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KYLAR_STERN SparkPoints: (22,233)
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11/28/12 6:46 A

@Julez and Cindy- Don't have a Kuereg, will have access to one come January tho :), found a Fresh Market place that claims to have gourmet coffees so I'm gonna see if I can get a little bag of decaf from there. I hate having to throw out the rest of even an 8 oz bag. A French Roast decaf sounds about up my alley.

And Julez, saw your signature and pintrest page... I'm gonna be scrolling through there a lot. Just got 5 more pounds to drop by Saturday for weigh-ins, then for the foreseable future I'm free to eat in moderation :) Back to batch cooking on weekends.

And the teas are good. I had a cup of Chamiomille last night just as I went to bed. Helps with my sleeping problems too. One thing I've done in the past is let a little square of dark chocolate melt in one. 30 calories of good for you dark chocolate and then it gives it a nice flavor, without the sweetness so its fitting for tea.

Edited by: KYLAR_STERN at: 11/28/2012 (06:48)
CINDYA1962 Posts: 1,021
11/28/12 4:57 A

For the Keurig, you will love the French Roast Decaf made by Tully's. It is very dark, very strong. Most of the decafs are awful.

KRISTEN_SAYS SparkPoints: (73,428)
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11/27/12 6:29 P

Tea! Especially Chai.....mmmmm so gooooood.

CHRISTINA791 SparkPoints: (39,642)
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11/27/12 12:45 P

Oh, I hear you on the warm comfort drinks. I try to limit myself to just a couple full out dessert drinks per season, but it's hard. Nothing says 'winter' to me like going out for a walk wrapped up in a toque and scarf with a cup of hot chocolate to keep me warm. Right now I'd love to be sitting in a cabin somewhere by the fire with a polar bear, whip cream and all.

But anyway... emoticon

My favourite find last year was a really nice chocolate mint tea sold at one of my local tea shops. In terms of taste, it's mostly mint with a slight chocolate undertone, but the scent is amazing. If I'm having a chocolate craving, I can brew up a cup of that and just breathe it in.

This might sound really weird, but for me one of the components to the comfort drink thing is visual. A lot of the time, what I'm craving isn't the drink itself as much as the emotional experience of the comfort drink. I have a couple special mugs aside from the usual everyday ones, and I find that taking one of those out on a chilly night makes the drink a little more special and hits the right emotional spot. A cup of tea in the gorgeous mug made by a family friend, enjoyed while curled up in my favourite chair with my cat is much more satisfying than a hot chocolate in a disposable cup from the corner store, even if I think that that's what I'm craving.

Edited by: CHRISTINA791 at: 11/27/2012 (12:45)
YOJULEZ SparkPoints: (15,605)
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11/27/12 12:16 P

Kylar my BF said the Newman's Own decaf is OK. He accidentally drank some yesterday because we ran out of the regular. We have the K-cups but I'm sure you can get it in the regular format.

KYLAR_STERN SparkPoints: (22,233)
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11/27/12 12:14 P

@becky- Great, thanks again!

@Jen- Yep, just had some when I was home with my parents. That's what gave me the idea for a decaf coffee with a little skim milk and sugar free syrup in the evening. Just gotta find a decaf I like. Both Folgers and even Starbucks decaf weren't drinkable. I like strong, dark coffee black generally. The folgers was even a hazelnut flavored and still no good because the coffee taste there was rough.

Wondering if a good brand with a dark chocolate flavored decaf and sugar free peppermint would be an excelent drink?

DIETITIANBECKY Posts: 26,690
11/27/12 12:02 P

No need to seperate yolk and whites.
No need to whip any eggs.
Just cook acccording to recipe directions.


JENMC14 Posts: 2,707
11/27/12 11:04 A

Have you ever tried the sugar free liquid creamers? Those are good.

KYLAR_STERN SparkPoints: (22,233)
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11/27/12 9:42 A

lite spiced cider is another good one. Probably taste a little different than my apples and cinnamon tea in a good, refreshing way.

Quick question with the eggnog recipe, since I've never actually made eggnog myself, don't you have to do something with separating the yolks and whites and whipping them? Or is that not needed for this recipe. If so that would be great.

Oh, just read it again. I thought it just added a little vanilla yogurt but its actually frozen yogurt which racks up the calorie count. Would that be needed? Or could I just do this with the milk, eggs, and powdered milk?

And does anyone know of a flavored decaf coffee brand that doesn't taste like crap? I know its a long shot but...

Edited by: KYLAR_STERN at: 11/27/2012 (09:51)
DIETITIANBECKY Posts: 26,690
11/26/12 6:46 P

another idea: lite spiced cider...only 10 calories/packet
Dietitian Becky

NIRERIN Posts: 12,028
11/26/12 5:07 P

do they make sugar free pudding powder? you could add milk to that for something thicker. i know the first time i made pudding with almond milk i forgot to reduce the amount of milk i added and it ended up way too soupy to set. so i added more milk and drank it like a milkshake. it wasn't bad and you could presumably do it hot or cold.

when i make vegan jello shots, i use agar agar. you can buy it at an asian market or most large grocers with a decent selection will have it. but it's basically seaweed that is used for thickening. or growing things in petri dishes actually. you wouldn't want to add enough for jello shots, but adding a little to your hot beverage should help with the thickening as well. arrowroot powder or cornstarch could also do the job. my agar agar flakes are no cals and 1 g fiber per Tablespoon. my arrowroot [you can find it in the spice section] has 35 cals and 8 g carbs but not sugar. and cornstarch has 30 cals and 7 g carbs, no sugars. and all of these work the same way: heat up, add the thickener, stir til combined, continuing to heat for just a bit and cool. the mixture will thicken as it cools.

CHEETARA79 SparkPoints: (77,949)
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11/26/12 4:24 P

How about chai? You boil tea with cardamom, cinammon, cloves, some milk, maybe sweetener? It has those spiced flavors that remind you of firesides so I think it would be a good fit.

recipes.sparkpeople.com/recipe-detail.asp?
recipe=871816


KYLAR_STERN SparkPoints: (22,233)
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11/26/12 3:49 P

Julez- Yep, teas have bed in my evenings for a while now, the celstial ones especailly. I have a box of peppermint and cinnamon apple I've been going through :)

Becky- My family has never made homemade eggnog before, we just buy a carton from the store, but I think I'll have to try it this year. That recipe looks perfect. Skim milk, eggs, vanilla yogurt, and then sure, I'll add splenda to sweeten. I love recipes like that. Even if they're higher calorie, all great ingredients. Thanks so much! I'll just tone the amounts back a lot for just me for now.

DIETITIANBECKY Posts: 26,690
11/26/12 3:22 P

This SP article has a recipe for a healthier homemade eggnog--and you could substitute splenda ( or your choice of artificial sweetener) for the sugar:
www.sparkpeople.com/resource/nutrition_art
icles.asp?id=526


YOJULEZ SparkPoints: (15,605)
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11/26/12 3:20 P

Add greek yogurt! LOL j/k don't do that.

I'm on a bit of a tea kick right now as I did a tour on Friday of the Celestial Seasonings factory, but what about trying out some teas? Their peppermint tea is very good, and the only ingredient in it is peppermint. You won't get the creaminess you desire but it's a very warm and soothing drink, although I think you could add a bit of skim milk to it.

I don't drink coffee or egg nog so I can't help you there :(

KYLAR_STERN SparkPoints: (22,233)
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11/26/12 3:11 P

So the time has come, and my cravings have switched from fall comfort foods, to those drinks you just love to sit around a fireplace with and sip on under a blanket while the christmas decorations are up in the house emoticon

I haven't had a chance yet, but I've heard mostly good things about swiss miss diet hot chocolate which is only 25 cals in the packet.

Another big favorite of mine is egg nog. Any one know of a good low sugar brand? This is especially important because I cannot limit myself to the little 1/2 cup serving of the stuff and would like an actual cup when i have it.

Another, possibly genius, idea I had came from when I was home with my parents over thanksgiving. I normally drink very good coffee, and drink it black. My parents drink flavored folgers and then add skim milk and sugar free caramel syrup. I didn't like this for my actual morning coffee, but it fit the fireside warmth bit perfectly.

Does anyone know of a decaf brand that doesn't taste like crap? I'm thinking the flavoring can help mask it a bit, and then if I add sugar free peppermint syrup and skim milk to it, it would be a nice low cal warm, sweet drink.

Also, is there any way to get that kind of thickness in a drink without adding a bunch of cream or whole milk to something? Pretty sure that's not possible, but just curious.

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