Healthier Ways to Get Your Caffeine
The best ways to get your boost
5 Calorie-Free Caffeine Tips
1. Freshly Brewed Tea Is Tops
If you haven't tried tea lately, give it a second look. There are so many
flavorful types available now, even at the grocery store. And when it comes to
phytochemicals, freshly brewed is best! Bottled teas apparently have less than
freshly brewed tea.
2. Make Mine Iced
Iced tea is a great summer sipper, as long as it isn't sweetened. I've found
that nicely flavored iced tea doesn't need any sweeteners at all. And you can
turn any hot tea into iced tea just by chilling a pitcher in the refrigerator
after it's brewed. If you like your iced tea with a touch of sweetness, try a
packet of an artificial sweetener like Equal.
3. Pump up the Protein and Calcium
Make sure your caffeine fix doesn't fill your diet with extra calories. The
fancier the coffee drink, the bigger the calorie and fat totals. Asking for
nonfat milk in your latte and other coffee drinks brings down the calories and
fat while pumping up the protein and calcium. For example, a "tall"
Starbucks Iced Café Mocha made with whole milk has 170 calories and 6 grams of
fat, while the same drink with nonfat milk has 130 calories and 1.5 grams of
4. Watch Out for Chai Lattes!
They contain extra calories from milk and sugar. There are some light chai
lattes out there, however. If you're ordering one at a coffee bar, opt for
nonfat milk and artificial sweetener.
5. Diet Soft Drinks Save Calories
The caffeine in your average 12-ounce cola rivals the amount in a cup of
tea: 42 and 47 milligrams, respectively. But getting your caffeine fix this way
can add up to 140 calories a can, if you choose regular sweetened sodas! That
said, even though diet sodas will help keep those beverage calories down, I
think it's best to drink them in moderation. I try to keep my intake to one can