March 25, 2010

A Healthy Alternative To My (and your) Starbucks Addiction

A Healthy Alternative To Your Starbucks Addiction

So I’m at Starbucks in Henderson. Getting ready to pull an all-nighter. It’s like 9pm and I got a long night ahead.

Anyway, you’re probably wondering why I’m a 36-year-old business owner and pulling an all-nighter.

Good question. Basically, I am here in Vegas for yet another mastermind meeting with some of the top trainers and nutritionists in the world.


And of course, there was about ZERO chance that I’d actually get it done at the home (Bailee is up til midnight sometimes), so I came here.

But, here’s the cool thing: I’m working on something REALLY awesome and TOP SECRET and I’m even going to let you know what it is in a few weeks. Oooo, the anticipation.


But HEY, instead of actually doing my work, why don’t I take some time to blog about Starbucks and coffee?

You think it’s a good idea, too? Awesome. YOU’RE awesome.

So, if you’re like me, you like a good cup of coffee every so often. Or perhaps you just like coffee-flavored things (also like me), such as a White Chocolate Frappuccino (630 calories, 119 grams of sugar – but hey, it DOES have 0 grams of fat).

Fortunately, the whole point of this blog post is for me to provide you with an equally satisfying, tasty coffee-flavored icy treat, which I promise to do in just a moment.

But first, allow me to give you some advice:

Starbucks is good for:


* A change of environment for getting work done at midnight if you’re a true procrastinator like me

(I also use random hotel lobbies, in which I’m not even a guest, for this purpose. Works great and makes me feel very resourceful, which I am.)


* Regular coffee (which I just ordered)

And that’s about it.

Now, don’t get me wrong.

The other stuff does TASTE good (some of it really good), but it comes at the expense of lotsa calories and insulin spiking sugars.

Fortunately, I have a pretty sweet (read cool – not sugary) solution for you.

One other quick thing…don’t be fooled by the “Light” options either, like the Java Chip Frappuccino Light Blended Coffee – that mofo still packs up to 300 cals and 55 grams of carbs depending on the size.

So, today, I’m here to satisfy your coffee-flavored dessert-esque beverage cravings with a much healthier alternative.

The Vanilla Cinnamon Mocha Almond Protein Smoothie (awesome name, I know)

AND, it’s only 150 calories, with 100 of those bad boys coming from lean muscle building protein.

Here you go:

* 1 Scoop of Prograde Protein (the low-carb vanilla protein sweetened with Stevia)

* 1 heaping tsp of instant coffee

* 1/2 tsp of cinnamon

* 6 oz of Almond Milk (unsweetened)

* 4 oz of crushed ice


Blend (in a blender) and enjoy.


You’ll never miss a Frappuccino again.

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March 25, 2010

Aileen Orlino @ 10:05 pm

Hi Sam!

This blog was really interesting because I have fallen trap of the caffeine IV! I actually used to work at Starbucks and you are right about the amount of calories in some of these drinks. Definitely not worth the after effect of insulin from too much “flavored” coffee drinks. Great stuff in here! Hope all is well.


March 26, 2010

michael bross @ 4:02 am

great recipe, going to have to try it. My doctor just gave me “Pro/Cell” protein. What if any is the difference between that and the “Pro/Grade” listed above?

Dr. Saman @ 4:58 am

Thanks for reading and enjoying this blog post.

Aileen- How are you? How is DC? We miss you here in Cali. Let me know when you are back in town.

Michael-Definitely try it. I don’t know much about “pro/cell” protein but if your doctor gave it to you
then I encourage you to stay with your doctor’s recommendation.

March 28, 2010

Carmen Inshishian @ 10:03 am

HI, I am an avid coffee drinker. As a teacher I have to have my cup of coffee every morning. Also I can’t tell you how many of my coworkers are addicted to Starbucks, and as an incentive my principal hands out starbucks cards. I had not realized how many calories their drinks had. I am going to try pro/grade and suggested to my friends. Thanks, Carmen

Dr. Saman @ 7:34 pm

Carmen you will not be disappointed trust me.

April 3, 2010

Melinda Perino @ 4:05 pm

Dr. Saman,

Wow, what a great recipe! I an everything-in-moderation-once-in-awhile type of person and truly believe in recipes like yours.Your recipe is the kind that can get us through the everyday crave stuff.

I am admittedly a Starbucks fanatic, but don’t do the ‘fro-fro’ coffee drinks often. Don’t get me wrong, the ‘fro-fros’ are the bomb, but…ya…the calories and fat add up fast. I am a ‘double tall non-fat cappuccino’ drinker, and that works for me most of the time.

The next time I need a ‘fro-fro’ fix, your recipe will do the trick! I like the fact you put in some good stuff for the body – good job on this one!

Epicuriously yours,
Melinda Perino
The Fat Free Gourmet

April 4, 2010

Dr. Saman @ 8:34 pm

Thanks Melinda. I love your website. Would love to learn about what you do as well.