Do you know how many health benefits are associated with drinking coffee? Lots. We all know that the caffeine in coffee can help us feel more alert, but coffee consumption can also protect against Type 2 Diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and liver problems according to the Harvard School of Public Health.
That being said, not all coffee drinks are equal. Going to your favorite coffee shop, local or chain, and ordering an ultra-sweet version of anything can have some pretty detrimental effects on the waistline and pocketbook.
Here are some great tips for making better coffee choices, whether you make your own or have a favorite barista: (source: MyPlateMyWins)
Down-size your drink
If a large coffee drink is your go-to, consider whether a smaller size would hit the spot.
Do dairy right
For lattes and cappuccinos, shift from whole milk to low-fat or fat-free (skim) milk to reduce the amount of saturated fat.
Skip the “whip”
Leave off the extras like whipped cream and caramel drizzle. The calories from added sugars in the toppings alone can really add up.
Cut the syrup in half
Ask for fewer pumps of sweetener in your drink. A sprinkle of cinnamon or cocoa powder can add flavor without added sugars.
Split the sweets
Share a muffin or pastry with a friend. It can be high in calories from added sugars and saturated fat.
Here is a recipe to try at home.
3 Ingredient Iced Latte
- 1/4 C cold espresso
- 1 C unsweetened almond milk
- 1 packet zero-calorie sweetener of your choice
Mix ingredients together and serve over ice.