Wednesday, May 25, 2011


Summer is upon us and if you're like the millions of Americans who are fighting the battle of the bulge, you know what a drag it is to count calories. Yet there's no getting away from the fact that portion control and exercise are the key ingredients to any successful diet. But take heart! There are virtually "0" calories and no fat in a cup of coffee, even the flavored K-cups from OCC that you use in your Keurig! You'll also be happy to know that coffee has no carbohydrates, no sodium and no cholesterol.  In fact, coffee is exempt from Federal food label programs precisely because of this plethora of zero's. The only time coffee becomes fattening is when we start adding other "stuff" to it.  For example, one tablespoon of heavy whipping cream adds 52 calories; a tablespoon of table sugar, 49 calories; the same tablespoon of either half-and-half or fat free milk will add 20 or 5 calories, respectively. Some gourmet coffees from specialty chains have so many added calories, just one cup can use up over 700 of your daily calorie allotment!

Newest aids on the diet scene? An ingeniously clever, although not entirely perfect, app for your iphone or ipad called Meal Snap that allows you to take a picture of your meal and get a calorie count before you eat it! The app also allows you to indicate whether your snapshot represents a specific meal or a snack and keeps a running tally of your daily caloric intake.  Next step to calorie control?  How about a robot that eats your food for you and another that energetically performs your exercise routine - sounds perfect to us just as long as those robots keep their paws off our cup of coffee!

Tuesday, May 10, 2011


Unquestionably one of the most beautiful months of the year for those of us living north of the equator, May was named for Maia, the Roman Goddess of Spring and Growth. Originally the first month of the year, May found itself moved back to fifth place in the calendar lineup when the ancient Romans decided to bestow the title of New Year's Day on January 1st.

While May hosts a variety of well-known holidays, including Mother's Day, Armed Forces Day, Memorial Day and the recently celebrated Kentucky Derby Day, the month also owns some less celebrated observances, including Oak Apple Day on May 29th and Arbor Tree Day on the last Sunday in May. Lewis & Clark began their famous expedition to reach the Pacific Ocean on May 14, 1804. Amelia Earhart took off on the first solo flight by a woman across the Atlantic Ocean on May 20, 1932, and the Brooklyn Bridge was opened to traffic on May 24, 1883.

May also has its fair share of superstitions. In early days, young girls would rush out into the garden on the first of the month to begin May Day celebrations by washing their faces with the May dew. This was supposed to guarantee them a beautiful complexion all year round. May was also considered an unlucky month for getting married - "Marry in May and you'll rue the day."

May is also National Hamburger Month; National Barbecue Month; National Peace of Mind Month; National Egg Month; National Strawberry Month; National Asparagus Month; and National Salsa Month. May 1st is National Chocolate Parfait Day; May 3 is National Chocolate Custard Day; and May 12 is National Nutty Fudge Day! And like any other day of the year, it's also a wonderful time to toast the Merry Month of May with your favorite coffee from One Cup Connection! Please feel free to add to our celebration of May by telling us other fun facts or light-hearted trivia you know about this wonderful month. We also invite you to share your favorite Chocolate Parfait or Custard recipes!