Christmas is widely recognised as a time for indulgence with mince pies, endless selection boxes and Yule Log among the seasonal treats we enjoy at this time of year. We know that these are a bit of a guilty pleasure, but what about the festive hot drinks we may enjoy alongside them?
As soon as the red cups arrive back in Starbucks and Christmas drinks are available, many people trade in their usual orders for something a bit more special without realising the syrups, milk and sugar can often make their drink as calorific as a meal.
In fact it has been discovered that some of the festive drinks contain more calories than a McDonalds Cheesburger.
One of the drinks that fares the worst is Starbucks Venti Eggnog Latte with a whopping 24g saturated fat, more than the women’s recommended daily limit of 20g, plus 74g of sugar. That’s the equivalent to 18 teaspoons of sugar and more than your RDA in one drink!
Other calorific treats include Costa’s Black Forest Hot Chocolate with 548 calories, 26g of fat and 60g of sugar and a Caffe Nero Cinnamon Hot Chocolate with 487 calories, 20g of fat and 65g of sugar. Considering that many of these drinks will be enjoyed alongside cake, cookies or mince pies and it’s no surprise waistbands get a little tight this time of year!
Luckily there are things you can do to slim line your sweet treats – go for a small drink; sure it may only be 20p more to make it large but do you really need all that coffee? Opt for skimmed milk or milk alternatives like soya to reduce lots of the fat and sugar content, and then if possible ask if they have sugar-free syrups. Costa’s new light coffees are the perfect choice because they have less caffeine, low fat milk and sugar-free syrups. Et voila! A festive treat with less of the guilt!
If you’re anything like me you’ll find these more enjoyable anyway – I decided to ‘treat’ myself to a medium roasted hazelnut mocha at work last week and ended up feeling sick, head-spinning on a serious sugar and caffeine rush!
Are you a fan of chain coffee shop festive drinks? What’s your favourite Christmas treat?