Good Morning 🙂 Happy MID week!!
So happy that it’s already Wednesday, although yesterday was SUPER busy. Not that it’s a bad thing, makes the day FLY by, but I was just so tired all day too. I was literally walking around my office like a zombie. It’s amazing what an extra day off can do to your ‘normal’ routine, ya know what I mean? I’m just glad that the weekend is coming AGAIN shortly 😀
Anyways, as you all know, Starbucks kicked off the fall season yesterday by introducing the Pumpkin Spice Latte into their menu. I always think it’s kind of funny that once the Pumpkin Spice lattes are out, it’s suddenly ok to start making & eating all things pumpkin. I’m not complaining, I love all things pumpkin! Pumpkin pie is actually my favorite pie & I cannot wait to have some at Thanksgiving, it might just be my favorite part of the meal. (ok, thinking WAY far ahead now! ..Thanksgiving is still like 3 months away..ha!)
I don’t know about you, but I love all of the holiday speciality drinks at various coffee shops. Even though they are so good, they are also pretty high in calories. Now don’t get me wrong, I’m ALL about the occassional treat now & then, but to have one of these speciality drinks daily can really start to pack on the pounds.
Today I thought I would share with you some healthier options for your favorite speciality drinks.
Pumpkin Spice Latte– regular (how they would make it if you just asked for a ‘pumpkin spice latte’)
(2% milk, whipped cream, 16oz.)
Make it with nonfat milk & NO whip cream- 16oz.
16oz. hot brewed coffee or 16oz. iced coffee with ONE pump pumpkin flavoring
*30 calories per pump of syrup.
Honestly I LOVE getting coffee with one pump of the pumpkin spice syrup. It adds enough flavor to the coffee to get the nice pumpkin spice flavor, but without all of the additional calories in a latte.
Peppermint Mocha Latte– regular
(2% milk, whipped cream, 16oz.)
Made with non fat milk & no whipped cream, 16oz.
Get the peppermint mocha latte above (healthier option) & then request half the amount of pumps of peppermint syrup– there are normally 4 pumps in each grande (16oz.) & it’s 20 calories per pump. You could also ask for half of the amount of mocha sauce. The amount of mocha sauce varies- it’s all up to the person making the drink. Doing this will reduce the amount of calories in the drink to about 200. Not too shabby for a tasty drink! 🙂
And click HERE to find out more coffee drinks that Starbucks offers UNDER 200 calories!
Pumpkin Latte– medium, made with whole milk
Made with skim milk, medium
Latte Lite Medium
*Just wanted to add that this has Splenda in it…and I’m NOT an advocate of Splenda. Just wanted to show you the comparison of the three drinks.*
I also found out last weekend when we stopped at Dunkin Donuts that they do not offer any kind of dairy alternative, like Starbucks. 😦 I was really hoping to get an iced latte, but then I asked the guy if they had any soy milk & he looked at me like I had 3 heads. It was actually kind of funny & I couldn’t help but giggle, because I swear that they guy had NEVER even heard of soy in in his life.
While I was searching for coffee beverages, I thought I would pick out a few of the coffee drinks from food places too, since they are easy to grab on the go.
McDonald’s Iced Vanilla Coffee
**Leave out the cream & save 90 calories & 8 grams of fat!**
Burger King Iced Mocha Coffee
It’s pretty crazy how many calories some of these drinks have, but it’s nice that there are so many alternatives & you can customize most of them to make them healthier. Like I said before, there is absolutely NOTHING wrong with a treat- go for it! I’m having a Starbucks Pumpkin Spice Latte this Sunday with Craig. It’s our little tradition to have one when football season kicks off…and a few throughout football season. 😉 It’s just a nice treat to wake up on Sunday morning & get a latte..and of course FOOTBALL!! 😀
Today I’m sticking to my tea, but I’m looking forward to my Sunday treat. 🙂
Anyways, time to get this
party day started. I hope you all enjoy your day! Catch up with ya later.
1. What is your favorite speciality coffee drink? Mine is definitely the pumpkin spice latte from Starbucks. Yum!
2. How often do you get coffee from a coffee shop? I try to keep it to just once a week. I was going to Starbucks for iced black tea a bit too much in the past couple of weeks, but I’ve cut back! Once a week is pleny. It just adds up so quickly.
3. Do you like iced or hot coffee better? I’m all about iced coffee…but I guess it depends on the season too. Since I leave in Florida, iced coffee typically sounds better. It’s a RARE day in the winter that I want hot coffee.