Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Q's Day: Summer Drinks

I had a few new items in my sugar display at the SK Marathon Expo over the weekend.  I find that people are often surprised when they learn how much sugar is lurking in their favourite drinks! 

As we head into summer people turn to cold beverages as a way to cool off and rehydrate.  While that is a great idea (because so many people are living life dehydrated!), you still want to choose wisely.  Watch out for excess sugar and fat that may be hiding in there. 

Most companies have their nutrition information available in store or on-line (or both), so you can always check it out and see if there is a 'better' option for your next visit.  Remember that size matters too, so practice portion control and enjoy some refreshing water or even home brewed iced tea (water and tea bag/leaves).  If you're not a coffee or tea drinker, be careful with the slushes or slurpees!

My Q's Day question today is:

What is your favourite summer drink?

For educational purposes, I have included a few Starbucks and Tim Horton's beverages in today's post:

Shaken Iced Tea (with Classic Syrup)
Venti: 120 Calories, 31g sugar (~8 tsp), caffeine varies
Grande: 80 Calories, 21g sugar (~5 tsp), caffeine varies

Shaken Iced Tea Lemonade (with Classic Syrup)
            Venti: 190 Calories, 49g sugar (~12 tsp), caffeine varies
            Grande: 130 Calories, 33g sugar (~8 tsp), caffeine varies

Mocha or Caramel Frappuccino (no whipped cream)
            Venti: 350 Calories, 76g sugar (19 tsp), 140mg caffeine
Grande: 260 Calories, 58g sugar (~14 tsp), 110mg caffeine

Light Mocha or Caramel Frappuccino (no whipped cream)
            Venti: 210 Calories, 42g sugar (~10 tsp), 120mg caffeine
Grande: 150 Calories, 30g sugar (~7 tsp), 90mg caffeine

Vanilla Bean Frappuccino (no whipped cream)
            Venti: 330 Calories, 71g sugar (~ 18 tsp), 0 caffeine
Grande: 250 Calories, 55g sugar(~ 14 tsp), 0 caffeine

            Venti: 120 Calories, 14g sugar (~4 tsp), 150mg caffeine
            Grande: 100 Calories, 10g sugar (~3 tsp), 150mg caffeine

Caramel Macchiato
Venti: 250 Calories, 40g sugar (10 tsp), 150mg caffeine
            Grande: 200 Calories, 32g sugar (8 tsp), 150mg caffeine

Flavoured Latte:
Venti: 300 Calories, 44g sugar (11 tsp), 150mg caffeine
            Grande: 220 Calories, 35g sugar (~9 tsp), 150mg caffeine

Brewed Coffee
            Venti: 410 mg caffeine
            Grande: 330mg caffeine

Tim Horton’s

Strawberry Banana Fruit Smoothie (with yogurt)
            Large: 290 Calories, 60g sugar (15 tsp)

Mixed Berry Smoothie (without yogurt)
            Large: 240 Calories, 56g sugar (14 tsp)

Mocha Iced Coffee (milk)
            Large: 240 Calories, 31g sugar (~8 tsp)  

Iced Coffee (milk and beverage base)
            Large: 170 Calories, 20g sugar (5 tsp)

Flavoured Iced Latte Supreme
            Large: 250 Calories, 30g sugar (~8 tsp)
            Medium: 210 Calories, 25g sugar (~6 tsp)
            Medium: 110 Calories, 16g sugar (4 tsp)

            Medium: 100 Calories, 15g sugar (~4 tsp)

Mocha Latte
            Medium: 230 Calories, 30g sugar (~8 tsp)

Iced Cappuccino
            Medium: Milk: 220 Calories, 40g sugar (10 tsp)
            Medium: Chocolate Milk: 230 Calories, 52g sugar (13 tsp)
            Medium: Cream: 360 Calories, 47g sugar (~12 tsp)

Iced Cappuccino Supreme
            Small: Hazelnut (milk): 240 Calories, 39g sugar (~10 tsp)
            Small: Butter Caramel (milk): 230 Calories, 39g sugar (~10 tsp)
            Small: Chocolate Mint (milk): 220 Calories, 39g sugar (~10 tsp)

Happy hydrating!
Steph Langdon (Wheler), RD
something nutrishus counselling & coaching