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Starbucks “Trente” … Really??

30 Jan

As I’m sure most of you are aware, Starbucks is trying out a larger than life beverage. Considering some of the moves Starbucks has made recently towards promote healthy living, I’m a bit surprised at this monstrosity. The ‘trente’ sized drinks are 31 ounces, with a hot venti drink being 20 ounces and iced venti being 24 ounces.

…Big gulps, eh? Welp, see ya later.

That’s right; the trente is 1 measly ounce less than a 711 Big Gulp. 31 ounces is 930mL – the average capacity of the human stomach is 900mL with the maximum capacity being 2000-4000mL….

Here are the stats::

♦Tall (12 oz) Caffe Latte w/ skim milk: 100 calories, 0gm fat, 15gm carb, 14gm sugar, 10gm protein, 75mg caffeine

♦Venti (20 oz) Caffe Latte w/ skim milk: 170 calories, 0gm fat, 25gm carb, 23gm sugar, 16gm protein, 150mg caffiene

♦Trente (31 oz) Caffe Latte w/ skim milk: 265 calories, 0gm gat, 39gm carb, 36gm sugar, 25gm protein, 233mg caffeine

♦Venti Caramel Macchiato w/ 2% milk: 300 calories, 8gm fat, 5gm saturated, 43gm carb, 39gm sugar, 13gm protein

♦Trente Caramel Macchiato w/ whole milk: 525 calories, 20gm fat, 12gm saturated, 65gm carb, 60gm sugar, 20gm protein

Considering that most people drink their coffee in addition to a meal or snack, I can’t even fathom a 525 calorie drink being a part of my meal plans. Even with skim milk, 31 ounces add up – 265 calories – and really, who gets full from coffee alone?? Not me, so this is not somewhere I’d prefer to spend my hard-earned caloric bucks. Also, a trente caramel macchiato with whole milk has almost the maximum amount of saturated fat recommended for the entire day.

Starbucks, I am disappointed in you.

More incentive to support local coffee houses!

Question // Anyone tried the trente yet and been able to drink it all? Any local Denver coffee houses you’d recommend?


Kill them with caffeine.

29 Jan

Caffeine, specifically coffee, and I have been friends for a long time. I started drinking coffee in 7th grade to stunt my growth because, as a gymnast, I was getting to be on the taller side. Let’s just say if it did stunt my growth, I’m thankful because I’m 5’8″! And ever since 7th grade, I’m pretty sure there hasn’t been a day that has gone by that I haven’t had multiple cups of coffee…

Now let me just say that coffee is not the problem; coffee contains heart healthy antioxidants and recent studies have shown it can help prevent type II diabetes.  Even caffeine is beneficial, when used moderation, promoting alertness and mental clarity. Keyword: moderation, AKA a dietitian’s favorite term.

Each and every day, the very first thing I do is pour a 16 oz cup of coffee into my mug. Since I’ve obviously guzzled that down while getting ready for work, I refill for the drive. Then at work, I easily get 2 more 8oz cups of coffee before 1pm. That’s a mild day. If I’m extra tired, at home or meeting up with a friend, I’ll easily have another 16oz cup. That’s a minimum of 6 cups of coffee per day.

Another (not-so) fun fact about me: I’ve been going to different doctors for about 6 years because of fatigue. I just always fill drained. I’m definitely Type A, so I like to have a long “To-Do” list, but each and every day it’s a struggle to keep my legs moving and my eyes open.  In that 6 year time period, I’ve been diagnosed as depressed (wouldn’t you be if you felt like crud all the time??), tried multiple supplements from a Naturopath (and I am NOT a supplement advocate) and been diagnosed with hypothyroidism. Tried all three prescriptions for hypothyroid and none made a difference. In the last few months, I’ve discovered that my digestive issues resolve when I don’t eat gluten. So I thought that cutting out this intolerance would improve my energy levels as that often does for people…. not so far. I’ve tried many other things, but needless to say, I’m DESPERATE.

So in the last few months, I’ve started making my coffee 1/2 caf  and I’ve been choosing decaf coffee after my home-brewed coffee for the most part also. So I figured, with the low amount of caffeine in decaf, I shouldn’t be addicted to caffeine still, right?

Well, I randomly decided to stop drinking any coffee (like I said, desperate) last Tuesday. And let me tell you, I felt like I hit a brick wall the first few days! Here we are on day #5, and while I’m still tired, I may actually feel a tiny bit better than normal! And I must say that I do enjoy my Vanilla Chai steeped in almond milk with stevia for my creamy morning treat. So I’m obviously still drinking tea, which also has caffeine, but not as much as regular coffee and I’m not drinking the same quantity.

I feel like it’s worth keeping up for a week or two to see if there is any improvement.. in the meantime, I also plan on cleaning up my diet a little and see where I could be lacking. More to come on this and my coffee-free journey as well.

Question :: Anyone found a cure to constant fatigue???