Lighten up, all this talk about getting skinny doesn’t mean you have to cut everything out of your diet or stop going to the restaurants you love; light options are becoming more and more available. Starbucks is one of the many corporations in the food industry to hop on the skinny bandwagon, now offering a low-calorie/fat, or “skinny” option to just about any drink.
For those of you who want to lose weight or lighten up your diet, but aren’t not quite ready to give up your beloved Starbucks drink, you don’t have to. Starbucks now offers a “skinny” or low-calorie/fat menu of hot and cold beverages under 200 calories; turn that Caramel Macchiato with a whopping 240 calories and 7 grams of fat into its doppleganger, the “Skinny Caramel Macchiato” with only 140 calories and 1 gram of fat! And your morning Chai Tea Latte, the one with 240 calories and 4 grams of fat, can too be made skinny by ordering a “Soy Chai Tea Latte”, which cuts the calories down to 170 and the fat in half! Don’t see your drink on the menu? Simply ask for your drink to be made “skinny”; the barista will use some nonfat milk or sugar-free syrup as substitutes, and voila, you’ve got yourself a guilt-free treat!
It’s difficult, or at least for me it is, to remember that drinks count too, sometimes even more so than the foods we eat. It’s important to be conscious of the calorie and fat content in beverages, as some of them are even worse for you than the foods you’ve perhaps even cut out of your diet. In fact, monitoring your calorie and fat intake in drinks is a great place to start lightening your diet, especially for those of you who have been starting off your day unknowingly guzzling down 240 calories. Make your drinks skinny and you’re on the path of a skinnier, healthier you.
Check out Starbucks’ list of drinks under 200 calories: http://www.starbucks.com/menu/nutrition/20-under-200
“Low-cal” cocktails seem to be popping up on menus all over restaurants in San Diego. Of course most bars and restaurants can make a cocktail low-calorie or “skinny” upon request; their actual calorie count and whether they satisfy our demanding taste buds remains up in the air. There are, however, some restaurants that actually include low-cal cocktails on their menus, such as Fleming’s Steakhouse, with their 99 calorie or less “Skinnier Cocktails” recently added to the menu. Some other restaurants in San Diego encouraging and following the trend towards lighter beverages with “low-cal” or “skinny” cocktail options on their menus include:
The Cheesecake Factory