Happy Hump Day!
Yesterday was pretty exciting over here. My quinoa-stuffed roasted green peppers were featured in SHAPE Magazine’s 10 Tasty Green Foods for St. Patty’s Day!
My company, DreamChamps, also received a fun mention yesterday on Fast Company’s Fast Co-Exist in an article called Building Better Businesses By Closing The Happiness Gap. And to top things off, Bobby and I had the chance to attend the Northwestern vs. Akron basketball game, their first in the NIT tournament. The Cats were able to secure a nail-bitingly close victory. Woohoo!
There have been some delicious meals on the eats front, such as this breakfast creation. Nothing particularly new other than the fact that scrambled eggs with veggies never get old. These were made with spinach, mushrooms, red pepper, potatoes and chicken sausage, then doused with a generous amount of salsa and queso cheese.
I’ve also been drinking plenty of tea, which reminds me that I’m overdue for a review of a product that was sent to me recently: Bamboo Bottle. I brought it with me on my trip to Milwaukee over the weekend. Long review short, it rocks!
The Bamboo Bottle is made using glass (the inner portion where the liquid goes), renewable bamboo and BPA-free plastic. Their claim to fame is that they provide pure flavor for any hot or cold drink, and are durable and sustainable while also being dishwasher safe.
I think what I was most pleasantly surprised about was the fact that they were spot on about the “pure flavor.” Often when I put hot drinks (especially coffee and tea) into a plastic to-go cup or reusable mug, I find there is something off about the taste. Perhaps it’s all in my head, but it’s as if the plastic adds an extra flavor that shouldn’t be there. With this glass bottle, I noticed no difference between it and what I’d usually find drinking out of a mug.
You can buy Bamboo Bottles for $25.00. A bit on the pricey side, but I think they more than make up for themselves if you bring drinks with you on-the-go a lot. And luckily, the company is offering an online discount for Eating Bender readers!
You can get 20% off of a purchase by putting the word “Health” into the coupon code box during checkout. Find the online retailers by clicking here.
Thanks again to the team at Bamboo Bottle for allowing me to try it out.
Now let’s talk tea.
Believe it or not, I have recently replaced my beloved three-a-day Coffee Cocoa. I have never been a huge fan of tea, but over Christmas at home I was re-introduced to the wonders of Teavana by Mama Bender, and the rest is history.
I don’t have anything against coffee. In fact, I still love the occasional latte or mocha from Starbucks or Caribou. But overall, at 25 calories per 16 oz. mug of tea vs. 60 per Coffee Cocoa on a daily basis – not to mention the herbal benefits of tea – it seemed like a switch that was right for me.
Teavana teas are definitely not cheap, but a pound of each of my favorite flavors – Raspberry Riot Lemon Mate, Blueberry Bliss Rooibos and Strawberry Lemonade Herbal – combined with a bulk-sized order of German Rock Sugar and the occasional online coupon gets me through at least two months of tea-drinking bliss, which comes out to roughly $1.11 per mug on an average of drinking three mugs per day. That may still seem ridiculous to some, but compared to the cost of K-Cups, creamer, whipped cream and hot chocolate, it’s roughly the same – and a lot better for me.
And it’s definitely cheaper than a daily Starbucks run.
That said, what works for me doesn’t necessarily work for everyone, and I’d love to hear from you.
Are you a coffee or a tea drinker? What strategies do you use to “drink” cheaper?
The most surprising aspect of this new habit for me is the fact that I didn’t set out to fully replace coffee. My plan was to do a balance of both to make all the ingredients last even longer, but once I became familiar with the taste of tea I found that the Coffee Cocoa was too much for me. I think it’d be interesting to try homemade coffee again without the extra sweet ingredients. I’ll make sure to post my thoughts when I do.