8 Great Calorie-Saving Coffee Tips

When I was young, my mom and dad played in a band. As a result, they were asked to write jingles for various companies. One of the most memorable jingles was for a national Dunkin’ Donuts ad campaign.

I remember walking through the mall, before the satellite radio days, and hearing my dad sing “when I wake up in the morning, and my tummy says ooo! …dip it in your coffee” over the mall speakers. Even back in the 70s, Dunkin Donuts was known for its coffee – and as coffee shop menus keep growing, so does our waistline.

Unfortunately, it’s easy for coffee lovers to rack up hidden calories – especially at coffee shops. Of course, coffee alone is not the culprit. It’s all the extras that can ruin a diet. We add a little cream, a dash of flavor, a couple of packets of sweetener and some whipped cream – and before you know it, our harmless coffee is now a lethal fat-making weapon.

Let’s look at Duncan Donuts for a moment. A standard black coffee is only 5 calories, so it’s difficult to comprehend how we can doctor it up so much that our 5 calorie coffee can end up being 120 calories when we are done with it – and that doesn’t include the extra syrups, whip cream and all that fancy shmancy coffee-house jazz.

The fact is, when you trade your standard coffee for a flavored latte, you trade your drink for as many calories as a meal. If you are like me, you’d rather learn to drink smart and eat more!

8 Ways to Save Coffee Calories:

1. Use flavored coffee. Trade high-calorie flavored syrups and creamers for delicious flavored gourmet coffee.

2. Cut the cream. If you can’t do without cream, cut it with skim or whole milk to save calories.

3. Lighten Up. It’s difficult for a person who likes a little coffee with their cream, to become a person who drinks coffee black. However, if you slowly wean yourself of heavy creamer, your taste buds will have time to adjust.

4. Make it mild. Stronger coffees require more cream to soften the intensity of the bitter flavor. If you go a little more mild, you may be able to go mild on your creamer too.

5. Pick only one – coffee or coffee cake. It’s hard to pass up the muffins and coffee cakes when you order your starbucks, but the reality is – that coffee you are ordering IS your treat. Don’t double your mistake by ordering two high-calorie treats.

6. Go small. Many times we order a large coffee just because it’s only a few cents more. Then we find ourselves gulping down the last few cold sips just because we don’t want to waste what’s left. Order small coffees for a small waistline.

7. Skip it. I don’t know about you, but meeting a friend at a coffee shop is the go-to thing to do. Half the time I really don’t even want a coffee. Yet, you bet your socks I’ll order one – just because. The last time I was tempted, I ended up ordering an unsweetened tea instead. It was refreshing and yummy and I didn’t leave with regret and the need to do 3 extra miles of cardio to erase one drink.

8. Limit the high-calorie treats to once a week. Just because it has coffee in it, doesn’t mean you should have it every day like your daily morning coffee. Treat fancy frappuccinos as if it’s actually a treat. Fancy coffees can have as much calories in an ice cream – and if you are dieting, you shouldn’t have ice cream every day either.

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Dunkin Donuts Calorie Chart

COFFEE Calories
Espresso 0
Coffee 5
Coffee with Splenda 15
Coffee with Skim Milk 15
Coffee with Skim Milk and Splenda 25
Coffee with Milk 25
Coffee with Sugar 60
Coffee with Cream 60
Coffee with Skim Milk and Sugar 70
Coffee with Milk and Sugar 80
Cappuccino 80
Mocha Coffee 110
Coffee with Cream and Sugar 120
Latte 120
Cappuccino with Sugar 140
Mocha Coffee with Cream 170
Mocha Swirl Latte 220
Dunkaccino 230
Vanilla Chai 330
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About Bonnie Pfiester

Fitness Columnist and Lifestyle Coach, Resident Trainer for Designer Whey, Fitness Advisor for FitStudio, powered by Sears, FitFluential Ambassador and Owner of Max Fitness Club, home of BCx Boot Camp in Vero Beach, Florida.

Posted on July 7, 2013, in Diet & Nutrition Tips, PFOODIE and tagged , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 3 Comments.

  1. Another suggestion for cutting calories in morning coffee is to use unsweetened almond milk instead. A cup of almond milk can be 30 calories instead of the 110 in regular milk

  2. Reblogged this on Cave Bros Fitness and commented:
    If you love a cup of coffee like we do have a read of this.

  3. use the more popular non fat creamer that some dairy companies make

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