There’s a lot out there about what NOT to eat, but how about a post about what constitutes a good choice?
Starbucks has a lot of food and drink with under 400 calories, which is a good caloric neighborhood, beverage included, when you’re making a stop to fuel up. If you’re watching your calories, it’s a good idea to choose a beverage very, very low in calories (iced tea with one packet of sugar or one pump of sugar, coffee with one sugar and a very small hit of cream) if you’re having a snack. I would keep the snack at or below 200 calories; you need to save room for other healthful foods throughout the day.
I will assume you are looking for a drink and a nibble…
- First, remember that whipped cream adds 45-100 calories depending on the size of the drink. If you want whipped cream, the obvious choice is the smaller-sized drink (the short with whip is 45, give it up: a grande has 60 calories for the whip and is more realistic).
- Each pump of syrup adds a teaspoon of sugar, which is about 20 calories. Caramel drizzle adds 15 calories, and chocolate adds just 5.
- Protein/fiber powder adds 30 calories and is entirely unnecessary (only adds one gram of fiber?! Let’s have bakery instead!).
Beverages (200 calories or less):
- Iced brewed coffee or tea. Get it without the added syrup, or just one pump, and add milk or soy milk. If you add the milk, and choose nonfat and Tall, it’s 80 calories. If you’re feeling spartan, a plain iced tea or coffee contains 0 calories.
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