I don't like coffee. I don't know if I've mentioned that before, but it's true.
I don't drink hot coffee in any form and never have.
For a while I would have the very rare frappuccino from Starbucks, but not often - they are so rich - and a Ice Cap from Tim Horton's occasionally.
During my last pregnancy we had to drive to Vancouver for some hospital appointments and my treat for having to sit in a car for hours, go get poked and prodded and then drive hours back home was a sausage and cheese mcmuffin from McDonald's and a small ice cap from Tim Hortons. Memories!
While I was on maternity leave I indulged in Ice Caps a little more often, then stopped after the caffeine started making me queasy, but then started up again.
And so here I am, with a kinda sorta Ice Cap habit that I am trying to break for both the sake of my wallet AND my chubby little bod.
Speaking of my bod, a medium ice cap has 360 calories, 15 grams of fat and 47 grams of sugar. Eeeeeeeeeek.
So I've been experimenting with making my own coffee shake at work in the mornings.
I have my Magic Bullet from Christmas 2008 (!!!) base at work so in the mornings I fill my cup with the ingredients except the ice, which goes into a plastic bag, and then at work I whizz it up.
It is definitely less decadent than a store bought drink, but it still feels like a treat.
1 cup milk
1 tb brown sugar
2 tb cocoa powder
1 tb instant coffee
handful ice cubes
I threw the ingredients into a calorie calculator and here's what it said to me -
192 calories, 6 grams of fat and 24 grams sugar.
Not bad, and definitely better than the drive thru options.