There’s nothing like a coffee run to satisfy your caffeine craving and give you an extra dose of energy. While caffeine has multiple health benefits, your café choices may be the culprit to your weight gain. According to Health.com, “Most of these coffee concoctions contain more fat and sugar than sweet treats you can actually eat—and many rack up more calories than a small meal.”
Just how healthy or unhealthy is your favorite coffee shop drink? A venti Starbucks Mocha Frappuccino, for example, has a whopping 510 calories. That’s the equivalent of about 5 1/2 tablespoons of mayonnaise or 2 1/2 cups of french fries! And we haven’t even mentioned the sticky cinnamon roll you had with that Frappe (It’s 420 calories per bun, ICYDK!).
Coffee Bean (16 oz.) Ice-Blended Mocha, 410 calories
Coffee Bean (16 oz.) White Chocolate Latte, 470 calories
McCafé large (22 oz.) Iced Mocha, 480 calories
Krispy Kreme large (20 oz.) Caramel Latte, 500 calories
Starbucks venti (24 oz.) Caramel or Mocha Frappuccino, 510 calories
Seattle’s Best large chocolate Javakula with whipped cream, 530 calories
Starbucks venti (24 oz.) Peppermint Hot Chocolate or Salted Caramel Hot Chocolate, 550 calories
McCafé large (22 oz.) Double Chocolate Frappe, 570 calories
Starbucks venti (24 oz.) White Chocolate Mocha or Java Chip Frappuccino, 580 calories
Dairy Queen (16 oz.) Mocha Moo Latte, 590 calories
Are your favorites on the list? We won’t stop you from indulging in your favorite café treats every now and then, CGs, but we’d like to help you avoid drinking your calories. Here are three ways to trim down the java fat:
1. Skip the whipped cream. Taking out the whipped cream from your grande Starbucks Mocha Frappuccino cuts it down by 130 calories, making it 270 instead of the original 400 calories.
2. Choose light. Many coffee shops offer the light or skinny versions of popular drinks for fewer calories and less guilt.
3. Customize. For your favorite drink, choose non-fat or skim milk instead of full cream, and less sugar or sugar-free syrup.
*Calorie sources: Calorie Count, Starbucks.com, and My Fitness Pal