What’s your poison? Starbucks? Peets? Dunkin Donuts (for the coffee of course)? Tully’s? Seattle’s Best? Gloria Jeans?
I surmise we all have a little bit of an addiction to our favorite coffee roaster. Me included. I’m pretty darn loyal to Starbucks (Sbux from here on out), though there are a few Peets items that have usurped their Sbux counterparts.
During a not-so-healthy period in my life (circa 2003), I pretty much lived off a Sbux mocha, a veggie patty, and a glass or two of vino per day. My weight dropped to 103lbs (I’m ~5’5″) and my skin turned a lovely shade of grey? I didn’t even qualify as a Hot Mess ;-P
Living on coffee alone = bad idea. Incorporating coffee into your regular eating/drinking = A-OK! In fact, there are several health benefits to drinking coffee including preventing migraines, boosting your workouts, and reducing blood pressure.
Personally, I LOVE the smell of coffee. I think it’s heavenly. And I love having that warm hot mug in the morning. My routine is to grind my coffee beans at night (right now I’m grinding Dunkin Donuts whole beans) and prep the water. Though my coffee is ready by 630a and I am out the door shortly after, I actually delay my first sip of coffee until 730a. Why, cuz I’m weird like that ;) Delayed gratification, pure and simple! During the week, I always make my own coffee and bring it to work, but every now and then I’ll sneak out for a mid-day coffee run to put a pep in my step!
The problem with these beverages is that they pack some cal-o-ries! Yep, they do. Many of you had plenty to say about a previous post on calorie counting and dare I say that the lattes, mochas, iced coffees, etc are amongst the not-so-hidden calorie group.
In my quest to continue indulging, I’ve found some lower calorie work-arounds for some of my favorite drinks! Here they are below:
Iced Vanilla Latte
Do you know that in a Grande, they put 4 pumps of syrup and in a Venti, the add 6! Holy moly. You can go the route of taking out those calories completely by opting for the sugar-free. But if you’re like me, who pretty much abhors sugar free flavored items made to taste like sugar, you cut the pumps in half and save a couple dozen calories! Oh and non-fat milk of course. A Grande 2 pump vanilla, non-fat iced-latte comes in at about 160 calories!
Am I the only one that is totally lured in by the festive red-colored cups? Once I see those in late Fall, my Sbux drinking is ON! A Grande version is right around 350 calories and that’s WITH SKIM MILK! Yowsa. Now I order my Peppermint Mochas with only 2 pumps Peppermint and 2 pumps Mocha (opposed to 4 of each). AND no whipped cream. It’s a travesty I know, but I’d rather have my whipped cream on my pumpkin pie ;) Total calories = 220. Much better!
Another tip for the hot beverages, is to order it X-tra H-O-T. For me, this makes my coffee last much longer ;)
Mocha Light Frappuccino
This little gem is only 140 calories for a Grande with non-fat milk and believe-you-me, it’s yum! It’s actually a wee bit on the sweet side and makes a great substitute for a chocolate milkshake :)
Find all of Sbux nutritional information here. I’ll let you decide if you want to see how many calories are in that scone that may have been sitting out for 10+ hours ;) For real though, do you know that when a bakery display case is more packed with food (versus just seeing a few items left), a person is drastically more likely to buy. Yep. Fact. So beware what Sbux may be trying to trick you too :)
Where do you get your caffeine fix? Any good recommendations for me???
As for plans for tonight, I will be prepping all the food for yet another Women of Silicon Valley Unite! It was so fab last time and this go-round, I’m hosting! Bring on the food and vino! I’ll share all the delicious eats on Friday for sure!