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Snackshot of the Day: Macchiato Heart

Snackshot of the Day: Macchiato Heart

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A macchiato from Boot and Shoe Service in Oakland, Calif.

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Today's Snackshot is of a macchiato, a coffee drink made with espresso and milk. There are two different types of macchiatos: an espresso macchiato or a latte macchiato. An espresso macchiato is espresso with a splash of milk, and a latte macchiato is steamed milk with a splash of espresso. The word macchiato literally means "stained" or "marked," as in the milk is stained by the espresso or vice versa.

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Easy Caramel Macchiato Recipe

Are you a Starbucks Caramel Macchiato lover?

Do you often wish that you can make your iced caramel macchiato&rsquos to go?

Do you wish you could fly, be invisible, or read minds?

Do you find me sexy baby (in my Austin Power voice)?

Here is a quick and simple way to have your Caramel Macchiato&rsquos to go! You can make them in Mason Jars and just grab and go on your way out to work or whatever it is that you do. Just add your coffee, coffee syrup, espresso, half and half, shake and go!

Why do I feel that I just answered so many of your macchiato addicts prayers?

Here is an interesting thing about all of this, I do not like coffee. Yep you heard me. It makes me sick, it makes my stomach hurt, and I feel that my teeth are dirty after I drink it. I drank it a few times in college but that&rsquos about it. I know many people who love coffee and different ways to drink it. So I thought to myself, &ldquoSelf, why not make something for the coffee lovers?&rdquo That is where this Caramel Macchiato Recipe come into play. If you have some Mason Jars or 6 ounce to go coffee mugs then you can pre-make these in the morning before you go to school or work.

Homemade Caramel Macchiato Coffee Creamer Tutorial

Here's my latest attempt at a homemade coffee creamer flavor. My store-bought favorite is the Caramel Macchiato flavor. So here's how I make my own! Also check out my recipe for Smores creamer and Pumpkin Spice creamer!

Caramel Macchiato Coffee Creamer

2 cups of half&half (or 1 cup milk and 1 cup heavy cream or just milk if you want to cut on the calories)
1/2 cup sugar
1 cup of caramel bits (or 3/4 cup caramel sauce) (You can also use the homemade Dulce de Leche from the tutorial found HERE)
1 tablespoon vanilla extract (I have almond in the picture. I was experimenting. use vanilla)
Empty coffee creamer container or glass jar.

Step 1

Pour the half&half in a small sauce pan. Turn the heat to medium.

Add the cup of caramel bits, the sugar, and the extract. Heat, stirring constantly, until the bits melt completely. About 8-10 minutes.

Once melted, turn off the heat, and let the creamer cool for a little bit, about 10 minutes.

Pour into your container and store in the fridge. It stays good for several weeks!

I have noticed that you usually need more of this creamer than you would probably use with the store-bought kind but it's because it isn't sweetened with concentrated sugars and chemicals like the ones at the store.

And a picture to leave you with: Chicken Parmesan night. and I had to clean sauce out of her ears! Little stinker.

Is Starbucks' New Cloud Macchiato Healthy? A Nutritionist Weighs In

Move over, Frappuccinos. There's a new trendy Starbucks beverage in town, and it comes with the express endorsement of Ariana Grande: the Iced Cloud Macchiato.

The chain just added the new espresso drink in two flavors &mdash caramel and cinnamon &mdash to its permanent menu, and the cloud part of the name is no joke. Each drink features a whipped, cold foam inspired by leche merengada (or "meringue milk") used in Spanish cafés, Starbucks announced in a press release. The name also coincides with one of Grande's trademark emojis, the cloud.

But is this fluffy, silky sip a sugar bomb just like some of the other flavored Frappuccinos on the menu? "This is still a sugary beverage," says Jaclyn London, MS, RD, CDN, Nutrition Director at the Good Housekeeping Institute. "The first few ingredients are still sugar aliases &mdash including vanilla syrup and caramel sauce."

Besides the syrup and sauce, the Iced Caramel Cloud Macchiato also contains ice, milk, brewed espresso, and "cloud powder," a mixture of sugar, arabic egg white powder, and other ingredients. The result is a fluffy cloud-like topping that then gets drizzled with the sugary vanilla and caramel concoctions.

A grande made with 2% milk contains 180 calories, 5 grams of protein, and a whopping 27 grams of sugar. The American Heart Association recommends eating no more than 25 grams of added sweeteners per day. The soy version &mdash recommended by Ariana herself &mdash contains even more sugar due to the vanilla soy milk, and it still contains the egg powder so it's not vegan, FYI.

If you still want to try this magical-sounding "cloud powder," London recommends ordering a traditional unsweetened latte, cappuccino, or even standard cup of coffee and asking for it on top. You'll cut back on added sugar while keeping the protein content high. Win-win!

Caffeine and Heart Disease

Caffeine is in coffee, tea, soft drinks, chocolate and some nuts. Whether high caffeine intake increases the risk of coronary heart disease is still under study.

Many studies have been done to see if there's a direct link between caffeine, coffee drinking and coronary heart disease. The results are conflicting. This may be due to the way the studies were done and confounding dietary factors. However, moderate coffee drinking (1&ndash2 cups per day) doesn't seem to be harmful.

Caffeine-habituated individuals can experience "caffeine withdrawal" 12&ndash24 hours after the last dose of caffeine. It resolves within 24&ndash48 hours. The most prominent symptom is headache. They can also feel anxiety, fatigue, drowsiness and depression.

Written by American Heart Association editorial staff and reviewed by science and medicine advisers. See our editorial policies and staff.

22 Breakfast Finger Foods (+ Easy Recipes)

Whether on the go or looking for a cereal alternative, there&rsquos nothing quite like a plate of breakfast finger foods.

We don&rsquot always have the luxury to sit and enjoy our breakfasts. Sometimes we&rsquore chasing after dogs and kids or rushing out the door to an early meeting.

By making up a batch (or multiple batches) of these delicious and convenient finger foods, your breakfast will be a piece of cake!

Can I Eat Low Sodium at Starbucks

I know what you are thinking “Wait, they serve stuff besides coffee at Starbucks?” Well as odd as that may seem to your over caffeinated brain, they do indeed! In addition to their baked goods offerings, they offer Breakfast, Sandwiches, Panini’s, and Salads. So when you are off on a coffee jaunt, and are craving a bit of a nosh to go with, here is the answer to can I eat low sodium at Starbucks. Which I think you will be surprised what is included versus what is off the list.

Starbucks has been making a large investment on providing better food selections, especially as more and more restaurants have plunged into the breakfast options (Taco Bell anyone?). Our guidelines for can we eat it, is based upon the USDA recommended sodium daily sodium allowance of 2300 mg per day. The AHA & The Mayo Clinic both recommend for greater heart health, especially for those over the age of 50, to maintain 1500 mg or less. You may have a completely different limit recommended by your doctor. As always, stick to the recommendation made by your doctor.

To have something qualify for a “meal” we are talking an entree, side, and beverage. If we are going with the recommended allowance, we are looking for a meal to hit 1/3 of our daily allowance, and need to keep a meal around or under 750 mg of sodium. All of the information for Starbuck’s Nutrition Information can be found here. Let’s see what we can eat:

Hot Breakfast:

Classic Whole-Grain Oatmeal – 125 mg

Egg & Cheddar Breakfast Sandwich – 460 mg

Hearty Blueberry Oatmeal – 125 mg

Reduced-Fat Turkey Bacon Breakfast Sandwich – 560 mg

Sandwiches, Paninis, & Salads:

Hearty Veggie & Brown Rice Salad Bowl – 640 mg

Roasted Tomato & Mozzarella Panini – 620 mg

Yogurt & Fruit:

Evolution Fresh Greek Yogurt Parfait, Inspired by Dannon – Dark Sweet Cherry – 70 mg

Evolution Fresh Greek Yogurt Parfait, Inspired by Dannon – Strawberry – 75 mg

Fresh Blueberries and Honey Greek Yogurt Parfait – 65 mg

Seasonal Harvest Fruit Bend – 0 mg

The good news is that all of there baked goods offerings are all between 120 mg and 530 mg. The bad news is you have to limit yourself to one item only.

Starbucks Petites:

Birthday Cake Pop – 110 mg

Chocolate Cake Pop – 75 mg

Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Cake Pop – 80 mg

Salted Caramel Cake Pop – 120 mg

Bistro Boxes:

Cheese & Fruit Bistro Box -470 mg

Omega – 3 Bistro Box – 430 mg

PB&J on Wheat Bistro Box – 560 mg

Protein Bistro Box – 460 mg

Thai Style Peanut Chicken Wrap – 510 mg

Now on to the most important info, the Beverages:

Starbucks Refreshers:

All three flavors will run 10mg for a Tall, and under 30 mg for the Venti size

Iced Coffees:

Iced coffees run 65 mg to 100 mg based on size and flavors added. Also remember when adding any milk or cream you will bump up the sodium.

The Iced Teas will all run under 30 mg of sodium for a Venti or smaller size.

Bottled Drinks:

As with other processed foods, sodium will be higher here due to preservatives added.

All bottled drinks including Doubleshot energy drinks and Frappuccinos will run 200 mg or lower.

Fresh Brewed Coffee:

Plain coffee runs under 15 mg of sodium. When you add milk, soy milk, or coconut milk, you add 30-70 mg of sodium for a 1 oz added.

Chocolate Beverages:

Espresso Beverages:

These are all taken at Grande size:

Caramel Macchiato – 150 mg

Caramelized Honey Latte – 290 mg

Cinnamon Dolce Latte – 150 mg

Dark Chocolate Melted Truffle Mocha – 160 mg

Espresso, Con Panna, & Macchiato – 15 mg

Iced Caffe Americano – 100 mg

Iced Caramel Macchiato – 135 mg

Iced Caramelized Honey Latte – 240 mg

Iced Cinnamon Dolce Latte – 100 mg

Iced Smoked Butterscotch Latte 430 mg

Iced Vanilla Latte – 100 mg

White Chocolate Mocha – 240 mg

Kids’ Drinks:

Caramelized Honey Creme – 240 mg

Cinnamon Dolce Creme – 70 mg

Organic Chocolate Milk Box – 125 mg

Fizzio Handcrafted Sodas:

All 3 flavors in Grande size – 15 mg

All tea drinks without milk added are under 105 mg

Did your favorite beverage make the list? Let me know in the comments below!

Caramel Macchiato Lovers: You're Going to Be Obsessed With Starbucks' 2 New Spring Drinks

Introducing the Cinnamon Almondmilk Macchiato and Coconut Milk Mocha Macchiato.

With the change of the seasons comes the change of your morning Starbucks order.

Fall is for PSLs, winter is for mochas, and summer is for anything cold (Frappuccino season <3). Spring can be a bit of a mess. One day, you need something hot the next, something cold. And, for that reason, Starbucks wants your spring signature to be macchiatos, which are delicious hot or cold.

Starting tomorrow, you can get either the Iced Cinnamon Almondmilk Macchiato or the Iced Coconut Milk Mocha Macchiato, which will be available all season.

The Iced Cinnamon Almondmilk Macchiato is made with espresso, Almondmilk, and sweet cinnamon dolce syrup. Then it's topped with a caramel cross-hatch and a sprinkle of cinnamon dolce.

The Iced Coconut Milk Mocha Macchiato was introduced as an iced drink last summer, but now they're bringing it back hot. Espresso shots are poured over coconut milk and combined with a hint of white chocolate mocha sauce. The drink is topped with caramel sauce and a swirl of mocha sauce to make five layers of deliciousness.

And, of course, you can get both drinks hot or cold. This should make the inconsistency that is spring weather a bit more tolerable.

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Mommy Macchiato

  • Morning, Mama! Here's a café-style macchiato made just for you!

Make your mama proud this Mother's Day by treating her not just to breakfast in bed, but the sort of breakfast that will warm her heart and soul.

This homemade Mommy Macchiato is as good as the one you'd pay five bucks for at the local coffee shop, but you made in your own kitchen, with your own hands. What better way to show your mom that you care?

Serve this 5-minute macchiato with one of the all-new Nature Valley Protein Bars for the ultimate morning nosh. You're mom is sure to wake up refreshed, relaxed, and glad to have you in her life (and why wouldn't she? You'd give any full-fledged barista a run for their coffee!) -- not to mention energized for the day.

A few other ways to make her morning macchiato moment extra-special:

Deliver her steaming hot macchiato and Nature Valley Protein Bars with fresh Greek yogurt and berries, and a new gossip or gardening magazine. Shut the door and give her time to enjoy!

2. Coffee with her Fave Peeps

Serve steaming macchiatos at a breakfast table surrounded by all of Mom's favorite people. Over breakfast, have each person share what they love about Mom, then offer a flower to her. Before breakfast is over, she'll have a fresh bouquet representing a few precious memories from her special day.

Set a breakfast table outside, and invite Mom to sit in nature and enjoy being served a homemade meal along with a "talent show" by her favorite tots!

Here are a few more coffees that'd be fun for Mom's Day:

Iced Hazelnut Coffee Coolers Recipe
Creamy Chocolate Almond Coffee Recipe
Mocha Espresso Recipe

Read up! Here's more info on how to make barista-style drinks at home:

Article: How to Make Good, Strong Coffee
Article: How to Make a Mocha
Article: Make Custom Cold Coffee Drinks at Home

Watch the video: How to Make a Latte Art Heart. Perfect Coffee (December 2021).