Now that we’re drawing close to holiday season, the menu of that favorite coffee shop in your neighborhood is much likely to be filled with holiday coffee drinks in tasty flavors like eggnog, peppermint, and more. They very much seem like a harmless once-a-while indulgence, but with the high calorie content, fat, and sugars, adding weight becomes inevitable if you consume too many of them.

Rather than sipping just the black coffee alone with its austerity, or skipping the caffeine daily dose altogether, trying your hand in brewing these popular drinks at home is worth the effort. Most of us are lazy and we rather buy something quick and on the go as oppose to just brewing our own drinks at home.  For that reason alone, I make this an annual post and I try to bring light on how much of what makes up our favorite seasonal drinks.

I gathered my top 5 holiday drinks, plus one all year favorite.

  1. Eggnog Latte

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Nothing else assists in decking up the halls and setting up a holiday mood like a glass of eggnog. This may be the reason why Starbucks invented a popular holiday coffee-based eggnog drink of their own. It’s high in calorie content, with as much as 450 calories for a 16oz cup.

  • Calories:  450
  • Total Fat:  18g
  • Total Carbs:  57g (52g from sugar alone!)
  • Protein:  17g
  • Caffeine:  150mg
  1. Caramel Brulee Latte:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Just recently, Starbucks introduced a new holiday coffee-based drink called the new Caramel Brulée Latte. According to them, the beverage is a decadent espresso one made of freshly brewed Starbucks espresso, steamed milk, creamy rich caramel sauce, and whipped cream with pieces of crunchy caramel topping. The drink tips the calorie scale at 440 calories for a 16oz cup.

  • Calories:  440
  • Total Fat:  13g
  • Total Carbs:  70g! (54 from sugar alone!)
  • Protein:  13g
  • Caffeine:  150mg
  1. Gingerbread Latte:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We all know that Christmas won’t be the same without those gingerbread houses decked out with gumdrops, licorice, peppermints, nonpareils, and white icing windows. Having said this, it’s wise to use gingerbread as a decoration, and not necessarily a drink. The Starbucks’s gingerbread-flavored coffee beverage settles at 330 calories for a 16 oz cup.

  • Calories:  330
  • Total Fat:  14g
  • Total Carbs:  40g (38g from sugar alone)
  • Protein:  13g
  • Caffeine:  150mg
  1. Cinnamon Dolce Latte:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

It’s common knowledge among coffee drinkers that addition of cinnamon to coffee tasty, and also a healthy means to add sweetness without using sugar. Starbuck’s Cinnamon Dolce latte settles at 330 calories for a 16 oz cup.

  • Calories:  330
  • Total Fat:  13g
  • Total Carbs:  42g (40g from sugar alone)
  • Protein:  12g
  • Caffeine:  150mg

5.  Pumpkin Spice Latte:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I’ll admit, this is my favorite of all.  Ugh, at one point, I was getting at least 2-3 a day.  It was my guilty pleasure before work and after work.  Both Starbucks and Dunkin Donuts make this latte and like the others, it’s not one of the best drinking choices to make.  The Pumpkin Spice latte tops out at 380 calories for a 16 oz cup.

  • Calories:  380
  • Total Fat:  14g
  • Total Carbs:  52g (50g from sugar alone!)
  • Protein:  14g
  • Caffeine:  150mg

6. Carmel Macchiato – An all year favorite 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

An every season favorite, this drink packs on the pounds to countless coffee drinkers.  I can relate, this drink is delicious, but drinking a few of these a day is the same as eating a few meals.  This drink carries 250 calories for a 16 oz cup.

  • Calories:  250
  • Total Fat:  7g
  • Total Carbs:  35g (33g from sugar alone!)
  • Protein:  10g
  • Caffeine:  150mg

 

As you can see, many of these holiday drinks are loaded with carbohydrates, especially sugar.  Any drink that has over 50g of sugar is dangerous and if you’re having a few of these a day, you can imagine how much excess weight you’re eventually going to build up. Remember that it’s coffee that you’re seeking, and all of these drinks have 150mg of caffeine in them, which is about half of the amount that you would have in a 16 oz cup of regular coffee.  A medium cup of coffee starts at 5 calories!!! Add some skim milk, and stevia and I guarantee you that it will top out at no more than 30 calories.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Miguel Quintana
A passionate fitness trainer who enjoys living and promoting a healthy fitness lifestyle. He is known for developing effective training programs and uses science proven methods with all his clients.