Small steps bring great benefits

Wednesday, August 05, 2009

I love coffee. Expensive coffee.
However, I have a budget that emphatically does not love expensive coffee.
So a couple'a years ago I came up with a frugal alternative to which I became instantly addicted. I call it Frugal Franny Frappe & it's quite simple; a spoon or so of instant coffee, a scoop of hot chocolate mix & some vanilla creamer all dumped in the blender. Add a cup or 2 of water & a bunch of ice & you've got yourself a yummy treat.
What does this have to do with small steps you ask? In the 2 weeks I've been on SP I've discovered that this fabulous frappe of mine is fabulously fat! It's got tons of sugar & a zillion calories too, so what do I do now?
Figure out a substitute for my substitute, that's what!
I remembered drinking rich, chocolate Ovaltine when I was a kid so I checked it out & found it would be a great substitute for my fat filled coffee concoction.

Swiss Miss Hot Chocolate Mix .25 cup serving
Calories 130
Fat 1.5 g (all saturated)
Sodium 190mg
Total carbs 29g
Fiber 1g
Sugars 24g
Calcium 6%
Iron 4%

Ovaltine, Rich Chocolate .25 cup serving
Calories 80
Sodium 140g
Total carbs 19g
Sugars 18g
Protein 1g
Vit A 10%
Vit C 15
Calcium 4%
Iron 20%
Vit E 40%
Thiamin 15%
Niacin 20%
Vit B6 15%
Vit B12 6%
Biotin 30%
Panthothenic Acid 15%
Phosphorus 4%
Magnesium 15%
Zinc 15%
Copper 20%

I believe this would be referred to as a no-brainer?

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    emoticon Way to go on finding a healthy substitute!
    3205 days ago
  • DEBBIE0614
    Congrats for finding a substitute for the substitute!!! Me, I drink regular coffee and NO WAY am I giving that up!! I do limit myself to 2 cups a day.
    3211 days ago
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