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How to Lighten Up Your Life One Latte at a Time…

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?


Easy Iced Chai Latte

Surprise, surprise. Today I was actually not in the mood for coffee. Instead, my mom said a few days ago that she was making an iced chai. I thought that sounded wonderful this morning, so here is my version.

You’ll need:

prepare chai tea, chilled.
ice cubes

1. I prepared the chai tea with my Keurig Brewer. But you can do it the old fashioned way with a Chai tea bag and hot water. Steep until your desired strength and then put in the fridge to chill.

2. Add 1/3 to 1/2 ratio of milk to the chilled tea.

Add ice cubes.

3. It’s done! Enjoy the creamy, spiced flavor.

Katie @ BloomEveryday

Peanut Butter Cup of Coffee

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?

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