‘Frappuccinos are sugar with a side of coffee!’ Health guru exposes hidden calories in iced coffees – and reveals easy hacks to transform a 400 calorie caffeine fix into a 25 calorie one
- Amanda Meixner, 26, from Ohio regularly shares diet and exercise tips on Instagram, posting images of similar plates of food with different calories counts
- Taking to Instagram stories, she detailed how Starbucks drinks like iced coffees can contain hundreds of calories and more sugar than a bottle of cola
- Amanda also gives advice on how to keep nutrition in mind when choosing snacks
- She’s also a big advocate for meal prepping and frequently posts pictures of the contents of her fridge to inspire and inform her followers to do the same
A health blogger had revealed the easy swaps that can turn a sugar-laden frappuccino into a healthy iced coffee without compromising on taste or flavor.
Amanda Meixner, 26, from Ohio, regularly shared diet and exercise tips on Instagram, posting images of similar plates of food with different calorie counts to inform her followers about portion control.
And taking to Instagram stories over the weekend, she detailed how a grande Mocha Frapp from Starbucks contains a whopping 400 calories and 61 grams of sugar compared to an iced coffee with coconut milk that contains just 25 calories and 2 grams of sugar.
Spot the difference: Health guru Amanda Meixner, 26, from Ohio has taken to Instagram to warn her followers of the nutritional makeup of a 400 calorie Starbucks Mocha Frapp
Advice: Amanda regularly shares diet and exercise tips with her 629,000 Instagram followers and advised that Frappuccinos contain more sugar than a bottle of cola
Sugar with a side of coffee: She also shared that a former Starbucks employee messaged her to tell her how very little coffee goes into a frappuccino
‘Frappuccinos are essentially sugar with a side of coffee,’ she shared with her 629,000 followers before adding, ‘a bottle of coke actually has less sugar than a grande frapp, yikes!’
Amanda also shared a screenshot of a message she received from a former Starbucks employee who explained how baristas make the calorific drinks.
‘I used to work at Starbucks and it was seriously the smallest little driblet of coffee lol it’s a joke. Like less than 1/10th of the cup.’
Amanda then added that people should ‘make sure to get your iced coffees unsweetened’ as they’re ‘sweet enough already’.
A fan of posting ‘spot the difference’ style comparison pictures, Amanda regularly shares her healthy eating tips with her followers, and highlights how small tweaks can save hundreds of calories per meal, without compromising on flavor or nutrition.
She recently posted a series of images showing the calorie difference between two seemingly identical portions of ‘healthy food’.
One image shows two bowls of goji berries, two spoons of almond butter, two bowls of olives and two bowls of almonds.
However, each bigger portion contained twice the calories and while the measured out portion of goji berries only contained 150 calories, the heaped portion contained 300 calories.
Sweet enough: Amanda also added that people should ‘make sure to get your iced coffees unsweetened’ and recommended an iced coffee with coconut milk instead
Small changes: She also recently posted a series of images showing the calorie difference between two seemingly identical portions of ‘healthy food’
Going green: She also advised her followers that the easiest way to ensure weight loss is to stick to low calorie foods like ‘veggies and fruits’ as you don’t have to watch them as closely
Similarly, one spoon of almond butter amounted to 90 calories while a more generous helping clocked in at 180 calories.
Six olives amounting to 70 calories were shown alongside 12 olives which came in at 140 calories and the almonds amounted to 205 calories for the smaller bowl and 410 for the bigger portion.
Counting the coffee calories:
- Starbucks Grande Frappuccino (without cream): 240 calories, 50g sugar
- Dunkin’ Donuts Medium Iced Latte: 340 calories, 50g sugar
- Peet’s Coffee & Tea Medium Coffee Javiva: 210 calories, 45g sugar
- Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf Medium Iced Vanilla Blended Drink: 370 calories, 59g sugar
‘While eating healthy is step 1 to feeling your best, sometimes you can still fall into the trap of not hitting your goal weight,’ Amanda wrote in the accompanying caption.
‘Healthy foods high in calories can definitely do that. Foods like nuts, nut butter, olive oil, goji berries, complex carbs can pack on calories really quick.’
She then explained the test she gives people to see if they can exercise portion control and still lose weight around calorie dense health foods like almond butter.
‘Someone asked me in my DMs the other day – is “almond butter bad for weight loss?” To that answered: 1 – can you control yourself around it? 2 – are you able to measure it out / stick to a proper serving size? If you answered no to one of those, it might be best to back away until you feel more controlled.’
Amanda then advised that sticking to low calories foods like ‘veggies and fruits are something that you might not have to watch as closely.’
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