Who doesn’t love a good peppermint mocha or gingerbread latte from Starbucks this time of year?! and it doesn’t have to be the holidays to indulge in these kind of drinks mind you. Thousands of people consume these drinks if not once, twice on a daily basis. If fancy coffee drinks don’t do much for you, then maybe it is some kind of juice, or soda that you just can’t live without? Or even an “occasional” beer or glass of wine after a long work day? Either way, these calories add up…fast.
Below is a good image to show how fast it adds up:
This may or may not look like a typical day for you. Even if you consume half of the drinks above, that is still 685 calories you are drinking. One of the major downfalls to drinking all of these calories, is that they are “empty” calories. For those of you who have never heard this term, it means you get little to no nutritional value from these calories.
Back to those addictive Starbucks drinks… lets take a closer look at the peppermint mocha.
For a Grande (Medium) Peppermint Mocha with 2% milk and whip cream:
- Calories – 410
- Carbohydrates – 63g
- Fat – 15g
- Sugar – 54g
If you were to switch to a…
For a Tall (Small) Peppermint Mocha with nonfat milk and no whip cream:
- Calories – 220
- Carbohydrates – 46g
- Fat – 2g
- Sugar – 40g
Information above from (http://www.starbucks.com/menu/catalog/product?drink=espresso#view_control=product)
As you can see getting a small and changing the kind of milk and forgetting the whip cream can help you…but you are still setting yourself back. Pay close attention to the sugar content in both…remember that sugar stores as fat.
Be careful and conscious of what you are drinking, and what it is doing for your body. If you are thirsty, don’t reach for a coke or diet coke, grab a glass of water. Caffeine is just going to dehydrate you more! Also, diet or calorie free drinks can be filled with chemicals and preservatives that your body can do without. One of the best things you can do for yourself is drink lots of water…and not rely on getting your water from these kind of drinks (remember the recommended daily amount is 8 glasses a day.)
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