Thursday, October 15, 2009

Bundled Up

It was 38 degrees when I woke up this morning. WTF Mother Nature?!?! It's only October 15th. Boston's average temperature at this time of the year is 62. To make things worse, the water turned ice cold halfway through my shower. I had another cup of Boston Common Coffee Co.'s Breakfast Blend to get the chill out of my bones. We grind the beans just before we brew it. Smells great and the coffee tastes fresh!

I normally use Equal to sweeten my coffee. I am down to my last 2 packets and I'd like to switch over to something healthier and more natural. Any suggestions?

~What do you use to sweeten your coffee?~

I had to break out the winter gear for my commute to work. No gloves though...and the steering wheel was ice cold for the first 5 minutes of driving!

Always taking the lazy route, I made a package of Raisins, Walnuts, and Spice Quaker instant oatmeal. I sprinkled blueberry flax seed on top. I am becoming such a flax enthusiast that I need to buy another bag soon, possibly in a different flavor.

Continuing the oatmeal theme of the morning, I snacked on a Luna bar. I'm still really cold so I'm warming my hands in front of my space heater in between typing. I'm already craving a warm bowl of soup for lunch. And dreading the yard work that needs to get done later today!


  1. Agave nectar is what I now use! It is the bomb! I ran out and used a packet of splenda a couple of weeks ago. I had to pour it out. It tasted like I had cleaning supplies in my coffee!

  2. I used to use Splenda and then found it gave me migraines, so I stopped using it. I switched to agave nectar for a little while and then one day just stopped using it! Now I just use vanilla soy milk to sweeten it. It gives it a bit of a flavor but not too much. Through the years I've discovered I like the actual taste of the coffee - I get why my Dad drinks his black!

  3. I usually use sugar. Or sugar and some milk. :)
    I'm actually jealous because over here summer just isn't going away and everybody's ready for colder weather!

  4. I sometimes use Splenda, but that isn't all that great for you either.....there's actually about 3-4 calories per packet of artificial sweetener so if you're using about 2-3 packets to sweeten something, I decided I would just use a teaspoon of regular sugar balances out and I know it's not as bad for me:) If you boil down sugar and water to make a sugar syrup, you can refrigerate it for a few weeks and it dissolves much better in cold coffee drinks and hot ones. Just an idea:)

  5. thanks for visiting my blog, girl!

    and you are a fellow bostonian! YAY!

    where abouts do you live??

    your oatmeal looks fab! I love flax too! have you tried chia seeds?? they are great in oats as well

    I use truvia or agave to sweeten my coffee

  6. Hmm... I think I'm leaning towards trying Agave first. Boiling down sugar is a little too scientific for the time being.

    Naomi: I haven't tried chia seeds yet. I'll keep ya updated. I live in the South End, right around the corner from the Beehive!