We've all done it. We've strolled into Starbucks on Dunkin' Donuts on a hot day, and ordered a grande Iced Caramel Machiatto with EXTRA Caramel. OK, maybe you didn't get extra caramel [don't judge me!] I don't count my daily calorie intake, but that doesn't mean I'm OK with drinking 230 calories, 6g fat, and 30g sugar in just 16 oz of "coffee". I need to save my liquid calories for beer and martinis! [I'm being very serious]. That medium Iced Mocha Spice Latte from DD is no better. First off, a medium is 24 oz, and it packs in 330 calories, 9g fat, and 48g sugar....um really, DD?! What really sucks is that I'm pretty sure the calorie count for my favorite pastime only includes 1/100 of the amount of caramel they really give you, not including my inner fat girl asking for extra caramel.
Don't get me started on those blended coffee drinks! Whipped cream is damn near irresistible, add it to the top of blended milk, ice, and espresso and drizzle it with caramel (or chocolate) sauce, and what you have is a recipe for disaster [or diabetes]. I just love the Caramel Frappachino [yes, caramel again, don't judge me!], but apparently it doesn't love me! A 16oz grande nets 390 calories, 15g fat, and 59g sugar. [saying that out loud just broke my caramel loving heart!] But the reality for you DD fans makes me feel a little bit better. A 24oz "medium" Vanilla Bean Coolata packs a heart stopping 650 calories, 9g fat, and 129g sugar! Can you say it with me now, "GOTDAMN!"
I could go on, but I think you get the idea. There are a lot of liquid calorie bombs out there, and I prefer to eat my calories rather than drink them.
So what's a caffeine junkie to do on a hot day? First and foremost, if it looks like dessert, its topped like dessert, or can its so thick you can eat it with a spoon, just avoid it (or prepare to avoid dessert for the rest of the summer).
Stick with a plain ol' iced coffee or espresso with milk. Jazz it up with 1-2 pumps (no more than 2 pumps!) of your favorite flavored syrup [like caramel] in place of sugar. Tell the barista to go easy on the sugar/syrup and milk. For all you DD lovers, its in your best interest to just add sugar and milk yourself--Lawd knows they are heavy handed as a mug in DD.
My personal favorite and go-to iced drink is a grande Starbucks Double Shot on Ice, with 2 pumps of syrup, easy on the milk! Its an espresso based drink, so I can get my caffeine fix, and I keep it light on the milk because milk doesn't like my stomach! And its a guilt free indulgence. Its not officially on the menu anymore, [they still make it if you ask for it] so I don't have an exact calorie count on it, but it less than 130 calories, less than 4g fat, and less than 10g sugar. You just can't beat that!
For you DD folks [I'll still be your friend in spite of you having bad taste in coffee, lol] a 16oz "small" iced coffee with cream and sugar has 90 calories, 1g fat, and 19g sugar. Not too shabby.
Merry Soapbox Wednesday!