As the weather warms up, the infamous blended coffees call our name. They are super refreshing and so damn tasty.
But did you know that a Grande Caramel Frap has a whopping 420 calories and 66 grams of sugar?
In my (skinny) opinion, it’s best to avoid them all together. I’m not saying to deprive yourself, but I challenge you to think about better options. Often times indulging in a sugary beverage doesn’t “count” in our minds because we didn’t technically EAT anything. It doesn’t fill us up, so we forget about it and move on with the day, but the extra sugar catches up to us and pretty soon we’re craving more and more junk and can’t figure out why.
Have you ever noticed that as soon as you step foot inside you’ll automatically order “what you always order” without even thinking about it?
Experiences like going to a coffee shop can trigger a habit. It’s the same reason some people simply cannot go to a movie theater and not buy the buttery popcorn. Or some people buy the candy in the grocery store check out line and others don’t even notice it there. It’s important to take a step back and think about what is happening. We often associate a particular food with an experience or location and the habits kick in.
We need to stop and think about what is happening, change our mind set, and make smart decisions until they eventually become our new habits.
So in a coffee shop, what can you order – guilt free?
My general rule of thumb is to keep it simple. Good coffee shops should be brewing really good coffee. I like to start with a base of black hot coffee or iced cold brew and I always ask for room. Then I top if off with almond milk and some cinnamon and mix it up. It’s simple, satisfying, and still feels like a treat.
What healthy choices do you make when you order from a coffee shop?