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Fruit Photoshoot

We have so much fresh fruit in our kitchen right now, I wanted to dedicate a post to my fondness of fruit. I realized as I was staging this ‘fruit photoshoot’ what a health NUT I had become. It was at the point where I complimented the pear that I really questioned my sanity…

Nonetheless, as they say “An apple a day keeps the doctor away.” I’ve had enough doctors for the last month but I’m not sure if this hearty piece of produce can do anything about that. Apples ARE however one of my favorite fruits to snack on and they are in season all year long.

My dad eats more fruit than anyone I know. In his lunch cooler (like mine!) he packs 6-7 pieces of fruit every day for work. Holy Health! And I have to tell you – he rarely ever gets sick! Maybe one cold a year. Never a flu, never an infection. He’s a pretty healthy dude.

Fruits are higher in calories and sugar than vegetables so it’s better to get your servings from a combination of each. However – I’m not a dietician or anything – but I think a piece of fruit as a snack sure beats the office candy bowl! Besides, when has a piece of fruit ever made anyone fat??

Peaches and Apples and Pears, Oh My!

Some things you can do with your summer produce:

Put in in your oatmeal!

Top a greek yogurt cheesecake!

Make a fruity salsa!

Bake healthy vegan treats!

Other Important Info: Starting THURSDAY my blog’s web address will change to stronglikemycoffee.com – I am dropping the extra “.wordpress”. :) So if you like my blog, please share with your friends! Have a fruity Tuesday! (Did I just say that..?)

 

Home-Brewed Skinny Vanilla Latte

IfeellikeIshouldbetalkingthisfast! My homemade Skinny Vanilla Latte was a tad stronger than I intended. Half a cup of espresso later, I AM WIDE AWAKE to share this coffee creation! But like the title of this blog states, I do enjoy a strong dark coffee and that is exactly what I created this morning with my very own espresso maker. (It’s nothing excessively fancy, just a $40 Mr. Coffee Espresso Maker with a steamer/frother for the milk.)

As I’ve said earlier, I’m a fan of Starbuck’s Skinny Vanilla Latte. But for $4.65, it’s a little hard to justify buying them more than a couple times a month. At our Sprout’s grocery store, there are barrels of coffee and espresso beans sold by the pound. (This section smells heavenly!) For only $7.49/lb of espresso beans, I can home-brew so many lattes with the money I would’ve spent at my local coffee shop drive-thru*.

*I do admit that you are definitely paying for convenience, though…because it is no easy task cleaning up the grounds and foam from this project. But with all that caffeine, you’ll be cleaning at twice the speed!

I started by using a spice grinder to make the espresso grounds, enough for 4 shots. Before it started brewing, I poured 2 tsp of Torani sugar-free vanilla syrup into the bottom of the coffee pot so that the espresso brewed and blended with the flavor. I steamed 6 oz. of 1% milk (I would have used skim but my parents are picky & refuse to buy it) until the top was bubbly with foam.

First I poured 2 shots of espresso (which I just learned TODAY is ½ a cup!) into my fancy glass. I poured in the milk and then let the foam follow, sitting on top.  Lastly, a dollop of fat-free cool whip to top it off which melted into the drink almost immediately. IT TASTED EXACTLY LIKE THE MORE EXPENSIVE CHAIN-STORE KIND I AM ADDICTED TO! For a fraction of the cost, this at-home latte was still as delicious and only 100 calories for 10 oz.

As much as I would like to say I actually read one of those books while sipping my latte, in reality I was washing dishes as wiping the coffee grounds out of the spice grinder. Next time, I’ll try sticking it in the freezer and enjoying an iced version in the afternoon. But I think I’ve had enough of a caffeine jolt for one day.

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