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GETSHORTY
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9/9/12 11:01 P

You said you didn't like the hot chocolate soy milk you tried, but have you ever gotten a soy latte? I think I liked Panera's slightly more than Starbucks', but they were both sooooooo good, and far less damagingly sweet than anything with a straight-up syrup. I never add any sugar to it, since they use sweetened soy milk, but I think the nuttiness makes up for the lack of sugar.



LINAREX
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9/9/12 10:32 P

I don't like the sugar free drinks at Starbucks - I can really taste the difference. Sometimes I'll get them if I'm not willing to spend the calories though.

Normally, I'll try to work a nonfat tall drink into my calorie range if I'm craving it. No whipped cream, except on rare occasions.



JANELLE86
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9/9/12 9:55 P

- Get the regular syrups at Starbucks, but stick to tall (or grande, if you must), skip the whipped cream, get skim milk, and ask for an extra shot of espresso. This drops the calorie count considerably (in half for some drinks) and you're not using sugar-free syrups.

- Flavored creamers they sell at the grocery store can have wonderful effects on home-brewed coffees without too much far and sugar.

- Splurge on fancy tea flavors and try a new one every day.

- Hot chocolate packets from the grocery store (Nestle, etc) usually only have 100 or so calories. That has been my go-to treat so far.



HISTORYHERO
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9/9/12 9:54 P

I worked at Starbucks for a little over a year and lost weight. All of the smells of sweat pasteries mix and start to smell gross, especially in the early morning. As for beverages, a tall nonfat chai tea latte is about 150 calories and way worth it. Have some brewed coffee or an Americano for about 5 calories, add some 2% and one or two pumps of regular syrup. That way you get some calcium from the milk and less calories from less syrup. Also, they sell tea, the awake is good. You could also have a nonfat latte and work up to no flavoring.



CSIENK
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9/9/12 7:47 P

This time of year I like to make hot apple cider - add a cinnamon stick and yum! (I always make sure I have room for this 100 calorie drink 3 or 4 days a week - usually in the evening.)

Edited by: CSIENK at: 9/9/2012 (19:50)


THETROUT
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9/9/12 7:18 P

I am a coffee-holic. But, I've started drinking green tea once a day because there are studies that link it to weight loss. So, you might want to try it.



JENNADAILEY
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9/9/12 3:10 P

I am semi-addicted to the caramel macciatos at Starbucks. I can really taste the difference in sugar-free syrups (I've never been able to do non-sugar sweeteners, even Splenda tastes artificial to me), and so when I'm really craving it, I'll get a tall nonfat caramel macciato, which I think is around 170 calories. With the milk, it's filling and tastes delicious! My other go-to is a skim latte and I'll add one packet of sugar in the raw. Just stay away from the whipped cream :) I often find the frothed milk is enough of the whipped cream-ness to trick myself, when I REALLY splurge and get a nonfat peppermint mocha. Man, now I want to go to starbucks!



KAPELAKIN
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9/9/12 12:59 P

I used to rack up way too many calories at Starbucks. Now my drink of choice there is an Americano or plain coffee with a small amount of half and half. If you drink these long enough, you'll get to appreciate the coffee flavor and sweetened coffee will start to seem disgusting. Cinnamon is a healthy flavoring to mix in if you want something other than very plain coffee. I really have no desire for sweet coffee drinks anymore, except as an occasional dessert.

If I was working at a coffee shop now, I'd probably stick to hot tea after having my morning cup of coffee.

If you still want a frothy drink, go for low fat or nonfat milk, use more of the frothed milk (less dense, hence, less calories) and mix it with plain coffee for a caffe au lait and add some cinnamon if you want.



BUBBLEJ1
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9/9/12 4:29 A

When I order a milky coffee (5 days a week) I order the smallest size available and work it into my calories. Outside of that I like herbal tea or hot water, lemon and a dash of honey



TACDGB
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9/9/12 12:22 A

I have been known to drink herbal teas..........They make several yummy flavors. I like apple cinnamon, lemon zinger, orange peko..................... emoticon



AM_MORRIS87
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9/8/12 3:16 P

I get the Bigelow Vanilla Chai tea bags. Then I heat the tea with 8 oz of unsweetened vanilla almond milk (40 calories.) I add 2 splenda to it typically, or if I have the extra calories, I'll add 1 tbsp of honey (about 60 calories.)



NOTTOOLATEJUDY
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9/8/12 12:34 P

What about the yummy flavored teas that are available? There's everything from chocolate chai to pumpkin spice. Add a little milk and sweetener. emoticon



GECKO722
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9/8/12 12:17 P

I hope you like it! I love pumpkin spice lattes, but I've found I like that recipe even more.



TRIXYMAHOGANY
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9/8/12 12:09 P

Ummm... that sounds DELICIOUS!

I don't even have a coffee-maker, though, because we don't drink coffee every day. Although I could probably invest in french press!

I'm definitely going to check out that site, thank you!



GECKO722
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9/8/12 12:05 P

I am in love with the website thegraciouspantry.com, she has a few healthy alternative to hot coffee drinks. My favorite is her pumpkin spice latte.
Clean Eating Pumpkin Spice Latte (Makes 2 lattes)
Ingredients
4 tbsp. ground coffee (decaf, if you want to be really clean!)
1 tbsp. pumpkin spice (no sugar added, just the spice mix)
2-1/2 cups water
2 cups unsweetened vanilla almond milk OR…
2 cups regular milk + 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
2 tbsp. pure maple syrup

Directions

NOTE: I made this using a French press. So it was easy to get these specific measurements. If you use a coffee maker, you’ll need to adjust the amounts of all the ingredients based on the amount of coffee you use. You can double or triple or….

Step 1 – Combine the coffee and the pumpkin spice and brew as usual with the specified amount of water.

Step 2 – Pour the maple syrup in the bottom of your cup and pour half of the hot coffee over that.

Step 3 – Add 1 cup of milk and stir.

Step 4 – Repeat steps 2-3 for the second serving.
She has recipes for a chai latte and a coconut latte as well. And, on most of her recipes she has the nutritional information posted.



EMERALDWARE
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9/8/12 11:06 A

My old Starbucks standby is chai latte, either soy or nonfat. I don't know how some people live without these babies in their life. ;P I try not to have them too often (they used to be a daily habit), but they're fairly easy to fit into my calorie range each day so occasionally I have one.



TRIXYMAHOGANY
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9/8/12 10:22 A

So, it's getting colder in my neck of the woods. One thing I've always looked forward to in the fall are those cold-weather, warm beverages - hot chocolate, hot lattes, hot buttered rum, butterbeer... I am a complete sucker for these things. I can go a whole summer without coffee but as soon as September comes I've been known to have a hot, milky drink every day.

On top of it all I just got hired at Starbucks, where my warm, milky beverages will be free on my work days!

Does anyone have any healthier alternatives to these tasty treats? I still allow myself a couple of Starbucks drinks every week, but I'm more thinking about days where I can't really work it into my plan.

Also, I've tried hot chocolate soy milk and was unimpressed. And I don't have a microwave. Input is appreciated! Edit: I also can't abide by the "skinny" Starbucks drinks - they just taste like aspartame.

Edited by: TRIXYMAHOGANY at: 9/8/2012 (10:25)


 
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