Coffee in Wonderland

While many of us love coffee and how it literally gets us out of bed in the morning, we’ve found cheaper and tastier ways to enjoy your morning cup of brew. After all, if you’re going to indulge, it should be worth it right?

Here are some good ways that you can indulge in your frappucino, latte, or coffee AND have your Simply 7 Hummus or Lentil chips too (even though, at around 130 calories for 30 chips they’re too good to NOT call indulgent!)

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Short Drink

The sizes the “mainstream menu” gives you are “Tall,” “Grande” and “Venti,” but if you say you want the “short” size to any Starbucks drink you can receive a less expensive and smaller sized drink. Although this size is in their cash register, they don’t put it on the menu as a marketing strategy to make customers buy larger and more expensive drinks.

 

Short cappuccino

A “Short” cappuccino is a more Italian style cappuccino. Basically this cappuccino leaves out the gallons of milk Starbucks puts in for the more traditional amount of dairy that the drink originated with.

 

Red Eye

A shot of espresso in regular drip coffee.

 

Black Eye

Two shots of espresso in regular drip coffee.

 

Green Eye

Three shots of espresso in regular drip coffee. Not for anyone with a heart condition or road rage issues.

 

Poor Man’s Latte

Order an Iced Americano with no water and half ice, then you can add free half and half at the little milk and condiments table. This is the same drink as a Breve Latte but costs much less. Just watch out for the classy police. This is definitely not the most chic thing to be caught doing by your mother-in-law or boss.

 

Poor Man’s Chai Latte

Order a Chai Tea Misto with extra foam, two tea bags, and half cinnamon-half vanilla syrup. This is basically the same drink but almost half the price.

 

Cafe au Lait

If your French and looking for something nostalgic of your homeland order the Misto without foam for a classic French coffee drink.

 

French pressed coffee

You can choose any coffee they sell by the bag and have it served in a French press. For coffee snobs, this is one of the best way to appreciate all of the flavors of the coffee you chose.

 

Chocolate Cream Frapuccino

Chocolate syrup and chocolate flavoring. Lots and Lots of chocolate! Do not underestimate the amount of chocolate in this frozen blended coffee. Only for the true chocolate lover die hard.

 

Chocolate Dalmation

The Chocolate Dalmatian adds java chips and chocolate chips to a white chocolate mocha for that extra something.

 

Cake Batter Frappuccino

You can lick the edges of the cup afterwards too. The Cake Batter Frappuccino is a vanilla frap with both vanilla bean and almond flavoring.

(http://www.thedailymeal.com/ultimate-guide-starbucks-secret-menu)

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7 Ways to Boost Your Metabolism

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English: Rolled oats Español: Copos de avena
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Try these tips such as foods and liquids to increase your metabolism, foods that boost metabolism require more of your energy in order for your body to process and digest them, so is just like a mini-workout for your body.

  1. There is a lot to be said about drinking plenty of water; the colder the water the more effective it will be on speeding up your metabolism. A recent study by Germany researchers suggest that 90 minutes after drinking cold water (H20) will boost your metabolism by 24% over their average metabolism rate. Myfit.ca
  2. Eat lots of protein, and this doesn’t mean fill up on meat, try adding beans and lentils to your diet. Beans are loaded with fiber and incomplete protein.  Eggs are great as they contain high doses of protein and are low in calories and fats.
  3. Eat breakfast; starting your metabolism off in the morning keeps it working through out the day. It can boost your metabolism by almost 10 percent. http://www.metabolism-boosting-foods.com/
  4. Add fiber to your diet, Fiber helps keep you feeling full longer which helps prevent any binges and lapses in your meal plan. 1 serving of our Lentil Chips contains 3 grams of fiber!
  5. Carrot and celery juice are both said to increase metabolism if drank on a regular basis. http://www.ehow.com/facts_5038391_liquid-drinks-speed-up-metabolism.html
  6. Rolled oats in the morning can be used to spike your metabolism with high quality carbohydrates, protein and good fats. The best time to eat rolled oats is in the morning when your body needs carbohydrates for your brain and body to efficiently function throughout the rest of the day.
  7. Coffee is one of those foods that have been loved and hated by many nutrionists and dieticieans. The most recent research about caffeine and coffee suggest many positive benefits which include: Speeding up your metabolism, heart health, increased concentration and many more. http://www.webmd.com/diet/ss/slideshow-boost-your-metabolism