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Low-Carb at Starbucks

Low Carb at Starbucks

If you like plain black coffee, then low-carb at Starbucks shouldn’t be too difficult. But if you’re cursed with a sweet tooth, it isn’t so easy to skip the sugar on your way out. But you can use Splenda at the condiment bar. And you can ask the barista to add Stevia. Yep, they have that.

If you prefer handcrafted drinks with 40+ grams of carbs, try this:

  1. Cold brew coffee (this is generally less bitter than brewed iced coffee)
  2. Heavy cream (a creamy texture can make up a bit for sweetness)
  3. Sugar-free syrup, such as Cinnamon Dolce or Vanilla (be warned that the sugar-free vanilla syrup has an ingredient that can cause a bit of an insulin response)

And this is less expensive than the high-sugar handcrafted beverages.

If you like to grab a bite to eat at Starbucks, then here are a couple of ideas:

  1. Try the Egg and Cheese Protein Pack. Just skip the little piece of bread. If you feel small servings of fruit will exceed your daily carb allowance, then you should probably skip this menu item.
  2. Try the Sous Vide Egg Bites. They’re quite satisfying.

While these menu items are relatively low-carb, they’re not super low. But they fit fine in my diet.

Are Star Wars Fans Ruining Star Wars? [Rant]

Star Wars: What's The Big Deal?

When Star Wars: The Last Jedi hit theaters in December 2017, a lot of fans revolted. Now, summer 2018 sees the release of Solo: A Star Wars Story is released, and legions of fans have now lost their minds.

I think the fans are no longer interested in experiencing stories, and now they only want to see specific backstories of any characters they feel are interesting. And it better be the exact version of the backstory they expect. Any any story story advancement had better be exactly as expected, too. And we’d better see everything spelled out as expected for the original trilogy trio (Luke, Leia, and Han). If anything unexpected occurs, then there will be extraordinary fan backlash.

SPOILERS AHEAD

So we saw the demise of Snoke at the hands of Kylo Ren. That was a delightful twist, unless you were a Star Wars fanatic who badly wanted to learn more about Snoke. Like who his mom was, what public school he went to, and what intergalactic bully turned him into a deformed force-user bent on taking over the galaxy when the Empire couldn’t pull it off.

Um, who friggin’ cares? I want to see a story. I like surprises. And I feel the new characters deserve the primary focus of the current trilogy. Comparatively, there was nothing wrong with The Last Jedi (we all remember the trainwrecks of Episodes I and II, right?). And it was much more ambitious than the retread that was The Force Awakens.

And what’s up with the hate for Solo? Alden Ehrenreich and Donald Glover did excellent jobs with legendary characters. They brought a new dimensions to the characters of Han and Lando. Youthful optimism, smugness, and a bit of rivalry. And they went up against an interesting set of antagonists.

But the fans want Lucasfilm management thrown out. And even Disney stock has taken a hit. All of this hate over popcorn movies?!

C’mon, fellow Star Wars fans! Grow. Up. Please.

PS- I hear you. I have no idea why I take the time to write this stuff, either.