I used to be a Starbucks fanatic- seriously every day I would buy a tall white mocha. I bought a coffee grinder for about 17 bucks, inexpensive coffee beans (sometimes Starbucks brand) but from a store other than Starbucks, then buy the International Vanilla creme. It's delicious and I save money and it's only 30 calories per tablespoon.
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Swapping coffee shop iced coffee for homemade with almond milk
I loved the iced coffee that I would buy from the "golden arches" but it isn't exactly the healthiest of drinks. I began to cold brew my own coffee (you can find info on the web on how to do it). I usually will buy some richly flavored coffee so I don't need any of the flavored syrups and I use unsweetened vanilla almond milk for the creaminess. It only has 40 calories for one cup and has heart healthy fat which gives it a creamy flavor.
When cool weather rolls around, I tend to crave flavored coffees. I like adding spices (such as pumpkin pie spice, cinnamon, or nutmeg), cocoa powder, and natural vanilla and/or almond extracts to create my own little flavors right in my kitchen without having to use caloric or artificial chemical-laden coffee syrups. The trick is to add your flavorings to the grounds BEFORE brewing so that they brew with the grounds.
Some mixtures I've tried (for 8 cups coffee): Chocolate Almond: 2 tsp Cocoa powder, a few drops of vanilla and almond extracts Cinnamon Praline: A few drops of vanilla and almond extracts, 2 tsp cinnamon Coconut Almond: 2 tsp cocoa powder, few drops coconut extract Have fun experimenting!
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