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Saying Goodbye to Starbucks

Thursday, September 19, 2013

I love designer coffees. Nothing makes me happier than a warm, cinnamon-y Pumpkin Spice Latte (nonfat, no whip) on a crisp autumn day.

Or it can be 110 degrees outside. Doesn’t matter – make my mocha hot and grande.

But that happiness drifts into depression as soon as I take that last sip, and I feel as empty inside as the cup I’ve been drinking from.

Talk about an unhealthy relationship – no other food product makes me feel quite like a Starbucks craft beverage. But after researching the carbs and sugar that are in some of my favorites, I think I need to kick the latte-a-day habit. My waistline – and wallet – will probably thank me.

My favorite flavors make an appearance this time of year, making it truly a test in willpower to avoid going into the Starbucks drive-thru. I thought maybe I’d allow myself one last cup of each of my favorites, starting with a Salted Caramel Mocha yesterday. Here’s the “skinny” on my seasonal favorites (nutrition info is for Grande size, skim milk, no whipped cream):

- Salted Caramel Mocha: 61g Carbs, 52g Sugar
- Eggnog Latte: 52g Carbs, 48g Sugar
- Pumpkin Spice Latte: 50g Carbs, 48g Sugar
- Gingerbread Latte: 38g Carbs, 36g Sugar
- Skinny Peppermint Mocha: 17g Carbs, 13g Sugar

Sigh. Why does something so bad for me have to taste so darn good?

They say the average woman should have no more than 24g of sugar in a day ( www.doctoroz.com/blog/kr
) – and most of these contain twice that amount or more. Men can at least have a little more at 36g – but one drink doesn’t allow for much else during real meals. I also had trouble determining whether these drinks are gluten free or not – Starbucks doesn’t share much info other than the fact that all items may not be safe for those with celiac disease due to cross contamination.

So long, salted caramel mocha. Maybe we’ll meet again one day when I can call you an infrequent indulgence instead of a daily staple…
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  • JOURNEY1986
    WOW - I was going to stop and treat myself tomorrow morning to a salted caramel mocha on my way to a hike... guess I won't be anymore!!!

    Thanks for sharing! What an eye opener!
    1678 days ago
    Wow - didn't know you could buy just the syrup! I would probably just drink a gallon of the pumpkin syrup though. Haha.

    Makes me wonder - what the heck else are they putting in my coffee then of the syrup isn't so bad? Must be a lot more than one shot...
    1678 days ago
    How dangerous would it be to make it at home with cream instead of milk? One pump of the syrup is 10g (30 calories) of carbs from sugar.

    Calories 40 Sodium 0 mg
    Total Fat 0 g Potassium 0 mg
    Saturated 0 g Total Carbs 10 g
    Polyunsaturated 0 g Dietary Fiber 0 g
    Monounsaturated 0 g Sugars 10 g
    Trans 0 g Protein 1 g
    Cholesterol 2 mg
    Vitamin A 2% Calcium 2%
    Vitamin C 0% Iron 0%
    *Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

    1678 days ago
    Here in MN we have Caribou Coffee. Same thing. I HAD to have 1 medium mocha a day. And if all heck broke loose- 2. I quit. It was incredibly hard- but I don't miss it. I drink regular decaf poured over ice with heavy cream now.
    1678 days ago
    Thanks for sharing!
    1679 days ago
    GREAT decision. I gave up milk and sugar in my coffee when I lived with a recovering anorexic in college who taught me all about calories and fat! lol... sort of... Today, I rev up with a fresh espresso made with a little $10 Moka pot on my stove top. I spend about $5 every 2 to 3 weeks on fresh ground coffee at a local store called the Garden Gourmet. Highly recommend it. Even if you add a sweetener like honey or agave to it, you still aren't doing yourself even a fraction of the damage that comes with those Starbucks bevvies and you still get a good caffeine jumpstart. Good luck with this plan! I don't know what I would EVER do without my morning kick!
    1679 days ago
    I work in a hospital that opened a coffee shop that sold Starbucks about a year ago. After my hysterectomy my Dr told me I needed to lose weight now so when I went back after my surgery I quit stopping by the coffee shop. I've lost 10 lbs plus I added 50 to 80 dollars back to my paycheck(it's payroll deduct).
    1679 days ago
    I think the reason Starbucks has such appeal is because somebody is making something for you. I got hooked on McDonalds frappes during a particularly hard time in my life and I almost never got off them, but when I did I immediately lost three pounds. Now I'm hooked on sugarfree iced coffees there. I'm hoping that when it gets cold I will trade over to regular coffee.

    1679 days ago
    Glad I never got addicted to them. Never even had one.
    I find that is the easiest way sometimes, but I know my daughter likes them too.

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    1679 days ago
    don't they have they sugar free versions of these
    1679 days ago
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