Well, it’s here, the best time of the year. Christmas is coming and everyone’s spirits are high. This also tends to be the time of year when little dieters and exercisers take some time off. It’s cold outside and we aren’t yet used to it. Stores are full of delicious treats, and extended family time means extended meal time. There are reasons Santa is so fat.
Now, I think the holidays are a time when everyone should relax a little bit when it comes to monitoring caloric intake, because, eating holiday treats is one of the best ways to spread holiday cheer (that, and, singing loud for all to hear). When you’re out ice skating, you shouldn’t have to say no to the hot chocolate. If you deprive yourself of all of the holiday favorites, you’re bound to turn into kind of a Grinch, but there is a fine line between indulging a bit and losing yourself in the eggnog bath that is this month.
I’m a big fan of the old, “knowledge is power,” so I thought I’d spend today to shine a light on a few treats to avoid, the enemies of Christmas diet-control.
The Starbucks Holiday Drinks. They’re the devil, and they’re so hard to resist. Living in Boston, there is a Starbucks on every corner, sometimes two. So, when you’re out doing all of your Christmas shopping, what is better to put you in the mood than a Peppermint Mocha? Eggnog Latte? Well, beware, my friends.
The Caramel Brulee Latte
If you still want to have one of these, I would recommend it, because they are delicious. But, skip the whipped cream, and get a small. You don’t want to be drinking the equivalent of a meal, because those holiday meals are pretty yummy too!
I guess I never really appreciated just how bad some of those drinks are… holy cow. Even a small would be a ton of calories from a drink.
I hold firmly to the belief that anything in liquid form does not have calories. I have decided to skip over everything in this post aside from the picture of the happy coffee drink 🙂 (but really…why does whipped cream have to be soooo high in calories????).
I know! I hate when they ask if I want whip or not. I know I should say no, and I stand there going, “Uuuhhh, umm, well . . . I think . . . I better not . . . Yeah, do it.” And those baristas judge me! They should take the initiative and just put it on or don’t. I can’t be trusted to make that decision soundly.
Wow – its not even just the calories. Did you see the fat grams and sugar counts?! We need to come up with an acceptable alternative, if there is such a thing. How about if we throw in a splash of rum or something? Just sayin…
Owch, i didn’t even look at the sugar… crikey