Loving This Rad Raspberry Recipe a Latte!

Loving This Rad Raspberry Recipe a Latte!

It’s Day 357 of the Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose Project, and I’m loving this rad raspberry recipe a latte! On St. Patty’s Day, one of my Swan Soul Sisters and I went to the Ruffles and Rust Expo and discovered a lovely lavender honey latte. Ever since, I’ve been on the prowl for affordable sugar free lavender syrups to try and recreate this scrumptious treat at home. I’d asked my local coffee shop if they could order the syrup for me, but at $11 bucks a bottle, that’s out of my price range. Even so, I became inspired to look up how to make a latte without a milk steamer and and perfected the art. Ever since, I’ve enjoyed frothy skinny vanilla lattes from the comfort of home. Because of this, I won’t be ordering any flavors I can make myself! Then, last week, while out and about, I went through the drive through and asked what other sugar free flavors they had and made a surreptitious discovery – sugar free raspberry. I ordered a latte with the Torani syrup and am a changed woman! I’ve had two more since then and figured I needed to figure out how to make my new fave drink on my own or literally go broke trying! As is so often the case, TJ Maxx came through for me. At only $3.99, I had to use great restraint not to purchase the three bottles they had – which would have been only a little more than my coffee shop’s price. The syrup is Jordan’s Skinny Syrups and I’m seriously loving the rad raspberry recipe I concocted! Now I’m sharing with you.

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My Simply Shabby Chic coffee mug, Ball Mason jar, Jordan’s Skinny Raspberry Syrup w/ pump, and fat free milk. All displayed on a crochet edged The Prairie by Rachel Ashwell table runner.  It, canisters and syrup all from TJ Maxx.                                                                                                        Coffee mug – 1 of complete dinner ware set, Target – have had about 7 years.                                       Jar – 1 of set of 4, also from Target. 
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Rad Raspberry Latte. I top off froth with a squirt of syrup for a touch of pretty pink.

Rad Raspberry Latte Recipe (for a single cup)

Ingredients/Items Needed:

Fresh pot of coffee or espresso

Fat free milk (2% or whole milk doesn’t froth as well)

Small Mason jar with lid (can use a larger one for more cups)

Syrup pump (optional – mine from Starbucks)

Coffee mug or thermos

Directions:

  1. Brew coffee
  2. Fill jar at least a third with milk
  3. Squirt 2 pumps or pour 2 capfuls of syrup into mug
  4. Fill mug with coffee, leaving room for milk and froth
  5. Twist lid onto jar tightly, then shake vigorously for at least 30-60 seconds
  6. Microwave at least 30 seconds (Time will vary – watch to avoid spilling)
  7. Use spoon to hold back froth and pour milk into mug, stir
  8. Scoop froth on top of liquid
  9. Enjoy!
  10. Repeat with remaining coffee, frothing milk as needed

As a Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose latte lover who doesn’t love latte prices, I’m delighted to be my own barista. This is especially important, not only because I’m growing my business and want to make the most of my hard earned money, but because I want to be a good steward of my resources, no matter what I’m earning. Besides, there’s a sense of satisfaction to be had from enjoying a pleasurable experience – like my morning latte instead of just a cup of coffee, even when I’m working from home. Even more reason to love this rad raspberry recipe – a latte!

If you give this a try, I hope you’ll be Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose and let me know what you think. Thanks!

Be savvy & chic,

~Pink  Collar  Coach

 

 

 

 

 

 

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What Will I Gain When I Lose The Gummis? – Dealing with The Ds: Diet!

What Will I Gain When I Lose The Gummis? – Dealing with The Ds: Diet!

It’s Day 255 of the Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose Project, and for the last week I’ve been asking myself, What will I gain when I lose the Gummi Bears? In Kindergarten I got accepted into a bilingual magnet school. But that wasn’t all I got. From the moment my 1st grade German teacher passed out authentic Haribo Gummi Bears as a reward, I got hooked! Forty-two years later, gummi bears are still my go-to candy. Given a choice between gummy candy and chocolate, the former will win with me every time. Sure, I enjoy other gummy candies, like Good and Plenty and am especially fond of sour gummy candies such as  Sour Patch Kids and Sour Worms. In fact, the only thing I like more than than Gummi Bears is sour Gummi Bears! Though I consumed more than my share of Gummi Bears in my twenties and thirties (many of them intended as treats for my students when I was a teacher), I only discovered sour Gummi Bears in my forties. Coated in sugar, they contain 20 more calories and more grams of sugar per bag than their regular counterparts. They’ve become a D (a barrier – diet)! Add that to the weight I naturally put on following a complete hysterectomy four years ago, and something’s gotta give: My Gummi Bears! It’s a true sacrifice, but I have so much to gain if I lose them…

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Though I’m not the woman on the left, I’m not the one on the right either. I’m in the middle and would like to move a little to the lighter side. Please know, I don’t feel one is better or more attractive,   I just want to feel healthier and fit all around.

In case you’re a regular reader and you’ve seen pictures of me that make you question why I think I need to lose weight, I’m gonna be real and tell you clothes hide a lot! I’m only 5’1″ and very small boned. That being the case, any extra weight has very little surface on which to spread, so it settles on my bust, tummy and thighs. Because of the early menopause hormonal changes, including my metabolism grinding to a screeching halt, sugar just seems to turn to fat. So, as much as it may look like I’m fairy trim (then again, maybe I don’t), I’m not at my healthiest weight (I don’t weigh myself, but go by how my clothes fit). If it weren’t for eating as healthy as I can – apart from the gummy candy! – and dancing seven – that’s right – seven days a week, I’d blow up like a balloon! I don’t say that in jest – obesity runs in my family…Besides, I can’t afford, nor do I want, a whole new wardrobe! In short, I love Gummi Bears but they’re not my friend!

As a Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose Life Coach, fitness instructor and lifestyle blogger, I want to model a healthy lifestyle! That’s why I’m excited that when I ran out of Gummi Bears this week, I didn’t buy more but replaced them with low fat yogurt. Positive a step as that was, I’m not gonna lie, it’s been hard! Working throughout the day without my go-to snack, watching the Olympics, reading a book in bed – I wanted to cave. But I kept asking myself, What will you gain when you lose the Gummis? Then I answered, I get to keep my clothes. I get to save money not buying new clothes. I get to look and feel my best. I get to model healthy practices for my coaching clients and Zumba participants. I get to lose the guilt from overindulging. I get to be Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose…I could go on and on, so I’m soldiering on!

How can you be Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose about losing one thing in your diet? What will you gain by doing so?

Be savvy & chic,

~Pink Collar Coach

 

Moe(‘s) Healthy Eating in 2018! – Restaurant Review

Moe(‘s) Healthy Eating in 2018! – Restaurant Review

It’s Day 231 of the Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose Project and Moe healthy eating is in my future for 2018. Just to clarify – I haven’t resorted to slang writing; I’m referring to Moe’s Southwest Grill and the fact that I’ll happily be eating more of it now that some have opened in the Cincinnati area (apparently they’re buying the Quadoba’s that are going bankrupt). I treated myself to it tonight after one of the best, busiest days of my life yesterday – releasing my debut novel, Seasons of Her Soul, and having it do very well on Amazon sales rankings – largely thanks to you readers!  Then today was spent at Zumba, hanging out with a friend and trying to figure out what to wear to my women’s event, “Kick Up Your Negotiating Skills for Career Success”, next weekend. Finally, an hour ago I realized other than a snack at lunchtime, I hadn’t eaten all day. Making my second stop in Moe’s since I discovered it, the generous serving size allowed me to load up on fresh, healthy rice, beans, chicken and all the veggies, guacamole (a fat that’s actually good for you), and salsa my little heart desired. To make it an even better deal, the guac is free (Who does that?) and there’s complimentary salsa bar! Moe’s will be seeing a lot more of the girl from now on!

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Since I’m home alone, I enjoyed my bowl and reading my book (My book!) in complete bliss. ; )

This summer, my sister and brother-in-law, who reside near Atlanta, introduced me to Moe’s (they were just in the south but are expanding) when they had the restaurant cater dinner the night family arrived from out-of-town for their son’s wedding. I loved it then and looked forward to having it when we were just there for a few days over New Year’s Eve. But for logistical reasons (and my book deadlines) it wasn’t to be. Literally craving it, I Googled it on the drive home and had my poor hubby go a few miles out-of-the-way to get it in Chattanooga. That was my first time in the restaurant where I discovered the veggies on offer: black olives, chopped cilantro, cucumbers, jalapeno peppers, and mushrooms! Then there’s the option to add as much as you want at a salsa bar. Epic!  And if that isn’t enough to recommend them, the one near me, in West Chester, Ohio, has one of those cool machines that dispense every drink imaginable – only I can actually have one because they offer zero calorie choices – like gingerale with vanilla and a myriad other flavors – YUM!

As a Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose healthy eating advocate, please see the recap below for why Moe’s is a marvelous option.

Moe’s Southwest Grill as Pink Collar Savvy & Chic Pick for Healthy Eating:

  1. Large portion size (More food, but good vs. bad! I eat 1 bowl 3x – initial & leftovers )
  2. Free quacamole (No one does that!)
  3. Veggies not offered at Chipotle or Hot Heads (They definitely wont’ be at Quadoba’s)
  4. Salsa Bar with 5 varieties (Green chile mild up to fiery hot)
  5. Technicolor array of zero and low calorie beverages (Refreshing water alternative)

I hope you’ll be Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose and consider Moe(‘s) healthy eating in 2018!

Be savvy & chic,

~Pink Collar Coach

To get a preview of Seasons of Her Soul, or to purchase, please visit Amazon.com. Thanks!

 

 

 

A Warm Welcome Back from My Awesome Weekend Zumba Crew

A Warm Welcome Back from My Awesome Weekend Zumba Crew

It’s Day 184 of the Pink Collar Savvy Savvy and Chic on Purpose Project and this morning I received a such a warm welcome back from my awesome weekend Zumba crew that it warmed my heart. During the week I dance at my local YMCA and know the ladies from living in the community and having children in the same schools. Because we’re connected through our group Zumba page, other social media and via text, they know why I’ve been out for a month due to illness. Not so with my Saturday Fitworks crew. My friend Kibby has a membership and I attend as her guest, so while I’m friendly with the women in class, we only know each other by first name and aren’t in touch during the week. That made the warm welcome that greeted me even sweeter.

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Fitworks Zumba Crew                                                                                                                               Me, Pink Collar Coach front row, outside right in Calvin Klein athletic wear. 

While the ladies in class didn’t have my contact info, because I’m a newly certified Zumba instructor, our teacher, Marina, located me through our Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky Zumba group to let me know she’d missed me in class. Marina replaced our long time teacher only a few months ago, so it moved me that she went the extra mile to contact me. When I replied explained I was sick, she sent her well wishes and prayers. Also, because I’m short, I always stand in front directly to her left. She told me “Your spot is empty right now and waiting for you to fill it.” That little message motivated me to get better so I could get back.

As a Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose Chick who dances not only because I love it, but because I need it, I’m not gonna lie. Today was hard. My stomach hurt all last night and I woke up with a throbbing headache. I thought, How am I going to dance when I still don’t feel good? Then I remembered, I ALWAYS feel better when I’m dancing. I pushed through and got to class but was exhausted. After about twenty minutes of low intensity dancing I was ready to sit down. Forty minutes in I thought I was going to pass out. Marina stopped dancing for a moment to check on me after I took a few puffs of my inhaler and then bent over double in pain. Unable to join in for the first half of a new song, I watched the cool choreography and listened to the empowering lyrics and had to jump back in. By the end of the hour, I was so glad I’d come. I owe that to my awesome weekend Zumba crew, and do exactly what the title of that new song commands for women: Salute!

Be savvy & chic,

~Pink Collar Coach