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Holiday Starbucks drinks are full of calories!

Posted Nov 19 2009 10:02pm

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***Do you know how many calories are in your favourite Starbucks holiday drink?***

Holiday coffee drinks are back! You know what that means? An extra way to get off your diet and add loads of calories to your week.

I know I might be part of the exception here, but I just find all those complicated Starbucks drinks to be more like dessert than coffee.

I usually keep my coffee order extremely simple and you’ll only see me ordering one of these three coffee drinks: 1) a latte 2) a cappuccino 3) a macchiato. That’s it. I usually will order a low fat drink and I keep my drink to a tall (the grande and venti are just too much caffeine for me in one shot).

If you are one of those holiday coffee drink addicts, you might be quite shocked to find out how many calories are packed in those sugary-drinks and maybe you might limit how many of them you order in one day armed with the right information.

Before I drop the calorie bomb on you, let me remind you that your daily calorie intake as a woman should be about 2000 calories and 2500 calories for men (one pound of fat is made up of 3500 calories). Now that you know what you might take a look at your Holiday latte drinks in a whole different way.

>>>  Holiday Starbucks  coffee drinks calorie counts:

1) Is a Gingerbread Latte your drink of choice? Well a grande (16 ounces) Gingerbread Latte with two percent milk and whipped cream, your order contains 320 calories from fat.

> Cut out the whip cream and easily save 70 calories!

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2) Do you dream of a Peppermint Mocha? If you order a tall (12 onces) non-fat Peppermint Mocha latte without whipped cream you are still packing 220 calories!

3) Do you prefer a Peppermint White Chocolate Mocha? Well, you might want to sit down for this one because a venti (20 onces) Peppermint White Chocolate Mocha with whole milk and whipped cream contains a jaw-dropping 680 calories.

> I say, cut down that order to a tall or grande and drop the whipped cream. Instead of whole milk order a low fat Peppermint White Chocolate Mocha because with the sugar and minty flavour from the peppermint syrup … you won’t miss the extra calories from switching to a low fat milk.

4) Is the Starbucks Eggnog Latte is your secret addiction? Ho-ho-ho, the joke is on you because a grande Starbucks Eggnog Latte with whole milk and whipped cream contains a frightening 510 calories and 29 grams of fat!

> If you order a tall Starbucks Eggnog Latte made with non-fat milk and hold the whipped cream, the calorie count is almost cut in half and comes to 270 calories and 8 grams of fat.

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5) Could atall (12 ounces) non-fat Starbucks Cinnamon Dolce Latte without whipped cream be the better option? When it comes to Starbucks holiday drinks it seems that Dolce is the way to go.

> The tall (12 ounces) non-fat Starbucks Cinnamon Dolce Latte without whipped cream comes at a measly 160 calories. This is surely cause for celebration!

6) Would aStarbucks Pumpkin Spice Latte with soy milk come at a lower calorie count? Well, not exactly since a grande (16 ounces) Starbucks Pumpkin Spice Latte with soy milk without whipped cream is still 300 calories.

> You would reduce the calorie count by ordering a tall Starbucks Pumpkin Spice Latte.

7) What about a Starbucks tall non-fat Caramel Brulee Creme? Well you are still looking at quite a lot of calories for a simple coffee drink!

> Even if you ordered a Starbucks tall (12 onces) non-fat Caramel Brulee Creme without whip cream you’re still looking at 240 calories and 40 grams of sugar!

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#8) Why does it make sense to hold the whip cream when ordering your next Starbucks holiday drink? By avoiding whipped cream when you order a grande (16 ounces) non-fat Starbucks Pumpkin Spice Latte (as an example) you save 70 calories!

> Your grande non-fat Starbucks Pumpkin Spice Latte without whip cream contains 260 calories, compared to one with whip cream, which has 330 calories!

I think the message here is not to give up all holiday coffee drinks since they only come around once a year. I think you might want to reassess the size of your drinks and you also want to ask yourself if you REALLY need that extra whip cream topping. You’ll also want to keep in mind that just like anything in life … too much is not always a good thing. In order words, it’s not necessary to have a holiday latte packed with sugar and calories every single day of the week until Christmas!

Photo of gingerbread latte by VirtualErn

Top photo by Amir K.

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