Don't Skip The Coffee Shop Date Because You're Watching What You Eat, Just Follow These 5 Tips Instead

Don't Skip The Coffee Shop Date Because You're Watching What You Eat, Just Follow These 5 Tips Instead

Life is way too short to not say yes to a friendly coffee shop date anyways.

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We all want to live a bit of a healthier lifestyle and that can be really difficult when our culture thrives on social outings surrounded by food. If you're cutting out Taco Tuesdays and happy hours, one thing you don't have to cut out is coffee shop outings.

Whether you're meeting someone for the first time or hanging out with your crew, coffee shops don't have to be the diet crushing places we sometimes make it out to be. A lot of coffee shops offer a healthier menu or you could even ask your barista for a drink recommendation that may help you stay on track.

If you're not too sure where to start, you're in luck. Choosing healthier options during your coffee shop date doesn't need to be rocket science. Starting with a few good habits, you'll see that it is totally possible to have the best of both worlds.

You can completely enjoy yourself at your favorite coffee shop without the guilt.

1. Choose honey over sugar, cream or syrup pumps.

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Honey is a natural alternative to pure sugar or flavor pumps. While of course, you want the extra caramel and white mocha... you'll be better off without it. Honey also tastes create in a variety of different drinks. Add it to your iced coffee, latte, or unsweet tea!

2. Skip a scone and order a fruit cup.

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Most coffee shops sell fruit cups or yogurt parfaits! They're not only super yummy, but they are much healthier than a scone or a muffin. Plus, you still get that sweet taste that you were craving all along.

3. Order a small.

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If you can't live without your extra caramel frap, order a small or even a kids size. Besides, you're allowed to treat yourself every once in a while. Cutting the portion back will save you calories while still letting you sip on your favorite go-to.

4. Get a water, too!

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You can never have too much water! Okay, well, yes you can. But, if your coffee shop experience is usually a two or three drink minimum, order water the second time around. Plus, coffee shop iced water is actually pretty good. It's usually filtered well. You should try it no matter what.

5. Sub for skim or low fat milk.

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While it may be a bit annoying to order, don't be afraid to swap the milk in order to reduce some calories. It might be a bit hard to get used to the taste at first, but you'll come around to it.

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I always tell my dad that no matter who I date, he's always my number one guy. Sometimes I say it as more of a routine thing. However, the meaning behind it is all too real. For as long as I can remember my dad has been my one true love, and it's going to be hard to find someone who can top him.

My dad loves me when I am difficult. He knows how to keep the perfect distance on the days when I'm in a mood, how to hold me on the days that are tough, and how to stand by me on the days that are good.

He listens to me rant for hours over people, my days at school, or the episode of 'Grey's Anatomy' I watched that night and never once loses interest.

He picks on me about my hair, outfit, shoes, and everything else after spending hours to get ready only to end by telling me, “You look good." And I know he means it.

He holds the door for me, carries my bags for me, and always buys my food. He goes out of his way to make me smile when he sees that I'm upset. He calls me randomly during the day to see how I'm doing and how my day is going and drops everything to answer the phone when I call.

When it comes to other people, my dad has a heart of gold. He will do anything for anyone, even his worst enemy. He will smile at strangers and compliment people he barely knows. He will strike up a conversation with anyone, even if it means going way out of his way, and he will always put himself last.

My dad also knows when to give tough love. He knows how to make me respect him without having to ask for it or enforce it. He knows how to make me want to be a better person just to make him proud. He has molded me into who I am today without ever pushing me too hard. He knew the exact times I needed to be reminded who I was.

Dad, you have my respect, trust, but most of all my heart. You have impacted my life most of all, and for that, I can never repay you. Without you, I wouldn't know what I to look for when I finally begin to search for who I want to spend the rest of my life with, but it might take some time to find someone who measures up to you.

To my future husband, I'm sorry. You have some huge shoes to fill, and most of all, I hope you can cook.

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