Strawberry Snow Boba Tea, made at home!

Man, I love Boba Tea. Also known as bubble tea or TINY BITS  of heaven in a cup.  I stopped drinking it for a very long time because as I’ve become more health conscious, I had feeling  it wasn’t exactly good for me. I hate when I’m right about delicious things. My favorite, the milk based boba teas, are brewed with condensed milk and the boba pearls sweetened with granulated and/or brown sugar. Great news though! The boba (bubbles) are tapioca pearls, and this is particularly awesome because tapioca starch is a grain-free carbohydrate. Sisboombahhh! Some have said tapoica flour fits a grey area and can be considered Paleo. However, tapioca doesn’t have much nutritional value, so you might want to keep it off the short list of carbs to fuel you. Sort of a cheat/not cheat if you’re picking up what I’m putting down.

I recommend buying the giant boba straws and black tapioca pearls from nuts.com. Yes it’s a legit site. No, you don’t have to clear your browser history. Many “Cooks in 5 minutes” bags like this, contain chemicals that are bactericidal/fungicidal but you may not want to consume. Dehydroacertic Acid (DHA) and these LD50 findings wigged me out a bit, so spending a little more time cooking the tapioca pearls didn’t bother me too much.  The boba cooking is straight forward because the instructions are on the nuts.com site.  To make your life easier, all you need is this printable recipe card below that I based on their preparation instructions. Naturally, with a few personal touches.  

Behold!

Strawberry Snow Boba Tea

Strawberry Snow Boba Tea  

Strawberry Snow Boba Tea
Yields 4
Grain-free, and dairy-free! This is a lightly sweetened boba green tea you can make at home!
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Total Time
1 hr 5 min
Total Time
1 hr 5 min
For the Milk Tea
  1. 4.5 cups of water
  2. 4 green tea bags
  3. 11 oz. full-fat coconut milk (4/5 of a 13.5 oz. can)
  4. 4 tbsp. coconut sugar
  5. 5.5 cups of frozen strawberries (approx. 44 oz.)
To Cook Black Tapioca Pearls
  1. 8 cups of water
  2. 1 cup of tapioca pearls
Simple Syrup (to sweeten tapioca pearls after cooking)
  1. 1/4 cup coconut sugar (dissolved in water)
  2. 1 cup water
Instructions
  1. In one large pot, boil 8 cups of water.
  2. Then, slowly stir in 1 cup of tapioca pearls.
  3. Turn heat to medium and boil pearls for 25 minutes without lid, while stirring occasionally.
  4. While the tapioca pearls are cooking, in another large pot boil 4.5 cups of water.
  5. When this pot bois add tea bags and decrease to a low boil for 8 minutes.
  6. Remove green tea pot from heat, let cool for 2 min. Then whisk coconut milk and coconut sugar to the green tea and transfer to glass tupperware to cool further.
  7. When the larger pot of tapioca pearls has reached 25 minutes on low boil, turn off heat.
  8. Using a colander in the sink CAREFULLY drain the HOTHOTHOT black tapioca pearls.
  9. Pour the simple syrup (sugar already dissolved in the water) in a small pot/bowl then add the cooked tapioca pearls. Let them soak for 30 minutes.
  10. Drain the remaining simple syrup from the pearls.
  11. When milk tea and tapioca pearls are cool, place 1/4 of the pearls into a cup, blend 1/4 of the milk tea with 1.5 cups of frozen strawberries.
  12. Pour strawberry snow on top of your tapioca pearls.
  13. Add a big boba straw and enjoy!
Notes
  1. Add remaining simple syrup you soaked the tapioca pearls to your milk tea to sweeten it!
  2. Make all 4 servings right away, or refrigerate the milk tea and boba for up to 48-72 hours.
  3. *Tapioca pearls taste best right after cooled from cooking.
Adapted from Nuts.com Black Tapioca Pearls
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  Let’s be real. It’s so much easier to go to your favorite local shop and order a tea that arrives in 2 minutes flat. I’m with you there, but if you’re wondering CAN you make it yourself? Absolutely, it’s not as hard as it seems.

Boba Tea: Make it at Home
A few shots of the process.

I can say from experience full-fat coconut milk green tea is higher in calories, but tastes exponentially better than unsweetened vanilla almond milk green tea. Also, using frozen fruit eliminates the need to add fruit AND ice. Kill two birds with one stone, I say!

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Protein Bars: Supplementing Protein Series, Part 1

Odds are good that once you’ve transitioned over to more fitness-oriented lifestyle, you’ve altered your diet to start seeing results in the gym. It starts small for most of us… with reducing processed food products, increasing fresh produce, getting rid of soda… etc. Once you’ve gotten a handle on these basics, questions often arise about protein. How much do I need for my level of activity, and how can I get it? Bodybuilding.com states 1.4-2g/kg a day for physically active individuals. Mind you this is sourced from a body building site, so you are likely to find the highest intake numbers here to create large-scale muscle mass. This link from Kashi provides a simple calculator that has the math worked out for you based on your level of activity. I plugged in my weight and felt the numbers we’re right on for my daily goals.

There are no shortage of ways to increase protein, regardless of your lifestyle. Paleo, Zone, Vegetarian, Vegan…. the interweb is full of sources to support your dietary choices with a boat load of cooking and resource sites. To each their own! A protein-rich meal partnered with the right amount of fat and carbs will fuel your fire… but what about when you’re starving, on the go, and can’t cook? That’s where these products come in. Continue reading