My kiddies were home from school today. Snow day! It’s a little odd because there was indeed not a drop of snow on the ground this morning, although there’s come cover that accumulated later in the day.
Since the kiddos were home they had to do the: go in the other room and not kill each other for awhile while momma work outs. My hammy’s were screaming today still despite yesterday being my rest day, so I opted for a short cardio with a 20 minute Turbo Jam workout and P90X chest, shoulders, and tris.
If I haven’t mentioned on the blog lately, I have Raynaud’s in my hands, as well as carpal tunnel. The colder months really take a toll on me – especially in my workouts, and my work (on the computer). My husband picked these up for me and I’m hoping they made relieve some pressure off sensitive spots on my hands when doing push ups. I think they may have been somewhat helpful in today’s workout. I think I’ll need to use them a few more times before I make the final verdict though.
Now I don’t need snow as an excuse to enjoy some good coffee – but I have been enjoying my own version of a tasty peppermint mocha at home. No big deal to me, like I’ve said before, not a Starbucks fan here. So here’s the nutrition stats for a 12oz Starbucks Peppermint Mocha. 42g of sugar?! No thanks.
Some days I get a little cray and put some whip on mine – but most of the time I forego it because I don’t feel like I need it. But it’s a nice little treat every now and again.
- Brew yourself a strong cup of coffee. I use a Keruig and use a smaller cup size brew than I would normally choose.
- Mix 1-2 teaspoons (to taste) of unsweetened cocoa powder into about 4 oz of unsweetened almond milk. My current favorite cocoa is Hershey’s Special Dark. Heat this in the microwave for about a minute to warm the milk.
- Add sweetener of choice to your coffee – my favorite is NuNaturals drops and a tiny amount of peppermint extract. This stuff is very strong. A few drops is more than enough.
- Combine your coffee and milk. Boom.
Add some whip if you want. You could also make it a little richer by using some milk that has some fat content. Sometimes I use coconut milk. This is so not original. It’s not rocket science. But you know what? It sure is good. I possibly needed more than one to get through this snow day. And perhaps maybe even one of these:
These are good! Way more minty than a york peppermint patty. The filling seems a little thicker too, and I like the candy cane bits on the top. I thought they might even be a little strong on the mint for my kids, but they thought they were tasty as well.
How’s the weather where you are? Wintery at all yet? Are you a peppermint fan?
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