Tuesday, February 7, 2012

5 Tips to Cut the Calories On Your Starbucks Trip

For any of you coffee lovers out there, this one is for you! I personally love my cup of coffee in the morning. Most days I just brew a cup at home but occasionally I like to take a trip to Starbucks and get a specialty drink. However, when I say occasional I mean it! Starbucks specialty drinks are absolutely loaded with calories, and for the health conscious person it makes you think twice about using those calories on just a drink that does not really give you and nutrients to tide you over. However, there are some ways that we can cut down on those extra calories and make those specialty drinks a little less outrageous. So here are 5 ways you can cut back on your coffee calories.

1) Choose NO WHIP
The whipped cream on your coffee can add 110-140 extra calories to your drink and 13 grams of extra fat.

2) Go for the SKINNY version
Most coffee drinks are made with whole milk. So choosing to have yours made with skim milk or soy milk can cut your coffee calories by 105 calories and 12 grams of fat.

3) CUT the SYRUP
If you can stand to cut back on just a little bit of sweetness, then you can save 20 calories and 5 grams of sugar for each pump of syrup you cut out.

4) Go for the SUGAR FREE syrup
Some of the syrups these coffee places use are actually sugar free. So if you can find a specialty drink that has a sugar free version of the syrup then go with that option to cut 80-120 calories and 20-25 grams of sugar.

5) Consider the PORTION size
If you usually go into starbucks and get that venti coffee, think about getting one size down to a grande or even get just a tall coffee. This will cut your caffiene, calories, sugar, and fat in that coffee considerably.

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