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Is Your Morning Coffee Run Making You Fat?

Whether your drink order sounds like you're reciting the quadratic formula or it's just your average cup of Joe, the nutritional content of your coffeehouse favorites might surprise you. Forget about tacking on that ever-so-tempting pastry! Do you know how many calories, grams of fat, carbohydrates, sugar, and protein you're consuming before it hits 9 a.m.? Before you rush out to get your morning caffeine fix, check out this slideshow of popular coffeehouse items, complete with nutritional breakdowns courtesy of Starbucks.com.
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Caffè Latte (16 oz. with 2% milk)
Zucchini Walnut Bread
Iced Caffè Latte (16 oz. made with 2% milk)
Cappuccino (16 oz. with 2% milk)
Plain Bagel
Regular Drip Coffee (16 oz.)
Caffè Mocha (16 oz. with 2% milk)
Caramel Macchiato (16 oz. with 2% milk)
Starbucks Double Chocolaty Chip Frappuccino (16 oz. with 2% milk)
Blueberry Scone:
Yogurt Parfait with fresh fruit

Yogurt Parfait with fresh fruit

Calories: 300
Fat: 3.5 grams
Carbs: 60 grams
Protein: 7 grams
Sugar: 39 grams

This is not a bad breakfast choice if you’re strapped for time. Fresh fruit, creamy yogurt, and crunchy granola are a great combo, playing to many tastes and textures. If available, request low-fat yogurt, and ask them to use less granola.

Photo courtesy of Pen Waggener

Zucchini Walnut Bread

Calories: 490 Fat: 28 grams Carbs: 52 grams Protein: 7 grams Sugar: 28 grams


After skipping over the Double Chocolaty Dream Muffin and the Supreme Sugar Donut, your eyes land on the word zucchini. Perfect. A daily serving of veggies and breakfast in one! Not so fast. It may have zucchini (as well as tons of sugar and carbs), but it also packs almost 500 calories!

Iced Caffè Latte (16 oz. made with 2% milk)

Calories: 130 Fat: 4.5 grams Carbs: 13 grams Protein: 8 grams Sugar: 11 grams


On those summer mornings when you can already feel the heat by 9 a.m., this drink is your partner in crime. Not only is it refreshing and tasty, but it won’t stand between you and that itsy-bitsy bikini. Use nonfat milk, and shave off an extra 50 calories!

Cappuccino (16 oz. with 2% milk)

Calories: 120 Fat: 4 grams Carbs: 12 grams Protein: 8 grams Sugar: 10 grams


Between the rich espresso flavor and the velvety froth resting on top, a cappuccino is simply irresistible. Good news: there’s no need to hold back when it comes to this beverage. Go ahead and drink up! With less milk than a latte, this heart-warming, mind-jolting drink is a good low-calorie choice.

Plain Bagel

Calories: 300 Fat: 1 gram Carbs: 64 grams Protein: 10 grams Sugar: 8 grams


Sometimes plain is a good thing. If you skip the cream cheese (which could add on an extra 50 to 200 calories depending on your discipline), a bagel could serve as a tide-me-over-until-lunch kind of breakfast. To add a more filling, nutritional kick, opt for a multigrain bagel; it’s only 20 calories more and is filled with heart-healthy goodness.

Regular Drip Coffee (16 oz.)

Calories: 5 Fat: 0 grams Carbs: 0 grams Protein: <1 gram Sugar: 0 grams


Do not dismiss a good ol’ cup of joe. It’s only five calories per serving, so you’re probably burning more calories just by consuming it! If you’re trying to keep it skinny, limit how much cream and sugar you add or use low-cal options, such as skim milk.

Caffè Mocha (16 oz. with 2% milk)

Calories: 330 Fat: 15 grams Carbs: 43 grams Protein: 13 grams Sugar: 33 grams


Mixing chocolate and coffee is a brilliant idea. Sipping on one of these delicious creations will undoubtedly be a pleasant experience, but try not to make it a habit. If you combine this with a muffin, you could be looking at a good portion of your daily calories gone before 9 a.m.! Instead, treat this drink as an indulgence or even as a dessert.

Caramel Macchiato (16 oz. with 2% milk)

Calories: 240 Fat: 7 grams Carbs: 34 grams Protein: 10 grams Sugar: 31 grams


“One double Caramel Macchiato please.” It seems like this phrase echoes throughout coffeehouses in the morning. While you can probably fit this drink into your diet plan calorie-wise, a sugar crash could be waiting for you around the corner; that’s not ideal when you’re trying to push through that two o’clock slump!

Starbucks Double Chocolaty Chip Frappuccino (16 oz. with 2% milk)

Calories: 410 Fat: 20 grams Carbs: 58 grams Protein: 7 grams Sugar: 52 grams


This death-by-chocolate beverage is sure to cure your sweet tooth and your case of the Mondays in one calorie-packed swoop!

Blueberry Scone:

Calories: 460 Fat: 22 grams Carbs: 61 grams Protein: 7 grams Sugar: 17 grams


Don’t be fooled by the fresh, juicy blueberries oozing from its core or by its relatively small size; this pastry is your waistline’s worst nightmare. The calories and fat deliver a powerful one-two punch, sure to trump your diet efforts and leave you feeling unsatisfied.

Yogurt Parfait with fresh fruit

Calories: 300
Fat: 3.5 grams
Carbs: 60 grams
Protein: 7 grams
Sugar: 39 grams

This is not a bad breakfast choice if you’re strapped for time. Fresh fruit, creamy yogurt, and crunchy granola are a great combo, playing to many tastes and textures. If available, request low-fat yogurt, and ask them to use less granola.

Photo courtesy of Pen Waggener

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