Friday, June 1, 2007

Coffee Beverages Exposed

With spring in full swing, and summer just a few short weeks away, we now find ourselves strolling outside as we delight in the beautiful weather. Oftentimes, these strolls are accompanied by jaunts into a coffee shop or an ice cream store to get a frosty treat. While many may feel that opting for the coffee is the healthier or least caloric choice, many times this is not the case. A serving of vanilla ice cream (which is ½ a cup) is only 145 calories, while a serving of a blended coffee beverage (16 oz) can range anywhere from 180 to 580 calories! The following chart gives a breakdown of some of your favorite coffee treats:

Product Serving Size(oz) Calories Total Fat(g) Saturated Fat(g) Carbs(g) Sugars(g) Protein(g)
Starbucks Coffee Frappuccino Blended Coffee – no whip 16 260 3.5 2 52 44 5
Starbucks Double Chocolate Chip Frappuccino - whip 16 580 22 13 86 65 14
Dunkin Donuts Coffee Coolatta with Milk 16 210 4 2.5 42 40 4
Cosi Arctic Latte 16 530 16 unknown 94 unkown 6
The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf Ice Blended, Mocha, with non-fat milk and regular powder 16 390 7 4.7 58 39 11
Caribou Coffee Coffee Cooler 16 220 4 4 46 40 2

Luckily, you can mimic some of these frosty beverages while also cutting down on the calories.

Basic Blended Coffee Base*
Serves 2

1¼ cup strong coffee, chilled
1 cup skim milk
3 packets artificial sweetener (i.e. splenda, equal, etc.)
2 Tablespoons sugar
2 cups ice

  1. Put everything in a blender and blend until desired consistency.
  2. Serve.

Calories per serving: ~95

*To flavor your blended coffee, try adding a teaspoon of sugar-free vanilla, hazelnut, chocolate, or caramel syrup. These flavorings will provide additional sweetness, so you may want to decrease the amount of artificial sweetener or sugar in the recipe.

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