Six Winter Drinks That Could Ruin Your Diet
Your favorite cold weather beverage may be worse for you than you think.
After a long winter’s day of strolling the frozen, slushy streets of Boston, there’s nothing better than relaxing with a hot beverage. But before you sip, you may want to find out exactly what’s in your cup. In some cases, one small drink will replace all the calories you just burned working up your thirst.
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Calories: 220 in a small
It’s no surprise that this classic treat isn’t exactly a health food. A small, 10-ounce from Dunkin’ Donuts will set you back 220 calories, seven grams of fat and 30 grams of sugar. Next time you indulge, better hold the whipped cream.
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Calories: 200 in a small
If your daily cup of joe has become so boring it’s putting you to sleep, a mocha might seem like a fun way to mix it up. But be warned: At Starbucks, a 12-ounce version of the chocolate pick-me-up made with 2 percent milk and no whipped cream packs on 200 calories and six grams of fat. How many calories are in a regular cup of coffee? A scant five.
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Calories: 210 on average
Between the caffeine and the alcohol, Irish coffee is sure to get you buzzed. But the intoxicating deliciousness comes at a price, to the tune of 210 calories and 9 grams of fat.
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Chai tea latte
Calories: 190 in a small
This sweet, spiced tea is a go-to for the colder months, and while there is more fat and sugar than plain green or black tea, it isn’t a bad option when you’re craving something warm. A 12-ounce Starbucks chai latte made with 2 percent milk has 190 calories, 3.5 grams of fat and 32 grams of sugar.
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Calories: 150 on average
Because its base is usually either hot water or zero-calorie tea, a hot toddy is a far better choice than drinks like egg nog and buttered rum. But don’t be fooled, the honey and bourbon in this winter cocktail pack a punch—an average toddy has about 150 calories in total. Still, if the bar is calling your name, this isn’t a bad choice.
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Calories: 120 in a small
If you’re counting calories, hot cider may be the way to go. On average, a 10-ounce cup has only 120 calories, and a decent amount of vitamin C. Just get your sweet tooth ready, because this drink contains 31 grams of sugar.
What’s your favorite cold weather drink?