DIY Iced Coffee

It’s no secret that I’m a huge fan of iced coffee. I love coffee, but iced just takes it to a whole new level. Since we have about 3 months here in Chicago when it’s actually warm enough to crave an iced coffee, I like to take advantage of that. However, these things aren’t exactly budget friendly.

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So I decided to start making my own iced coffee! One option was to buy the coffee concentrate from Trader Joe’s, and although that saved money it was still more than making it on my own. So today I’m going to show you how to make your own iced coffee!

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The way I do it is to make hot brewed coffee, however you can also make your cold brew coffee. I haven’t done that though because it involves letting it sit for 12 hours and then straining out the coffee beans… and that just sounds like too much for this girl and her tiny kitchen (and perhaps slight lack of patience…).

First, make your coffee! I prefer to make mine in a french press rather than my keurig because I can more easily control how much coffee I put in. You want to make it much stronger than you would make regular coffee because you’ll be adding ice, which will dilute the coffee.

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Once you’ve made your coffee (add hot coffee to grinds, let sit for 5 minutes) I then pour it into a cup  or other container (depending on how much I make) and set it in the fridge for an hour or two. Then I pull it out, add a smidge of stevia (you can add whatever sweetener or syrups you like!), about 1/2 cup of Almond Breeze Almond Milk, and then ice!


See?? SO EASY! And way less expensive than iced coffee from a coffee shop. This has been my go-to this summer on the weekends and now I’m bringing it to work as well a couple days a week (when it’s actually hot out…).


Have you ever made your own iced coffee? 

What’s your favorite drink during the summertime? 

This post is sponsored by Blue Diamond Almond Breeze, however all

thoughts are completely my own. 

What I Ate Wednesday–Still Job Hunting

Good morning and happy Wednesday! For this week’s WIAW post, I chose my food from Monday, a typical day of job searching!

If you’re new to What I Ate Wednesday, head on over to Peas and Crayons to see what it’s all about, and to see the other participating bloggers!

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I started out my day by headed to the gym bright and early for a 3 mile run and a 12 minute HIIT workout from Purely Twins. When I got home I showered, got dressed and made some breakfast. For breakfast I made a bowl of Blueberry Muffin Oatmeal, however I nixed the chia seeds and added 1 T psyllium husk (I’m going to add less from now on… super weird texture), 1 tsp maca powder and 1 tsp spirulina, which is what gives this the bizzare green color. Topped with almond butter!

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After breakfast I took care of a few “desk” items at home and then headed out to Starbucks where I met up with a friend of mine from Law School to do our job searching. I love seeing her every once in a while because we’re both in same boat and it’s nice to commiserate!

While I was at Starbucks waiting for my friend, a barista came around handing out samples of their Gingerbread Latte. I assume they do this to get you to try a drink you wouldn’t otherwise order. Well, it worked. This thing was AMAZING and was even topped with molasses!

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I almost started laughing when the barista came around again, this time with a peppermint mocha sample. I was sitting at a big table which happened to have 3 other women around my age sitting at it, and we all grinned and accepted our samples. Definitely made my morning.

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After being at Starbucks for a couple hours I broke out a Quest Bar for a snack since it was really lunchtime for me.

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After another couple hours I headed home for lunch. I made a “quesadilla” aka folded over burrito with avocado, refried beans and a Laughing Cow Cheese Wedge. With a side of roasted green beans, carrots and parsnips that I had prepped this weekend and served with some sriracha.

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My lunch didn’t quite fill me up, so I also had an apple while continuing my job searching work.

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Since the weather was horrendous (gradually working its way down to 32 degrees, windy and snowing/sleeting) I opted to stay home to do a little cleaning and job searching instead of going back out to another coffee shop.

After a while I was getting hungry again and it was time for dinner! I had a filet of baked tilapia topped with olive oil and lemon pepper (from Target’s frozen food), spinach sautéed in olive oil and baked spaghetti squash with a Laughing Cow Cheese Wedge mixed in.

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For dessert I made a big bowl of “protein ice cream” which included about a cup of frozen peaches, half a frozen banana, ice cubes, a pinch of xantham gum and guar gum, stevia and vanilla, all mixed in my Vitamix. I topped it with cocoa powder mixed with protein powder (more on the side – just did this topping for the picture!).

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Before bed I also had a couple spoonfuls of PB! They were out of almond butter (AGAIN) at my Trader Joe’s so I grabbed a jar of PB when I was at Whole Foods on Sunday. I’m too cheap to buy Almond Butter anywhere else. Guess I need to make my own batch again!

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Which do you prefer – Peanut Butter or Almond Butter?

Do you have a favorite flavored espresso drink?

What I Ate Wednesday–Whole Foods Style

Happy Wednesday! I hope you’re all having a great week, and thank you for all your kind and thoughtful comments on yesterday’s post. I hope it was an exercise that you all can use in your own lives.

Today’s What I Ate Wednesday post comes from Monday, where I had a good workout, a chiropractor appointment, and then several hours of job searching followed by some blog work. And, as you can tell by the title of this post, a trip to Whole Foods! If you’re new to WIAW, head on over to Peas and Crayons to see what it’s all about and find other participating bloggers!

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After heading to the gym for my 3 miles and Purely Fit Workout, I came home, showered and made some blueberry oat bran. I pretty much just followed my Blueberry Muffin Oatmeal recipe, but used oat bran instead of oatmeal, and used psyllium husk instead of chia seeds. I topped it with a mixture of PB2 and coconut oil.

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After breakfast, I headed out to a chiropractor appointment that I had to walk a ways to, and then I went into a Starbucks nearby afterwards for a few hours to get some work done. I got a Tall Bonde Roast with 1 pump of pumpkin spice. After being there a while I had a Jimmy Bar for a snack.

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A while later I walked to Whole Foods since it was only a little over a half mile away and grabbed lunch. I had a salad as well as a few things from the hot bar, like mashed potatoes and chicken fried rice. LOVE WF hot bar…

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With my lunch, and while I was working (I stayed for another two hours to do some more work) I had a fun size of M&Ms that I grabbed from my chiropractor’s office.

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For dinner, I had some Veggie Noodle Gluten Free soup.

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. It wasn’t too filling though, so I also had the trail mix I made at Whole Foods. This picture does no justice to how much there was in there… So good.

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Later on in the evening I made a big bowl of air popped popcorn topped with cinnamon.

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Along with some candies from Whole Foods. Gosh I love that place.

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Definitely more eating out than I’d like (trying to save money!) but it was a Whole Foods filled day, which is always a good day in my book!


Do you like Whole Foods? What’s your favorite thing about it?

What is your favorite evening snack? I’m totally on a popcorn kick…

What I Ate Wednesday–Job Search

Hey all! I hope you’re all having a good week – halfway through! Although, personally, I wish time would just slow down a bit! It’s finally fall here in Chicago and I pulled out my jacket for the first time since May!

For today’s WIAW, I’m showing you what I had yesterday, a day including a visit with my career counselor and some job hunting. If you’re new to What I Ate Wednesday, head on over to Peas and Crayons to find out what it’s all about!

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I woke up bright and early, posted to my blog, had some coffee and got ready for the gym. My stomach started growling before I headed out, so I also had about 1/3 a banana before leaving.


I had 3 miles and an 18 minute strength workout from PurleyFit on the agenda. After working out, I headed home, showered, got dressed and then made breakfast: Chocolate Protein Oat Bran! It included the rest of that banana and Sunbutter. I like sunbutter, but not as much as almond butter. They have been out of AB at my Trader Joe’s for weeks and weeks… so this is what I bought. Oh well.


After breakfast I prepared for my meeting with my career counselor, which included double checking my resume and writing down a bunch of questions I had so I wouldn’t forget. Then I hopped on the bus and headed downtown! I was a little early so I hung out in school for about a half hour (kind of awkward…) and then had my meeting. Afterwards I walked about 2 miles to a Starbucks in the Gold Coast, stopping at a GNC to buy some Quest Bars on the way. I hadn’t had one in ages so for Lunch #1 I had a White Chocolate Raspberry Quest Bar, half a green Naked juice, and a skim cappuccino.


After a few hours at Starbucks I’d gotten frustrated with their poor internet and decided to head out. I stopped at Whole Foods on my way home and grabbed a salad which I ate when I arrived home for Lunch #2:


The salad included greens, carrots, beets, artichokes, sweet potatoes, chicken, parmesan cheese, and balsamic vinegar and olive oil.

For dinner I made a beef patty that I’d bought at Trader Joes (my apartment now smells like hamburgers…), with sautéed collards, asparagus and butternut squash. Served with ketchup; so classy.


For dessert I had a Blueberry Noosa yogurt, with some more sunbutter and about a TON of Ghirardelli Sea Salt and Almond Dark Chocolate. This stuff is like crack.


I also had several Chimes Ginger Chews throughout the day, and a couple samples while at Whole Foods. Always bites here and there that don’t show up in a WIAW post, which I’m sure is true of most participating bloggers!


What’s your favorite kind of nut butter? (or seed…)

Do you like to walk places instead of driving or taking public transportation?

WIAW–New Apartment

Happy Wednesday!

I’ll be showing you all pictures of my apartment once it’s a little more put together, but there is one thing that you should know. Although I got a great view, my kitchen got a serious downgrade:

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Like whoa.

This makes cooking a liiiiittle more difficult, but hopefully I figure out a way to make it work. I’m already planning on buying some extra shelving and an island to extend the kitchen out into the breakfast area, so that should help!

Today’s WIAW came from yesterday, a day that I made a couple meals in my new kitchen. With very little unpacked and not too many groceries, I had to be creative and simple. If you’re new to What I Ate Wednesday, head on over to Peas and Crayons to see what it’s all about!

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I woke up around 6:15, headed to the gym at 7:15 and made it home around 8:45. By the time I got out of the shower and was dressed, I only had 15 minutes to make and eat breakfast before heading out to a doctor’s appointment. I made a cup of coffee in my Keurig, cooked up two eggs in some coconut oil, and then had a banana with a little bit of peanut butter from a Justin’s Honey Peanut Butter packet.

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Quick and easy!

After my appointment I headed to Starbucks to use the internet and put up yesterday’s post. I had a venti iced coffee with skim milk:

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However, their internet basically stopped working. So after trying to get it to work for a while I gave up, had to toss out my coffee and go to Fuel Station a couple blocks away. There I ordered a small chai latte with almond milk, managed to put up my post and then stayed to get some more blog work done and respond to e-mails.

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Around 1pm I was getting hungry so I walked home and got started on lunch. I coated a plantain in coconut oil and baked it in the oven for about 20 minutes and then topped it with some peanut butter. Then I mixed up canned tuna with about a T or two of dijon mustard and a Laughing Cow Swiss Cheese wedge and served it on two pieces of lettuce to make wraps. Pretty good!

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After lunch I tried to take a quick nap (didn’t sleep so well), talked to a friend on the phone, and then headed to Argo Tea to do some job hunting. I got a Ginger Peach tea while I worked.

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Since I didn’t have an afternoon snack (lunch around 1:30pm), I went ahead and grabbed dinner on the earlier side. I picked up a falafel bowl from Falafil and added a few items from their “Mezza Bar” to try out (hot sauces, tzatziki, hummus, etc).

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I took it home to eat and had a bowl of frozen grapes afterward. I needed something cool – that dinner was pretty spicy!

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Since I ate dinner pretty early, I had a lemon crème Quest Bar a little before going to bed.


Definitely more “coffee drinks” thank I would like to purchase in one day… Good thing I’ll be getting internet on Thursday!


What do you do when you don’t have internet?

What’s your kitchen like?