Brew Your Own Damn Coffee!

Thursday, February 23, 2012
Man enjoying freshly brewed coffee
It always amazes me how much money people spend buying coffee from places like Starbucks or Dunkin Donuts. Buy one regular brewed coffee every work day and you're spending around $500 a year. Many coffee drinkers purchase more than one coffee a day. If you're opting for the high calorie coffee flavored milkshake type drinks it's even more still. Many people are spending well over $1,000 a year on something you can get an endless amount of practically free with your breakfast at any diner.

Why spend so much money on coffee, have to deal with the hassle of going out, waiting in line when you could brew a better, cheaper cup while still in your robe? (OK more like boxers and t-shirt scratching your groggy head.)

The answer is pretty simple. Most people can't or don't brew a better cup of coffee at home!

Clif Bar Alternative II Recipe

Monday, February 20, 2012
Chewey homemade Clif Bar Alternative protein granola bar
Clif Bar Alternative II
I've been trying to come up with an alternative recipe for Clif Bars. Homemade energy bars don't save a significant amount of money compared to buying Clif Bars in bulk but I wanted to come up with something that didn't contain as much Soy based products.

My first attempt was a Peanut Butter Granola Bar with Chocolate Protein Powder. Nutritionally it was very similar to the Chocolate/Peanut Butter Clif Bars. The problem with them was they were very crumbly and brittle which caused them to break apart in my pocket while hiking or trail running.

I've altered my energy bar recipe a little bit to create something that is a little softer but still provides similar nutrition. I decided to add a little bit of whole wheat flour to create a bar that's a little softer.

Clif Bar Alternative I Recipe

Friday, February 10, 2012
Homemade Cliff Bar Alternative
Clif Bar Alternative Test Batch
I love Clif Bars. Especially the Chocolate Chip Peanut Crunch Bar. Clif Bars taste like actual food in my opinion instead of some mutant candy bar concoction.

When I go for a long hike or run I like to bring one with me to help keep my energy up and I can complete my trip without feeling fatigued. They're very convenient and don't melt in my pocket even on the hottest of days.

There are a couple of things about Clif Bars I'm not too crazy about though.

White Whole Wheat Blueberry Muffins Recipe

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Homemade white whole wheat blueberry muffins on a plate
A twist on the traditional morning blueberry muffin. These white whole wheat blueberry muffins provide extra fiber and slightly less fat and sugar than traditional blueberry muffins.

I've cut out a lot of refined white flour from my diet and replaced it with whole wheat flour. Muffins don't seem to come out as good with whole wheat flour though.

Muffin's may not be the best food to eat when trying to lose weight and get back in shape but I love them so I keep them in moderation. I've been trying to find a way to make them a little healthier.

Carpenter's Loop I Winter Evening

Sunday, February 5, 2012
Moon over Hudson River in the evening as seen from Shore Trail, Part of Carpenter's Loop I in Palisades Interstate Park, Fort Lee, NJ
During the spring and early fall I started preparing for my winter workouts by getting some warmer workout clothes.

Unfortunately I've been slacking quite a bit. Especially when it comes to my outdoor activities.

The last few weeks I've made an effort to work my way back up to jogging regularly again.

I haven't turned into a complete couch potato but I do a lot of my more intense workouts outdoors and I've been a baby about the cold.

As usual, I started out kind of slow by walking and hiking. Most of my hikes involve the 300' stair climb on Carpenter's trail at Palisades Interstate Park. My short hike includes the Carpenter I loop. I start down Shore Trail at the entrance of the park near Edgewater Colony. Work my way down the stone stairs flanking the only co-op community of its kind that I'm aware of in the area, continue North along the Hudson River, past Hazzard Dock, under the George Washington Bridge, up Carpenter's Trail and then head out of the park on the Long Path back towards the bridge.

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