- Starbucks Hot Chocolate with whipped cream (16 oz.): 370 calories, 50 grams carb, 14 grams protein, 16 grams fat
- Panera Bread Signature Hot Chocolate with Chocolate Chip Marshmallows (12.75 oz.): 500 calories, 81 grams carb, 11 grams protein, 16 grams fat
- McDonald's Hot Chocolate with whipped cream (16 oz.): 440 calories, 61 grams carb, 14 grams protein, 16 grams fat
Seasonal Coffee Drinks
- Starbucks Eggnog Latte (16 oz.): 460 calories, 53 grams carb, 16 grams protein, 21 grams fat
- Panera Bread Peppermint Mocha Latte (15.5 oz.): 530 calories, 91 grams carb, 11 grams protein, 14 grams fat
- McDonald's McCafe White Chocolate Mocha (16 oz.): 400 calories, 58 grams carb, 13 grams protein, 13 grams fat
- Starbucks Caramel Apple Spice (16 oz.): 360 calories, 74 grams carb, 0 grams protein, 8 grams fat
- Panera Bread Chai Tea Latte (10 oz.): 200 calories, 32 grams carb, 7 grams protein, 4 grams fat
- McDonald's McCafe Eggnog Shake (16 oz.): 680 calories, 111 grams carb, 14 grams protein, 19 grams fat
Ways to Make Your Drinks Healthier:
- Purchase a smaller serving size (sharing may not be the best idea during cold and flu season).
- Choose non-fat milk over whole or 2%.
- Get it without the extras (or less of them) - whipped cream, marshmallows, etc.
- Make it at home instead using a homemade or packaged mix, flavored creamers (for example: Coffee-mate Spiced Latte creamer is only 35 calories, 5 grams carb, 1.5 grams fat per tablespoon), flavored extracts (such as caramel, rum, and mint) and/or lower calorie syrups.
- Opt for seasonal teas instead and add just a bit of sweetener (Celestial Seasonings has quite a few choices).
- Get some nutrition and make a holiday-inspired smoothie for breakfast or a snack, using 1 scoop protein powder or 1/2 cup plain Greek yogurt, cinnamon/cloves/allspice/ginger or a flavored creamer, pumpkin puree or unsweetened applesauce, and ice.
- Starbucks Nutrition. Accessed December 7, 2013.
- Panera Bread Nutrition Calculator. Accessed December 7, 2013.
- McDonald's Full Menu Explorer. Accessed December 7, 2013.
- Coffee-mate Products. Accessed December 7, 2013.
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