11. Falling for Haim
Coffee is my favorite. I look forward to it when I wake up, I crave it when I get to work, and I feel like I need it when the 2 o’clock hour comes around. I won’t go as far as to say I’m addicted to coffee- because when I’m on vacation or super busy and simply don’t have time to make or stop for my morning cup, I’m fine. I’ll realize “Wow, I didn’t have any coffee today and I actually lived.” That being said, it’s something I allow myself to enjoy because I try drink it in the healthiest way possible- basically black. I usually don’t add creamers or sugars – sometimes I’ll add a splash of almond or skim milk & a pinch of artificial sweetener (which I know is bad- but I say “fine in moderation”).
Even if I just convinced you that my love of coffee is normal and acceptable, I think we can all agree it would be healthier to mix in some other drink substitutes. Sometimes, it’s not even the caffeine I need, rather just the need for a good tasting beverage to distract me from snacking the afternoon away. I have been mixing in some other caffeinated and non-caffeinated drinks into my day over the past few weeks, and I’ve cut down my coffee intake substantially since.
Here are some of the alternatives that I turn to when I’m wanting something to warm me up, energize me, quench my thirst, or keep me busy so I don’t eat 45 girl scout cookies (it’s that time of year) instead.
1. Early Grey Tea + Honey: This one does have caffeine and is a good go-to sub for coffee. It’s better for you and although it doesn’t have a high caffeine content, it will give you a little boost.
2. Water + Lemon + + Cucumber + Mint: This combo is delicious… simple as that. It makes a bunch drinking water easy and if you get it really cold, it will wake you up a little.
3. Water + Splash of Apple Juice + Splash of Apple Cider Vinegar + Agave + Cayenne + Cinnamon: I found this recipe on ToneItUp and often forget about it- but I’m trying to make it more of a staple. There are a lot of ingredients, but they are all ones that stay for a while so you can buy & have them all for a while. You’re supposed to drink this in the morning because it boosts your metabolism, give you a bit of an energy kick, and gets your body ready for the day.
4. Green Tea + Lemon: Low in caffeine, but it makes me feel good about myself. After drinking a cup of green tea, I can’t help but think “I just did something good for my body.”
5. Pomegranate Tea + Honey: This one craves my sweet tooth that often comes out after lunch. I sometimes add 1/2 packet of splenda for some extra sweetness.
6. Water + Coconut Water: I sometimes drink pure coconut water, but mixing it with water is easier to drink more quickly and hydrates me quickly.
Have any other suggestions? Post them in the comments!
In the third installment of Weekly Links, learn about Instagram marketing tips and find out what the #1 song was the day you were born (mine was Vision of Love by Mariah Carey)!
Working in the city, it’s so easy to go out after work and meet friends- sometimes mealtimes are only time I have to socialize. I love trying new restaurants and would even consider it a hobby if it counts as one. I’m realizing I need to cut back on it for multiple reasons: it’s expensive, often not healthy, and causes me to get home later than I’d like. I want to make an effort to not only cook more often, but to cook more of a variety of meals. Right now, I have around 5-10 meals on rotation that I am comfortable making, and I don’t really challenge myself to make anything else. I’ll use this as a place to share recipes that I’ve tried and liked- it will encourage me to cook more often!
Right now, I rely pretty heavily on the recipes of Gina Homolka from SkinnyTaste- I’ve been following her blog for quite a while and have become a huge fan. Her recipes are easy and healthy, but not too boring… and they’re all delicious. She recently came out with a book, of which I purchased four of (one for me, one for my mom, and two for friends who also love her recipes).
Like I said, I have a few dishes that have become staples in our kitchen- I have them memorized and try to make sure I always have the ingredients in the house. I listed a few of them below and am excited to add to the list as I try new recipes!
If you know me at all, you know traveling is something I love and treasure. I am so lucky to have seen so many special places. I really have loved every single place I’ve visited- one of the things I love about traveling is how different each place is and how they have elements that make them special and unique in their own way. I loved the romance and sophistication I feel when in Paris, the artistic and adventurous feeling that Costa Rica brings out, the relaxing and at-ease moments only the Caribbean can emit. Until last week, I would have to say Costa Rica was my all-time favorite destination. The reason I say until last week is because i just returned from a place that has stolen that spot by a landslide.
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As spring draws closer, I begin to think about all of the happy colors the season brings. The bright, saturated pigments like deep yellow and magenta are my favorite- maybe because they also remind me that summer isn’t too far. Pastel, lighter shades also come to mind- easter colors like light pink and sky blue. I use the springtime as an excuse to add a pop of color to my typical monotone winter wardrobe. I love having a new bag that evokes the colors of this season. This year, I’m looking at these brights and lights as inspiration for my next purchase!
1. J. Crew, $98
3. Milly, $195
Every day, I come across so many awesome stories, videos, and articles while I’m scrolling my Facebook feed or catching up on news in the morning. I figured this would be a great place to share the ones that I think were worth the read. Sometimes they’ll be inane and funny, sometimes they’ll be interesting and thought provoking. Either way, they’ll be here when you need a second away from work projects or have some time to kill.
This is the first installment of “Weekly Links.” I will be posting these every week, so if you like them, remember to check back for more next week!
Have you come across any articles worth sharing? Put them in the comments :)