Caloric Truth about Warm Fall and Winter Drinks


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Fall is the perfect time for fun and flavorful warm winter drinks and traditional favorites — but these slurps may sabotage your health. A seasonal Salted Caramel Hot Chocolate at Starbucks spells disaster in the calorie department. This 16 oz. drink weighs in at 450 calories, the amount of calories you should consume in an entire meal! For a run-down on the caloric bomb beverages, take a look at some smart and not-so-smart slurping choices. Enjoy your fall, full of the season’s fabulous favorites!

Fall Favorites

Apple Abundance:

Caribou Coffee’s Apple Blast

Calorie Content: 400

At-home Version:

Alpine Sugar-free Cider Packets (15 calories per packet)

Two tablespoons of caramel (80 calories)

Add Whipped Cream or marshmallows (optional)

Calorie Content (using two Cider Packets, and no Whipped Cream or marshmallows): 110

Pumpkin Pleasure:

Starbuck’s Tazo Chai Tea Latte

Calorie Content: 240


Starbuck’s Pumpkin Spice Creme

Calorie Content: 400

At-home Version:

If you aren’t a coffee lover, there are some great recipes for homemade Chai Tea Lattes that are just as creamy as Starbuck’s Tazo Tea and as nostalgic as grandma’s homemade pumpkin pie. We’ve included our favorite below.

Caramel Creations:

McCafe Carmel Mocha

Calorie Content: 290

Ditch the Whole Milk: McCafe Nonfat Caramel Mocha

Calorie Content: 240

Ditch the Chocolate too: McCafe Nonfat Caramel Latte

Calorie Content: 220

Warm Winter Drinks

Peppermint Precision:

Peppermint Hot Chocolate from Starbucks

Calorie Content: 430

At-home Version:

Melt an ounce of unsweetened or semi-sweet chocolate in a medium saucepan. Stir in 1/2 cup of milk and 3 tablespoons of sugar until contents are just about boiling. Add an additional 1 1/2 cups of milk; heat through but do not boil. Remove from heat and pour into mug. (115 calories)

Stir contents with a Candy Cane and let it melt for a delectable peppermint flavor (45 calories)

Add Whipped Cream or marshmallows (optional)

Calorie Content (Without Whipped Cream or marshmallows): 160

Winter Drinks Eggnog Extraordinaire:

Starbucks Eggnog Latte

Calorie Content: 250

Make it a Skinny:

Starbucks offers a Skinny Eggnog Latte for nearly half the calories

Calorie Content: 130

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