Keto Coffee Creamer

Today I talk about some of the best keto coffee cream creamers that are on the market today. I’ve done quite a few Keto posts. I’m curious to know if you like these type posts or no? If you enjoy these keto posts I will continue to do them if you don’t then I will do them once in a while. Just comment and let me know what you think.

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Keto Coffee Creamer by Left Coast

Left Coast Performance started with the goal of bringing affordable, high-quality MCT oil to the market. Since then, they have grown to sell other supplements, such as bone broth and ketone powder. They aim to use just a handful of ingredients in each of their products for maximum nutritional benefit. Because their keto coffee creamer is oil-based, it must be blended before use to get the right consistency. (leftcoastperformance)

Nutritional Facts: ghee, MCT oil. Servings: 32 , Carbs: 0, Flavors: cacao, unflavored

Form: liquid

Let’s compare some of the other features:

This creamer is gluten-free and contains only five ingredients

Has zero carbohydrates

Comes in two different flavors

Each bottle has 32 servings, which is over a month’s supply if you drink one cup a day

This creamer must be blended before use or it will not mix with coffee

The Left Coast website is minimal, without any useful resources

 Bulletproof Coffee InstaMix Creamer

Bulletproof is a health brand that sells numerous coffee products and even has several cafes located throughout the US west coast. In addition to coffee, they sell protein and other supplements, including MCT oil. Their product line is even more wide-ranged, including vibration plates, books, accessories, and clothing. Their website is impressive, featuring an educational blog and podcasts. A nice benefit with Bulletproof Coffee InstaMix Creamer is it is in powder form and does not require blending.

Nutritional Facts:  butter, octane oil, Servings: 14, Carbs: 6

Flavors: unflavored, Form: pre-blended powder

Lets compare some of the other features:

This Instamix does not require any blending; simply stir into coffee

Made with 100% grass-fed butter

Their website has lots of resources

Bulletproof specializes in coffee products and appears to be a well-rounded company

This creamer contains six carbs

Only has 14 servings per canister

Doesn’t offer any flavor options

Comes in powder form, which is not the most natural

 

 Laird Superfood Unsweetened Original Coffee Creamer

Laird Superfood is named after Laird Hamilton, a self-proclaimed “surfer, fitness guru and coffee connoisseur.” He founded the company with the mission of finding a keto coffee creamer alternative to butter. Laird has since expanded their product line to include hydration powders, mushroom powder, coffee and more. You can find an educational blog and a recipe database on their website. (lairdsuperfood)

Nutritional Facts: coconut milk powder, sea-algae, coconut oil

Servings: 227, Carbs: 1

Flavors: unsweetened, original, cacao, turmeric

Form: pre-blended powder

Lets compare some of the other features:

Available in many different sizes and flavors

One one-pound package has a whopping 227 servings

Is non-dairy, gluten-free, soy-free, vegan and non-GMO

Does not require any blending; simply stir into coffee

Contains no artificial ingredients, no added sugar, no chemicals and no fillers

Only contains one carb

Comes in powder form, which is not the most natural

 Coffee Booster Organic High-Fat Coffee Creamer

Ironically, Coffee Booster was inspired by its founder’s dislike of butter in coffee. The company’s mission was to create a keto-friendly coffee creamer that tasted good. They found the perfect recipe by adding in some cacao powder (and presumably some other techniques). So far their coffee creamer is their only product. You can learn a lot about the science of the ketogenic diet on their website. (coffeebooster)

Nutritional Facts: Carbs: 1

Flavors: cinnamon, naked, original, vanilla

Form: pre-blended powder

Lets compare some of the other features:

  • Does not require any blending; simply stir into coffee
  • Comes in several different flavors
  • Contains only three ingredients, which are all organic and non-GMO
  • Coffee Booster is solely focused on this product
  • Only contains one carb
  • Comes in powder form, which is not the most natural

 Omega PowerCreamer Butter Coffee Blend

PowerCreamer started developing their butter creamer in late 2014 and spent over a year in research and development before taking their product to market. Their Omega Power Creamer is their only product, offered in four different flavors. Their website features a blog and recipe database for using their creamer to make tasty and healthy coffee drinks. PowerCreamer’s founders, Greg and Nick, make an effort to respond to everyone who contacts them. (powercreamer)

Nutritional Facts:

organic grass-fed ghee, coconut oil, MCT oil

Servings: 20, Carbs: 0

Flavors: cacao, cinnamon, original, vanilla

Form: liquid

Lets compare some of the other features:

Contains zero carbs

Available in several different flavors

Only contains four ingredients, including organic, grass-fed ghee

PowerCreamer is solely focused on this product

This creamer must be blended before use or it will not mix with coffee

Only 20 servings per bottle

PowerCreamer is a very young company without a proven record of success

 

 Biona Organic Creamed Coconut

Biona is the UK-based child company of Windmill Organics, an organic food company. Biona sells a wide range of foods from pasta to yogurt and everything in between. Their creamed coconut contains 24 carbohydrates per serving, so while it may not be completely keto-friendly, it is a 100% whole food, making it one of the healthiest and least processed options out there. If you are strictly keto, this may not be what you’re looking for, but if you’re simply going for a healthy, whole food-based “diet”, this is about as close as you’ll get. (biona)

Nutritional Facts: coconut, Servings: unavailable

Carbs: 24, Flavors: none, Form: liquid

Lets compare some of the other features:

Contains only one ingredient and no additives

Biona doesn’t use any herbicides or pesticides on their crops

All of Biona’s products are non-GMO

Contains 24 carbs and 7 grams of sugar

Meant for use in curry dishes, not necessarily coffee

Number of servings per container is unavailable

As a liquid, this will most likely require blending to mix well into coffee

Dr. Colbert’s Keto Zone MCT Oil Powder by Divine Health

Colbert calls himself “America’s #1 doctor for faith & medicine.” He has office locations in Orlando and Dallas, and users can make an appointment with him right on his website for anti-aging treatments. He sells superfood mixes, MCT oil, ketone powders, collagen and a few books he has authored. His website is very transparent, including several contact email addresses and phone numbers. You can also find a database of recipes, challenges, and health-related articles. (drcolbert)

Nutritional Facts: Base ingredients: MCT oil, Servings: 30

Carbs: 3, Flavors: hazelnut, coconut cream, French vanilla, unflavored

Form: pre-blended powder

 

Lets compare some of the other features:

Available in several different flavors

Has 30 servings per container, which is about a month’s supply if you drink one cup a day

Does not require blending, just stir into coffee

This product is non-GMO, gluten-free, lactose-free, soy-free and vegan

Can be used in a variety of ways, including with coffee, baking products, shakes and smoothies

Contains three carbs

Comes in powder form, which is not the most natural

Buyers Guide Information

I know you were looking for what are the best options, but here is some more detail as to why we might need good low carb coffee creamer products and brands to help us easily get a creamy tasting coffee without a load of sugary carbs.

Does Coffee Creamer Make You Gain Weight

Regular coffee creamer is a non-dairy creamer that usually contains high amounts of sugar to add to the taste. It usually has more sugar but less fat than half-and-half, and also may contain many unnatural additives. For those on a ketogenic diet, or just following a balanced “diet”, coffee creamer is not the best choice. One serving of coffee creamer can contain over a teaspoon of sugar. It will be difficult to remain in ketosis or lose weight if you start your day off with a splash or two of regular creamer in your coffee.

Can You Have Half-and-Half on Keto

Half-and-half is a slightly better option. It is made by mixing heavy cream with whole milk, resulting in a creamy but reduced fat choice. It only has about 20 calories per serving, 10-18% of which is fat. While half-and-half may be a wiser option than regular coffee creamer, it still contains lactose or milk sugar. Butter or low carb coffee creamers are overall the best choices for those wishing to lose weight through ketosis.

Benefits of Using a Low Carb (Keto) Coffee Creamer

~Avoiding the taste of butter or coconut oil

~Feeling satiated and alert for hours after consumption without needing to eat

~Avoiding the sugar and carbs of regular coffee creamers or milk-based creamers

~Enjoying a variety of healthy flavors

Some people are okay with using straight butter or coconut oil in their coffee, but not everybody can deal with the taste. That is the main reason people choose to use specially made low carb coffee creamers. (lowcarbyum)

Is Keto Coffee Creamer Bad for You

The short answer is probably not. The long answer depends on what creamer you are using. It’s always best to stick with the most natural form of food—which is why, technically, using straight butter or coconut oil is the healthiest choice. But what is not healthy is to force down something you hate the taste of. You have to enjoy your morning coffee—otherwise, what’s the point? That’s where low carb creamers come in. If you choose one that is processed with additives and artificial ingredients, then, of course, it’s bad for you. Instead, stick with whole food-based creamers with only a handful of ingredients.

And, Avoid These Other Ingredients

(If Possible)

Thickening agents

Preservatives

Artificial sweeteners and flavors

Added sugar

Hydrogenated oils

 

Final Thoughts

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Why Are Lattes So Popular

what If I  told you to name the most popular coffee order in the country, what would you say? Coffee with milk and sugar, perhaps? Maybe iced coffee? No, cold brew. Wait, scratch that, nitro brew.

If any of those drinks came to mind, you might be wrong. According to the Specialty Coffee Association and Square, a credit card processing service, the coffee drink that was ordered the most between June 2017 and June 2018 was, in fact, the traditional latte. Americans drank over 67 million lattes during that time frame.

While the latte may not seem like the most riveting coffee choice, it is one of the most versatile drinks, with its ability to adopt a lot of different flavors and customizations. That kind of flexibility applies greatly to American coffee drinkers, who typically request two add-ons to their coffee order.

What Is A Latte, And How Is It Made

For those who don’t already know, a latte is a creamy espresso drink. In fact, it’s creamier than its other espresso-laden counterparts, such as the cappuccino and the macchiato. There’s a reason for that—most of the warm drink is made up of steamed milk. That piping hot milk is poured over top a shot of espresso and then topped with milk foam, which is typically traced into beautiful art—most commonly a heart or the intricate leaf-like rosetta.


What’s The History Of The Latte

The latte is several centuries old, having origins in Italy. The drink’s full name is caffé latte,” which quite literally means milk coffee. In western countries, however, the caffé part is dropped. Pro tip: make sure to say the drink’s full name in Italy, otherwise, you may just end up with a warm glass of milk.


 There A Difference Between A Cappuccino And A Latte

Yes, there is definitely a difference! The cappuccino is the latte’s fraternal twin if you will. While both warm drinks consist of just one shot of espresso, steamed milk, and milk foam—in that exact order, might I add—the difference is subtle, yet it completely alters the texture of the drink. A cappuccino is prepared with less milk but much more milk foam, which gives it that desired frothy finish. A latte, on the other hand, is much creamier and smoother because it has more of the steamed milk in it.


What Are Some Of The Craziest Latte Flavors

Basically, anything that is sweet or herbal can be infused into a latte. Do I even need to make mention of the pumpkin spice latte, more commonly dubbed the “PSL?” (pumpkin spice latte) Salted caramel, lavender, and lemon can be latte flavors, too. There was even a unicorn latte invented by the Brooklyn-based coffee shop The End.

It’s possible that after reading this article, you may feel inclined to change your coffee order to a customized latte. Just make sure you have at least $5 ready to go in your wallet—in the U.S., the average latte costs $4.16.

And now that you got your drink order down for your next Starbucks run, it’s time to decide what to get off the breakfast menu, too…


Final Thoughts

I hope you enjoyed today’s post? If you have any questions about today’s post, any past post or questions, in general, please feel free in reaching out. You can ALWAYS find my email in the “Thank You” section and you can also ALWAYS find all of my social media links in the “Where You Can Follow Me” section.

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How To Drink Starbucks While On Keto

In yesterday’s post, I mentioned how that I would be extending blogmas until December 31st. These posts won’t be holiday related as Christmas has since passed (Yesterday) Happy The Day After Christmas. What I will be doing Is adding some New Year’s related content to help you continue to stay on track and I will slowly be adding more of my normal content over the next week or so.

PLEASE READ: I have been thinking that I wanted to do something different for my blog next year and that Is more content that you want to see. I know that at the and of every post I ALWAYS ask what you would like to see. I MEAN I REALLY want to do more content related to what you want to see. It can be “Diet” related, fitness, nutrition or even advice posts. I post what I post because It means something to mean I won’t post something if I didn’t believe in it. I want to take this blog to the next level and I want you all of my followers (friends) to be apart of the ride. So please don’t hesitate in reaching out with any and all suggestions. You can find all of my links at the end of every post in the “Thank You” section and in the section “Where You Can Follow Me”. 

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When you’re on The Ketogenic Diet, at first, you feel like an unstoppable one-woman keto army—cooking at home, meal-prepping, even brewing your own coffee.

But damn, that’s hard—especially when all you want to do is go for a Starbucks run.

Good news, though: You don’t have to give up your beloved ‘bucks orders. There are plenty of options out there so you can stay keto and enjoy your fave morning (or afternoon, or evening) pick-me-up in the process.

Overall, you want to stick with four simple rules,  First, order sugar-free options, since sugar = carbs. Next, opt for heavy cream over regular milk (again, lactose is another carb). And then consider adding unsweetened nut milk(s) like almond or coconut to drinks. 

But those are just the basics. Here are some specific drinks—based on your specific needs (and mood)—that are still totally keto friendly

Black coffee’s always a safe bet, but if you can’t stomach that…

Black coffee—hot, iced, or cold brew—is always going to be a winner in the keto department but it’s a little…intense.

Still, it’s calorie-free with no sugar, which is definitely keto, Upton points out. At two to five calories per serving, coffee (brewed, espresso, or instant) simply does not have enough carbohydrates to get someone off track of their keto “diet”.

If you just can’t have yours straight up, it’s 100 percent okay to add heavy cream and a flavoring like cinnamon or sugar-free syrup. If you need a little sweetener (fair), bypass the sugar and try a little stevia. Sugar subs that have no calories or carbs can fit on the “diet”.

If you need something hot and sweet…I got you covered.

Sure, you can be on your keto A-game on most days, but sometimes you just need a good, comforting cup of something warm and sweet.

You can do an Americano (a.k.a., espresso and water) and add heavy cream and stevia, order a cappuccino or flat white with heavy cream instead of milk, get a mocha with half heavy cream and half water (to create a “milk”), or have a latte with an unsweetened nut milk and add your own flavoring.

The high fat and low sugar content of coconut milk can work on a keto “diet” if factored into the total daily allowance, Heavy cream has a high fat and low sugar content, making it great for keto.

Sure, not everyone is into coffee, but Starbucks clearly has some cool drinks that look amazing on Instagram. If you’re just going for the likes, you can DIY a pink drink that looks awesome in pics.

Plenty of people have shared a variation of this on Instagram, but it basically involves mixing Starbucks’ passion fruit iced tea with a few pumps of sugar-free vanilla syrup, and cream. You can have it blended or just over ice. Voila!

This doesn’t have a lot of carbs so it would fit. One cup of herbal tea has about 0.5 grams of carbohydrate per eight-ounce serving, the sugar-free vanilla syrup has so little carbohydrate content that it can state zero on any packaging, and heavy whipping cream has about one gram of carbohydrate per ounce. At the same time, it has almost 100 calories which can help you meet your macro targets.

Any Starbucks hot or iced tea, without sweetener, is a safe bet, Upton says. Or you could get a chai-brewed tea and add some heavy cream to the mix. (Just make sure to ask for brewed chai vs. the stuff they pour out of a box—that has sugar in it… Actually, the boxed stuff has more than the daily recommended amount of sugar).

Be Cautious, though: Some of their blended teas and tea lattes (even if you sub in cream) are off-limits since they contain sugar.

Getting a Starbucks reward feels almost as good as winning the lottery, and you don’t want to blow it on something basic like black coffee.

If you have a reward that you can’t wait to spend, try asking a barista to mix up a keto-friendly Frappucino. Start with the basics: Order a Frapp made with unsweetened almond, coconut milk, or heavy cream, and whatever sugar-free flavoring is your pleasure (vanilla, caramel, hazelnut…there are a bunch to choose from).

Keto is about cutting carbs and not limiting fat. That’s why cream and coconut milk are okay.

Clearly, the bagel, croissant, and banana bread aren’t going to fly, but their bacon and gruyere sous vide egg bites are a solid high-fat, low-carb option, Warren says.

Per serving: 310 calories, 22 g fat (14 g sat), 9 g carbs, 2 g sugar, 600 mg sodium, 0 g fiber, 19 g protein.

Starbucks has several protein boxes that are solid for when you’re on the go, but most also contain fruit (carbs) and crackers (totally obvious carbs).

Still, that doesn’t mean they can’t fill you up when you’re keto. You can opt for the egg and cheese protein box and just skip the fruit and bread, or go for the Felino Uncured Italian Salami and Manchego box. Starbucks also usually has string cheese and Moon Cheese handy, both of which would make a solid snack.


Final Thoughts

I hope you enjoyed today’s post? If you have any questions about today’s post, any past post or questions, in general, please feel free in reaching out. You can ALWAYS find my email in the “Thank You” section and you can also ALWAYS find all of my social media links in the “Where You Can Follow Me” section.

If you or someone you may know is looking for one on one coaching or just looking for advice on how to jump-start a healthy lifestyle or how to stay on track during the holidays you can find all of my links which are ALWAYS provided in the “Thank You” section and in the “Where You Can Follow Me” section.


Thank You!

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If you are a company or a person who would like to reach out so we can work together you can reach me here. Leighlei2009@gmail.com

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Christmas Foods That Have Common Food Allergies

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If you have food allergies, you know allergens hideout where you’d least expect them (peanut butter can be in chili; wheat in soy sauce). But for the 15 million people in the U.S. with food allergies, the holidays pose a particular challenge From homemade jams and cookie swaps to office parties and holiday dinners, there are more opportunities to accidentally eat the wrong thing and have an allergic reaction, which can progress to anaphylaxis, a life-threatening situation.

Trust me I know Holidays can be tricky for anyone with food allergies. You are often not in charge of the food, because you’re eating out or at someone else’s home.

On top of that, you’re exposed to dishes you don’t usually have. Bread pudding? Bûche de Noël? You may wonder: What is in those things? Even if a food doesn’t contain ingredients you are allergic to, there is always a risk of cross-contamination. While many restaurants have procedures for separating cooking utensils and cooking spaces to prevent cross-contact, home cooks tend to not think about whether a cutting board or cookie cutter contained a food allergen prior to re-using it.

To stay safe, consider hosting, so you control the food. Or, bring your own food to gatherings. And don’t forget to check labels, even if it means digging through your host’s trash. By FDA law, if a packaged food contains one of the top eight most common allergens—peanuts, tree nuts, milk, egg, wheat, fish, shellfish, or soy—that ingredient must be listed in plain English on the label (for instance, it will say “milk” not “whey”). Still, companies are under no obligation to tell you if a food could have had cross-contact with a top eight allergen; to find out, you have to contact the companies. Here are some unexpected foods that may contain the most common allergens, so you can eat, drink, and stay safe. And remember, Always bring your EpiPen with you.

Hot Chocolate

 

Watch out for: Tree Nuts, Peanuts, Milk, Soy, Egg, Wheat

Before you warm up with a cozy cup of cocoa, check to make sure you know what’s in it. Chocolate, in general, is dicey for people with peanut and tree nut allergies, because they tend to be in chocolate or made on the same factory lines with it. Also, consider the topping: If your winter drink is underneath a bed of marshmallows, you know there’s egg white in it. (Eggs are also used in some homemade hot cocoa recipes, FYI.) Better bet: Have hot cocoa at home where you can carefully read the package.


Iced Sugar Cookies

 

 

Watch out for: Wheat, Milk, Egg, Nuts

Did you know royal icing—the hard glaze on top of many Christmas cookies—is made from egg whites, and it sometimes contains milk, too? Cookies also generally pack wheat, and they can contain finely ground nuts hidden in the dough, that is why I  advise caution around baked goods outside of your own home. Steer clear of foods you would otherwise assume are safe if they are homemade unless you know all of the ingredients and how the person prepared it.


Holidays Breads

 

Watch out for: Tree Nuts, Peanuts, Wheat, Egg, Milk, Soy

Breads are another danger zone for people with food allergies. Of course, there’s wheat, but that’s not all you’ll find in that hunk of carbs. Festive, special occasion breads may be studded with walnuts, pecans, or other nuts. Some loaves are made with milk or buttermilk. And if you see a shiny coating on bread, you know it was brushed with an egg wash glaze. Meanwhile, commercial loaves tend to contain soy, in the form of soy flour or a stabilizer to extend shelf life.


Worcestershire Sauce and Other Sauces

Worcestershire sauce

 

Watch out for: Fish, Shellfish, Soy, Wheat

This classic sauce is made with anchovies, but it can also contain shellfish. Salad dressings and dips tend to be the place where fish and shellfish are inadvertently hiding out. (Incidentally, shellfish allergies are on the rise in adults, according to 2017 research.) Sauces, in general, require extra vigilance, especially at someone else’s home or a restaurant, because you can’t tell what is in them.


Restaurant Steak

Asparagus, Steak, Veal Steak, Veal, Meat

Watch out for: Milk, Soy

You’d think a steak would be safe for those with a milk allergy, but that juicy porterhouse or New York strip may have butter in it. That’s because back in the kitchen, chefs often melt a hunk of butter on top to make it extra tasty. The other potential pitfall is soy because some chefs glaze a steak in an Asian-style marinade. Be sure to tell your server about all allergies and ask them to ensure you get your beef without oil, butter, or marinade.


Gingerbread Houses

 

Watch out for: Wheat, Peanuts, Tree Nuts, Egg, Milk, Soy

Whether it’s a kit you make yourself or a ready-made creation you pick up from the bakery, gingerbread houses spell trouble for many kids with food allergies. Both the cookie walls and the candy decorations may harbor wheat, peanuts, tree nuts, egg, and soy. If you’re crafty, the safest bet is to make it yourself and decorate with safe items (like Enjoy Life chocolate chips, which are made in a peanut- and tree nut-free facility.) The good news is there are a growing number of nut-free and gluten-free bakeries, so kids with food allergies don’t have to miss out on the holiday fun.


Cocktails

Cocktail cheers

Watch out for: Peanuts, Tree Nuts, Egg, Milk, Shellfish

Don’t let down your guard at the bar. Vodka is made from fermented grains, which means it can contain wheat or soy (as well as corn, a less common allergen). And did you know that trendy vodkas are sometimes infused with peanuts and various tree nuts? Or that many gins are flavored with almonds? Also be alert for frothy cocktails, which often get their bubbles from egg whites, as well as ones mixed with liqueurs such as Frangelico (made from hazelnuts), Amaretto (almond liqueur, though it often gets its flavor from peach pits and not nuts), and Nocello (walnut liqueur).


Seafood and Fish

Salmon, Dish, Food, Meal, Fish, Seafood

 

Watch out for: Milk

You know to avoid seafood if you’re allergic, of course. But even people with milk allergies have to be careful when ordering the salmon or shrimp scampi out. Sometimes fish and shellfish are dipped in milk to help with the fishy smell.  It’s mainly restaurants that are guilty of this, but some fish markets do it, too. How can you be sure? Do your research and make sure you’re buying from a market that doesn’t de-stink their catch of the day.


Rugelach

Cinnamon rugelach

 

Watch out for: Wheat, Milk, Eggs, Nuts

You might expect these cookies to have wheat, but they often also have milk (in the form of sour cream or cream cheese, as well as butter), eggs, and a layer of walnuts or other tree nuts. Also, watch out for marzipan on the Hanukkah or Christmas table—it is almond paste.


Caponata

Eggplant caponara

 

Watch out for: Shellfish, Fish

This Sicilian ratatouille-like appetizer made with eggplant, peppers, and tomatoes sometimes serves up a surprising ingredient: anchovies or other forms of seafood. And if you buy a jarred, imported-from-Italy version, keep in mind that imported foods are not subject to the FDA law. That means you can’t necessarily trust the label to keep you safe.


Latkes

Potato latkes

 

Watch out for: Wheat, Peanuts, Tree Nuts, Egg, Milk, Soy

Warning if you have peanut or soy allergies—this Hanukkah favorite is sometimes fried in peanut or oil. Soy can also sneak in when latkes are made with teriyaki sauce. And while potato latkes are not likely to be made with tree nuts, some recipes call for almond flour, so always ask the chef. Latkes generally contain egg, too, though you can find egg-free recipes online.


Asian takeout

Chinese noodles takeout

 

Watch out for: Peanuts, tree, nuts, soy, wheat, egg, milk, shellfish, fish

All partied out and ready to order in? Be super careful with Thai, Chinese, and Indian cuisines. You may encounter top eight allergens, as well as sesame, which is the ninth most common allergen (just behind soy). Thai and Indian joints thicken dishes with a paste derived from cashews or other nuts. It depends on your own comfort level and past history of reactions, but some people with food allergies steer clear entirely. Other people order only from trusted restaurants that take food allergy seriously.


Eggnog

Holiday eggnog

 

Watch out for: Milk, egg, tree nuts, peanuts

OK, so you’d expect egg and milk warnings for this holiday staple. But those with peanut and tree nut allergies should also be careful, particularly with store-bought eggnog, because there’s a cross-contact risk. And if there’s booze in that eggnog, you could get exposed to tree nuts, peanuts, or other allergenic ingredients that way. What about that nutmeg sprinkled on top? It’s not a nut, so it shouldn’t bother you—unless you’re allergic to it.


Bûche de Noël

Buche de noel

 

Watch out for: Wheat, egg, milk, tree nuts, peanuts, soy

Alas, that beautiful French chocolate cake may look heavenly, but it’s got some bad ingredients if you have food allergies: milk, tree nuts like hazelnuts or almond paste, eggs and wheat, and possibly soy if it’s from a commercial bakery (soy is sometimes used as a flour and a stabilizer in packaged breads and baked goods). And anything with tree nuts has a possibility of cross-contact with peanuts. Think of it this way: Passing it up saves you about a zillion calories.


Hot pretzels

Soft pretzel

 

Watch out for: Wheat, egg

Tempted by the hot pretzels at sporting events, the circus, and holiday vendors? If you have an egg allergy in the family, stay away. Pretzels may be dipped in egg before being dipped in salt. And any snacks from vendor carts are risky to all people with food allergies, due to the chances of cross-contact with other ingredients.


Deli Meats

Deli turkey

 

Watch out for: Tree nuts, milk, wheat, soy

Sure, that antipasto spread of deli meats or Italian combo sandwiches look tempting, but be careful if you’re allergic to pistachios, milk, or soy. That’s because deli meats can contain any of those allergens. Mortadella is an Italian pork that is sometimes made with pistachios. And soy is used in filler in some processed meats. And because the same meat slicer is used for cheeses, even a plain piece of sliced ham isn’t safe if you have a milk allergy. Fortunately, there are packaged cold cuts free of allergens (check labels).


Beer and Ale

Beer mugs table

 

Watch out for: Wheat, soy, egg, peanuts, tree nuts

Allergic to wheat? You know to skip wheat beers, naturally, but even a barley-based brew can be a problem due to cross-contamination and cross-reactivity among grains. Surprisingly, some microbrews are infused with peanuts and tree nuts (in restaurants, avoid anything advertised as having a nutty taste). And some malt beverages even contain soy, so it’s buyer beware.


Coffee Drinks

Latte

 

Watch out for: milk, tree nuts, peanuts, egg

Another drink to avoid if you have an egg allergy: frothy coffee concoctions. These products also sometimes rely on egg whites to create a frothy topping. Lattes and the like are also a potential hazard for those with peanut or tree nut allergies because nut-flavored flavored coffees and syrups introduce a cross-contamination risk.


Wreaths

Holiday wreath

 

Watch out for: wheat

Surprisingly, “non-food items are the biggest issue for wheat-allergic patients. Wheat derivatives are found in wreaths, ornaments, and other decorations, as well as soaps and cosmetics, and can cause a reaction when they touch the skin of someone who is allergic. Play-Doh also contains wheat and may trigger a reaction if it comes in contact with skin or if a child with an allergy puts it in their mouth (as little kids tend to do with everything). Non-food items don’t have to abide by FDA labeling rules , so it’s important to be alert to the kind of products wheat lurks in.


A Crackling Fire

Crackling fire with holiday socks

 

Watch out for: peanut, tree nuts, and seeds

Engineered fireplace logs are not a food, but they’re still bad news for some people with food allergies. The reason: They can get their crackle and pop from the shells of seeds and nuts. While not everyone with nut and seed allergies reacts to this type of environmental exposure, some people do. Bottom line: Skip the fire with sound effects and instead snuggle up in front of a gas fireplace, or one made from pure old-fashioned logs.


Final Thoughts

I hope you enjoyed today’s post? If you have any questions about today’s post, any past post or questions, in general, please feel free in reaching out and I will be more than happy to answer any questions, comments or concerns you may have. You can ALWAYS find my email in the “Thank You” section and you can ALWAYS find my social media links in the “Where You Can Follow Me” section.

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Starbucks Holiday Gifts

Welcome back to another day of Blogmas. Today Is Day 8. If you missed the first week (7 Days) here are the links to this past weeks #Blogmas.

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This year, Starbucks wants to upgrade your stocking stuffers and add to the gifts under your menorah. The java giant recently unveiled a sneak peek into its must-have holiday gifts for 2018—and we can’t wait to get our hands on them. As of now, Starbucks revealed seven new items, including festive tumblers, cups, and brand-new gift card designs. The best part? They’re all under $20! If you’re looking to surprise a coffee lover in your life—or upgrade your personal collection—these Starbucks gifts will be your go-to. They’ll be available in stores soon (the exact date is TBD, so keep an eye out for these festive finds in your local location!)!

Check out the latest Starbucks holiday gifts for 2018 below, so you know what to grab on your latte run once they hit shelves.


Green Glitter Ombre Stainless Steel Tumbler

Starbucks holiday green glitter cup

Courtesy of Starbucks

Even the Grinch would be cheered up by this glittery green cup. The stainless steel, 12-ounce tumbler retails for $17.95.


Red Glitter Ombre Stainless Steel Tumbler

Starbucks holiday red glitter cup

Courtesy of Starbucks

Get into the holiday spirit with the Red Glitter Ombre Stainless Steel Tumbler. This pick holds 16 ounces of your favorite beverage and sells for $19.95.


Iridescent Cold Cup

Starbucks holiday iridescent cup

Courtesy of Starbucks

If you’re obsessed with everything holographic, you’re going to want to grab this iridescent cold cup! It’s perfect for iced lattes and iced coffees, and it features a built-in reusable straw that comes in handy after Starbucks’ recent plastic straw ban. This 24-ounce cup retails for $18.95.


Double Wall Ceramic Sparkle Blend Tumbler

Starbucks holiday ceramic cup

Courtesy of Starbucks

The warm brown tones of this cup will keep you in high spirits, and the double ceramic walls will maintain your latte’s heat. The tumbler features gold accents and a white, minimalistic logo written in Starbucks’ signature font. The 12-ounce tumbler retails for $19.95.


Black Sequins Cold Cup

Starbucks holiday black sequin cup

Courtesy of Starbucks

Black will never go out of style and neither will you when you’re rocking this sequin-studded cup. This large, 24-ounce cold cup fits two Tall-sized beverages and retails for $18.95.


Flow Glitter Cold Cup

Starbucks holiday flow cup

Courtesy of Starbucks

Add a little color and sparkle to your desk with this eye-catching cold cup. The fun design is layered with waves of peach, pink, red, orange, and green glitter, and it features the iconic Starbucks Siren on the bottom. You can grab this 24-ounce cold cup for $18.95.


Starbucks Gift Cards

Starbucks gift cards

Courtesy of Starbucks

If you’re hesitant to buy gifts for all the picky people on your nice list, the Starbucks gift card is the way to go. You can add any amount to it, ranging from $5 to $500 so they can sip their favorite brew on you.


Final Thoughts

I hope you enjoyed today’s post? If you have any questions about today’s post, any past post or questions, in general, please feel free in reaching out. You can ALWAYS find my email in the “Thank You” section and you can also ALWAYS find all of my social media links in the “Where You Can Follow Me” section.

If you or someone you may know is looking for one on one coaching or just looking for advice on how to jump-start a healthy lifestyle or how to stay on track during the holidays you can find all of my links which are ALWAYS provided in the “Thank You” section and in the “Where You Can Follow Me” section.


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If you are a company or a person who would like to reach out so we can work together you can reach me here. Leighlei2009@gmail.com

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The New Coffee In Town

I get it I do: Who wants to wait more than two minutes for a Grande skim latte with a half pump of hazelnut, let alone have their name butchered by the barista, before 9 a.m. But when you need your morning jolt, compromises have to be made—or so you think. That’s where FORTO Coffee Shots come in. The line of high-potency, organic coffee shots are shelf-stable for up to a year, travel-friendly, and ready to drink—all you have to do is peel the seal off and swig it!


How much caffeine do the FORTO Coffee Shots contain?

The two-ounce shots are packed with either 100 milligrams (the equivalent of about one cup of coffee) or 200 milligrams of caffeine coming from Colombian cold brew, so you’ll enjoy lasting energy in every sip. Flavors range from the classic Pure Black to the cocoa-infused Hershey’s Latte to the seasonal Peppermint Mocha. Besides the coffee-shop-inspired flavors, the best part is that they’re crafted with only certified-organic ingredients such as Fair-Trade coffee, creamy whole milk, and a touch of cane sugar. Check this out: each shot contains just 35 calories and 7 grams of sugar! That means that if you swap your Tall (small) Nonfat Peppermint Mocha Latte from Starbucks for FORTO’s thin-mint-flavored coffee shot, you’ll save 205 calories and 33 grams of sugar.


How do FORTO’s coffee shots compare to Starbucks lattes?

Too sleepy to wait in line for your usual vanilla latte? FORTO’s mildly sweetened version will save you the trip and a s**t ton of waist-busting macros. Just take a look at the comparisons below:


Starbucks Tall Vanilla Latte with nonfat milk

Starbucks logo cup

150 calories, 0 g fat, 110 mg sodium, 28 g carbs (0 g fiber, 27 g sugar), 9 g protein


FORTO Vanilla Latte Coffee Shot

Forto coffee shot vanilla latte

35 calories, 1 g fat (0.5 g saturated fat), 10 mg sodium, 7 g carbs (0 g fiber, 7 g sugar), 1 g protein

Not only will you save 115 calories and 20 grams of sugar by choosing FORTO’s vanilla coffee shot over Starbucks’ latte, but you’ll also perk up with 25 more milligrams of caffeine! Next time you’re suffering from a sleepless night, long day at the office, or just need a quick energy boost before a HIIT session, throw one of FORTO’s coffee shots in your purse or gym bag and sip it on the go.

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Final Thoughts

I hope you enjoyed today’s post? If you have any questions about today’s post, any past post or questions, in general, please feel free in reaching out and I will be more than happy to answer any questions, comments or concerns you may have. You can ALWAYS find my email in the “Thank You” section and you can ALWAYS find my social media links in the “Where You Can Follow Me” section.

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Non-Dairy Pumpkin Spice Creamer Is the Secret to a Guilt-Free PSL

Today I get back to my roots and talk about something that is fall related. Obviously, the only thing that exists in the fall is all things pumpkin. This pumpkin flavored item is so versatile that you can use it in your pumpkin baked goods. I’m sure from the title you know that I am talking about coffee creamer. Like I said this creamer can be used in many ways. I even use it in my pumpkin mousse that I make.
I gave a short review for Califia barista blend line. It’s not new but they just became available in my area. 
This Non-Dairy Pumpkin Spice Creamer Is the Secret to a Guilt-Free PSL
Let’s face it. For all of us who want to avoid or cut back on their dairy intake in different ways, Califia offers so many options. Everything from coffee, coffee creamer, “milk”, and probiotic drinks.
Image result for califia pumpkin creamer
Barista Blend or (BB) for short (small review) The Barista Blend is not your average almond milk. What makes your average almond milk terrible is the fact that almonds aren’t the best nut. They’re fine. They’re good to snack on, sure, but they have minimal fat, a chalky texture, and a cardboard flavor. They’re not something you really want to drink. And when you do, almond milk separates in coffee, is impossible to steam (due to the very watery body), and lacks the backbone to stand up to the flavor of your beans. It ends up diluting your coffee. Which, when you’re five minutes out of bed, is not a good look. 
BB addresses and champions all of these issues. It’s essentially Califia’s regular almond milk hyped up on a little thing called “thickeners.” The almond flavor is full and concentrated. It holds its consistency. And you can steam it. Successfully. Generally, soy and hemp are better non-dairy alternatives, if you’re looking for that creamy, frothy body that cappuccinos or cortados are known for. BB though? Even better. The adjustment of the ratio of binding agents in Califia’s regular almond milk, paired with the introduction of calcium carbonate (a healthy, naturally-occurring chemical compound) gives Barista Blend a structure that other almond milks lack.

And before you ask, yes, there’s sugar in here. And yes, BB is a little more expensive than regular almond milk (16 cents an ounce, compared to 13 cents an ounce, on average). But guess what. It’s absolutely worth the extra change. The sugar is low-key; it’s whispering sweet nothings into your ear. It feels personal. It feels professional. The name Barista Blendfits. 


Fall weather is practically synonymous with Pumpkin Spice Lattes, but the caffeinated indulgence can totally undo your summer body if you sip too often. Get this: A Grande PSL from Starbucks packs in a walloping 380 calories, 14 grams of fat, and 50 grams of sugar, and if you order one three times a week, you could add over four pounds to your frame in just three months! Fortunately, there is a healthier way to get your fall fix because Califia Farms—the makers of your go-to almond milk—just debuted a dairy-free pumpkin spice half-and-half.

Califia Farms pumpkin spice half n half

One two-tablespoon serving of Pumpkin Spice Better Half boasts just 15 calories, 1 gram of fat (0.5 grams of saturated fat), 25 milligrams of sodium, 0 grams of carbs, and 0 grams of protein.

It’s made with almond milk, real pumpkin puree, and warm nutmeg and cinnamon. Coconut cream lends the blend its ultra-velvety texture and brain-boosting fats while monk fruit subtly sweetens it without overwhelming your palate.

Unlike most sugar-free beverages, this creamer doesn’t contain any artificial flavors or preservatives. Just take a look at how it compares to Coffee-Mate’s Sugar-Free Pumpkin Spice creamer.


Coffee-Mate’s Sugar-Free Pumpkin Spice creamer.

 

Coffee Mate sugar free pumpkin spice creamer

PER 2 TBSP: 30 calories, 2 g fat (0 g saturated fat), 20 mg sodium, 2 g carbs (0 g sugar, 0 g fiber), 0 g protein

Not only does Coffee-Mate’s pick boast double the calories than Califia’s, but it’s also made with partially hydrogenated oils, kidney-harming phosphates, artificial flavors, and artificial sweeteners such as sucralose and acesulfame potassium. Wake up to a better cup of Joe by brewing your own at home and splashing in Califia Farms Pumpkin Spice Better Half for a touch of flavor without any of the sketchy additives found in most commercial brands. And if you’re feeling creative in the kitchen, dunk in a cinnamon stick and a drop of vanilla extract for a horchata-esque pick-me-up.

 


Pictured here is some of my most flavored Califia Pumpkin combo for the fall. I even like to slightly heat the cold brew coffee (I know but trust me it tastes great)!  I found these babies at my local shop rite. The pumpkin cold brew coffee is sweet but not overpowering it’s a bit bitter which I don’t totally mind because I like to drink black coffee.

And as for the Creamer, it tastes like pumpkin. It’s a bit hard to blend into the coffee because it’s thick.

Image result for califia pumpkin creamer


Final Thoughts

The first day of fall is shortly around the corner even though most things pumpkin started to hit the shelves towards the end of August. Now that we are half way through September pumpkin things are steadily coming to the stores. Do you like pumpkin creamer? Are you even a pumpkin lover? I like somethings pumpkin but not as much as I did when I was younger. Like always if you have any questions about today’s post, any past post or if you have questions, in general, please don’t hesitate in reaching out and I will be more than happy to answer any questions you may have.


 

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If you are a company or a person who would like to reach out so we can work together you can reach me here. Leighlei2009@gmail.com

 

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Caffeine Without The Coffee

Boost your workout gains or increase focus without the effort of brewing a cuppa.

These new caffeinated snacks reinvent your regular energy bars and deliver long-lasting energy for people who: Don’t have time to brew a cup of Joe, (you’re working late or are camping), Would rather bypass the jitters that follow a flattened a portable way to fuel up before a workout, chasing the kids around?, Or maybe you want a mid-afternoon lift then please keep reading.

All of these go-to snacks contain no less than 65 milligrams of caffeine, which is equivalent to a shot of espresso.

Better Than Coffee, French Roast

Better than coffee french roast bar

PER BAR (25 G): 100 calories, 4.5 g fat (1.5 g saturated fat), 5 mg sodium, 13 g carbs (4 g fiber, 4 g sugar), 5 g protein

100 mg of caffeine from guarana and maca

For sustained energy that will keep you pumped through that 3 p.m. meeting, try BTC’s bite-sized bar. It’s baked with superfoods such as pea protein, sunflower seeds, coconut, and maca—an energizing Peruvian veggie that’s been linked to reducing anxiety, depression, and blood pressure, according to a 2015 study. Each bite packs in ribbons of French roast coffee and bittersweet 70 percent cacao, so you can skip your trip to Starbucks and fuel up on the fly.

You Can Find Them Here: Amazon.


Verb Energy Bar, Maple Blueberry

Verb energy bar maple blueberry

PER BAR (22 G): 90 calories, 3.5 g fat (0 g saturated fat), 0 mg sodium, 13 g carbs (2 g fiber, 6 g sugar), 2 g protein

65 mg of caffeine from green tea extract

Rather than hitting up your local IHOP for a stack, tear open Verb’s finger-licking Maple Blueberry bar. You’ll get an espresso shot’s worth of caffeine (65 milligrams) from green tea extract and a dose of healthy fats from almond butter. Biting into this bar before a HIIT class? Almonds, one of the main ingredients in these energy bars, have been shown to increase workout performance and endurance.


Eat Your Coffee, Caramel Macchiato

Eat Your Coffee salted caramel macchiato energy bar

PER BAR (45 G): 170 calories, 6 g fat (0 g saturated fat), 115 mg sodium, 25 g carbs (4 g fiber, 12 g sugar), 6 g protein

80 mg caffeine from Fair Trade Coffee

Odds are that you’d rather not stain your white t-shirt with yet another java splatter. The next best thing to sipping on a toasty latte is eating your coffee instead. Eat Your Coffee bars come in three cafe-inspired flavors such as Salted Caramel Macchiato, Fudgy Mocha Latte, and Peanut Butter Mocha, which all contain 80 milligrams of caffeine from real coffee. Swap your daily Tall Caramel Macchiato from Starbucks with EYC’s caramel bar and you’ll get a bit more caffeine and save 13 grams of belly-bloating sugar.

You Can Find Them Here: Amazon


Paleo Thin Protein Bar, Espresso

Paleo thin espresso bar

PER BAR (60 G): 170 calories, 5 g fat (2.5 g saturated fat), 260 mg sodium, 28 g carbs (26 g fiber, 2 g sugar), 20 g protein

100 mg caffeine from ground Colombian coffee and green coffee extract

The first two ingredients in this green-coffee-infused snack are egg whites and prebiotic fiber, which explains how the paleo bar achieves such impressive protein and fiber contents. The list of functional ingredients also includes brain-boosting MCTs, gut-benefiting probiotics, and creamy organic sunflower seed butter, which lends the bar a velvety texture.

You Can Find Them Here: Amazon.


Vibe Energy Bar, Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter

Vibe energy bar peanut butter chocolate

PER BAR (54 G): 210 calories, 12 g fat (2.5 g saturated fat), 200 mg sodium, 21 g carbs (13 g fiber, 6 g sugar), 15 g protein

100 mg caffeine from coffeeberry

The can’t-go-wrong-with combo of peanut butter and dark chocolate just got way better thanks to Vibe’s addition of jolting coffeeberry. While you’ll definitely benefit from the pick-me-up, you’ll also get 15 grams of plant-based protein coming from organic peanut butter and pea protein to hold you over past lunchtime.

You Can Find Them Here: Amazon.


Awake Cinnamon Bun Granola Bar

Awake cinnamon bun energy granola bar

PER BAR (40 G): 160 calories, 3.5 g fat (1 g saturated fat), 100 mg sodium, 26 g carbs (1 g fiber, 12 g sugar), 6 g protein

100 mg caffeine

Wake up to a comforting cinnamon bun without biting into hundreds of calories’ worth of beltline-busting sugar with this spiced bar. In addition to nipping yawns in the bud with 100 milligrams of caffeine, this caffeinated snack packs in a slew of energizing B vitamins as well as blood-sugar-stabilizing cinnamon to prevent pesky energy dips.

I found these at Whole Foods and my natural food store and they are also really delicious they kinda taste like Apple Pie.

You Can Find Them Here: Amazon.


Awake Dark Chocolate Bar

Awake dark chocolate

PER BAR (38 G): 190 calories, 13 g fat (8 g saturated fat), 22 g carbs (3 g fiber, 17 g sugar), 2 g protein

100 mg caffeine

A Snickers bar may give you an energy boost after the first few bites, but the empty carbs will only contribute to a sugar crash later on. Awake’s jitter-free dark chocolate bar, on the other hand, will lend you 100 milligrams of caffeine, antioxidants, and 3 grams of fiber to help keep you satiated. Considering this is still a chocolate bar, keep munching to a minimum and choose one of the lower sugar options on the reg instead.

I’ve tried this and It’s delicious. I found these at Whole Foods, Trader Joe’s and my local natural food store.

You Can Find It Here: Amazon.


Final Thoughts

I just want to put it out there that these bars contain as much if not more caffeine than a regular cup of your standard coffee. And because these are bars and not a drink it’s easy to want to eat another whole bar if you need me an afternoon pick me up. If you need a pick me up you can have a cup of decaffeinated coffee. Decaffeinated coffee does contain caffeine but it’s such a small amount that it will give you a pick me up without a crash. Do not eat another whole bar I REPEAT DO NOT EAT A WHOLE BAR! Your heart will race and some people when they consume too much caffeine that it can induce anxiety and panic attacks. If you absolutely need a pick me up and you don’t dig decaffeinated beverages then have HALF A BAR! Like always if you have any questions about today’s post, any past post or just general questions please don’t hesitate in reaching out and I will be more than happy to answer any questions you may have. You can reach me at the link I provided in the section called Where you can follow me. 


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Vegan Cold Brew… Is It Worth It?

What You Need to Know About Starbucks’ New Vegan Cold Brew

Being vegan or opting for a dairy-free lifestyle is no longer a food trend—it’s a way of life. And that means you can walk into (almost) any coffee shop and order an almond milk latte without looking like you have 10 heads. Now, Starbucks wants to take your “vegan-friendly” cold brew and turn it into high-protein java with their new Protein Blended Cold Brew drinks. Think of them as the “healthier”, plant-based version of their Frappuccinos.

The latest additions to Starbucks cold beverages are the Almond Protein Blended Cold Brew and the Cacao Protein Blended Cold Brew—both of which are available in a Grande (16-ounce serving).

Instead of loading them up with syrups, these protein-blended cold brew drinks are sweetened with a proprietary banana date fruit blend, which features coconut sugar, banana puree, and apple and date juice. And for a boost of hunger-curbing protein, Starbucks adds in a plant-based powder with pea protein and brown rice. Here’s how the two drinks compare nutritionally:



Starbucks Almond Protein Blended Cold Brew

Starbucks almond protein blended cold brew

270 calories, 12 g fat (2 g saturated fat), 170 mg sodium, 30 g carbs, 4 g fiber (22 g sugar), 12 g protein

When you’re craving a coffee ice cream but don’t want to put a complete a kibosh on your healthy eating efforts, consider this frosty almond beverage. Made with cold brew, almond milk, almond butter, it’ll fill you up fast and satisfy your sweet tooth. Since this drink is still high in sugar, we recommend splitting it with a friend or enjoying just half.


Starbucks Cacao Protein Blended Cold Brew

Starbucks cacao protein blended cold brew

250 calories, 9 g fat (6 g saturated fat), 170 mg sodium, 26 g carbs (5 g fiber, 26 g sugar), 10 g protein

Cheers, chocolate lovers! This ultra flavorful cocoa drink uses coconut milk instead of almond. It’s also infused with a cacao blend that includes chocolate liquor, high-fat cocoa powder, and coconut sugar. A little almond butter lends an indulgent quality and creamy texture. Slightly sweeter and more caloric than the almond drink, we also recommend having just half.


Final Thoughts

The beauty of these drinks is that you can always customize these drinks. You add or take away things to tailor it to your taste. Like always if you have any questions about today’s post, past posts or any questions, in general, please don’t hesitate in reaching out and I will be more than happy to answer any questions you may have.


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Why Do We Crave Pumpkin Spice?

Some experts say pumpkin spice seasoning involves some “incredible chemistry” that can produce a nostalgic aroma as well as a comfortable feeling.  You can order a pumpkin spice latte just about any way you want. With skim milk, soy milk, almond milk, or more. You can order it iced, hot or extra hot. You can order it with whipped cream or without. But no matter how you order it, each glass also comes served up with a heaping dose of feel-good nostalgia. 


They taste like warm-blanket feels

For me, It’s really the smell, not the flavor that I love I always buy at least one pumpkin spice latte at the beginning of autumn weather. Then, I remember that I don’t actually like the super sweet taste. The pumpkin-spiced craze is about 15 years old and has seen an acceleration in popularity since its earliest days.

I have always been all about pumpkin since I was young. I think for me it’s the aroma of fall bake goods baking away in the oven and the changing of the leaves. Like most people, I associate pumpkin with fall.

In 2003, Starbucks introduced their famous PSL, which now has its own verified Instagram and Twitter accounts.

I bet nobody could’ve imagined what the PSL would grow to be. Before all the pumpkin goodies I remember pumpkin spice anything was just for candles and home fragrances. Now local coffeeshops conglomerate introduce their fall concoctions. Now, however, pumpkin spice flavorings are in almost every type of food you could imagine, from Cheerios to Oreos, pancake mixes, and protein bars.

If you think this pumpkin spiced insanity is a prime example of marketing done well, you might be correct. But there’s also some science to explain why we’re all lining up around the corner the day Starbucks drops their first cup of PSL.

 


The Science Of Pumpkin Spice

Pumpkin spice mixes are typically a combination of cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, and clove or allspice, said Dr. Kantha Shelke, a food science communicator with the Institute of Food Technologists and an adjunct faculty member at Johns Hopkins University in Maryland. Spices alone do not create the ‘pumpkin spice latte’ magic. The popular and almost addictive taste and aroma develop only when these spices are cooked or baked with pumpkin, cream, butter, and sugar. It is this flavor combination that companies have replicated in the popular pumpkin spice latte using extracts and flavors. Pumpkin spice products don’t contain pumpkin or even just these spices. There is some incredible chemistry behind it.”

There’s also the emotional aspect of it.

Companies know people pay for comfort and nostalgia in food, and they’re more than happy to deliver it in the form of pumpkin spiced goods. The human brain is adept at identifying aromas quickly in terms of when they were last encountered. In Western culture, the aroma of a baking pumpkin pie immediately transports people to all the warm and friendly times associated with pumpkin pie — holiday gatherings, families, celebrations, treats, sweets, things that childhood memories are made of,” Shelke explained. Did you know the addictive nature of pumpkin spice also goes to a biological reaction we have when we eat these foods?

These four main pumpkin spice ingredients [cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, and cloves] all have warming properties and increase circulation. This is perfect for cooler or cold weather when our circulation slows down. A reduced flow of oxygen can make you feel tired and lethargic, but after having a pumpkin spice latte or another pumpkin-spice flavored food or beverage, our blood vessels expand and we feel warmer and more energized.

Seasonality helps. The warmth of the mixture is an ideal comfort during cooler weather,” Being warm and happier — and therefore, nicer and more giving — especially during the holidays makes pumpkin spice as effective as juniper and pine in fireplaces in changing our frame of mind and soothing us. Optimized spirits can be uplifting and foster a feeling of wellness, and this can make people crave it repeatedly. That, and sometimes these foods really are just plain tasty.

 


Pumpkin Spice Without the latte

Several other foods and spice combinations offer the same feel-good benefits and they’re equally flavorful. Chai would be very similar in that it is black tea often mixed with the main ingredients of pumpkin spice plus cardamom,” Hovet said. Cardamom, in addition to having warming properties itself, is excellent for relieving gas and bloating. You can see that many of these blends share certain commonalities. They are warming, increase circulation and aid digestion.”

The mixture of spices for Middle Eastern baklava and the cinnamon-nutmeg mix in rice puddings evoke many of the same intense emotions as pumpkin spice. The caramelizing notes of burning sugar can be soothing for many, for it reminds them of childhood days and mom baking cookies. When sugar is heated, it forms a vast number of aromatic compounds that can transport people through a range of experiences beyond cookies.


Final Thoughts

I hope you enjoyed today’s post? I hope today I gave you a little glimpse into why “almost” everyone goes crazy for the pumpkin spice lattes and pumpkin spice. And like always if you have any questions about today’s post, any past post or just have general questions I will be more than happy to answer any questions you may have.


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