The hottest days of the year are here, and what’s better than a refreshing iced coffee to keep you on your toes? While it’s nice to get a mid-day jolt from your favorite frappuccino, it’s also important to choose your drinks wisely, especially if you have diabetes.
You might not realize it, but drinking extra calories can lead to weight gain. And iced lattes and blended coffee drinks can be high in calories, carbohydrates, and saturated fat. Below, we’ve listed a few basic tips for ordering a better cold coffee drink, along with the best and worst choices from some common restaurants. These tips will come in handy next time you're on the road and in need of a cup of joe, or even if you're just meeting a friend for coffee.
The 16-ounce (grande) Java Chip Frappuccino made with the whole milk and whipped cream has 460 calories, 12 grams of saturated fat, and 72 grams of carbohydrate. This drink is more of a milkshake than an iced coffee! If you just have to have a blended drink, opt for one of the Light Frappuccinos, like:
The iced lattes made with nonfat milk and regular iced coffee are also great options. You could try:
The small McCafe Caramel Frappe has 450 calories, 12 grams of saturated fat, and 64 grams of carbohydrate. Instead, opt for:
When ordering at McDonalds, make sure to specify when you want non-fat (skim) milk rather than whole milk. Otherwise, they will automatically make your drink with higher calorie whole milk. They also offer sugar-free French Vanilla syrup which you can opt for rather than full-calorie sweetener to save on carbohydrates and calories.
A large iced Caramel Mocha Latte with Milk has 450 calories, 8 grams of saturated fat, and 70 calories. You can cut that all in half by simply ordering the small. Or better yet, try:
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