Is Coffee Fattening?

Coffee Beans and Weight LossDo you drink coffee?

If you do decided to drink coffee, here are some smart decisions you can make to stay slim. Try drinking coffee the old-fashioned way. Add just a small splash of non-fat milk and a dash of sugar.

Most of the fancy, store-bought coffee drinks contain calorie rich ingredients like whole milk, whipped cream, and/or chocolate. Skipping these extra additives can significantly reduce calories consumed.

Here are some examples from Starbucks, these are all grande size, if milk is added it is 2%

Starbucks Bold Pick of the Day: calories 5

Starbucks Iced Coffee with Milk:  calories 120

Starbucks Caffe Mocha: calories 330

Starbucks Dark Cherry Mocha: calories 400

Remember, Stop Dieting and Live is about life style changes. Make small changes and keep them forever. Changing your morning coffee is just one example, try it out, see if it makes a difference.

Best of luck!

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Green Drink

Green DrinkHey everyone,

There’s a new drink in town and it is veggie and vitamin packed. It is called green drink and the name suits it. It is a thick puree of blended vegetables and fruits, often with added super foods like sprouts, wheat-grass or ginger.

The closest commercial version of green drink I can think of would be the new V8 fusion because it has fruits and vegetables. One difference is that green drink is usually thicker.

If you are looking for something different, you might try making a green drink smoothie today. It’s great for you because it has vegetables and fruits.

Here is a site with colorful recipes: Green Drink

Get more nutrition from frozen vegetables

Do you like frozen vegetables? Do you ever cook them in water? There are a few simple ways to insure you are getting all the nutrients from your frozen vegetables.

  1. Don’t add the vegetables to water until it is boiling. You want to make sure they are in the water for the shortest possible time. As vegetables are in the water nutrients like vitamins and minerals can leave the vegetable and go into the water.
  2. Cover the vegetables as you cook them. This will keep any nutrients that leave the foods from evaporating.
  3. Cook them for the shortest time possible. Give them just enough time to get firm and then get them out of the water.

If you follow these simple steps you might notice your frozen veggies have better flavor and texture. You will also be getting more vitamins and minerals in each bite. Enjoy!