Have you checked out the nutritional information for some of those yummy coffee drinks? I was shocked!!! Some of those frappe’d thick milk shake-type concoctions have been looking really tempting. So before I got myself into any more trouble than just looking, I logged onto a couple of websites.
What an eye opener!! Depending on the size, some of those concoctions can run more than 500 calories! I don’t eat that much in a meal! And that new thick dark chocolate that one national company has just started ‘pouring’ clocks in at a whopping 390 calories. Geez!!! All I have to do is add a 20-gram protein shake and I’ve pretty much gotten in everything for the day!
Fortunately, if you choose carefully, it is indeed possible to have a treat that tastes good and is satisfying without wrecking your day. Or your week. A 20-oz coffee has 20 calories [I always thought coffee had 0 – surprise!]. Add two tablespoons of half-and-half, and you’re at 60 calories. Not bad. Sugar free syrup adds 0 calories, and a huge amount of flavor. Really!!!
So it looks like I won’t be changing from my standard order: tea bag chai [not the stuff made in their chai latte mix – too much sugar, too many calories] with about 3 tablespoons of steamed milk, no foam. Summer brings iced decaf with sugar free vanilla syrup and nutmeg. I guess those frappe-coollatta-coffee shake things just won’t ever exist for me.
Several teenagers, including my beautiful niece who’s a champion distance runner now a college freshman, have said that they love these drinks, and have them whenever they can. It’s partly social, because they always go with some friends, never alone, partly taste, partly comfort. But they’re also noticing the pounds creeping on, and they’re upset, but not quite to the point of giving up these treats. It’s a hard choice: being ‘cool’ for drinking these things, and being ‘cool’ because they’re thin or at a normal weight. When do you think the health issues will outweigh [literally!] the hipness?