[center]Hey Starbucks, Eat My Shorts [/center]
Did you know that Starbucks has a coffee drink that contains over 800 calories and 109 grams of carbohydrates? That’s 200 more worthless calories than a Big Mac.
Yeah, stick with the Americano or a nice cup of Pikes Place there, chubby.
Truthfully, I like Starbucks. I do some good writing from there. I flirt shamelessly with cute baristas. And I have a theory that a lot of that succulent caffeine somehow becomes airborne, gets absorbed into my system, and fuels my more intensive writing projects.
But I stick to the green tea and Americano. No 800-calorie sugar/fat bombs for this FFB (former fat boy.)
Today, I’m a big fan of almond milk. Making good almond milk involves a lot of overnight soaking, boiling, blanching, and straining. No thanks. Luckily, you can now just buy it by the carton. I like the <a href="http://www.bluediamond.com/index.cfm?navid=33"target=“new”>Blue Diamond brand, which is starting to show up in some regular grocery stores. No trip to the hippie health food store required.
It’s a great no-sugar, low-calorie, almost no-carb substitute for regular milk, something most body-conscious people should probably avoid. Almond milk has become a new staple for me in recipes, and sometimes I just have a cold glass all by itself. It’s that good.
Here’s my favorite homemade coffee drink using almond milk. Sorry Starbucks, but this beats the crap outta your “whole-latte-calorie” drinks.
[center]Almond Iced Coffee[/center]
In a shaker bottle, add:
1 or 2 cups of unsweetened almond milk
1 packet artificial sweetener of choice
1 packet or one serving of instant coffee
Handful of ice
Shake it up, pop a straw in it, and enjoy for only 40-80 calories.
Add a scoop of vanilla or chocolate <a href="http://www.tmuscle.com/productInfo.do?id=525024"target=“new”>Metabolic Drive.
You can get almond milk in plain, vanilla, and even chocolate for just 5 more calories. So, lots of recipe variations there. Not all of it is unsweetened though, so read the label.
The only thing missing here is a cute barista.