After breakfast this morning, I headed to Starbucks to get some freelance work done. I don’t usually work in coffee shops (mostly because I’m cheap and don’t want to spend money), but I switched it up today because I really needed to get away from my usual distractions (i.e. Murphy, Twitter, gchat) and get sh*t done.
I spent a few hours at Starbucks and accomplished quite a lot. Hooray!
While working away, I enjoyed (ready for this?) a decaf, tall, non-fat, toffee nut, misto. I feel ridiculous typing that, but, hey, I got exactly what I wanted. Translation: a small hot coffee with steamed non-fat milk and toffee nut syrup. It tasted pretty damn awesome.
Ordering a misto instead of a latte is one of my favorite ways to save money on a cup of coffee. Lattes and mistos pretty much taste the same to me, but a misto is often close to a $1 cheaper. I also save money by registering my Starbucks card and bringing a reusable mug. That’s a savings of $0.60 right there! Sometimes, I’ll ask for my coffee in a larger cup and then go heavy on the milk from the condiment bar. This works especially well with iced coffee because it pretty much tastes like an iced latte and costs a lot less.
What are your tips and tricks for buying a cheaper cup of coffee?
After Starbucks, I headed to the gym for a workout. I started with 30 minutes of strength training. I did three sets of the workout below.
And then I hit the treadmill for a 35-minute run, which covered close to four miles. I did this treadmill workout:
If the speeds are too fast, just subtract 0.5 from each interval:
After the gym, I headed home for lunch. I started with a big bowl of yogurt with banana slices, chia seeds, and Uncle Sam cereal. Then, I picked out and ate all of the turkey sausage and most of the mushrooms from last night’s dinner. (I wonder who’s going to eat the rest of those leftovers now?)
Just a little while ago, I whipped up a fun, autumn-y protein shake with pumpkin, protein powder, soy milk, and all sorts of spices as an afternoon snack.
Pumpkin Spice Protein Shake
- 2 tbsp canned pumpkin
- 1.5 cups soy milk
- 1 scoop vanilla protein powder
- 1/4 tsp cinnamon
- Pinch of nutmeg and ground ginger
- Handful of ice
Directions: Combine all ingredients and shake like crazy.
Mmm! I love pumpkin spice anything. I wonder if I’ll ever get sick of it?
Happy Friday, guys! Enjoy the start of your weekend!