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How many calories are in that coffee?!? 4 sips to watch out for, plus lighter choices

By Nicci Micco, November 10, 2010 - 12:24pm

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Nicci asks: A souped-up seasonal latte…Straight-up cappuccino…Low-cal herbal tea…What’s your favorite thing to order at the coffee shop when you need a treat?

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Straight-up double espresso! Gives me a boost without weighing me down :-)

Penelope

11/10/2010 - 3:02pm

Since I do not prefer to sweeten my coffee, a skim latte is my treat, however, I just 'discovered' the Starbucks Pumpkin Spice Latte (skim), and it is delicious - not as sweet as some other specialty drinks. I have only had one, but next time, I might need to forgo the whipped cream.

Anonymous

11/10/2010 - 3:43pm

I'm glad your lighter options are comparable to the original drinks. A lot of sites don't do that.

Anonymous

11/10/2010 - 4:11pm

My standard coffeehouse order is a café americano—iced in summer, hot in winter. Full caf, half-caf, or decaf, depending on time of day. I especially like ordering an americano later in the day, as it's prepared fresh; I don't have to wonder how long the drip coffee has been sitting around getting stale.

A skim milk latte or cappuccino is an occasional treat. A mocha (skim milk, no whip) is an even more occasional treat.

I do take real half-and-half in my brewed coffee, but I don't like to add sugar or artificial sweeteners. If I want sweetness, I'll sprinkle in cinnamon, nutmeg, or pumpkin pie spice. Because half-and-half is high in calories and saturated fat, I'll usually limit myself to one cup with it per day. If I want more coffee, I add unsweetened cocoa, which adds richness for just 10 calories per tablespoon.

Recently, I've discovered that I can fake a pumpkin spice latte (really, pumpkin spice café au lait) at home with strong coffee, 1% milk, pumpkin pie spice, and about half a tablespoon of no-sugar-added pumpkin butter. I heat the milk with the pumpkin butter and spice, whip it with my immersion blender until it's frothy, and add to my coffee. Gets some yummy flavor without the cloying sweetness, and at a fraction of the price.

Anonymous

11/10/2010 - 6:03pm

STARBUCKS: Venti, Triple shot, No Whip, NonFat White Mocha and if i feel I deserve it I get the whip.

Anonymous

11/18/2010 - 5:06pm

anything sweet with caramel on it.

Anonymous

11/18/2010 - 7:27pm

Spiced Pumpkin Latte with skim milk and froth.

Anonymous

11/19/2010 - 1:10am

Starbucks Soy Chai - no water, extra foam.......delicious, creamy, spicy. Yum!

Anonymous

11/19/2010 - 2:31am

I love Starbucks White Chocolate Mocha....yes, loaded with calories but since I don't have a Starbucks in my town it is a nice treat for me once or twice a year.

I have tried making my own mochas and other coffee drinks but haven't hit on anything that tastes comparable to "the real thing".

Anonymous

11/19/2010 - 12:16pm

i love cappuccino nothing added ,always enjoy one, specialy on a busy day it relaxes me.

Anonymous

11/19/2010 - 9:55pm

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