Starbucks: Drink This, Not That

Is it just me or does it seem like hanging out at Starbucks is the “trendy, new thing” in pop culture these days? I’m not hating, I often take to the local coffee shop to get some work done, interact with other young business professionals in the community, and on the rare occasion when I need a mid-day pick me up.

But whether you’re an avid coffee drinker, looking for a change of work place, or just meeting friends for a little caffeine infused conversation, making the proper choices when it comes to the coffee we drink can make a huge difference on our health, the way we feel, and probably what the majority of our shallow society deem as most important, the way our bodies look.

Mocha

DO: Iced Skinny Mocha

Bittersweet Skinny mocha sauce, espresso, non-fat Milk served with light Ice: 100 Calories!

In Lieu of: Peppermint Chocolate Mocha

570 Calories, 22 Grams of Fat!! Even with skim milk it contains 430 calories! You’ve been warned!

Calories Saved: 470

Chocolate

DO: Mocha Frappuccino Light

Coffee, light mocha sauce, blended with non-fat milk and ice: 130 calories
In Lieu of: Double Chocolate Chip Frappuccino

500 calories (98 carbs!!!) I think the name itself suggests this not to be an ideal option for anyone trying to avoid love handles.

Calories Saved = 370

Caramel

DO: Caramel Frappuccino Light 

Coffee blended with light caramel sauce, non-fat milk and ice: 140 Calories

In Lieu of: Caramel Frappuccino 

Coffee blended with caramel sauce, whole milk, and topped with whip cream and yet even more caramel sauce!  410 Calories

Calories Saved= 270

Vanilla

DO: Sugar-Free Vanilla Latte

Espresso, non-fat milk, sugar-free vanilla syrup with ice: 120 Calories

In Lieu of: Caffe’ Vanilla Frappuccino 

Coffee with vanilla bean powder, blended with milk and ice.  Topped with sweetened  whipped cream. 430 Calories.  If you opt with this you may as well just hit up your local Ice Cream shop and order the biggest sundae they offer and have them pour a cup or 2 of chocolate fudge on top of it.  I feel that would be far more mentally stimulating!

Calories Saved= 310

Keep in mind the most beneficial times to consume coffee are first thing in the morning, 30-60 minutes prior to a workout, or post meal!  Also, please note that while caffeine has several benefits to ones health when used in moderation, it is still technically classified as a drug and the body can develop a tolerance to it over time.  To avoid caffeine addiction limit yourself to no more than 1-3 8oz cups per day.  Stay tuned for more creative, fun recipes in the very near future!
* All recipes referenced were 160z or “Grande” sizes.  Source: Starbucks website[/vc_column]

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