For the light + sweet gang.

Screen Shot 2016-06-14 at 12.40.45 PM I've been trying to drink my coffee black for an eternity now. It's been a New Years goal for the last few years but I've never been able to kick the habit cold. I love the "idea" of drinking my coffee black. I recently read this article and really wanted to become a black coffee drinker. I especially love this paragraph of the text:

Black coffee is a synecdoche for life: when you eliminate the excess—when you deliberately avoid life’s empty calories—what remains is exponentially more delicious, more enjoyable, more worthwhile. It might be a bitter shock at first; but, much like coffee, a meaningful life is an acquired taste. Sip slowly and enjoy.

Coffee used to be something I enjoyed daily. Lately I've been skipping the caffeine because I don't want to load up on the cream and sugar it takes for me to think the coffee is good. I'm trying to kick dairy completely and so I scoped out the internet for healthy alternatives that I could make from home. So how do I still enjoy a morning sip without feeling like the dairy and sugar is zapping my energy?

Spending 4-5 dollars at a coffee shop a day (sometimes even twice!) adds up in my budget. I'm not kicking out the prospect of a good almond milk latte but I enjoy the task of brewing from home. So I've discovered an alternative and it's basically everything to me. It's the perfect find for anyone who isn't quite at the "drinking my coffee black" stage of their life but wants to knock out some of their light and sweet raw sugar cravings.

This is my own recipe altered from some recipes I found online to fit my taste buds:

  • 1 cup of Almond Milk
  • 1 banana or 1/2 cup of frozen berries
  • 1 packet of Vista Instant Coffee (I go with the Pike Place for a medium roast)
  • 1 scoop of peanut butter
  • 1 tsp of cocoa powder (unsweetened) for extra flavor
  • Add ice if you want more of a frozen coffee drink feel!

You simply throw all the goods in a hand blender and enjoy the mix. I've been pouring my mixes into a mason jar, adding a straw, and taking the coffee blend into the office with me. I'm excited about this little drank because I don't feel the need to chug it down like I do with smoothies. This is a slow sipper that has been lasting me about an hour every morning I've made it for myself.

This is the perfect little addition to a summer routine of waking up early, cracking open the journal, and getting in that quiet time.

Looking forward to sharing more of my healthy finds with you!