Wednesday, January 8, 2014

My morning latte fix

I've tried for over two years to try to get into drinking tea and I just don't think it's going to happen. Sometimes you just need coffee - not want, NEED. Especially in this freezing cold weather! My coffee habit definitely needed a makeover. I only had one cup a day, which isn't bad but my problem is how I prepared it. I like mine on the sweeter side, so the one tablespoon recommended serving size of the "Natural" Bliss creamer (I have "natural" in apostrophe because it's anything but - full of GMOs, grrrrr…..) would end up being more like 1/3 of a cup. UNREAL calories, carbs, fat and sugar when you do the multiplication!

One of our friends introduced me to a "frother" that lets you make your own cappuccinos and lattes. It is awesome. This nifty little handheld device has saved us hundreds of dollars in Starbucks visits - no need for that! It's key to my morning latte and best part? YOU CAN BUY THEM AT IKEA FOR $2!!!! Best $2 you will ever spend, although you have to brave the big box store because you can't buy them online. We originally had a fancier "Aerolatte" and this works just as good. Buy ten of them!

Originally I frothed the "Natural" Bliss creamer - greenwashing at its best. When I realized that I might as well be drinking a milkshake I switched it up and will never go back. Here is my technique:

1. Make coffee. I really like "Cafe Pajaro" from Trader Joe's which is organic and fair trade - just the right boldness for my taste.

2. Fill you mug halfway with almond milk (or less if you want less froth). I prefer Trader Joe's brand which is carrageenan (carcinogenic sweetener) free. I've experimented with coconut milk and flax milk and they don't froth as nice as almond milk. Warm it up in the microwave - a minute and a half is just right for me.
always tastes better in my favorite mug from our Jackson Hole wedding!
3. Add 5 drops of liquid stevia and a dash of cinnamon. (more or less depending on your sweet tooth)

4. FROTH!!!!!

5. Top it off with the coffee, kick your feet up and enjoy :)

I'm a one cup a day girl and don't advocate drinking massive quantities. This article from Dr. Mercola's website talks about the benefits of drinking coffee in moderation and how it and has therapeutic qualities. A nice quote:
 "Although organic coffee as a whole food may be therapeutic, caffeine in isolation can be quite toxic. The natural blend of polyphenol antioxidants, bioflavonoids, vitamins and minerals in coffee beans all work to ether to help neutralize the harsher effects of the caffeine. There are literally thousands of different natural chemical compounds in your brew, and science now suggests the synergy between them can pack a nice nutritional punch."
An un-guilty pleasure!

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