Healthy Iced Cappuccino Recipes
I have a major addiction to a substance that has been at various times been classified as good for you or as one the worst thing you can do to your body. My major addiction is to drinking coffee, coffee in all forms; brewed coffee, instant coffee, specialty coffee and iced coffee. My favorite is definitely the specialty coffee drinks such as latte and cappuccino. However, those specialty coffees can be loaded with calories and fat.
During the summer months I do not always want to be drinking a hot cappuccino, especially when the outside temperature is approaching 30 degrees Celsius. That is when I usually choose an iced coffee drink, and that is usually an iced cappuccino. Like the other specialty drinks, iced coffee is often very high in calories due to added sugars and creams. These drinks can also be as expensive as $4 or $5, which certainly adds up if you have one every day. There are alternatives though. There are many recipes available for making your own home-made iced coffee drinks that are low in fat.
What is Cappuccino?
Cappuccino was developed in Milan, Italy after the invention of the first espresso machine in 1901. It is a drink consisting of espresso coffee, hot milk, and a steamed-milk foam topping. Traditionally it was always served in a porcelain cup; the steamed-milk foam acted as an insulator for keeping the coffee warm longer.
Cappuccino Freddo is the Italian name for iced cappuccino. Of course, in iced cappuccino the steamed-milk is left off. It is the perfect drink for a hot summer day.
Iced Cappuccino Recipes
I found these great recipes in the book I love coffee: over 100 easy and delicious coffee drinks by Susan Zimmer published in 2006.
Coffee ice cubes:
Half-fill an ice-cube tray with brewed espresso coffee and freeze
Top the frozen coffee cubes with half and half cream or evaporated coffee and return to the freezer until frozen.
Remove from the ice-cube tray and store in a freezer bag for up to 10 days.
8 oz of soy milk
4 coffee ice cubes
Add ingredients to a blender and mix until smooth. Pour into a tall glass.
Top with shredded chocolate or cinnamon depending on taste.
12 oz of fat-free cappuccino yogurt
1 cup fat-free milk
2 cups low-fat mocha or coffee ice cream
Add ingredients to a blender and blend until smooth, pour into a chilled tall glass.
Top with shredded chocolate or cinnamon, depending on taste.
I hope these two recipes will be helpful. Both recipes are easily adaptable to personal taste and very easy to make. If you don't have a blender a hand-mixer will work just as well.