Thursday, March 13, 2008

Good Morning, Latte

The first thing I do every morning is have a cup of coffee, well it's really a latte. For a while I was driving to my local barista and getting a "grande, low fat soy vanilla latte, with low foam". Now, not only is that a mouthful to remember, I wasn't feeling very green! So, with a little experimentation, I've learned how to make a luscious latte at home - an easy way to add some healthful soymilk to my diet first thing in the morning, and an easy way to save time and gas. Besides freshly made coffee and low fat vanilla soymilk, you'll need a small immersion blender. This one was a gift from one of my daughters, but I've seen them available everywhere from Williams-Sonoma to Ikea.

You can see how nice the latte looks! I enjoy my coffee in one of my favourite cups - it's from Prairie Fire Pottery . I haven't visited the pottery shop (yet ), but I've known the owners for years. They frequently have cups available on line, as well as many other beautiful pieces. Check them out!

1/2 cup vanilla soy milk
1/2 cup coffee

Directions: Pour soy milk into cup. Whip up a nice froth with the immersion blender. Do this while the milk is still cold, then zap in the microwave for 1 minute. Watch out! The frothy milk will expand in the microwave. Pour soy milk into your coffee cup, add coffee to top off, and enjoy your home made latte!

Stealthy Cooking Tip: Replacing Whole Milk with Soy Milk cuts about 25 calories and 2.5 grams of fat per 1/2 cup. Replacing vanilla syrup with vanilla flavored soy milk cuts an additional 70 calories! In addition, soy has phytoestrogens, which may be helpful for women who no longer naturally produce estrogen. Look for soy milk with added calcium and vitamin D.

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