As college students we are all culprits of something along the lines of “can’t function until I’ve had my coffee.” Sometimes my day’s biggest dilemma is deciding if I want Dunkin’ Donuts coffee or Starbucks coffee, not to mention the predicament of getting it served hot or iced. Coffee is just so inviting with its mocha swirl, peppermint twist, caramel drizzle flavors. For some, coffee is even an accessory:
For others, coffee can be excellent inspiration for a Halloween costume:
For all coffee lovers if your mouth waters at the sight of a macchiato dripping with fresh caramel, showing the perfect ratio of a milk to coffee ombré, then you know the feeling of craving a bottomless amount. With these luxury drinks being so alluring, it is immensely easy for coffee crazed customers like us to go ahead and treat ourselves with a large or venti. However, some people don’t realize the hidden calories that indulge in these specialty coffee beverages. That is why I’m here to deliver you some good news and bad news.
Bad news: Drinking a White Chocolate mocha from Starbucks (470 calories, 18 grams of fat) is just 30 calories less than a cheeseburger from McDonalds.
Good news: There are healthy alternatives to coffee cream and sweeteners that knock out a ton of those nasty calories. By choosing healthier alternatives when ordering your coffee, you can still enjoy your large caramel bruleé latte without feeling so guilty about the calories. It’s the best of both worlds!! I have compiled a list of healthy alternatives that can make your coffee order a little less equivalent to eating McDonalds…
- Instead of creamer: Skim, Soy, or Coconut milk
- Instead of sweetener: Add cinnamon
- Instead of regular syrups: Choose sugar free syrup
- Instead of a large: Order a medium or small and add espresso shots
For all of you coffee addicts out there I’m right there with ya. Lets choose healthier alternatives together, CHEERS!