Monthly Archives: March 2015

TBT #4: Homemade Honey Latte

It’s Thursday again which means another reason to bring up a blast-from-the-past post! I love combing through old posts from a couple years ago, some I had completely forgotten about. Speaking of throwbacks, guess which 90’s idol just made her way onto my Spotify playlist..?

The one and only, Shania. A Buzzfeed article compiled old music videos like Honey, I’m Home and Any Man of Mine. Songs that I haven’t listened to in forever but still know every word.  I started thinking about other 90s music of my mom’s that I used to listen to before I got into my own Britney Spears and N’SYNC phase. Dixie Chicks, The Go-Go’s, Billy Gilman, and Donna Lewis come to mind. Good times.

Before I sign off and leave you with today’s #tbt, I can’t not mention the fact that spring break is 24 hours away!

After the New York trip and my procedures were postponed, I scrambled for new spring break plans. The extreme weather on the East coast made travel too risky, and my friends at different universities all have different spring breaks. Looks like a stay-cation for this girl, which includes:

  • Unplug from technology (or at least use less of it)
  • Read novels, blogs & magazines
  • Go for runs, walks and bike rides outside (getting ready for May’s marathon!)
  • Try something new at the gym or take a class
  • Download new music for a solo car ride
  • Cook a new recipe/create a new cocktail
  • Decorate the graduation hat (!!!)
  • Continue the endless job search
  • Take pictures and write new blog posts
  • Start planning my post-graduation Tour de South vacation

Give or take a few other exciting events I’m looking forward too. The fact that the above list does not contain “group project meeting” or “8:00am digital marketing class” is enough to make me happy. :)

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Homemade Honey Latte

Originally Posted on October 22, 2012

It’s been a while since I posted a coffee recipe! Once upon a time, Starbucks made a Honey Latte. They were my favorite, and I was hooked. One day, after ordering an Iced Honey Latte, the barista told me they were seasonal, and no longer on the menu. It was honey heartbreak. (But seriously, what season is honey in anyways?!)  I have waited for them to return with no luck, until this morning, when I decided to take matters into my own hands.

I know honey is practically tea’s best friend, but it sure works with coffee too. If you like your latte’s sweet, this is a perfect alternative to a pump of white chocolate syrup. It’s sweet and delicious and melts into the steamed milk like dulce de leche.

No espresso maker, no problem. All you need is a coffee maker and a stovetop. This was the first time I tried steaming my milk in a sauce pan and it worked out great!

Honey Latte (Version 1)

  • 2 shots espresso or 1/4 cup STRONG coffee (like my title ;) )
  • 1 Cup (8 fl. oz.) non-fat milk
  • 1 Tablespoon pure honey

Heat the milk in a sauce pan. After about 3 minutes, add in the honey and whisk together. Heat until it is steamy, but not boiling. Whisk rapidly to produce a little “foam”. (I also have a “frother” from the gadget section of Bed, Bath & Beyond to make this a little more legit looking.)

Pour your espresso/coffee, into your coffee mug. Pour the honey milk into the coffee.

Wanna twist? Try Honey NUT Latte:

Instead of regular non-fat milk, substitute unsweetened Almond Milk, or add a drop of almond extract to your honey milk mixture in the saucepan. Go nuts!

So there, Starbucks. I don’t need your stinkin’ latte, I can make my own. (But if you want to bring it back anyways, that’d be great too.)

Monday Motivation

A little motivation for marathon training, staying focused, and just getting through Monday in general. (We are just FOUR days away from spring break!)

A couple times a month, I like to take a break from writing my own original post to share amazing finds from around the interwebs that I found especially entertaining/inspirational.

1.) Motivation to push yourself in workouts:

Probably the only reason I was able to power through my 13-mile long run on Saturday was with Kelly Clarkson’s brand new album Piece by Piece (Deluxe Edition). She is the true MVP here. The beats and the lyrics made the miles fly by (except when I ran so far out that my phone lost internet connection and I ran two miles in complete silence. Awkward.) Can’t pick a favorite but Second Wind and Invincible are probably the best workout tracks.

2.) Motivation for Self-Improvement:

The Thought Catalog Article ‘25 Things Every Woman Should Have by the Time She Turns 25′

This article popped up on Pinterest and piqued my interest. As a 22 year old millenial, a lot of the things on this list are considered more traditional than modern. Especially #3, which says we should only have the phone numbers, Facebook contacts and friends that we actually want in our life. So many of the items on this list resonated with me and I think it is a personal goal to accomplish each one in the next three years. (Should probably print it out then, to remind myself!)

3.) Motivation for running:

*Obviously since I am 3 weeks in and 12 weeks out from my next marathon, I had to add something running-related. Blogs from other marathoners are my main source of running inspiration lately (Carrots n’ Cake and The Hungry Runner Girl motivated me to do my first Yasso 800 workout! Both are training for Boston.) I’m not going to lie, food is a huge motivator for running. As ridiculous as it sounds, I’m running to become faster for a marathon, not to lose weight. So I look forward to replacing the calories I burn off… I joked on Instagram about my intense margarita craving during this weekends long run. I’ll blame it on all the salt I lost from sweat! ;)

Running Motivation  stronglikemycoffee.com4.) Motivation to Eat Healthy:

On the complete flip side of that beautiful diagram above, not every meal can be cupcakes and cosmos unfortunately. Nutrition is still extremely important for our everyday energy, brain activity, self-confidence and overall health. I’m definitely guilty of getting in a rut and giving into hormones and cravings. Sometimes we need a little motivation to remind ourselves why its so much better to choose healthy whole ingredients, and this video and post from The Skinny Confidential was pretty helpful –> TSC Grocery Store Haul.

5.) Motivation for blogging:

On Friday night, I was stopped at a cross walk with a friend just chatting. A girl came up behind me and said, “Excuse me? I read your blog…” I’d never met her before. She was a student at my school who Google searched ‘healthy college girl blog’ or something. Her boyfriend recognized our school in the pictures after she clicked on Strong Like My Coffee and so she began following. The very first time someone who randomly found me on the internet found me in person! (If you’re reading, hi!)

Turns out my digital marketing course and work with search engine optimization has made Strong Like My Coffee the #1 search result on Google for “Healthy College Blog”!

6.) Motivation for senioritis:

Motivation Monday from Stronglikemycoffee.comOn Thursday morning, my marketing professor so kindly reminded us that we should start actively seeking out jobs for after graduation. Thanks dude, I’ve been working on that since January! Do you know how many rejection e-mails I’ve now received? I don’t even know. I delete them immediately, so I’m not keeping track. The majority state that they are seeking candidates with 5+ years experience.

I’m motivated to keep looking because of my intense passion for starting a brand new life of my own in the Carolina’s.

I’m motivated because I know my marketing skills and my experience are right for some position out there. I’m motivated to keep applying because every day, a few thousand people visit this site to see what I have to say.

I’m motivated because all of my peers are going through the exact same thing. I’m motivated because I’ve had my heart set on moving to the south and anything less than what I set out to do is not an option.

Monday Motivation Quote (Stronglikemycoffee.com)

May your Monday be short and your coffee be strong!

XOXOXO

 

Surviving 11 Miles on the Treadmill

Not unlike the majority of the country, our little town was hit with massive amounts of snow and freezing temperatures last week. And if you know me, you know my sun-loving-self was not too excited about the winter weather. Aside from moving my marathon-training-long-run indoors, I won’t complain about the blizzard too much because I know so many other people had it much much worse. I will admit, the thick fluffy snow photographs beautifully.

Marathon Training Long Run in Winter Blizzard on Treadmill from stronglikemycoffee.com

Marathon Training Long Run on Treadmill from Stronglikemycoffee.com

Last week I committed to a marathon and the weekly long runs that come with training. Sunday morning I woke up to at least 8 inches of snow and dark grey skies. I’d like to say I’m hardcore enough to run through the blizzard…..but I’m a snowbird at heart and take full advantage of the gym when temperatures drop below 50. The treadmill awaited my eleven-miler. First of all, I haven’t run in the double-digits since September, so I had a little bit of pre-run nerves. But the first step to surviving 85 minutes on a stationary machine:

Long Run Mental Toughness (stronglikemycoffee.com)I have repeated this to myself for years; it is a helpful mantra for any mental undertaking! When I hit “Start” I knew I would not be stepping off that machine until the screen said 11.0.

How to survive treadmill long runs:

Surviving 11 miles on the Treadmill // Marathon Training | stronglikemycoffee.com

  • First of all, set the incline to at least 1.0% grade. This helps mimic running on land rather than a moving belt.
  • Play with the speed! I always start out at a comfortable speed, but bump it up depending on what song is playing. Alternating your speed also mimics running outside when a machine is not regulating pace for you. For some reason when Masterpiece by Jessie J comes on, I hit up, up, up to 8.5 mph because that is my jam.
  • Speaking of music…Fresh new playlist made the time flyyyyyyy: 
    • Basically the entire new Florida Georgia Line album Anything Goes
    • Invincible and Someone by Kelly Clarkson
    • Goodbye from Who is Fancy (<— love that name)
    • Centuries from Fall Out Boy (not a huge FOB fan but this is a power song!)
    • I’m Gonna Show You Crazy by Bebe Rexha
    • Let Go For Tonight by Foxes
  • Mid-run fuel in the form of Tangerine Sport Beans from Jelly Belly for caffeine (studies say you should have mid-run fuel for any outting longer than 60 minutes)
  • Two nights before I had watched an inspirational running movie, which I pictured the race scenes from (runner-nerd alert).
  • A bit of an odd one…I like to do math during my runs! Since the speed on a treadmill is set to “miles per hour” and I like to think in terms of “minutes per mile,” I spend a lot of time converting different paces in my head and estimating what my marathon time would be. Buuuut if mathematics tends to exhaust you, I don’t recommend this one. ;)
  • Thinking about breakfast and/or dessert.
  • Looking out the window at this view and appreciating my warm little fitness room!

Marathon Training in Winter Blizzard | stronglikemycoffee.com

Healthy Warm Winter Breakfast / Marathon Training | stronglikemycoffee.com

And that is how I got through 85 lonely minutes on a treadmill in a blizzard. Forecasts show 50s for this weekend, hallelujah!

What is the longest you’ve run on a treadmill  & what songs do I need to add for this weekend’s playlist?!

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