Normally I’m not a Starbucks advocate. But this is – I must say – well played on the part of the monstrous brand. They obviously know which holidays are most important! 🙂
Someone (CLR CFF to be precise) has actually taken the stain out of your morning beverage – I can hear your pearly whites glinting in the sun. . .
Why so see-through? Well, for the above reason first and foremost. But the drink also boasts a unique taste, minus all the “uglies” (artificial flavors, preservatives, sugar, sweeteners, or stabilizers) – so it’s kind of in the clear on all counts. It’s also only 4 calories, which is nice if you need any add-ins.
The production method, using high quality Arabica coffee beans and pure water, is apparently completely new and innovative (though how it robs the liquid of its signature earthen hue…? No idea.)
If you drink your coffee from a straw (yes, I do, as a matter of fact!) and you’ve desperately wanted to ditch the plastic tubing…well, now’s your chance. Plus, it’s so damn photogenic…
Sold at Whole Foods and Selfridges.
The power of coffee. . .
It’s quite the kick in the ass I need sometimes. Work for you?
There’s something to be said for having breakfast in the morning. It doesn’t have to be sitting on your night table and devoured the moment your lids go up…but having a meal in the morning as you get going can set you up for a much better day.
My system is a little quirky – if I wake up early, before my usual (and more natural) time, I have to eat pronto. Not doing so lands me in a puffy and uncomfortable way – no one can explain it, it just is what it is. Same thing happens if I wait too long between meals or snacks! Frustrating but…I know it happens, so I’m able to be proactive and head it off! If I wake up at my usual time, a cup of coffee and a little time before eating works best. Everyone is different and there is nothing wrong with the way your morning routine is if it works for you!
I don’t vary a ton with my food in general – I could list my staples on one hand. So breakfast is either eggs and vegetables, or eggs and fruit. I don’t manage to get bored, remarkably (spices and sometimes even salsa or hot sauce can make a nice change!)
What I find, though, is that having a decent amount of protein, paired with high fiber and high water content foods sets me up to have more energy for the not just the morning, but the day. It kicks starts the metabolic burning process, and it often keeps me from devouring everything in sight later (that happens – for sure – when I don’t.)
Whatever mix of macronutrients works for you so that you feel your best, have the most energy, and feel satisfied, is what you should do! That might be toast with peanut butter and some fruit, or a big greek yogurt smoothie… Whatever it is, though, squeeze it in if you can. Breakfast is hugely important and will give you the support you need internally to start the day right.
I remember when getting healthier options wasn’t “a thing.” It wasn’t trendy to seek out specialty grains, certain types of algae for energy, probiotics, less-ingredient-foods…(though in figure skating and dancing, many top athletes were promoting them, so I learned early!) But somewhere along the line (within the last decade), the notion hit the mainstream.
I don’t much care for being trendy and honestly, I’m not about to go pick up some herbal cleanse concoction or extreme take on a protein shake just because the larger population (at least the larger, health-conscious population) says it’s the “it” item of the moment. But what I am incredibly thankful for is that the level of trendiness has prompted countless retail establishments to open their doors and cater to those of us looking for healthy options.
The other day I happened upon a MASSIVE Whole Foods – one that, quite possibly – dwarfed two or three normal ones. I was in heaven! The prepared section is one I don’t tend to purchase a lot from, however, as I find many things are overcooked (no doubt over concern regarding internal temperatures, the feeding of the general public, and the potential for suits!) BUT…everything else? I was thrilled!
I don’t use cow’s milk for one – milk and I don’t much care for one another. The sheer number of choices of almond, coconut, hemp, cashew, and other nut milks was (albeit overwhelming) astounding! I was also able to find my crunchy seaweed snacks in spades…IN the flavor I prefer. 😀
Oils…another wonderful example. The “personal care” area was enormous – I had a pick of countless essential oils, herbal supplements, body lotions, whatever… The seafood looked amazing… The pick of nut butters, produce, soups…even olives! (healthy fats)…was phenomenal.
Oh, and then there was the coffee. I personally use Maple Syrup in my coffee – why? It’s one of the healthiest sweetener options out there. Agave actually IS more like sugar BUT…I’d SO much rather use a drop of honey than use sucralose, aspartame, nutrasweet etc.! And of course, they had almond AND soy milk over on the fixing station – at Starbucks, you have to ask for (and sometimes PAY for) that option.
So for me…the trendiness is something I embrace, because then I have the wonderful luxury of finding stores with monstrous footprints, filled to the brim with healthy meal choices. Definitely not complaining about that! (More like stuffing my face! 😉 )
Depending on where you are, you may have gotten some snow the other day – for many locations in the US, it was a nice, wintery foot and a half or so.
Now I realize it isn’t as easy to get around in inclement weather (or the aftermath)… And I, too, have to stand on those horrific impending-apocalypse lines at the supermarket. But I LOVE the Seasons, and I LOVE snow – it changes things up and gives us a chance to SLOW DOWN (rest days? What are those?!)
My man and I decided to venture out during the blizzard (I mean, why make it easy for ourselves!?) The pubs in the area had promised to stay open and sure enough, they were. We wandered (er, were wind-blown!) into one we hadn’t yet tried, and were delightfully surprised – there may have been only four of us in the entire place, but they were incredibly accommodating.
Not only was I able to get coffee with almond milk (how many pubs have that, you ask? Not many!), but I was also able to order something clean and delicious for lunch – sliced, roasted turkey.
The menu was very limited but the bartender didn’t bat a lash when I said I didn’t drink, and that I wanted turkey…minus the sandwich part! It seems like a small thing, but it is the kind of accommodation and consideration I truly appreciate – while the world has become more conscious overall, offering healthy options at restaurants, it still can’t be expected that every establishment is on board.
I’m not as flexible with my nutritional choices as most people and I am always and ever thankful to be met with “no problem” or even “let me double check for you!”
The turkey happened to be UH-MAZING, and I made a point to tell the owner that if I liked it…it is DEFINITELY good!
Yes indeed, Mrs. Particular LOVED it – it was just what I needed for a snowy day.