Today’s post Is dedicated to all of my coffee lovers who are on a fitness/health journey. It’s official: Iced coffee season is here! Whether you’re a cold brew lover or a frozen coffee fan, you don’t have to rely on fancy coffee shops for your morning, Joe. Now, you can get your caffeine fix just about anywhere, including fast food and quick-service restaurants. But here’s the thing—not all iced coffees have the components of a healthy energy-boosting drink. Some are laced with so much sugar and fat from processed syrups and whipped cream that it actually slows you down in the long run—and we mean your metabolism.
Iced and frozen drinks from fast-food restaurants like Starbucks, McDonald’s, and Dunkin Donuts have nutritional values that vary wildly. Some are literally coffee plus ice and maybe a splash of milk while others are more akin to milkshakes with a splash of coffee. To help you sort out the best from the worst, we ranked the 11 popular iced and frozen coffee drinks from fast-food restaurants. We looked at nutritional information—like calories, fat content, and sugar—and also ranked them based on ingredients, like artificial flavors, colors, and sweeteners. And if you want more guidance on how to cut back on added sugars in your “
Dunkin Donuts Iced Coffee
This iced black coffee is so basic…which makes it a winner In my book. “Choosing coffee beverages without added sugar or milk keeps added calorie consumption significantly lower.
Starbucks Iced Latte Macchiato
This iced latte macchiato keeps things simple: espresso, skim milk, and ice. And at 90 calories for a grande, it’s barely a blimp on your calorie radar. Regular milk is OK too. “It can be more beneficial in promoting satiety and satisfaction. The fat from regular milk helps keep blood sugar levels more stable.
Panera Iced Caffe Latte
Who doesn’t love the delicious creaminess of an iced latte? This Panera Bread version features freshly brewed espresso with foamed milk over ice. But the bigger portion of milk in this drink means higher calorie and fat content. Plus, it has more sodium than plain, iced coffee options.
Krispy Kreme Skinny Vanilla Latte
While this drink is lower in calories and has zero fat and sugar, don’t be fooled by the word “skinny.” “This usually means artificial sweeteners and chemically modified ingredients are being substituted for the real thing. In this case, that includes artificial sweeteners, such as erythritol and sucralose, along with artificial flavors. “While the total sugar content may look lower than other beverages, our bodies are not meant to digest and absorb these artificial ingredients, leading to potential digestive discomfort later in the day after drinking this beverage.
Sonic Iced Coffee with French Vanilla
Sonic offers more than just burgers and cherry limeades. For coffee lovers, there’s an assortment of iced concoctions made with Green Mountain Coffee and spiked with flavors like French vanilla, chocolate, and praline pecan. The French vanilla version clocks in at 140 calories, six grams of fat (with over three of them from saturated fat), and 16 grams of sugar, which isn’t terrible.)
I know this list Is pretty short. I decided I wanted this list to only Include coffee that I have tried. I even figured out all of the Nutritional Information for you. With every best list, there will be the worst list coming soon so keep an eye out for that. And like always If you have any questions please don’t hesitate In reaching out and I will be more than happy to answer any questions you may have.
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