Between mountains of whipped cream and caramel drizzles, it can be hard to find low calorie coffee drinks. But there are ways to balance your sugar intake with your love of coffee shop concoctions. Here’s how to order low calorie coffee drinks:
Choose a smaller size
The larger your drink, the more sugar you consume—especially if you go for that Unicorn Frappuccino. It’s important to treat yourself, but only in moderation. What’s the best way to do that? Opt for a smaller size.
Skip the extras
Sweeter coffee shop selections include whipped cream, sprinkles, syrup drizzle or additional toppings. And caramel drizzle, for example, adds 4 grams of sugar to the drink. Skip ‘em—or at least ask for less.
Ask for less syrup
The thing that sends coffee shop drinks over the edge in sugar content is the flavored syrup. One pump of flavored syrup is 5 grams of sugar. That puts small drinks at 15 grams of sugar, medium at 20 grams of sugar and large at 25 grams of sugar, a whopping 100% of recommended daily sugar intake for women. Shrink your sugar intake and ask for:
- 1 pump of syrup in a small drink – cuts sugar from 15 to 5 grams
- 2 Pumps of syrup in a medium drink – cuts sugar from 20 to 10 grams
- 3 Pumps of syrup in a large drink — cuts sugar from 25 to 15 grams
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