The truth about those Christmas drinks

When December hits it’s many peoples favourite time of the year. Even the miserable weather can’t seem to hold us back from being excited about Christmas decorations, tree, presents, shopping, food etc. One of the oh so important signs that Christmas is on its way is when our local coffee houses start advertising their Christmas drinks on the menu. Everyone wants to try their festive drink and take a classic picture for the gram to represent the first signs of Christmas.  As we know, if its not on Instagram did it did it even happen?

Costa 

If you want to cut the calories with Costa drinks, don’t bother choosing an alternative milk option, just go for a smaller size with no whipped cream otherwise it will be at least 500 calories for one latte.

There are some exciting flavours to temp you though:

  • Black forest hot chocolate

443 calories (Large) or 319 calories (medium)

  • Caramelised orange and cream latte and hotchocolate

Hot chocolate – 467 calories (large) or 321 calories (medium)

Latte – 340 calories (large) or 243 calories (medium)

  • Hazelnut praline and cream latte and hot chocolate

Hot chocolate – 525 calories (large) and 381 calories (medium)

Latte – 398 calories (large) and 303 calories (medium)

  • The luxury caramel and the luxury chocolate

Hot chocolate – 150 calories

Hot caramel – 159 calories

  • Gingerbread and cream latte and hot chocolate

Hot chocolate –  413 calories (large) or 278 calories (medium)

Latte – 293 calories (large) or 200 calories (medium)

With the luxury caramel and luxury chocolate both under 200 calories they aren’t that bad if you’re really craving a treat, but some of the other options are over 500 calories. It’s just not sensible to consume a meals worth of calories in a glass. Not to mention the sugar content! All calories mentioned above include semi-skimmed milk as the milk of choice.

 You may remember Costa’s signature drink,  Christmas Billionaires Hot Chocolate. Costa has since discontinued it and for good reason given the calories within it. SIX HUNDRED AND SIXTY calories to be exact.

Billionaires hot chocolate costa

20 teaspoons of sugar or 78 grams and the equivalent of eating 3 mars bars. The NHS recommends that an individual has no more than 30 grams a day, so this is more than TWICE that. I would say keep away, but you can’t get it any more even if you wanted to. Thank god.

Starbucks

  • Grande Gingerbread Coffee Frappuccino with skimmed milk

Has 68.7 grams of sugar. This is the equivalent of 6 Krispy crème doughnuts.

  • Eggnog latte

271 calories and 33.8 grams of sugar.

  • Fudge hot chocolate

257 calories and 11.7 grams of fat. Personally, fat content doesn’t bother me as much as sugar, carbs and calories.

Pret A Manger

  • Small Orange Spiced Latte

186 calories, 21.4 grams of sugar (almost 2 doughnuts) and 5 grams of saturated fat

The best low-calorie winter drinks

  • Hot chocolate

When you think of a tasty warming cup of hot chocolate what comes to mind?

Probably this?

Topped with cream, marshmallows, sprinkles and thick and creamy. Obviously, this is a calorie nightmare and probably contains more sugar than your daily allowance. This is not what I’m recommending but there are some other yummy alternatives. Probably not as tasty as this version but better than nothing and all under 50 calories.

  • Sainsbury’s low calorie hot chocolate – 40 calories
  • Options hot chocolate drinks – 40 calories
  • Galaxy bubbles hot chocolate drinks – 40 calories
  • Weight Watchers hot chocolate – 40 calories
  • Cadbury’s highlights hot chocolate drinks – 38 calories
  • Tesco Healthy Living hot chocolate – 39 calories
  • Lidl Bellarom instant hot chocolate light – 40 calories
  • Asda light instant hot chocolate – 42 calories
  • Mark and Spencer hot chocolate drink – 50 calories
  • Mulled wine

Nothing that completes a cosy winter evening better than a nice hot warming glass of mulled wine on the sofa but do we want to add more alcohol into our diets over this holiday season? We probably don’t need anymore on top of all the Christmas dinners, Christmas parties that are filling the next month or so but mulled wine just isn’t as bad as you might think.

Save your holiday guests this season from consuming millions of empty alcohol calories and make skinny red wine. You can follow your usual recipe but use  red wine purchased from skinny booze for less calories and this will significantly reduce your calorie intake. A lot of mulled wine recipes also involve adding additional sugar to the beverage, avoid this by adding a drop of stevia instead.

I found a great recipe for Keto Mulled wine and at only 116 calories a glass. This is low sugar, no carb, gluten free and vegan. What more could you ask for?

https://www.vegannie.com/cocktails/mulled-wine/

Other than these I would just stick to what you usually drink whether that’s slim line G&Ts, vodka, green tea,just go with that. No need to over indulge and try all these fancy drinks just because its Christmas as you will only regret it in January. Most of these things we only have because they’re there. We would never pick these unusual extras in the supermarket but when offered them its tempting. Just say no as you’ll feel much better in the long run.

Only 2 weeks until Christmas.

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