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There is a Starbucks where I work and I find myself going almost daily. I do not like black coffee, so I usually wind up with a mocha or some other "wimpy" drink. To cut calories I ask for no whip but I stick with the whole milk for flavor. Anyone else out there have suggestions for cutting calories out of coffee drinks? Or does anyone else have coping strageties or temptation problems with Starbucks?

Mon. Jun 26, 11:52am

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try the hot tea...very minimal calories and lots of h2o!

Monday, June 26, 2006, 12:08 PM

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Order a reg. coffee and put milk in it. It truly cuts down the calories down by a 1/3. But another thing I woudl try is going to somewhere other than starbucks. Starbucks coffee is burnt, which is why it's so hard to make it taste good for under 3.95. Illys coffee is the BEST.

Monday, June 26, 2006, 12:40 PM

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Avoid any drinks that have added syrup, they add about 70 more calories. Exampels would be the mocha valencia (orange syrup) or the minty drinks. Do the mocha drinks have chocolate syrup?

Monday, June 26, 2006, 12:49 PM

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You can probably easily transition to 2 percent or skim milk in a drink. You could have them make it with half whole milk and half skim to start. You can also ask for half the chocolate syrup in a mocha or sugar free syrup in other drinks.

Coffee with steamed milk is another option - it's half coffee, half steamed milk, so it's light and frothy but not too strong. So for the 16 oz size, accounting for the foam, that's actually less than 8 oz of milk (skim = about 90 calories).

Monday, June 26, 2006, 1:07 PM

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Coffee with steamed milk is called Caffe Misto or Cafe Au Lait on the menu.

Check out their nutrition facts online as well. The tall caffe mocha with skim and no whipped cream has 170 calories; with whole milk 240.

Monday, June 26, 2006, 1:10 PM

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