Is Coffee Bad For Me
Is Coffee Bad For Me?
You’re out shopping all day, it’s cold, rainy and the last thing on your mind is counting calories. You step into your local coffee shop to get warm for a bit and are overwhelmed with the choices. Vanilla Frappe, Peppermint Mocha, Pumpkin Spice Latte; Starbucks alone has over 87,000 drink combinations. Yes, you read that right. 87,000. You might also find yourself asking, “Is coffee bad for me?”
The majority of Starbucks drinks have over 100 calories; with the leader being White Chocolate Mocha with 470 calories and 16 grams of fat! That’s just for a medium sized drink! Can you imagine if you upgraded to a large? We are talking over 600 calories for a drink that is going to last a few minutes.
Spending your daily calorie limit on a drink that doesn’t even fill you up is such a waste. Yet, there is something nice about having a warm drink on a cold winter day. To fight the urge to indulge in a high calorie drink, remember these tips…
Making a Low Calorie Coffee Drink
- 1. Black Coffee has 2 calories
- 2. Tea is a great alternative to coffee and keeps you just as warm
- 3. Vanilla Almond Creamer has only 20 calories & tastes great
Warming up with a latte, cappuccino or flat white will be sure to satisfy the urge for a mini treat and will give you the boost of energy necessary to keep shopping and braving the cold. These drinks boost low calorie levels and can be substituted with a milk of your choice to meet your dietary needs. Better yet, a cup of peppermint or green tea will provide the same warmth and caffeine surge you are looking for.
Drinking Tea Instead of Coffee
Warm tea is a great alternative to heavy coffee drinks, and provides more health benefits, depending on the type of tea. Green tea is great for natural energy and metabolism. Peppermint tea benefits your mind by allowing it to relax with the body. Peppermint tea is also a great cure for bad breath, weight loss and eliminates inflammation. I’ll take those benefits over a creamy coffee drink any day.
The harmful ingredients in coffee drinks are primarily associated with the flavoring, whipped toppings and sugary additions. Avoiding these ingredients will aid in helping to keep your calorie count low and your energy levels high. Unnatural sugars and ingredients lead to sugar crashes and energy levels dropping. We experience a sugar high for thirty minutes to an hour, and then drastically fall back into a slump. Avoiding this slump is easy if you avoid the unnatural ingredients in most drinks and foods you’ll find at a coffee shop.
Not much of a coffee shop drinker, yet need that morning cup to get you going? Black coffee with a hint of almond creamer is a low-calorie option. Blending your coffee in a blender with a few ice cubes, almond creamer and a touch of Truvia sweetener is a great way to have an at home treat filled with ingredients you know and love. Whatever your coffee routine is, we hope you stay warm and healthy this winter season!