You’ve had a good run and it’s a warm sunny day – perfect for a nice cool Frappuccino. But the walk is good and your body is just raving for something refreshing and sweet. The nearest Starbucks is a quarter mile away.
However, a 16 ounce mocha frap is really a coffee with rich mocha-flavored sauce blended with milk and ice. Topped with sweetened whipped cream, and it has 410 calories. It has more calories than a regular plain burger at Wendy’s and with a side of fries, you’ve already had a full lunch. It’s only late morning and all you need is a morning snack/thirst quencher/caffeine fix.
How do you get around this?
Have your guilt-free hot coffee
A tall skinny latte is one of the lowest calorie options you can have in Starbucks. Order it and they will give you a latte with non-fat milk. Add sugar free syrup to sweeten the drink and for only 170 calories. This is a drink that has 10 g protein and 15 g carbohydrates.
Another option would be a skinny cappuccino. Since a cappuccino is mostly air, be prepared to get mostly air. However, it’s a sweet deal for only 60 calories and zero fat.
If your sweet tooth needs a little sumthin, the skinny peppermint mocha is one of Starbucks’ holiday specials. It has nonfat milk, sugar-free mocha sauce and sugar-free peppermint syrup.
What would be perfect on a hot summer day and just after a good run is a shaken iced passion tango tea. It has no calories if taken as it is, but a little non-fat syrup might spice things up.
A caramel Frappuccino only has 100 calories. This is an iced blended coffee that has non-fat milk, caramel syrup and a swirl of caramel sauce. It’s just enough to satisfy your sugar and caffeine craving.
Add a little protein to your drink with Caffe Misto, or half brewed coffee and half soy milk. This drink has 63 calories and goes perfect with a low fat muffin.
If you must have another caffeine fix during the day, brewed or iced coffee has no calories.
How to order your Starbucks coffee
So you’ll be in the loop and not get the calorie shock, make sure to tell the barista what you prefer. Here are a few ways to cut the calories in your drink.
1. Order without the whipped cream.
It’s on top of your frap but doesn’t have any taste. It doesn’t make the coffee blend any tastier and it only adds 60 calories to your frap.
2. Always choose non-fat milk.
Low fat milk still contains 2% fat and will still add up calories. Always specify to your barista that you prefer non-fat milk. The barista will know that you prefer non-fat milk if you tell him that you’re ordering a skinny cappuccino.
3. Order with more ice.
Your blended coffee should be more refreshing and cooler. Ask for more ice to your skinny iced cappuccino and make the milk dissolve. You will add up your coffee with no additional fat.’
4. Use spices not sprinkles.
Adding sprinkles to your drink will just load up with sugar and unnecessary calories. For more flavor without the sugar, try adding cinnamon or nutmeg to your drink. If the spices aren’t enough, put nonfat sweeteners.
5. Always go for small portions.
You might be having an overwhelming day and your exhaustion is pushing you for more caffeine. If this is a must, go for the smaller sizes. A tall iced coffee would do the trick, but if you have to get another in the next few hours, take caution.
Starbucks is a good coffee alternative
Of course everybody wants a quick coffee or tea without compromising weight. It’s a fun way to keep fit and keep energy levels up. Though some question the benefits of caffeine, there are still good reviews about Starbucks, and they still keep a loyal and healthy following.
Similar to ordering in any fast food restaurant, the alternatives are there for you to keep your purchases low in fat. Think of the options that Starbucks has already made available to cater to what the health buffs need.
Always check the nutritional value of your drink. Review the calories and sodium content and see where you can scrimp further, making your drink less fattening. And make room for a sugar free donut perhaps.