Friday, January 20, 2012

Oh that caffeine addiction!

How many of you have a daily caffeine habit? I definitely do!! Coffee and me are long lost soul mates. Without it, I never would have survived the four years of interrupted sleep that my little ones have given me. (yes, both kids were TERRIBLE sleepers!!) The question is, How do you partake of this addiction?

Do you find yourself in the drive thru at Dunkin Donuts, Starbucks or Tim Hortons? Have you ever checked out the nutritional content of the beverages that they sell? The scary thing is, I checked the Starbucks website for their nutritional content of their beverages and alot of them are just obscene! For example, a Grande Mocha Frappuccino  has 400 calories and a whopping 23 grams of fat and 60 grams of sugar! That's more than a Whopper Junior at Burger King which has 340 calories, 19 grams of fat and 6 grams of sugar. A Grande Caramel Macchiato isn't quite as bad but it still has 240 calories, 7 grams of fat and 32 grams of sugar! The unfortunate thing about these drinks is that more than likely, this isn't the only indulgent thing someone is having through out the day. You're much better off ditching the sugary, fatty and calorie-laden beverages and sticking with black coffee with some milk. I also know that some of Dunkin Donuts "flavored" coffees are flavored due to them adding flavored syrups so you might not realize that the black coffee you are ordering has been flavored with sugar. For example, the Large Gingerbread Coffee with no milk and no added sweetener has 230 calories and 48 grams of sugar! This isn't even a fancy drink. It's just black coffee! Holy Crap! To get an idea of what exactly you are consuming, check out their websites. Dunkin      Starbucks     Tim Horton You may be seriously suprised! To put that calorie amount in perspective, to reach 400 calories of fruit, you would need to eat 4 bananas or 4 apples or 4 cups of grapes or 13 plums. I promise you that you will be much fuller and satisfied off eating 13 plums rather than one Grande Frappuccino.


  1. I keep caffeine pills at my desk. Caffeine isn't really a problem. The sugar that comes with those items is what is bad for you.

    As long as you keep it away from times you sleep it works great!

  2. yes, I completely agree! I probably have two of the worst sleeping children ever created and caffeine has been my saving grace!

  3. My three year old hasn't let me have a good night sleep since she's been born. I actually only started drinking caffeinated drinks with her.

    Even with my hardcore training I still had the energy to workout.