Iced Caramel Coffee

Love coffee drinks from your favorite coffee spot but hate all of the added calories? Me too! We’re both in luck because I found a way to have my iced coffee and get some extra protein, and now, you can too!

Ingredients

24 oz cup (currently using Venti reusable Starbucks cup)

4-6 oz Coffee of your choice (currently using Starbucks Honey & Madagascar Vanilla)

11 oz Protein Shake of choice (currently using Premier Protein) *I have made this recipe with caramel, cinnamon roll, & cookies & cream. My favorite is cinnamon roll.*

1 tbsp caramel (currently using Torani sugar free caramel sauce)

Ice

Directions

Brew Coffee

While coffee is brewing, prepare your cup. Squeeze approx 1 tbsp of caramel into your cup. *Feel free to get creative with a design.*

Fill your cup with ice

Pour in your desired amount of coffee

Pour in your protein drink

Stir

Enjoy!

Calories-200 Protein-30g Carbs-8g Fat-4g

*If you enjoy Starbucks, you can order this drink by asking for a double shot of espresso over ice in a Venti cup; add caramel drizzle. Pour your protein and enjoy!

If you give this drink a try, please let me know what you think!

If We Were Having Coffee: January 26, 2021

If we were having coffee, I’d tell you that so much has happened since the last time we had coffee almost five years ago.

Since the last time we had coffee, I have earned two degrees! I earned my Master’s degree in Nursing Education and I earned my doctoral degree, Doctor of Nursing Practice.  I am now officially Dr. Smith!  Both degrees definitely came with their own set of challenges, tears, and many sleepless nights; not to mention, the last 2 1/2 semesters of my doctoral degree occurred during the pandemic!  I’m excited to see where my career path leads.

If we were having coffee, I’d let you know that during our time apart I became a Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT-200)!  Yoga has truly kept me grounded in the midst of the pandemic and while earning my degrees.  If you have never practiced yoga, I encourage you to find a local or virtual class to attend.

When we last had coffee, I told you that dating in your 30s is hard…dating in your 30s is still hard…and that’s all I have to say about that!

If we were having coffee, I would tell you that I’m excited to restart my blog and have coffee together from time to time.  Over the years I have learned so much in regards to health and wellness and I can’t wait to share with you all!  If you’ve checked out the site, you’ll see that I’ve uploaded many posts from my old site.

If we were having coffee, what questions would you ask me?  What thoughts would you share?

If We Were Having Coffee: April 3, 2016

Originally published April 3, 2016

Greetings! I recently stumbled upon some interesting blogs all beginning with the statement, If we were having coffee. I found the posts to be quite interesting and decided I would give it a try. It was originally started by a blogger, Part-Time Monster.

If we were having coffee, I’d tell you that today is the last day of my Spring Break and tomorrow it’s back to reality.

I’d tell you that I’ve enjoyed my time off. I didn’t get as much accomplished as I would have liked, but I did manage to get a few things done during my time off. There never seems to be enough hours in the day, even when you don’t have to work.

I’d tell you that I have NOT worked out my entire vacation 😮

If we were having coffee, I’d tell you that my daughter has enjoyed her time away from school and dance. She does however miss all of her dance friends. I took her and one of her friends to Sky Zone, a local trampoline park. They had a blast!

I’d tell you about First Friday. It’s a local event held on the First Friday of the month at the local Children’s/Art museum. My daughter enjoyed all of the hands on children’s exhibits and I have to admit, I did as well :-). There was a live band and an open mic contest. Also, Friday was the reveal of the new MLK exhibit! What many don’t know is that Martin Luther King, Jr gave his I Have a Dream speech in the small city of Rocky Mount back in 1962 prior to giving the speech during the march in Washington, DC in 1963. What rich history to learn about the small city of Rocky Mount!

If we were having coffee, I’d tell you about the professor from NC State who was able to locate the speech that was given in Rocky Mount and have it restored. I’d tell you about the book that he has published that describes the correlation between King’s speeches and Langston Hughes’ poetry.

I’d probably go on and on about the subject of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and all of the history that I’ve learned, but you’d probably get bored and start rolling your eyes at me.

If we were having coffee, I’d tell you that I’ve decided to move to a self-hosted site! For my non-blogging friends, that means I’ll be able to monetize my site without all of the red tape. It’s all mine! I’d ask for your blessings and support.

If we were having coffee, I’d tell you that I’ve been having allergic reactions all week! My face has swelled, my eye has swelled, my hand and my wrist. Benadryl has been my best friend this week. You’d probably ask me if I’ve been to the doctor. Thousands of dollars later and an Epi-pen prescription, I have no answers as to why I experience swelling.

If we were having coffee, I’d tell you that dating in your 30s is way different than it was in your teens and early 20s.

If we were having coffee, you’d probably ask if I’ve found “the one.” I’d sip my coffee, smile and tell you to stick around for a while and maybe you’ll find 😉

If we were having coffee, what would you share?

Til next time…