Poor man’s “Vanilla Steamer”

So, I’m a hot chocolate person.  Let’s talk Swiss Miss with Marshmallows  and then bereave the fact that they give you so few marshmallows to make it through the cocoa.  I’m also a “fru fru” coffee drinker.  Most commonly if I don’t want to stay awake too long, I’ll order a Vanilla Steamer from Starbucks, it’s hot, tastes great, and is basically milk, steam and vanilla syrup.  It’s also 330 calories, 14g of fat and 38g carbs (37 of which is sugar).  SAY WHAT????

Starbucks Vanilla Steamer

Yesterday I was making my morning cocoa (it’s like 120 calories , 23g carbs and 2.5g fat , not including the milk I mix it in, so a total of about 280 calories, 6.5g fat and 36g carbs), heating my 8 ounces of milk (yes I go milk instead of water) and as I reached for the packet of cocoa-confection-perfection, I noticed my “Splenda” coffee creamers sitting innocently beside it.  I figure “eh, what’s the worst that could happen”.  I pour in one Splenda French Vanilla single creamer packet (you know, the ones in the little yellow straw shaped containers that you buy in packs of like, 30?) and mix my milk, take a sip and HOLY COW!  It’s about 90% of the way to a traditional vanilla steamer, is 115 calories less than my cocoa and cheaper too! A pack of 30 is about $2.80-$3.50 around here, rather than the $2.65 for an 8 pack of cocoa.

So, my new routine of “my time” now consists of a cup of steaming hot milk and French Vanilla sweetener, and life is good.  It’s also only  a total of 140 calories, 4g fat, 13g carbs.

Ain’t Life Sweet?

**Notice** This is not an Ideal Protein Approved item.  Dairy in general is on the “no” list for Ideal Protein

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