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High-Calorie Culprits in Unexpected Places

Coffee drinks and blended fruit smoothies sound innocent enough, but the calories in some of your favorite coffee-shop or smoothie stand items may surprise you. Check the website or in-store nutrition information of your favorite coffee or smoothie shop to find out how many calories are in different menu items. And when a smoothie or coffee craving kicks in, here are some tips to help minimize the caloric damage:
At the coffee shop:

- Request that your drink be made with fat-free (skim) milk instead of whole milk.

- Order the smallest size available.

- Forgo the extra flavoring—the flavor syrups used in coffee shops, like vanilla or hazelnut, are sugar-sweetened and    will add calories to your drink.

- Skip the Whip. The whipped cream on top of coffee drinks adds calories and fat.

- Get back to basics. Order a plain cup of coffee with fat-free milk and artificial sweetener, or drink it black.

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Content Providers(s):CDC/ Amanda Mills
Creation Date:2011
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Links:HHS – CDC – National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion; Division of Nutrition and Physical Activity: Rethink Your Drink
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