Cappuccino or Mocha?

Cappuccino or Mocha?

Mmmmm, I love all specialty coffee drinks. My favorite treat in colder weather is either a cappuccino or a latte from Starbucks. In September, I get extra excited when Pumpkin Spice Lattes make their seasonal appearance. I try to limit my treats to every once in awhile both due to cost and health, but truth is, I’ve never really looked up the nutritional facts on these babies. Do you think it’s better to have a cappuccino or mocha? Let’s find out!

Whether it's a cappuccino or mocha, you can still enjoy these coffee treats once in awhile. Even your favorite Pumpkin Spice Latte! See if you can make a choice by looking at these coffee ingredients!

Cappuccino or Mocha?

One check on Starbucks and I realized that I should treat myself more often! A grande version of my favorite nonfat latte is only 130 calories and no fat! An extra bonus is all the calcium in the milk. As women must be particularly concerned with calcium consumption to avoid osteoporosis later in life.

Next, I took a peek at my favorite seasonal drink, the Pumpkin Spice Latte. In the same size and same type of milk, this one jumps to 260 calories and 50g carbs. Yikes!

Whether it's a cappuccino, or mocha, you can still enjoy these coffee treats once in a while. See if you can make a choice by looking at the ingredients!

So where does your favorite drink fall? I have listed a few popular choices here (all grande, with whole milk). For any other Starbucks drinks, check out Starbucks nutritional facts. Or, if you prefer a different coffee shop, check their website.

Caffe Latte – 220 cal – 11g fat – 18g carbs
Caffe Mocha – 290 cal – 12g fat – 42 carbs
Cappuccino – 140 cal – 7g fat – 12g carbs
Peppermint Mocha – 360 cal – 11g fat – 60g carbs
Pumpkin Spice Latte – 340 cal – 10g fat – 49g carbs
Mocha Frappuccino (w/whip) – 400 cal – 15g fat – 64g carbs

If you were surprised by how unhealthy your usual treat is, you may not have to eliminate it entirely. Try ordering with either 2% or nonfat milk. You’ll be surprised how quickly you get used to the change. Also, if your drink includes flavoring, cut down on the number of pumps. For example, you can order a ‘2-pump Pumpkin Spice Latte’ and it tastes fabulous! And this may be obvious, but skip the whip!

This might make you think twice about your beverage of choice if it is a frequent treat. On the other hand, if you maintain a healthy clean eating diet and grab one every once in awhile to sip while shopping, I think it’s a totally worthwhile splurge!

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