Monday, September 21, 2015

It’s the Great Pumpkin Spice Latte

Oh coffee, there is so much to say about you.  I did not like you at first, but at 22, I found that with a proper amount of sugar and cream, you were tolerable. We’ve been through so much, you and I, since then. I even thought I could get by without you, but lo, you waited patiently for me to lose my senses and dive back in.

In my single days in San Francisco, I frequented Starbucks, well, frequently. My Starbucks branded mug could journey to the nearest store with my office staff and the baristas knew what needed to be in it. That my friends, is an addiction. Fast forward many a few years, and I find myself practically intravenously attached to my local Starbucks. “I’m spending what?? I’m consuming how much??” You could stop to think about this and it will make you dizzy.

Time, Money and Calories – 
Save It Or Spend It?
The average Pumpkin Spice latte can cost about $6.50, give or take. If you take it as it’s listed on the menu, it can add up to about 470 calories. Now, I’m no math wizard, but a healthy diet can be in the 1300-1800 calorie range. Just one latte can cut into that by almost a third. But there is hope!

Don't know what or how to order? These aren’t new suggestions, but they are effective.

The Great Latte Swap
Option #1 
Order an Americano instead.
It contains steamed water instead of milk.
A Venti is about 20 calories and has four shots instead of the three in a comparable size latte.
Ask for one pump of Pumpkin Spice instead of the ‘half a bottle’ they put in.
Add flavor, sugar, milk, etc. from the condiment bar.
Cost: $2.95 +/-

Option #2
Have the latte, but add an espresso shot (.75 cents)
Ask for one pump (see above).
Request nonfat, soy or coconut milk.
Ask for extra foam. It has the consistency of light whipped cream, but it’s practically air. You feel like it’s a treat, and it fills up the cup, so less milk goes in.
Calories and price are still there, but lower.
Cost: $4.75 +/-

Now it’s your turn . . .

"Come here you big beautiful cup of coffee . . ." Oops. That's my line.

YOU: “I’d like a Quad Venti, Nonfat, one pump, extra foam, Pumpkin Spice Latte”. 


1 comment:

  1. I drink plain black coffee I brew at home. I even set it up the night before.
    I know.
    I'm the most boring person on the planet.