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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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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Give a Little

This week I am giving a little love to some inspirational people, blogs, and other things I have been seeing recently!


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This blog post was so inspirational to me. It is a blog run by Alex and Brett Harris, two brothers who are the co-authors of The Rebelution.

This article in particular, written by Luke LeFevre,  describes the important differences between passions and purpose, and why those differences matter. This blog is full of inspirational blogs, videos, and books directed at pre-teens and teens, but is honestly wonderful for anyone of any age.


This is a new blog just started in the last few months by Florida dwelling Kirstin Czernek.
She is a nutritionist and health enthusiast, but also blogs about her personal life at times.She has an inspirational story about overcoming an eating disorder and how that has helped her build her new company, The Balance Culture, in Florida. Check out her new company, blog, and Instagram @thebalanceculture


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Moriah Peters friends… she can get it.

Her new album is quite bold and electrifying, and I love it. While her first album was more sweet and subdued, her second is far from it. Still the sweet spirited woman, but more fierce and BRAVE. Check out her Instagram   @moriahpeters and her blog listing tour dates, merch, and cool stories people have shared with her.

 

Much love. Much grace.

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