Thursday, July 7, 2011

Starbucks Replacement


Breakfast. I am a huge advocate of eating breakfast everyday. It might be because I get extremely nauseous if I don't eat it, or because it's become a daily routine for me. Only problem is that I am constantly on the go. With a 2 year old, being in school full time, and keeping up with house tasks, I need my breakfast fast and easy. Enter Starbucks.

When I first began going to University, I was stopping at Starbucks every single morning to grab a latte and a muffin. Cost per day....almost $9.00. What was I thinking? I was thinking that there was no possible way to shower at 6am while getting myself and a 2 year old ready, let alone make myself breakfast.  I was wrong. After about 3 months of my nine-dollar-breakfast routine, I realized that I was wasting a ton of money on nothing. This is when I started my new five-minutes-and-a-lot-less-money-breakfast routine. 

I highly suggest that you start your morning with fruit. My two favourites are nectarines slices, which take about 30 seconds to cut, or frozen strawberries, which take about ten seconds to pour out of a freezer bag. I am also a huge fan of yogurt (Source!), or if I have time, a smoothie. Muffins and bagels are delicious, but i've noticed that they make me feel bloated and too-full for the rest of the day.

Making my own Starbucks inspired coffee was the biggest deal to me. We all know that making coffee at home never compares to having it at your favourite coffee shop. But, I've come close to finding a substitute. Here is it!

This is a frother. I actually have 2 of these (including this one), and I promise you that this is the key to having a cafe-like coffee experience. You may not think that it makes a difference, but after trying several things to get a Starbucks-like latte, I've realized that this is a must. 

Get out your favourite mug, milk or cream, and sugar or sweetener. I prefer flavoured coffee-mate (my favourite is French Vanilla), and Splenda.

Add creamer or milk to your cup. As little or as much as you would like! Now is also the time to add flavoured syrups (like Torani), or ad other flavour additives. Also add your sweetener or sugar here.

Time to froth! Don't froth for too long, or you'll have a full cup of bubbles with no room for coffee. I usually froth until the cup is halfway full.

Pour your coffee, add a garnish, and stir! I don't personally add a garnish, but cinnamon or nutmeg are great additives. Also, I always stir my latte. I know that the frother does all of the blending of cream and sugar, but that last stir makes everything smooth and kills some of the extra froth on top.

Cut up your favourite fruit. 

4 minutes to brew coffee and make latte + 30 seconds to cut up fruit = less than 5 minutes.
Honestly, It takes more than that to go through the Starbucks drivethru. When I'm in a big hurry, I cut my fruit into a re-useable plastic bowl, and make my latte in a travel mug.

I still visit Starbucks once every few weeks to treat myself, but saving $9.00 a day leaves a better taste in my mouth than any Starbucks latte could!

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