When trying to manage your weight and health goals you – as many people do- may try to change the way that you eat. You may decide to stay away from fried restaurant food and processed store-bought food to manage fat, sugar, and salt. But, a coffee shop specialty drink can cost you a pretty penny and end up being a calorie-bomb!
Did You Know?
- An 8-ounce cup of plain brewed coffee or espresso coffee contains no fat and only 2 Calories.
- A Grande Peppermint White Chocolate Mocha has 520 calories which is the equivalent of 3.7 cans of Coca-Cola.
- A Starbucks. Green Tea Latte has 350 calories or the same calories of a medium McDonalds French fry.
- Cappuccino and latte coffee both contain large amounts of milk. The most common milk choices are full cream, skim, or soy.
The following shows the Calorie and fat content per 3+ fluid ounces:
- Full cream milk contains about 66 Calories and 3.9g of fat.
- Skim milk contains about 34 Calories and 0.1g of fat.
- Soy milk contains about 35 Calories and 2g of fat.
Most flavoured coffee and gourmet coffees contain coffee syrups in caramel, vanilla, hazelnut, chocolate, or other flavours. Each pump of syrup adds about 20 Calories or a tablespoon is around 50 Calories. Some drinks contain as many as 4 tablespoons (200 Calories). Sugar-free syrups are available and these add no calories or fat to a drink.
Donna Gelb, a New York food pro shared these recommended recipes for making iced coffee drinks at home where you can control the amount of sugar in them. (ShopSmart.org)
Basic Cold-Brewed Coffee Concentrate-
Makes 2 cups, or about 4 servings
1 cup coarsely ground dark-roast coffee
3 1/2 cups cold water
- Place ground coffee in a 1-quart Mason jar (or the equivalent).
- Add cold water and stir well.
- Cover and let stand overnight or about 15 hours.
- To strain the liquid from the grounds, pour the coffee through a cheesecloth-lined fine mesh strainer into a clean jar or pitcher.
- Strain again using fresh cheesecloth.
- Refrigerate concentrate in a covered container. It can be kept up to two weeks.
- To serve, pour 1/2 cup of the concentrate into a tall glass.
- Stir in equal amounts of water or skim or 1% milk or any combination of those two.
- Sweeten, if desired, then add ice cubes.
* Try using Agave nectar or other natural sweeteners.
** Use any extra coffee-base to make ice cubes if you like stronger, undiluted coffee.
Iced Mocha (one serving)
3/4 cup cold-brewed coffee concentrate1/2 cup milk
2 teaspoon homemade chocolate syrup (see below) or store-bought such as Monin ( on Amazon) or Waldon Farms chocolate syrup.
Chocolate Syrup Ingredients
1/4 cup unsweetened coca powder
1/3 cup sugar
About 1/2 cup hot water
- Mix cocoa and sugar in a small bowl.
- Add 2 tablespoons of hot water; stir until smooth.
- Gradually add remaining hot water and stir until sugar and cocoa dissolve.
- Refrigerate in a covered jar. It can be kept up to a month.
- Combine for one drink: coffee concentrate, milk, and syrup in a tall glass.
- Stir well; add plain or coffee ice cubes and enjoy.
I began Paula’s HealthyLiving.com to share my passion for staying fit, eating healthy and scheduling rest time. As a 50 year old mother of 3, I understand that it can be difficult to make healthy meals, exercise and carve out time for you, while constantly doing this juggling act called, life!
Healthy eating and exercising on a regular basis gives me self-confidence and personal satisfaction. I encourage my readers to eat whole foods instead of processed foods that are not as nutritious because that processing removes the nutritious elements in the food. They do not help you achieve your body-shape or long-term health goals. When I cook my families’ food, I’m in control of the sugar, salt, and the type of oils used.
It is difficult to resist temptations of fast foods, desserts, soda pop, and skipping workouts, but by making a commitment to your ‘best health’, you can be successful! Change your view toward healthy foods as fuel for all your systems. Take control. Educate yourself your family.
I don’t believe any ONE PERSON has all the answers. Be open minded but critical. Be logical, but have wild-abandon. Know that baby steps begin before a sprint…and love yourself for trying!!!