Welcome to my current love affair–with — Iced Coffee! Before I drank decaf, I had more than enough hot coffee to even think about a cold cup. But since I transitioned to decaf, I find I don’t drink as much in the morning, and the other day I decided to try mixing mostly coffee with some almond milk over a lot of ice and was very pleasantly surprised with how delicious and satisfying it was. Since almond milk is low in calories (only 60 in a full 8 ounce glass) and is naturally sweet, the iced coffee needed no added sweetener (which would have been a deal breaker for me) and really was not only thirst quenching on a hot afternoon, but also satisfying as a “snack.” I have been enjoying a glass mid-day, every day since. Cold, refreshing, tasty, low in calories and vegan. PERFECT! For most people, a caffeinated version would be a great afternoon pick-me-up, my body just can’t handle the caffeine anymore!
But yesterday I blogged about water and it is really important to keep in mind that NOTHING replaces pure, unadulterated, water. Make sure when you are trying to get in your (approx) 8 glasses a day, that you do NOT include iced coffee, tea, etc. Consider them “treats” in comparison with water being a necessity!
As an FYI for my locals, I’ll be subbing SilverSneakers tomorrow, both classes, for Carol, at Bally. Tuesday morning the 10th I will be subbing Debbie’s yoga class at 9am in the martial arts studio, also at Bally. Thursday the 12th, I will be subbing Debbie’s Yoga Fit/Senior class at 12:30, yup, also at Bally. Subbing for anyone is a hard gig. Students get so attached to their teachers. After 30 years in this business I GET IT! I am happy to help out my co-workers though, as we all need vacations. I have learned its best night to try and recreate someone else’s class, but instead bring whatever it is I have to share and hope that something is gleaned from class with a different instructor. I look forward to seeing some new faces and some I haven’t seen in a while!
Can’t wait to see the “kids” for dinner tonight. I will be recreating the middle eastern theme. Homemade hummus, Israeli salad, pita bread and falafel from the Falafel Bistro. I’ll also be making brownies. Ghirardelli makes a brownie mix that is not only insanely delicious but also is void of any usual dairy found in brownie mixes. Simply adding oil, water and a few spoons of applesauce in place of the egg makes for a very fudgy tray of brownies. Sprinkled with powdered sugar, they are a very easy (and decadent) treat. The kids can burn those calories up and me, well, I can either exercise self-control, or –just exercise more! Since I love to do some yoga on Thursday, I may have to hit that P90x yoga video this afternoon and PRE-burn calories to make room for dinner! Yoga and Thursdays, for me, go together like…coffee and almond milk! Just perfectly.
Wishing you a peaceful (or should I say peas-ful) vegan feast Thursday. Blaze and I are up and out!