frappuccino"

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For years now, my mom's been halfheartedly fighting, and steadily losing, a battle against declining health and increasing weight. And for years, my dad and I have been trying to come up with some way to get her to really do something about what's happening - without hurting her feelings. We love her; we want her to be healthy. But we don't want to hurt her. Unfortunately, none of the subtle things we try seem to work. She won't go to the gym with me, even though she likes to swim, and she would rather take diet pills than change her portion sizes and substitute bad food for better choices. And her health just keeps declining.

So now Dad's kind of hoping that my vegetarianism - and my overall commitment to eating healthy in general - will help Mom out. I swear, if she relegated her health to me for just one month, let me cook/prepare all her meals and followed my advice about very, very mild exercise, it would do Mom a world of good. But, of course, there's no way for me to kindly tell Mom that I'm taking command of her lifestyle for thirty days. But Dad has asked me to slowly begin suggesting alternatives to the not-so-good-for-her foods Mom loves, and that, really, I can do.

First thing we started out with was the bottled version of Starbucks' Mocha Frappuccino. Mom loves these things, and has been known to drink two or three bottles daily. At 190 calories per bottle, 12 grams of cholesterol, and no redeeming nutritional value whatsoever, this makes me cringe. Admittedly, it's better than going out and getting Venti Frappuccinos from Starbucks itself, which would pack on the caloric equivalent of three McDonald's hamburgers (>__<), but it's still not good for her. So dad asked me to come up with a viable, healthier substitute to the bottled Frapp and have Mom try it.

Here's the winner, found and adapted only slightly (to include coffee and - if honey is used instead of nectar - remove the "vegan" tag) from carlosrull.com:


Mocha "Frappuccino"

2 tablespoons cocoa powder
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1/2 cup soy milk (I use the unsweetened Silk variety, thus necessitating the above vanilla extract - if you're using vanilla Silk, leave out the vanilla extract)
1 cup brewed coffee
1/4 cup of agave nectar/honey
pinch of sea salt
handful of ice cubes

Put all ingredients in a blender and mix until creamy. Serves 2.


I also put the cups in the freezer for a little while, which made them an icier treat that Mom could eat with a spoon. She really liked it. Calorie-wise, a serving of this should weigh in at a little over 100 calories, with no cholesterol and very little fat content. It still wouldn't be ideal to have as more than an occasional treat, but it sure beats the hell out of the bottled Frapps.

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