A latte here, a sweetened iced coffee there —it's hard to think that your trips to the coffee shop could be impeding your weight-loss goals, but those extra calories can add up quick! In fact, it takes just an extra 100 calories a day to gain a pound a month. Although many coffee shops have lightened drinks, they still might not be your healthiest option when it comes to getting your cup of Joe.
Read on for our top tips for enjoying the coffee shop guilt-free!
3 Tips to Lighten Up Your Usual Coffee Shop Order
1. Order a cup of black coffee. Skip the specialty drinks at the coffee shop altogether, and instead order a cup of plain, black coffee. Not only is it cheaper, it's virtually calorie-free. If you like sweetness or a little milk, add it yourself so that you know exactly what's going in your cup of coffee shop java!
2. Get the smallest size. Sure, it's cheaper to buy in bulk, but do you really need it? When ordering custom coffee shop drinks, it's best to stick to a small portion size. All good things in moderation!
3. Order your drink with half the flavor and skim milk. Whether it's a vanilla latte or another flavored coffee shop drink, have the barista make it with half of the flavor and skim milk. This alone can save you quite a few calories and still give you the flavor your craving.
Jennipher Walters is the CEO and co-founder of the healthy living websites FitBottomedGirls.com and FitBottomedMamas.com. A certified personal trainer, lifestyle and weight management coach and group exercise instructor, she also holds an MA in health journalism and regularly writes about all things fitness and wellness for various online publications.