Starbucks nutrition guide
Those were "prehistoric times" also known as B.S. (Before Starbucks). :-)
Would you have an ice cream cone for breakfast?
Well, your favorite coffee drink at Starbucks might be a lot like an ice cream cone...nutritionally speaking.
Does your run through the Starbucks drive thru ever include anything like a grande lowfat white chocolate mocha?
The Starbucks white chocolate mocha will cost you more calories than either.
It has almost double the fat and saturated fat than the Chocolate Triple Thick Shake has! The point...
...Coffee S.S. (Since Starbucks) isn't as inconsequential as you might hope. A habit of seemingly innocent Starbucks coffee drinks can cause your belt to need a new notch if you're not careful.
Starbucks Nutrition Information: The 200 Calorie Gallery
A dozen hot drinks that won't break your fat or calorie budget. The following tall drinks all are less than 200 calories and 3 grams of fat:
Starbucks Nutrition Guide to Cold Drinks: The 200 Calorie Gallery
The following tall drinks contain less than 200 calories and 3 grams of fat:
Even if you don't care for the fancy coffee drinks and simply lighten your Starbucks coffee with a bit of half and half, your waistline could be at risk. Consider this:
A daily habit of 1 venti Starbucks coffee with 2 Tbsp. half and half = 40 calories. Not much, especially compared to many other of the Starbucks coffee drinks. But...
...40 calories x 365 days per year = 14,600 calories. That's the equivalent of 4 pounds of body fat! If weight loss eludes you, take a closer look at your Starbucks coffee habit!
Starbucks Coffee Facts
A plain ol' cup of joe will only cost you ~5 calories. Start adding sugar, cream or milk and the numbers start climbing. Order a more specialized drink with added syrups and/or whipped cream and the numbers start skyrocketing. Starbucks Nutrition Information is provided for every coffee drink on Starbucks' website, but here's a quick summary of how and where calories add up.
Starbucks Nutrition Guide to Milk Options
Whether you opt for the coffee drinks made with milk (lattes, cappuccinos, mochas, etc.) or you like to lighten your plain black coffee, you have the choice of a few different kinds of milk:
Switch from a lowfat (2% milk) grande latte to a nonfat (skim milk) and save 60 calories.
Not a bad tradeoff for simply switching milks! Starbucks CAN be part of a healthy eating plan!
Quick Starbucks Nutrition Fact: Use whole milk in place or half in half in your coffee and save 10 calories per tablespoon!! That would result in a 2 pound weight loss per year if you use a mere 2 tablespoons per day.
Starbucks Nutrition: Short vs. Tall vs. Grande vs. Venti...Size Matters!
Starbucks Nutrition Guide to Frappuccinos
One word of advice...
Luckily, Starbucks has an option for people watching their waistlines: Frappuccino Light.
The Light versions of frappuccinos save you about half the sugar and the overwhelming majority of the fat from the regular versions.
And since size matters...a tall would be an even better choice.
Starbucks Nutrition Guide to Tea
Plain tea, like coffee has insignificant calories. It has less caffeine than coffee, and green tea is an exceptional source of antioxidants.
However, if you can't stomach tea and have to disguise it as a latte (ex., "green tea latte"), I believe the (calorie) cost outweighs the benefit.
Tea lattes can cost you ~250 calories for a grande size with as much as 40 grams of sugar.
Starbucks Tea Tip: Opt for plain tea, hot or cold, and then doctor it up with Splenda if you need to.
"Shaken" Tea = Tea + Sugar. Expect to swallow ~80 calories for the grande size. Shaken Tea with Lemonade will cost you ~ 1 1/2 times the calories because it's sweetened tea mixed with sweetened lemonade. Sugar x 2!
Starbucks Nutrition Information: Pastries
Starbucks purchases fresh bakery products from local suppliers. On the official Starbucks website you can enter your zip code and find the specific nutrition information for the pastries offered at a Starbucks near you. Here's what you can expect. The numbers aren't very pretty ...
My suggestion? Consider the pastries an occasional treat. If you're looking for a healthier breakfast option, choose from lowfat yogurt, fruit cups, and lowfat yogurt/granola/fruit cups that many locations now offer.
Starbucks Nutrition Tip: If you MUST have a sweet treat with your coffee, the smallest, lowest calorie option is a biscotti.
Upon discovering that I was a nutritionist (meet me), a date once asked me the famous Barbara Walters question:
"If you were a food, what food would you want to be?"
My answer: Starbucks coffee.
Why...you must wonder? I figured people love it:
Now who wouldn't want to be Starbucks coffee?!
On the other hand, who would want to show evidence of it on the hips....
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** Note: Starbucks Nutrition Guide information current as of August, 2007 **
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