I heart coffee

Total addict. I loved it before weight loss surgery too so I'm not sure my coffee addiction can be considered a transfer addiction and it's one addiction I am not really trying to give up. A girl can't give up all her vices ;)

A word on caffeine: I'm not sure what the point of decaffeinated coffee is. I do fully leaded sometimes triple leaded (not until after the 1st month post-op per my Dr's orders) If your medical posse says no coffee or no caffeine listen to them.

I love the free wifi at Starbucks and I'd go everyday if I could but a $4 a day latte habit just isn't an option for me. I'm no Suze-what's-her-face but do the math... if you spend $4 a day that's $1400 a Year!? So here's a few options to the coffee addicts like me on a limited budget:

Cold-Brewed Iced Coffee

1/3 cup Ground Coffee
1 1/2 cups Water
Sugar Free Torani Syrup (on sale now)

Optional: Land o Lakes Sugar Free Whipped Cream and Smucker's Sugar Free Caramel Topping

Stir together coffee and water. Cover and refrigerate overnight (at least 12 hours.) I put it in one of my blender bottles. Strain through a fine-mesh sieve lined with a coffee filter. Pour the strained coffee over ice, add a few squirts of Sugar Free Torani Syrup, a splash or two of milk (Mmmm Vanilla Soy) and top with Sugar Free Land o Lakes whipped cream & a drizzle of Smucker's Sugar Free Caramel Sauce. Heavenly and cheap.

Frosty Frappes more your thing? Try these yummy knock-offs...

Shelly's Banana Protein Mochacchino (Banana Vivanno Knock-off)

2 cups Vanilla Soy Milk (you can use ANY milk or milk/water combo. I'm a soy girl)
1 Tablespoon Sugar Free Torani Syrup (I use SF Vanilla)
1 Banana
1 scoop Click Espresso Protein Powder
1 scoop Chocolate Protein Powder
3-4 Ice Cubes

Optional: Land o Lakes Sugar Free Whipped Cream and Smucker's Sugar Free Caramel Topping

Add liquid, then powders, then additions and blend on high. I serve it with a squirt of Land o Lakes Sugar Free Whipped Cream and a drizzle of Smucker's Sugar Free Caramel Topping. Makes 2.


Shelly's Caramel Mock Macchiato
Shelly's Tiramisu Protein Shake
Shelly's Max Chocolate Mint Mocha Protein Shake


Sometimes I like it hot. So a regular pot of my favorite brew Dunkin Donuts or I break down and pay the $4 for my Sugar Free Cinnamon Dolce Soy Latte, no whip, no foam at err Crackbucks I mean Starbuck's.

My WLS Post-op Starbucks Survival Guide

What does your Starbuck's order say about you???

Consult the Starbuck's Oracle.

For a non-liquid coffee fix...

Shelly's Caramel Macchiato Custard
Shelly's Espresso Protein Truffles
Shelly's Tiramisu Protein Ice Cream
Shelly's Coffee Toffee Crunch Protein Ice Cream
Shelly's Mochachinno Almond Protein Ice Cream
Shelly's Espresso Protein Pudding and 5 Minute Espresso Protein Cake