My patient load is very sporadic at work, but yesterday I had rapid fire patients in the afternoon. It was quite the challenge, especially when some show up early and others show up late. My last patient of the day recently made a change that was praise-worthy – he had quit drinking two 2-liters a day of Mountain Dew. For the record, the worst I’ve heard is 4 gallons a day of Oklahoma sweet tea.
It’s still shocking to me after several years as an RD how much junk people drink on a daily basis. And the truth is, people truly don’t understand the negative impact high-calorie, sugary beverages have on their weight and health.
Me, personally? My rule of thumb with beverages is that unless it’s a bit of cream in my coffee, a cold beer, or a glass of wine on occasion, it’s not worth the calories. My everyday, all-day beverages are water or unsweetened tea. Given this, I’m actually a self-proclaimed beverage snob.
I like very bold beverages. STRONG coffee. Bitter beers like IPA’s. Strong-brewed teas. Bold, smooth, dry Chianti.
I don’t mess around with my flavors!
When we moved from Ohio I always joked that I would miss Tim Horton’s coffee more than anything (except Donna, Christin, Gina, and my old students, that is). It has taken me over a year in Michigan to find coffee I actually love. Sadly, however, it is not in the form of a drive-thru on my way to work…but, it works. Biggby makes a Michigan Cherry Bean that has been the light of my life lately (it’s the little things).
I’ve also finally learned how to make REALLY good iced coffee. If you’re an iced coffee lover like me…rejoice. This is the real deal. A million times better than my hot brew which I’d throw in the fridge for later. Bleck.
- ¼ to ⅓ cup of your favorite coffee beans, ground
- 1½ cups cold water
- French press
- Place grounds in a French press and add cold water; stir with a spoon. Pull the press' plunger all the way up and place the lid on the French press.
- Refrigerate overnight. In the morning, plunge the coffee and serve.
TGIF! 😀 This week was insane…so glad next week looks normal 🙂 But first, the weekend!