Holiday Coffee Drink

With the Holidays fast approaching we tend to drink more coffee and eat a lot more desserts. Its gets really bad on the waistline when our coffee starts to have as many calories as a dessert, but unfortunately many specialty coffee drinks are like a dessert, not something you should consume on a daily basis unless you give them the caloric respect they deserve.
How much damage can your favorite coffee drink do in additional calories added to your diet? The fancier the drink, the fancier the calories - especially when you opt for the whipped topping. An extra 200 calories a day can add up to 21 extra pounds added to your body per year!
If you can't give up your daily gourmet guzzle, know what calories you are adding to your body before you make your decision on which coffee drink to purchase. You don't need to give up your favorite coffee drink, but just adjust your coffee order to make it more calories conscious.
Try the following tips to make your next coffee drink more guilt-free:
•Black Coffee - It is not the coffee that makes you gain weight, but all the extras that go in the drink. A medium-size regular cup of coffee has about 10 calories and 0 grams of sugar. You can control how much of those extras you put in your coffee. So order a black coffee and ask for the extras on the side and pour them in yourself.

•Whipping Cream - By saying NO to whipped cream, you can reduce your calories of the drink about 80 to 130 calories. This will also reduce the fat content of your drink by about 8 to 12 grams.

•Sweeteners - Request that whey use a calorie-free sweetener like Sweet'N Low, Splenda, or Equal instead of sugar.

•Sugar-Free Syrup - Usually the coffee shop will have some sugar-free syrup. The sugar-free syrup adds no additional calories or fat to your drink.

Chocolate - A tablespoon of chocolate syrup is 50 calories. Some coffee drinks with chocolate contain as much as 1/4 cup (1/4 cup = 4 tablespoons = 200 calories). A light version of chocolate syrup gives you about 1/2 the calories.

•Milk - User reduced fat or skim milk instead of cream when ordering your drink. You can save up to 140 calories by using this in your coffee drinks.

Coffee DrinkServing SizeCalories
Carmel Frappuccino Coffee, no whip16 fluid ounces280
Carmel Frappuccino Coffee, whip16 fluid ounces430
Carmel Frappuccino Coffee only16 fluid ounces260

Caffe Latte, non-fat milk16 fluid ounces165
Caffe Latte, whole milk16 fluid ounces260

Caffe Latte, whole milk16 fluid ounces140
Caffe au Lait, non-fat milk16 fluid ounces90

Caffe Americano16 fluid ounces15

Caffe Mocha, whole milk, whip16 fluid ounces400
Caffe Mocha, non-fat milk, whip16 fluid ounces330
Caffe Mocha, non-fat milk, no whip16 fluid ounces220
Mocha Malt Frappuccino Coffee, whip16 fluid ounces570

Coffee, Mocha, white chocolate, non-fat milk, whip 344

Cappuccino, whole milk16 fluid ounces150
Cappuccino, non-fat milk16 fluid ounces100

So unless you are careful that great tasting calorie drink can be killing your diet. And if you combine it with a cheese cake you are really asking for. Have a great Holiday but watch those caloric coffee monsters.

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Boake Moore is an IT Sales engineer by trade and founded a non profit coffee company called Mission Grounds Gourmet Coffee -. It donates all its profits and proceeds to helping orphans and impoverished children. And helping homeless children in the United States. You can help the homeless directly by purchasing shoes, clothes and coats at http://www.missiongrounds.comLets make the world better -George "Boake" MooreMission Grounds