Healthy Versions of Unhealthy Coffee Drinks

January 02, 2013

 I love a great cup of coffee.  And chances are, so do you.  Coffee has many health benefits, but these days, having a “coffee” often means having a couple of shots of espresso along with enough fat, sugar, whipped cream, chocolate or caramel to make a cake.  Calling a Peppermint Mocha a coffee is like calling a banana split a fruit. 

Photo Credit: Doug Wheller

Below you will find the caloric damage done by some common favorites along with the stats for plain coffee, followed by how to save a bunch of money, a bunch of calories, and provide a boost to health by making your own variations.  Keep in mind that the variations will have no sugar so don’t expect them to make your taste buds explode, but the use of real ingredients will make up for it as you can enjoy real flavors.

 

Drink (16 ounces)

Caffeine (mg)

Sugar (g)

Fat (g)

Calories

Caramel Macchiato

150

32

7

240

Cinnamon Dolce Latte

150

40

13

330

Gingerbread Latte

150

37

13

320

Peppermint Latte

175

54

15

410

Vanilla Latte

150

35

6

250

1 oz. shot espresso

75

0

0

5

Bold pick-of-the-day

330

0

0

5

 

Caramel Macchiato, Vanilla Latte

Use Pure Vanilla Powder (by Madagascar Bourbon) – using real vanilla will provide an elegant touch and a wonderful change from the sugar overdose.  You can find this product in most organic and gourmet food stores.

Cinnamon Dolce Latte, Gingerbread Latte

Brew your coffee however you like, and then use essential oils of Cinnamon and Ginger to add the real flavoring.  You’ll only need to use one drop as the real thing packs enough punch.  I use essential oils purchased from Your Body Needs.  Most cinnamon sold in stores isn’t real cinnamon.  Real cinnamon helps control blood sugar while real ginger fights inflammation.

Peppermint Latte

Brew your coffee however you like, and then use essential oil of Peppermint along with Cocoa extract to add a shot of the real thing.  As with the cinnamon and ginger, you’ll only need to use one drop as the real thing packs enough punch.  Essential oils purchased from Your Body Needs, and the cocoa I use is Pure Inventions.  Real peppermint aids in digestion. 

 

If you call it coffee, it should be mostly coffee. Add some real cinnamon, ginger, peppermint, cocoa, and vanilla to boost the health benefits and add some authentic flavor to your next coffee.

 


Jonathan Ross — fitness expert for Discovery Fit & Health and creator of Aion Fitness — was voted Exercise TV's "Top Trainer" and named in Men's Journal magazine's list of Top 100 Trainers in America. His personal experiences with obesity — "800 pounds of parents" — directly inspired his fitness career. His ability to bring fitness to those who need it the most has made him a two-time Personal Trainer of the Year Award-Winner (ACE and IDEA). His book, Abs Revealed, is filled with cutting-edge exercises in a modern, intelligent approach to abdominal training. His leadership and fresh perspectives on fitness earn him praise as a frequent go-to source of credible fitness information.

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