autumn rolls around again this year, we are all dusting off our sweaters and
scarves, craving the gloomy weather that keeps us inside. Unfortunately, the
only thing taking a hiatus this season is our motivation. Responsibilities like
school and work will not allow us to curl up under a blanket in this cold
weather, so we need to find something to keep us focused and warm; something
that still feels like fall. Luckily,
Starbucks offers an array of warm, tasty, and sweet beverages that hit the
Pumpkin Spice Latte
Pumpkin Spice Latte is a classic. PSL only comes around once a year; it’s like
Christmas! But seriously, this is the ultimate “Fall” drink. If you’re looking
to taste sugar, spice, and all things nice, be sure to get your fix before the
This mixture of Cinnamon Dolce and White Mocha flavorings creates a sweet, chocolaty flavor, with just a hint of spice. Just ask your barista to top it off with some whipped cream and cinnamon dolce sprinkles, and you’ll get that rainy day off to a good start.
The Cinderella Latte
This Starbucks secret menu drink was created by a passionate Disney fan who worked as a Starbucks Barista and wanted to incorporate some of that magic into her drinks. This mix of White Mocha and Pumpkin Spice represents the Princess’ enchanted horse-drawn carriage. Be sure to give it a try to taste some of that delicious magic!
Pumpkin Spice Chai
Do you love your chai tea lattes? Add a pinch of pumpkin in there for an extra spicy taste. There is no coffee in this drink, but there will be plenty of flavor to keep you interested.
Pumpkin Cream Cold Foam Cold Brew
This drink is quite the mouthful, and it isn’t warm. But it will definitely give you a kick with the amount of caffeine it contains. The sweet-subtle pumpkin flavor in the foam is the perfect preface to the smooth cold brew underneath. Be sure to stop in and order this when you’re in need of a fall-pick-me-up.
It’s that time of year again where any office space, classroom, or restaurant turns into a battleground between our health and the bugs that cause illness and run rampant through our communities. If you’re anything like me then you have entirely too much going on and can’t afford to lose the battle to the common cold, seasonal flu, or whatever else they’re calling it these days. I decided after a victory over a sinus infection three years ago that I would do anything it took to not get sick, ever. This is why I have developed a quick and inexpensive regimen to keep myself guarded and armed all year long. I haven’t had even an inkling of illness in three years and think that everyone should benefit from these simple ways to stay healthy. Here is 5 ways to arm your body and never get sick again.
Perhaps the most important weapon in the arsenal is the garlic bomb. Packed full of fiber, vitamins C and B6 as well as minerals like potassium and calcium, garlic give the immune system a HUGE boost, allowing it to work overtime in destroying any virus or unwanted visitors that may enter your body. While most people like garlic in small amounts and mixed into food, I have found it highly effective to finely chop a clove or two and drop it in about ¼ cup of water and down it quickly to avoid the garlic aftertaste that lingers in the mouth after chewing it. It also reduces blood pressure, cholesterol, prevents dementia, detoxifies heavy metals in your blood and improves athletic performance. You can’t have too many of these so drop them as often as you’d like!
Raw Apple Cider Vinegar Shots
A shot of this one or twice a day will bring your whole body to the equilibrium that it is constantly working to achieve. This allows for your energy to be used in other ways, like fighting off infection and increasing brain function. It balances the pH levels inside of your body as well as on the outside such as nourishing your skin and hair. It aids in weight loss, removes candida which causes sugar cravings, poor memory and fatigue, and can reduce heartburn. Take a standard sized shot (1 oz) of this with turmeric to reduce the acidity or dilute with water. The ‘raw’ part is imperative because it contains probiotics that help with digestion. I use Bragg’s brand which can be found at any grocery store. If you can take a shot of whiskey, you can take a shot of this!
Bright orange in color, this spice does not try to camouflage it incredible benefits. Turmeric is a root that is harvested and ground into a fine powder. It has anti-inflammatory qualities, fights infection and destroys any free-radicals (cancer-causing organisms) that enter the body. It severely reduces the risk of diabetes, cancer, heart-disease, and contains repairing properties for brain stem cells. The daily recommended amount is 1-2 tablespoons. I get my turmeric fix by mixing 1.5 tablespoons in a standard sized shot glass with apple cider vinegar. Adding ¼ teaspoon of black pepper increases bioavailability of the turmeric so you can reap all the benefits. If the turmeric and ACV is too much for you, try mixing it with ¼ cup water instead. This one is a must not just for fighting off colds but for a long (and cognitive) life!
Hot Lemon & Honey Water
This has not only changed the way I think about coffee, but changed the way I think about mornings. Drinking this on an empty stomach (before coffee) cleanses and hydrates the lymphatic system which, when dehydrated, is the leading cause of illness. It also cleanses the colon, skin, and digestive system. The enzymes in the lemon give a nice, clean boost of energy first thing in the morning without caffeine. If you’re interested in a beautiful healthy glow outside and highly functioning system inside, then this is drink for you. I use a half a lemon and 1.5 teaspoons of raw, natural honey and look forward to this treat every morning! A must have while fighting a viral invasion.
This last one is a bit more time consuming but equally as important. Ginger has been used for centuries for its preventative, healing and aiding properties. It allows for better absorption of vitamins and minerals, cleanses the body of unwanted bacteria and boosts the immune system to fight infection. It is also an anti-inflammatory and reduces risk of colon and stomach cancers and ulcers. Steep 2 tablespoons of shredded ginger in hot water and drink like tea 1-3 times per day. Ginger tea helps pull the rest of the regimen together and keeps you getting the most of everything you put into your body.
There are many other spices, oils and foods you can eat to keep you healthy, but my personal five favorites continue work flawlessly for me. Since I have started this I have been sleeping more soundly, waking up with ease, have increased energy and stamina, clearer thinking, and an overall improved mood. Try one, or all of these amazing weapons and see for yourself the positive effects they can have. Your body will thank you and you will be glad when you are healthy and come out of the battlegrounds unscathed!