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Cut Coffee Calories

A Taste

For Nutrition

By Kimberly Fox, Extension Agent

Family Nutrition Program/Family and Consumer Science


Cut Coffee Calories

Whether you get your cup of coffee from a coffee shop or brew your own cup of coffee, it is a morning tradition that is missed by very few.  Unfortunately, it can also be the source of unwanted calories.

Black coffee by itself is very low in calories (but high in caffeine), however, more and more coffee drinkers are adding extras to their beverage.  While this may enhance the flavor, it is also adding in some instances hundreds of extra calories.  Here are a few tips to keep your coffee calories to a minimum:

  • Downside your drink.  If you usually get a large coffee, try a medium instead.  Make an effort to hold back on the refills.
  • If you are having a latté or cappuccino, consider ask for 1% or skim milk instead of whole milk. 
  • Skip the whipped topping. While it might an appealing look to your beverage, it is also adding a great deal of calories and sugar.  If you must have whipped topping, try the low fat or fat free options.
  • Avoid the caramel drizzle and candy pieces.  These may be your favorite part, but oftentimes after they are mixed in the coffee you can hardly even taste all of the extra calories you are drinking.
  • Cut the syrup.  Ask for only a half pump of your favorite sweetened syrup, or skip it all together.  Cocoa powder and cinnamon are a great way to add flavor without adding calories.  

Here is a delicious coffee treat that is more than your average cup of coffee.  It is made with non-fat dry milk so it is high in calcium, and fairly low in sugar.  Enjoy!

Café Mocha


  • 1/3 cup milk (non-fat, dry)
  •  1 cup water
  •  1 cup coffee (brewed)
  •  4 tablespoons hot chocolate mix
  •     whipped topping (non-fat, optional)
  •     cinnamon (optional)

Directions: Heat reconstituted non-fat dried milk in saucepan until warm; do not boil.  Add coffee and hot chocolate mix. Stir well and heat to desired temperature.  Divide coffee mixture between two mugs. Top with non-fat whipped topping and cinnamon, if desired.  On a warm day, consider adding ice to your café mocha.

Makes: 2 servings.  Each serving contains 130 calories, 1 gram of fat, 67 mg of sodium, 26 carbohydrates, 1 gram fiber, and 5 grams protein.



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