How Starbucks is Making You Fat!

Kirkland personal trainer has tips to take your favorite drinks from hefty to healthy

It’s Wednesday afternoon…you were up late last night, it’s been a crazy, stressful day. A coworker or friend suggests a quick trip to Starbucks for a mid-day pick me up. Why not?

Before you order that Grande caramel macchiato think about what you are really drinking–nearly 300 calories, almost 14 grams of fat, and over 30 grams of sugar. If you decide to order a Venti Peppermint White Hot Chocolate (with whip) that would be about 730 calories, 28 grams of fat, and nearly 76 grams of sugar. Let’s put this in perspective: a McDonald’s Big Mac has fewer calories… 704 calories (that doesn’t mean you should have a Big Mac though).

I don’t mean to pick on Starbucks, you can get equally sugary, fatty drinks at Dunkin’ Donuts or even Jamba Juice. Sorry Jamba Juice but your Peanut Butter Moo’d smoothie (original size)is perhaps the most dangerous with almost 800 calories, 20 grams of fat and an unbelievable 109 grams of sugar!!! Don’t worry you can still have your latte (or smoothie) fix, just follow these tips:

  • The key is moderation. Take the word Venti out of your vocabulary. Start using words like: tall or small. You will save on calories and cash.
  • Forget whole milk, instead choose non-fat milk.
  • Skip the whip and ask for extra foam.
  • Limit those syrups: try half-sweet or just one pump of syrup. Think about dusting your drink with spices (nutmeg, cinnamon, or cocoa) for extra flavor without the calories. And don’t worry, chains like Starbucks are happy to accommodate you.
  • Make sure you are hydrated. If you are dying of thirst it’s too easy to down that large or Venti drink. If you are hydrated you can slow down and appreciate the flavors. Also, if you are having caffeinated drinks you want make sure you are getting enough water during the day to balance out the dehydrating effects of coffee.

When educating my clients in nutrition at my Kirkland personal training studio one of the first things to go is a high calorie latte, which essentially is starting your morning with a dessert! Another great way to change it up is to experiment with different milks; coconut, almond and rice milk are great alternatives.

Let us know some of your favorite healthy or healthy versions of beverages by commenting below!

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