Dear Beverage Babe,
Warm beverages (coffee, cocoa, tea) can be comforting, cozy, cold-weather indulgences, but they can also contain more calories than an entire meal! As you well know, some of those crazy coffee drinks can pack in up to 700 calories -- so be careful. There are, however, plenty of guilt-free hot drinks that are easy to make. Stock up on packets of low calorie, fat free hot chocolate. If coffee's more your thing, keep some instant around. The best instant coffee I've ever had is Taster's Choice Vanilla Roast (it's a little hard to find but definitely worth looking for). Also, keep bottles of Sugar Free Torani syrups handy. The Vanilla and Almond Roca flavors will make your coffee so much better, and they camouflage the watery white blandness of nonfat milk. You can find some awesome hot (and cold) drink recipes on Torani's website. I know it's convenient to order fun coffee drinks at Starbucks, but with just a little effort you can create your own -- and they'll have a fraction of the calories and fat! Happy Sipping!