Friday, April 7, 2017

5 Alternatives to Starbucks


Today's Friday 5 theme is all about drinks!  It's no secret that my favorite drink is a cold frozen frappe from Starbucks! This was my "reward" after my long runs last summer. I pretty much worked my way through the menu and I will say the Strawberry Shortcake  (which was a limited time drink) was my favorite. You can get the Strawberries and Cream frappe anytime, but it's not the same.  Anyway, regardless of what flavor frappe I get (and never mind that the Starbucks is conveniently located at the end of my running trail), I realize that it is not very healthy (or wallet friendly) to be getting them after every long run.

Here are some alternative Summer drinks that I find just as refreshing........


1. Last summer I was hooked on this Lime Cucumber Gatorade.  I've only been able to find it at one store though.


2. This Spring I have discovered Fierce Melon Gatorade. This flavor is just as yummy! I believe it is cantaloupe flavor and will be my new "go to" drink after a run.



3.  Another Summer time must have are these Margaritaville Singles To Go pouches.  They are just regular drink powders (no alcohol) you pour in your water bottle to flavor it up. My favorite is the Pina Colada, then the Strawberry Daiquiri. I am not a fan of the Margarita.

4. Sometimes I will cheat on Starbucks and get a Cake Batter frozen cream at Sheetz. It's still less calories than a frappe and for only $2.00 with my Sheetz card, you can't beat it!


5. I'm pretty good at making my own frozen concoctions too! This is my own version of a frappe. Throw some Chai tea, almond milk and some ice in a blender and top it with whip cream and chocolate shavings. It's a great "at home" treat!

What else should I be trying? -M

31 comments:

  1. I like the idea of making your own frozen treat at home! While I do spend too much money at Starbucks, its mostly on coffee.

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    1. I've never actually bought a hot coffee at Starbucks!

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  2. Oh, I haven't seen that Gatorade before. I love fresh-squeezed lemonade in the summer.

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  3. I'm so bad about making fancy drinks at home. I want to because it saves so much money but I can never make mine taste as good!

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    1. I always buy the ingredients with the intention of making the drinks but it doesn't happen as often as I'd like!

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  4. I could never drink Gatorade as just a normal drink; I only ever want even a sip of it while running!

    I used to love Starbucks and I have tons of gift cards from students so I never have to spend real money there, but I rarely go because it's out of my way now. So weird to live in a place where Starbucks isn't on every corner and easily accessible! Now I go once in awhile and treat myself, but I just drink black coffee I make at home or water.

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    1. My community has 3 Starbucks with in 3 miles, so it's always tempting!

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  5. I do like Gatorade in the summer but have not tried the cucumber yet! Thanks for the linkup

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    1. Oh that's one you'll HAVE to try, if you can find it!

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  6. oooooh those Gatorade flavors sound amazing! I don't buy Gatorade very often, but do drink it post-race if it's served at the finish line. You've probably heard me mention a time (or 100) that I love my chai latte's. We don't have a Starbucks in town, but I can get my chai fix via Kcups (but it always tastes much better drinking it IN a Starbucks setting LOL).

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    1. You should try both those flavors of Gatorade at least once!

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  7. I love iced tea (unsweet) in the summer. I brew my own. Right now I'm really into green matcha.

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    1. I like Sun tea but rarely make it. What is Green matcha? Is that different than regular green tea?

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  8. I love the Green Tea Frap from Starbucks. It's super yummy, but too expensive. I purchased green tea matcha powder to try to recreat the drink at home :)

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  9. Mostly I drink water. Lots of tea in the winter. I don't do Starbucks (don't drink coffee + the calories & most of all all the sugar) and for the most part, I really prefer to chew my food!

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  10. That frappe concoction you made sounds amazing!

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  11. I like the idea of making a homemade drink. That makes the possibilities endless!

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  12. I love frozen treats too! My go to last summer was a frozen coke. I don't drink soda at all, but after a couple really long really hot runs that's all I wanted. Something about being sweet, salty and frozen hit the spot. Your homemade chai treat looks so good!

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  13. Well, now I just want something from Starbucks, LOL! ;)

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  14. You know I'm not giving up my Starbucks;) But I do want to try that chai tea in the blender thing - that sounds totally up my alley!!!

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  15. Hmmm - I gave up Sbucks fancy drinks about 10 years ago when I saw the nutrition facts! ;) Straight coffee with a little coconut milk for me!

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  16. I LOVE the frappula frapuccino! I was completely addicted to it last fall, it was sad when it went off the menu.

    I have only seen the lime cucumber Gatorade in Florida.

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  17. I'll sometimes make yogurt fruit smoothies in the summer, but didn't really do much last summer. I'll see what this summer brings.

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  18. Love Starbucks frappe. I work right near one too. But that Cake Batter frozen cream at Sheetz looks amazing.

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  19. I love the combo of mango tea and lemonade (Starbucks hack).

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  20. In the summer I love sun tea and then add some fresh fruit to it- refreshing! Have a great weekend!

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  21. If we're going the fast and convenient alcohol route... there are these new canned spiked seltzer waters that are pretty good and not sugary sweet. Clawz or something like that. The lime

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  22. I hadn't yet heard of those Gatorade flavors. You should try the green apple Gatorade!

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  23. I swear I commented on this! I think you need to try a Megarita... it's a Margarita made by moisture! I make thrm really good.

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