Fancy coffee drinks are delicious, but they come with a substantial price tag and a high calorie count, which can have dire consequences for your waistline. To save money and calories, try one of our lightened up alternatives you can easily make at home.
Love flavored lattes, but looking to cut back on your sugar intake? You can easily lighten up your at home version by using skim milk (you can even buy your own milk frother!) and sugar-free flavored syrups easily found in your local grocery to support your healthy living.
An at-home version takes only a few extra minutes, and you’ll be shocked by how much money you’ll save.
Pumpkin Spiced Latte
It’s the drink Starbucks lovers anticipate all summer, but a 16-ounce grande of the famed pumpkin spiced latte contains 380 calories and 49 grams of sugar—that’s over 12 teaspoons worth! Instead, try this version from Hungry Girl that has a third of the calories and actually includes real pumpkin.
Frozen coffee drinks can be a refreshing treat, but with over 400 calories and 61 grams of sugar in a Starbucks grande mocha Frappuccino, you might as well have two pieces of cake. Instead, indulge with this chocolate peanut butter make-at-home version from Amy’s Healthy Baking for less than 100 calories.
Peppermint Hot Chocolate
Even with the holiday season behind us, a peppermint hot chocolate still sounds like the perfect fireside companion. However, if you pick up your treat from Starbucks, you’ll have consumed almost 500 calories by the time your cup is empty. Instead, try this cheap and easy make-at-home version from Happy Healthy Mama. You only need milk, cocoa, peppermint extract and agave nectar.
Though this drink is far from the worst offender (a medium clocks in at about 250 calories), it’s still easily lightened up with a little homemade touch. Try topping off your morning cup with this homemade salted caramel sauce from The Roasted Root. It’s naturally sweetened and vegan, so you can feel especially good about your choice.
How do you take your coffee? Share your favorite fancy drink and ideas for a lightened up version in the comments section below.
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