Healthy Starbucks Options

I love coffee. I used to be only a tea drinker for years, and then college happened and I made the lifestyle change. I still drink tea, but hot tea is generally pretty easy to navigate in terms of healthy options. Coffee, especially buying Starbucks made drinks, tends to be a bit more difficult.

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Mr. Yell and I have eliminated additional sugars from our diet; including sweet sugary drinks, pastry goods, and other overly-sweet snacks. (Ya’ll this has been a struggle, but so rewarding, but that is a post for another time) In honor of our lifestyle change, I have taken the time to create a small list of my favorite (and HEALTHY) Starbucks drinks!

First, I want to mention that the healthiest option is ordering a Tall size. I know it is so tempting to buy the bigger sizes, but the Tall is really all one person needs in terms of serving sizes. This saves on money, calories, and sugars when ordering from Starbucks. Also, the non-fat milk or coconut milk substitutes go a LONG way. Sometimes cutting 50 more calories along with sugar content. Keeping this in mind, each of these drinks are always a Tall with either the soy or non-fat milk (if I want milk).

Healthy Starbucks Drinks

Iced:

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Cold Brew Coffee

This is the healthiest option at Starbucks for iced/cold drinks. This has less calories than the iced coffee and tastes amazing!

Iced Coffee

Iced coffee is my favorite, and I love how Starbucks makes it. I always get mine with non-fat milk with NO ADDED sweetener and it is perfect for a warm day when you need that caffeine boost!

Hot:

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Flat White

I don’t often buy hot drinks (I live in Louisiana and it’s cold 3 days the whole year…) but when I do Flat White is my go-to beverage. This drink is smooth without being too thick, especially getting coconut milk or non-fat milk.

Latte Macchiato

This is a great option as well. It has more of a kick than the Flat White and is delicious! It is a perfect warm coffee option and I totally recommend!

 

What coffee drinks do you enjoy? Are there any Starbucks options I missed?

 

Much love. Much grace.

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Cozy Coffee Playlist 2016

As I have mentioned before, I love music. Mr. Yell and I love traveling to concerts, no matter how far they are!  We have records, digital copies, and many (MANY!) CDs. I have written a few posts about my favorite artists and figured it was time to share some of that music with you!

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This month I took the time to create a playlist of songs I have been enjoying this season.  Since it’s February I figured it was time to add a bit of pizazz to the cold weather! These are some songs that Mr. Yell and I enjoy while reading, working, or just drinking a cup of coffee in this winter weather.

Please enjoy this first edition of the “Cozy Coffee Playlist”!

Enjoy this wonderful winter season!

Much love. Much grace.

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Needing Contentment

“I just want to see you content”

Seven words. Words that cut me to the core, and yet are loving at the same time. A phrase that says, “hey, I not only care about you, but I want to see you happy where you are and with what you have.”

But that word… Content… it is just so foreign.

I need more. More time. More money. More friends. More sucess. More adventures.

“Content” and “more” don’t go together. A person can’t live with both.

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I have been struggling with wanting to go to a new place to live for a while now. With marrying Mr. Yell and seeing most of our friends leave, it has been very hard to stay in our small town. I have been angry, jealous, and hurt; with myself for graduating late, and with God for not taking us to another place. He has been silent for almost a year now; and that has been the hardest thing to experience.

Then just this week my husband said something that woke me up. It made me rethink this past year’s emotions, complications, and stress.

“I just want to see you content.”

That’s it. That was the moment I realized that maybe, God wasn’t silent, at least not at first. Instead of listening to what He wanted me to do, I have been trying to push myself to do things that I feel I need to do. Things that will make me likable, smarter, or bring my life more meaning. I have been trying to make my life “better”, when instead I just  needed to learn how to be content.

Contentment is hard, guys. So hard. It is very hard to live in a world that is built on comparing ourselves to others and yet seek contentment. It is hard to see people in your same place in life who seem like they are doing it all, or that they are more likeable or needed or whatever. But can I just say that finding a way to be content is just so much better?

Even if you aren’t a believer in Christ, I challenge you just to take this week and find ways not to want more.  I want you to think about the things and people you have, and I want you to think everyday that you have enough. That you are fine where you are, and that the desire for more is not needed. For me, this is made infinitely easier when I remember that my relationship with God is all I need. I can lose everything and still know that He is good. He is enough.

This year has been rough, that is for sure. But this week has been the best week I have had in such a long time just on the basis of seeking contentment. I am learning, like I am sure much of you are, that I am pretty enough, strong enough, smart enough, loved enough, and happy enough.

I am doing my best to help those in need and make the part of the world I am in a brighter place to be. And that thought can only come from being content.

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Friends, are you content? If it means anything… I not only think you can be, but I want to see that happen for you.

Much love. Much grace.

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Coffee and the Word

I am just sitting here, drinking coffee and reading the Word, when I stumble upon another crazy story about the Israelites. Sitting here reading, all I can think is how silly they seem. Here is a group of people who have seen miracles from God personally, and yet they can’t seem to get a grip and follow Him.

All I can think is, “What’s the deal guys? Get it together.”

I feel like we always make fun of the Israelites from the Bible. I am always so amazed at how “God’s Chosen People” consistantly forget and rebel against God. Always forgetting what the Lord did just a few years, or even days ago.

  
But honestly, I am the epitome of those Israelites. As soon as God is silent, for even a second, I lose it. I feel like I am in a desert, wandering…. waiting for SOMETHING to come across the horizon. I start to doubt my faith, I doubt the faith of others, I lose sight of who I am. I lose sight of who I am supposed to be. 

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Major life events that have happened recently have brought so many crazy emotions. Nostalgia, guilt, and fear just to name a few. Nostalgic about how fast time has gone and remembering how things were when they first began… Guilty because I feel that the wedding overshadows the accomplishments of others… Fear of not having what Mr. Yell and I need to begin our lives together. So many negative emotions… and they can easily take over my joy. I find myself getting short or impatient with others. I feel bitter about others who seem to have a perfect life from what I can see. 

It becomes too much.

And it is TOO MUCH. 

As a believer and lover of Christ, I am not even supposed to give fear and guilt a second thought. I should laugh at the future WITHOUT fear. I should be thankful for the present and let God work. Guilt is something that weighs me down. Yes, the wedding is around the same time as these graduation ceremonies, but as long as I am joyful and do my best to encourage and make my grads feel special, there is no need for guilt to enter my mind or heart. 

At times like this, those words are very hard to remember. Desert places are dry, lonely, and hard… And while there is an oasis, it is small, just enought to keep only me going. 

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That may seem like a bad thing, but I need to remember that the oasis is made just for me. It is private and peaceful. A place for me to refresh and wait.  

So my mantra and my thoughts are on 1 Timothy 3:11 today (I literally wrote it on my arm…). It talks about how a wife of a deacon should be, but I feel that this can be for any woman in danger of letting negative feelings over take her.

She should be worthy of respect, not a malice talker; but instead be temperate and trustworthy.

When I allow these negative emotions to consume me, I am not worthy of respect. My bitterness hurts people through gossip, and I lose trust and gentleness because of it. Instead, I need to remember what hope feels like… and what trusting God means in my life. While this is a frustrating thing for me to witness, God is always kind, gentle, and forgiving just waiting for me to remember Him.

What is hurting you? How can you change it? Can you help someone else feel less hurt or bitter?

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