Wednesday, 30 May 2012

Coffee Smoothie, Making Special into Spectacular

Coffee Smoothie Mix Powder - Blended Ice Coffee Flavors from Big Train

What is a coffee smoothie? A coffee smoothie is what most people call a café frappe or blended ice coffee drink or blended frappe cappuccinos. These smoothies blend iced coffee with other flavorings. The easiest way to make a smoothie like this (and the secret of fine baristas around the world) is using a high quality mix. You will find that Big Train’s gourmet Blended Ice Coffee mixes are great options to add to your drink line up. You can indulge in a number of flavors including caramel latte, chocolate malt, chocolate mint, chocolate peanut butter, coffee, dulce de leche, espresso, Heath mocha, java chip, Kona mocha, mocha, pralines n cream, vanilla latte, and white chocolate latte. You can add additional items to these mixes to come up with your own flavor profiles. See all the Big Train flavors here.

 

 

 

How to make a coffee smoothie - Simply pour ice, water and mix into the blender. Blend until smooth.How to make a coffee smoothie

To get started with your coffee smoothie creation, you will need a bag of Big Train’s Blended Ice Coffee in your favorite flavor. All you need to do is add ice and water to the package directions. Place it all into a powerful blender and mix it up. Within a minute or so, you will see the blended drink begin to form. When it’s smooth, all you need to do is place it into a chilled glass and add a dollop of whipped cream if you want. Invest in a great blender as great equipment can make a  huge impact on the quality of blended ice drinks.

Quick steps to make a coffee smoothie: Simply pour ice, water and mix into the blender. Blend until smooth.

 

How can you add variations?

Fresh fruit is a great way to add another dimension to your coffee smoothie. Fruits like cherries, orange, or banana goes well with chocolate. You can either blend the flavors in with the mix or add them as fine chunks after you complete the blending process.

Syrups make another option for taking your coffee smoothie up a few notches. You can add additional chocolate syrup for a rich flavor. Vanilla can smooth out chocolate peanut butter. Hazelnut or caramel syrup makes excellent notes in many kinds of smoothie.

Coffee Smoothie Dulce de Leche with Chocolate Sauce topping

Dulce de Leche Coffee Smoothie

Toppings can take a great coffee smoothie into the stratosphere. Whipped cream is one option. But adding walnuts or peanuts is a great option also. Sprinkles add an additional element. A drizzle of caramel or chocolate sauce is perfect. Even a sprig of mint can make a difference.

 

Let your imagination soar!

Take your imagination and soar with Big Train’s Blended Ice Coffees. You will taste the difference. With these easy to use mixes, you can make smoothies at home. You can also add another dimension of revenue to your coffee house business that will have your customers begging for more. The choices and possibilities are endless. Enjoy your coffee smoothies.

For more information on Big Train Blended Ice coffee mixes go here.

Friday, 25 May 2012

Big Train Stops at WLSFA “Meet and Greet” in Las Vegas

Billed as the “Mother of all Meet and Greets”, the Weight Loss Surgery Foundation of America hosted its best annual conference yet recently in Las Vegas. We were introduced to the WLSFA by several of our consumer customers who discovered our Fit Frappe® low sugar high protein drink mixes in 2011.

The WLSFA mission has three components:

  • Ending Obesity by empowering people to move from surviving to thriving through weight loss surgery, education and support.
  • Performing charitable services and supporting research to find solutions to enhance the quality of life of the morbidly obese community.
  • Raising awareness and funds for surgery.
Antonia Namnath WLSFA Big Train

Antonia Namnath, CEO WLSFA

Antonia Namnath, CEO of WLSFA encouraged Big Train to help sponsor their annual conference. We are so glad we did! Attending from Big Train were Jim Wendt and Christiny Bouback from Big Train’s marketing department. According to Wendt, “The response from the WLS community for Big Train has been great. We were blown away by the positive response at the recent show in Vegas.

At the conference Big Train sampled Fit Frappe gourmet Protein Drink mixes: Espresso, Vanilla Latte, and Vanilla (coffee-free) blended with water and ice, and Fit Frappe Mocha served hot (by mixing the powder mix with hot water). We also handed out several of our low carb products (including low carb chai, low carb cookies, low carb brownies) and no sugar added mocha and chai. Customers seem to like the diversity of both our Protein drink mixes as well as the other non protein options.

One attendee at the show had an amazing protein mix recipe: Fit Frappe Sorbet. They take the mix add more ice less water and store in the freezer then eat it like ice cream. So it’s like a high protein no sugar frozen treat that’s good for you!

One of the charters for the WLSFA organization is to raise funds for weight loss surgeries. Connie Bailey, their first grant recipient, attended the Las Vegas event and posted this video on You Tube after trying our protein drink mixes (one of our best testimonials ever). Thanks Connie!

We didn’t ask for this video and so it means a lot to us that Connie would take the time out of her day to produce and share this video with her You Tube followers. Thanks again Connie!  WLSFA profiled an inspiring documentary produced by our friends at BariatricTV about Connie and her sister that has received over 100,000 views check it out: http://wlsfa.org/media-kit/view-surviving-to-thriving/the-film/

Some Fun before the Conference

Wendt and Bouback wanted to do something fun for WLSFA attendees prior to the show and invited some of the early bird attendees on a private tour of Zappos.com‘s corporate HQ that is close to the Las Vegas strip. The company was recently ranked #11 Best Company to Work for by Forbes Magazine in 2012. Zappos is legendary for its unique and sometimes wacky culture. The Book Delivering Happiness. A Path to Profits, Passion and Purpose, by the company’s CEO Tony Hsieh is a MUST read for anyone looking to overcome adversity and make great things happen by among other things building win-win relationships with people. Wendt figured the WLSFA community, a passionate and brand-loyal group, would appreciate the Zappos tour. In typical Zappos exceed-customer-expectation fashion, the Zappos Insights team made an exception for us (Natalie rules) and graciously hosted their first ever Friday tour (as that was the only day that worked for us). Here are a few pics:

Zappos Tour All Aboard with Big Train and WLSFA Attendees

Melting Mama photo bombing Wendt’s Zappos Tour sign pic.

Las Vegas Limo Bus Big Train

Thx Celebrity Coaches for the Big Train ride!

Zappos Reception

Zappos Reception

Tony Hsieh Desk Big Train Tour

No managers get offices, not even the CEO.

no ties at Zappos

Beware vendors: Do not wear a tie at Zappos.

 

Zappos VIP Tour Big Train

Everyone is a VIP at Zappos.

Thanks everyone at the WLSFA “Meet and Greet”! And just how did folks respond to Big Train at the event. According to Namnath, “I knew your Fit Frappe was going rock it in Vegas it IS the talk of the show!!!!

It truly was a humbling experience meeting so many people that have made huge differences in their lives. So inspirational! Thanks for the great feedback on our products. Thanks Zappos for the amazing tour and service for our group. I don’t know what impressed us more the $16 Million record braking sales day poster or the size 40 boot you shared with us. For more information about WLSFA go to http://www.wlsfa.org. For more information about Zappos, go to http://www.zappos.com. And to find out more about Big Train go to http://www.BigTrain.com. To get more information about Fit Frappe gourmet protein mixes go here.

Friday, 25 May 2012

Strawberry Basil Martini Cocktail Recipe

Strawberry Basil Martini
Recipe type: Cocktail
Prep time: 
Total time: 
Serves: 1
 
Ingredients
  • 3 strawberries
  • 3 basil leaves,
  • oz simple syrup
  • 2 oz vodka
  • 1 oz Big Train Real Fruit Strawberry Concentrate
  • ½ oz lime juice
Instructions
  1. Combine all ingredients in cocktail shaker.
  2. If you like more of a basil taste use spoon to muddle mixture before shaking.
  3. Shake
  4. Strain
  5. Pour
  6. Garnish with strawberry slice
  7. Enjoy!

Strawberry Basil Martini

Hope you LOVE the Strawberry Basil Martini Cocktail Recipe. For more information on Big Train Real Fruit Smoothie related products go here. To purchase Big Train Strawberry Tea Blast Fruit Smoothie mix go here. If you are interested in setting up a wholesale account to purchase Big Train products contact your distributor or register for an account with Big Train here.

Wednesday, 16 May 2012

Whiskey Peach Smash Cocktail Recipe

Whiskey Peach Smash
Recipe type: Cocktail
Prep time: 
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Serves: 1
 
Looking for the perfect summer dinner party cocktail recipe? Try adding Whiskey Peach Smashes to your menu. Pair this with a great pasta meal or BBQ and Apple Pie. Yummm!
Ingredients
  • ½ peach
  • 3-4 fresh mint leaves
  • lemon wedge
  • 1oz. water
  • 1 oz Big Train peach real fruit concentrate
  • 1 oz simple syrup
  • 2 oz whiskey
  • Ice
Instructions
  1. Muddle all ingredients in cocktail shaker, except whiskey and ice.
  2. Then add ice and whiskey and shake till combined.
  3. Strain and pour into glass.
  4. Garnish with peach slice.

Whiskey Peach Smash

To learn more about Big Train go here. For more information about Big Train’s Real Fruit Peach Pizazz fruit smoothie mix go here. Enjoy your Whiskey Peach Smash cocktails.

Monday, 14 May 2012

Support the Maddie James Seaside Learning Center and Win an Original Wyland Painting.

Big Train is pleased to help sponsor the Mile for Maddie event on May 19th in Dana Point, California. The Maddie James Foundation was founded by the parents of a five year-old California girl who passed away due to an inoperable brain tumor, but whose love of the ocean and its many creatures will live forever. The individual who raises the most money for this year’s walk will earn an original, signed Chinese brush art painting created by Wyland.  Wyland will personally award the prize at the Club Honu dinner.

The Foundation is committed to supporting the construction and ongoing operation of The Maddie James Seaside Learning Center (scheduled to break ground in 2012) at the Ocean Institute in Dana Point, California, one of Maddie’s favorite places.

The Foundation is also proud to partner with other ocean-minded charities and groups committed to bringing the ocean to children around the country, regardless of circumstance, to show them its many wonders and the importance of its preservation through dynamic educational programs.

Come join Big Train and a great group of amazing people and be a part of Maddie’s dream. If you are interested in volunteering at “a Mile for Maddie”, please contact the Foundation at volunteer@amileformaddie.com

 

Friday, 11 May 2012

Strawberry Cucumber Martini Recipe

Strawberry Cucumber Martini
Recipe type: Cocktail
Prep time: 
Total time: 
Serves: 1
 
Ingredients
  • 2 strawberries
  • 3 slices of cucumber
  • ½ ounce simple syrup
  • Ice
  • 2oz vodka
  • 1oz Big Train Strawberry Real Fruit Smoothie Concentrate
Instructions
  1. Combine all ingredients in cocktail shaker.
  2. Shake
  3. Strain
  4. Pour
  5. Garnish with strawberry slice, cucumber or both.
  6. Enjoy

Strawberry Cucumber Martini

 

 

 

 

 

 

To learn more about Big Train go here. For more information about Big Train’s Real Fruit strawberry real fruit smoothie mix go here. Enjoy your Strawberry Cucumber martinis.

Friday, 11 May 2012

Fruit Cocktails | Big Train Smoothies with a Kick

Fruit and cocktails go together like peanut butter and jelly, like ice cream and fudge. Delicious real fruit smoothie mixes are the foundation to amazing Fruit Cocktails. Its summer and what could be more refreshing than offering your customers a refreshing summer smoothie? How about a spiked smoothie? These fruit cocktail recipes are sure to be a big hit, making any time of the day a happy hour.

smoothie cocktail recipes

Start your day with a delicious Bellini. Use Big Train Peach Smoothie Concentrate with champagne to create this delightful drink.

Peach Bellini Smoothie Recipe

Directions:

Combine all ingredients and blend.  Blend till consistency is slushy, but not completely smooth. Top off with champagne if desired. Garnish with peach slice.

Reactions:

“It was a great tasting and refreshing drink.  Easy to drink with the fruit flavors, the peach flavor and the champagne carbonation made a good addition.” – Eric Heitzmann

“The peach Bellini was delightful and refreshing. The taste didn’t linger so it was a light and fresh experience.”   – Christopher Mazurk

If you’d like to offer your customers something a little different, try this twist on the traditional Bellini.  The tastes of key lime and peach combine to create a truly unique morning drink. This drink is sophistication with a little punch.

Peach Key Lime Bellini.

Directions:

Combine all ingredients and blend.  Blend till consistency is slushy, but not completely smooth. Top off with champagne if desired. Garnish with lime and/or peach slice.

 

Reaction:

“Fizzy, Bubbly and Sweet”.  “Everything blends together so well.” – Geoff Martinez

“This might be my new favorite.” – Maryann Beckman

 

Whiskey Peach Smash
For the customer that wants something a little different. This drink will evoke images of the south in the summer. The flavors of whiskey and peaches are smashed together with mint and lemon for a summer smoothie cocktail that will be a big hit at your next BBQ.

Directions:

Muddle all ingredients in cocktail shaker, except whiskey and ice. Then add ice and whiskey and shake till combined. Strain and pour into glass. Garnish with peach slice.

Reactions:

“This tastes like sunshine, but if it was chilled, so I guess it takes like chilled sunshine.” – Geoff Martinez

“One of the BEST whiskey variants I’ve had in a long time.”  – Josh Beckman

This is a spicy drink. Perfect for those customers who want something with a little more heat. This martini smoothie has a kick.

 

Ginger Peach Martini

Directions:

Combine all ingredients in cocktail shaker. Shake. Strain. Pour. Enjoy.   Garnish with candied ginger if desired.

These two Martini Smoothies are perfect for summer. These combinations are light, fruity. Your customers will find enjoy sipping these fruit smoothie cocktails as they unwind after a long day of work or catching up with a few friends.

 

Strawberry Basil Martini

  • 3 strawberries
  •  3 basil leaves,
  • ½ oz simple syrup
  • 2 oz vodka
  • 1 oz Big Train Real Fruit Strawberry Concentrate
  • 1/2 oz lime juice

 

Directions:

Combine all ingredients in cocktail shaker.  If you like more of a basil taste use spoon to muddle mixture before shaking. Shake. Strain. Pour. Enjoy.  Garnish with strawberry slice

Reactions:
“Mmm like a liquid jello shot.” – Geoff Martinez

 

Strawberry Cucumber Martini 

 

Directions:

Combine all ingredients in cocktail shaker.  hake. Strain. Pour. Enjoy.  Garnish with strawberry slice, cucumber or both.

Reactions:

“It’s refreshingly sweet and very summerish but with a bite!” – Geoff Martinez

 

See all of Big Train fruit smoothie products for Home Baristas here:  Got a favorite fruit cocktail recipe? We want to know about it. Submit your fruit cocktail recipes here.  For more information about Big Train, go here.

Tuesday, 8 May 2012

Strawberry Banana Protein Shake Recipe

Strawberry Banana Vanilla Protein Shake Recipe
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Recipe type: Protein Drink
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Here is my recipe for Strawberry Banana Vanilla Shake. It's a simple to make delicious low calorie high protein drink recipe.
Ingredients
  • 5-6 large strawberries
  • 1 medium/large banana
  • 1 serving of Big Train Vanilla Fit Frappe
  • Ice
  • 1 cup of lowfat milk
Instructions
  1. Very simple: Put all ingredients in a blender and blend until it's mixed and blended thoroughly.
Notes
Milk is not necessary but I like my shakes extra creamy. Mix and enjoy your strawberry banana vanilla protein shake. Cheers!

Strawberry Banana Vanilla Protein Shake Recipe

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We hope you like this Strawberry Banana Protein Shake Recipe by our friend Marian “Marianthefoodie” Bacol-Uba! To submit your favorite recipe using Big Train’s products, go here   Thanks Marian! For more information on Big Train’s Fit Frappe Protein shake mixes, go here: http://www.fitfrappe.com or http://www.bigtrain.com/protein-drinks-c-143.aspx.