My husband is a coffee junkie, which normally wouldn’t upset me, however he’s not a black coffee junkie, or even a coffee with a little cream and a dash of sugar kind of a junkie… he’s a flavored coffee junkie. His usual is either an iced vanilla latte or some form of blended coffee sweetness. An average vanilla latte has about 250 calories and 35 grams of sugar. An average Frappucino has about 400 – 500 calories and over 50 grams of sugar!!! I’m all about a treat every once in awhile, but this daily habit is not an option for a dietitian’s husband! I got creative and came up with a workable solution. We have smoothies every morning in some way, shape or form. I try to vary the flavors with different fruits and vegetables. We always add a whole food powder for added protein and nutrition. I use Juice Plus Complete because it’s whole food based, non-GMO, and gluten free. I came up with a healthier, yet tasty alternative to my husband’s usual morning beverage. 1 handful greens (lettuce, kale, spinach, swiss chard) – I add greens to every smoothie I make. You can’t taste them and I like to get more bang for my buck! 1 cup ice (more if you like it really thick) 1 cup Vanilla Coconut Milk (You can use Almond Milk or Rice Milk) 4 ounces coffee or 1 -2 shots of espresso (If you make the coffee the night before, you can chill it in the fridge. I actually have a Frappe Maker that brews the coffee right into the blender and then blends it up) 1 scoop Chocolate or Vanilla Protein Powder Sweet Leaf Vanilla Stevia drops to taste (I don’t particularly like my drinks really sweet, but for my hubbie, the sweater the better, so I add these after.) Enjoy! Now over to you. What ways do you modify your favorite morning cup of Joe? I’d love to read your comments below. Want more fun tips like this? Sign up! Let’s be friends.
Confession time… I’ve always been “on a diet.” When I was younger, I just assumed that’s how it worked. If you wanted to be thin and healthy, you had to be “on a diet.” So I became a dietitian. Makes sense right? Become an expert on how to be thin and healthy.
Then I started trying every diet in the book. I wanted to be educated of course. I needed to know what my clients were talking about and be able to say, “I’ve done it. I know how it works.” I’ll be honest, as much as nutrition and health are passions of mine, it can be exhausting having that much information in my head. And it all conflicts! Eat this, wait, no eat that… Sure it works, but only temporarily. Then you give up and try something else. Does this sound familiar to anyone else?
My practice, and my life, took a turn for the better when I gave up putting myself and my clients “on a diet,” and just began implementing one or two small changes. It’s simple, for the most part it’s easy, and you can feel and see the difference.
Last time I shared about how I started drinking more water. This month, I’m committing to exercising 5 days a week. Next month, I’m going to make sure I have protein with breakfast. This is how you develop lifestyle habits. There is no such thing as “get rich quick,” and there’s no such thing as a “magic weight loss bullet.” As Jim Rohn says, “The only way things are going to change for me is when I change.”
So over to you… what’s one simple change you are willing to make in the next 30 days? Drink more water? Walk more? Cut down on your sugar intake? Let me know and keep me posted on how it’s working for you!
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