I’m keeping true to my “tea” nickname by dedicating a post on coffee (umm.. what?) and hidden calories in some of our favorite drinks. Especially around the summer, we tend to replace regular brewed coffee with its iced mate – but we forget that the sister drink comes with added calories at times. There are several tips on how to reduce calories in both hot and cold drinks, but first lets (not take a selfie) go through some numbers:
- Small Dunkin Donuts Coffee Coolata – 240 calories, 4 g fat (2.5 g saturated fat), 49 g sugar.
- Large Dunkin’ Donuts frozen cappuccino with whole milk – 610 calories; 8 grams fat (5 grams saturated); 123 grams carbs; 105 grams sugar.
- McDonald’s large mocha – 400 calories; 14 grams fat (8 grams saturated, 0.5 grams trans); 49 grams sugar.
- Grande (medium) Starbucks Mocha Frappuccino – 360 calories, 14 g fat, 9 g saturated fat, 54 g sugar.
As you may have noticed, these sneaky LARGE calories can be in both hot and iced drinks – but much like anything else, there are always tips and tricks to trim the fat!
- Skip the whipped cream
- Choose fat-free, low fat, or skimmed milk instead of whole milk or cream
steps 1 and 2 alone cut 130-150 calories AND 13-15g fat from your medium sized coffee drink!
- If you use creamer such as coffee-mate, make sure to count your tablespoons (generally 1 tbsp is around 40 calories)
- Lay off the added flavorings (i.e caramel, hazelnut, vanilla etc..) which are often added as syrup which are sweetened with plenty of sugar
- Go back to black, or just basic coffee drinks with a little extra milk and some sugar. nothing fancy
- Contrary to the popular saying, go small or go home. this is especially true if you want to drink your coffee as is – then cut your losses and go for the “small” sized drink. Plus, keep this your extra long and enjoyable Sunday morning instead of on a daily basis
- Switch your second cup of coffee for tea, preferably green tea (less caffeine, more health benefits)
You would be surprised to know that these minor adjustments could end up helping you save 500+ calories a day! That slowly means 1/2kg per week with no added changes.
A few extra numbers to keep in mind (seriously, nothing is wrong with Tea and water every once in a while – put down that soda)
An excellent, though slightly impractical, alternative is to just Do-It-Yourself. A lot of homemade foods and drinks taste much better than storebought, and have much less “unknowns”. Personally, I’ve never made iced coffee but I have a few recipes that I will be experimenting with this weekend and hoepfully sharing very soon! In the mean time, drink smart!