We wouldn’t ever consider going without our daily caffeine fix (or five…), but getting that fix in frappa-somethin’ form is far from good for you. Surprisingly, even seemingly harmless lattes and teas can rack up the calories, sugar, and caffeine. So much for a trendy and delicious pick-me-up… but there are better ways! Danger Drink! — The Need-to-Know
If it has anything more than just straight coffee or tea (and maybe a little milk or a spoonful of sugar), that café beverage probably isn’t worth the extra calories and sugar. An innocent-sounding Grande Chai Latte from Starbucks contains 42 grams of sugar and 240 calories, while a Grande Syrup-Flavored Latte with espresso has about 35 grams of sugar and 250 calories. These extra calories are anything but harmless: A 2007 survey found calorie-packed drinks to account for nearly one fourth of Americans’ overall calorie intake, while a 2011 survey found that about half the U.S. population ages two and up consumes sugary drinks daily. And studies have found the result to be some serious weight gain.
All is not lost, fellow caffeine addicts! Instead of macchiatos and cappuccinos, drink straight tea or coffee— both are practically calorie-free and have plenty of other health benefits, and can even boost metabolism! Cinnamon can also be swapped in for sugar and cream in coffee to save 70 calories— not to mention, cinnamon actually has some health benefits of its own. And let's not forget our healthiest meal of the day~Chocolate Shakeology!! Only 140 Calories, with over 80 Super Foods. With all of those nutrients, you will feel the energy. But if you still can’t resist the foamy allure of the coffee shop, try this. When going the latte route (you fancy, huh?), opt for fat-free milk (switching from two-percent to skim saves about 40 calories) and low- or no-sugar flavors. (At Starbucks, they call this ordering drinks “skinny.”) Or— for those unwilling to add faux sweeteners— skip flavor shots entirely in favor of a classic latte. It is worth noting the milk in lattes can actually be beneficial— it provides much-needed calcium. And keep it to a reasonable size to avoid overdoing it on the caffeine