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This past weekend I had the amazing opportunity to be part of a Women’s Retreat at a lodge on a small lake in Northern Idaho. It was just a quick weekend get-away, but being away from home and on the road makes it difficult to stick to a normal diet. I am all about indulging when I am away, because I know that since I am a fairly “healthy” eater when I am at home, I can indulge when I am on the road.
As my husband tells me, you don’t put the weight on overnight, and you don’t take the weight off overnight…it is a process. So indulging every once in a while is not a bad thing! (I have to constantly remind myself of this fact, and you should too!)
When I am on the road — I still need my coffee. Now with all of the instant options, it is easy to make a cup anywhere (even if you climb to the top of Mt. Rainer, you could enjoy a hot cup of Joe as long as you can heat the water). Hmmm, note-to-self, invent a way to heat the water instantly without the constraints of power. Surely if we can put a man on the moon, my coffee cravings can be satisfied anywhere on Earth.
I truly could indulge in an iced latte everyday (ok, let me be real: everyday, multiple times a day). Because of my great love for coffee and anything sweet; this combination can be deadly. So in an attempt to save my waistline I have been determined to lighten up my latte. Here is what I have discovered works the best to trick your taste buds, but still maintain the latte satisfaction.
Instead of ordering my usual Grande Iced Vanilla Latte – Hello, 250 calories, 6 g of Fat — try skinning it up! The closest variation that I have created to trick my taste buds is the following:
Order a Grande Iced Americano (3 shots) with Sugar Free Vanilla Syrup – with a splash of half and half — Hello 50 calories, 2 g of Fat. This simple combination can be doctored in anyway depending on how you like your espresso.
If you like your coffee drinks sweet, add an additional packet of Splenda. If you like your coffee drinks lightened with creamer, try a couple of splashes of half and half, and make up the difference with skim milk. Just remember that the more milk you add, the higher the calorie count.
This coffee house drink helps keep me on track when I get a craving for a latte. However, I remind myself, that every once in a while, it is ok to indulge in the real thing!
-Heather @ BloomEveryday
What is your favorite coffee house drink?
Sometimes you just get a craving for something rich, decadent, and slightly bad-for-you. This is an amped-up healthier version of brownies that packs all the flavor and decadence you could want in a brownie. Plus there’s a peanut butter swirl!!
Obviously, my sweetie and I dug in before I got pictures – so good and very satisfying!
cooking spray (like canola oil)
1/4 cup unsweetened applesauce
1/4 cup canola oil
3/4 cup loosely packed brown sugar
6 tablespoons unsweetened, good quality cocoa
dash of salt
3/4 teaspoon baking powder
1 packet Starbuck Via instant coffee (or 1 teaspoon instant coffee)
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
2 large eggs
1/4 plus 1/8 cup unbleached all-purpose flour
1/4 plus 1/8 cup whole wheat flour
1/2 cup chocolate chips (or any flavored chips of your choice)
heaping tablespoon of organic peanut butter
1. Take an 8×8 glass pan and spray with canola oil and then dust with whole wheat flour (this will allow the brownies to release from the pan super easily). Set aside.
2. In a bowl, whisk very briskly by hand together applesauce, oil, and sugar until light and slightly airy.
3. Add following ingredients one-by-one and whisk each in thoroughly: cocoa, salt, baking powder, coffee, extract, eggs.
4. Next fold in flour until just combined. Then fold in chocolate chips. Pour batter into baking pan.
5. Melt heaping tablespoon of peanut butter in microwave until runny. Pour artfully over the batter, then take a knife and drag through the batter to create swirl between brownies and peanut butter.
6. Bake in preheated 350 degree oven for 20 to 25 minutes. Makes 9 medium sized brownies.
Let cool and cut into 9 squares. ENJOY! So tasty! Excuse the pictures – bad lighting + cell phone = bad quailty. But trust me, they are so gooood!
– Katie @ BloomEveryday
How do you indulge your sweet tooth in a healthier way?
If you’ve read our “BE Loved” post from Friday, TGICoffee, you know Peanut Butter Iced Coffee is what I love this week. What’s a girl to do then to get her fix? I raced off to the restaurant supply store in town and found Torani Peanut Butter syrup…only for $4.75 (a full 750 ml bottle!). That was $0.50 shy of what my coffee on Thursday cost, not including tip. Here is my recipe for making this delicious creation at home on the cheap!
What You Will Need:
> Prepared coffee, cold
> Peanut Butter Syrup, as sweet as you like it
> Ice cubes
> Soy milk, or dairy of your choosing
I make my coffee the night before, such as Heather wrote about when simplifying her mornings. I added the syrup last night when the coffee was hot to help dissolve the syrup, but you can add it the next day too. Now it’s ready to grab the next day.
Pop a few ice cubes in.
Pour in some soy milk.
Viola! A Peanut Butter Soy Iced Coffee ready to wake you up in the morning. Perfect to take to work or just enjoy on a Saturday morning.
Try it hot too, or with some chocolate syrup as well. Can I get a Peanut Butter Cup Latte, anyone?
– Katie @ BloomEveryday
What is your favorite coffee creation?
I think it is so funny that Katie and I chose the same topic this week to write about in our weekly Friday ‘BE Loved’ post. We must have coffee in our DNA…
I was telling my husband the other night how excited I was for the Christmas season, even though it is only September. I think these feelings were spurred on by the fact that I have been drinking Irish Mint flavored coffee this past week. I somehow skipped right past fall, and landed right in the middle of December.
I say — it is never too early for Peppermint Mochas (even when it is 90 degrees outside). Here is a quick way to make one at home if you don’t have an espresso maker:
Brew a fresh cup of Irish Mint flavored coffee — add a splash of vanilla syrup (or Splenda works too). If you love chocolate (which, of course, I can’t pass up) add either half a pack of hot cocoa mix or a couple of pumps of chocolate syrup. Finish with your morning creamer and a dollop of whipped cream. Viola, a pretty darn good substitute for one of my favorite holiday drinks!
Irish Mint Coffee, what I LOVE this week.
Peanut Butter Iced Coffee
Peanut Butter. A very familar word in my daily vocab. I wouldn’t deny that I say the word less than five times a day. My husband would be shocked if I went a day without a little spread on bread, heaped on a piece of chocolate, or in a full-on banana-nutella-PB wrap. I have a theory that peanut butter can be put on anything and is a crucial, essential part of every meal.
So when the traveling coffee van stopped by our office, I inquired: “What syrups do you have?” Among the hazelnuts, white chocolates, and almonds my ears perked up when I surprisingly heard “Peanut Butter”. I asked him how it tasted, and he said, “I don’t know, doesn’t taste like peanut butter…more like just sweet.”
I could not pass up the opportunity to try this. I love coffee. I love peanut butter. Curiousity got the best of me and I ordered a Soy SF Peanut Butter Iced Coffee. The coffee guy set my expectations pretty low and I wasn’t really prepared for the love affair that came next. With my first sip, I was transported to a coffee wonderland with a hint of peanut buttery goodness.
Want to BE Loved? Stop by a coffee joint with a wall of flavors and ask for a Peanut Butter Iced Coffee however you like it.
What I LOVE this week? Peanut Butter Iced Coffee.
– Katie @ BloomEveryday
“Let’s do life togeter”
What do you love this week?