Friday, July 27, 2012

Starbucks Very Berry Hibiscus Nutrition

Starbucks has two new drinks out this Summer and they might have the brightest idea yet for this company. They have taken the new dieters herb called “Green Coffee Extract” and put it in a drink. Yes, you have it right…. It is a drink that is not coffee, but has a coffee cherry in it. The long name for this drink is the “Very Berry Hibiscus Starbucks Refresher.” Below you will find the nutritional facts for a 16oz. cup of this and then you can decide whether it is something you would like to try.
Here’s some of the things it has in it:
·        Green Coffee Extract from Arabica
·        Red Raspberries
·        Water
·        Juice
·        Sugar
·        And more…..

Here’s some nutrition facts:
·        It has 70 calories and 0 calories from fat
·        It does not have any fat or cholesterol
·        17 grams of carbohydrates
·        19 grams of dietary fiber
·        15 grams of sugar(some of these come naturally from the fruit inside the drink)
·        2% iron
·        1.1% vitamin C

In my opinion this is a wonderful drink!

Enjoy your coffee for all it’s worth no matter what form it is in …. Enjoy!

Thursday, July 26, 2012

Coffee Joke

CITMorning Coffee: There once was a man named Coffee.

An Older Gentlemen: Oh Yeah... What was his last name?

CITMorning Coffee: Well, Coffee had a sister named Toffee.

An Older Gentlemen: yeah?

CITMorning Coffee: Yes, so put them together and you have coffee toffee. One remarkable treat. Just don't be so smoffee....

Enjoy your coffee for all it's worth!

Friday, July 13, 2012


Dunkin Donuts is a favorite place to stop at for men, kids, and women alike. They have some great tasting coffees and wonderful tasting donuts. They especially are famous for how quick you can stop in and get them. For they are certainly “on the go.” They have a couple new drinks out for the summer which have a very cool to the touch taste and feel. They have several different frozen coffee drinks including the Oreo Coolatta Coffee.

     What really is in the plain frozen coffee drink. How nutritious is it? Would it hurt if I drank it? Does it really have real coffee in it? Well, once again I have done the research and here is what you need to know.

    While researching I found it especially helpful that, unlike McDonald’s, Dunkin Donuts has its own buttons on its website where you could easily switch the size of the drink to see the different nutritional details for each unique size. The small has 460 calories. The medium has 660 calories and the Large has 860 calories. I am a fan of portion control, but let’s imagine a woman between the age of 31-50 year old drinks 2 large Frozen Coffee drinks a day. That person would have taken in 1,720 calories out of a 1,800 calorie diet. That means that there would just be enough calories left for one nice and sweet golden delicious apple. Let’s now imagine a 31-50 year old male drinks 2 Larges in one day they would have drank 1720 calories of their 2400 (these are what is recommended using the USDA guidelines). They would just have enough calories left for a glass of milk and a nice salad for the whole day.

     According to the small nutritional facts the small has 240 out of the 460 calories out of fat, 90 mg of cholesterol, and 47 g of sugar. Though all of this is true, it has 3 g of protein, 15% of Vitamin A, 2% of vitamin C, and 0 grams of dietary fiber.

What is in it?

·        Frozen Coffee Coolatta Base

·        Light Cream

·        Whipped Cream

·        Sorbitan Monostearate, Artificial Flavor, Carrageenan, Mixed Tocopherols, Vitamin E

What does the Frozen Coolatta Base have in it?

·        Water

·        Coffee (Yay! They do have real coffee in this drink)

·        Coolatta Concentrate made up of sugar, coffee extract, caramel color, artificial flavor, natural flavor, and caramel color

In Short: This drink has a lot of calories to its name. If you drink 2 large cups of this a day it is well over half of your calorie intake for a day. It has more good saturated fat in it than the reformed bad fat in it (Trans fat, unsaturated fat).  It does have real coffee in it.

The most nutritious way to have this drink: Ask for a small frozen coffee drink. Have them hold the whipped cream that goes on top because it already has cream within the drink.

Enjoy your coffee for all it’s worth!

Thursday, July 12, 2012


Here is a great idea that I know several people have used. It is a great idea for those who are or children are allergic to eggs, milk, or something in oil. It is definately a nutritious option for those who want less calories and less fatty cakes. It has worked great for even birthday cakes. It is called the "Low-fat party cake" alternative.

Here's what you do:
  1. Pick up your favorite cake mix at the store and a can of diet soda (you could use coffee instead of the diet soda it might even have less calories).
  2. Pour the cake mix and coffee or diet soda into a bowl.
  3. Mix the ingredients all up.... you have just substitued the eggs, water, and oil with the coffee or diet soda.
  4. Grease a cake pan using extra virgin olive oil.
  5. Preheat the oven to the recommended temperature located on the box.
  6. Pour the cake batter into the greased cake pan while smoothing it out throughout the pan.
  7. Put it in the oven and bake it for the recommended amount of time located on the box.
  8. Enjoy!
Here's another idea: Make them into cupcakes and use the ice cream cones to make them cupcake cone exciting treats!

Enjoy it for all it's worth!

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

McCafe Frappe Nutrition

McDonalds has a new Frappe out. It is called the McCafe Frappe Chocolate Chip. There are some great commercials for this product where it shows the Frappe really shining, but what really is in this new Frappe. Does it actually use real coffee? Does it have anything in it that you should be suspicious about?
          Well, here are the facts. I have done the research using the McDonalds website and have figured out what all it has in it. So, keep on reading… I just think it is funny how they still are just giving the nutritional facts for the small and not the other sizes.
          The small (12 fluid oz. cup) has 530 calories, 7 grams of protein, 24 grams of fat (making up 37% of it being fat), 74 grams of carbs, and 140 mg. of sodium. 220 of the 530 calories are calories from fat. It also has 55 mg of cholesterol and 220 mg of calcium.
Here’s what is in it:
·        Ice
·        Chocolate drizzle
·        Caramel drizzle
·        Chocolate chips
·        Whipped cream
·        Either a caramel coffee frappe base or a mocha coffee frappe

Here’s what is in the caramel coffee frappe base:
·         Water
·         Cream
·         Sugar
·         Milk
·         High Fructose Corn Syrup
·         Coffee Extract*
·         Natural and artificial flavors
·         Mono-diglycerides
·         Guar gum
·         Potassium Citrate
·         Disodium phosphate
·         Carrageenan
·         Carob Bean Gum

Here’s What is in the Mocha Coffee Frappe Base:
·        Water
·        Cream
·        Milk
·        Sugar
·        High Fructose Corn Syrup
·        Coffee Extract*
·        Natural and artificial flavors
·        Cocoa
·        Mono-and diglycerides
·        Guar Gum
·        Potassium Citrate
·        Disodium Phosphate
·        Carob Bean Gum
·        Carrageenan
·        Red 40, Yellow 5, and Blue 1

The Possible Allergens for this drink are Milk and Soy Lecithin

In short, McDonalds uses coffee extract and regularly steams their coffee. They might not use as much coffee that is extracted from the bean as their customers would prefer. This means… that there is more “others” in this product than there is actual any kind of coffee and the caffeine is most likely coming from only the chocolate chips.