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Christmas Hot Drinks

The arrival of the high-street coffee shop festive menu is a sure sign Christmas is coming! But...do you know how many calories are hidden behind the colourful cups and festive cheer?

It’s easy to overlook the number of calories consumed in our drinks, but if they are a regular feature of your day, they can have a big impact on your waistline. Particularly at this time of year, when every coffee shop is offering those tempting seasonal specials!

Of course, it’s fine to indulge every now and again, but you might want to make some healthier swaps if a trip to a coffee shop is part of your routine. We’ve compared the number of calories in some popular festive drinks from three favourite coffee chains and given our top tips for making your hot drink choices more heart-healthy. 
*Number of calories (kcal) based on a medium size with skimmed milk.  
DRINK COSTA STARBUCKS PRET A MANGER
Gingerbread Latte 275 222 288
Hazelnut Latte 337 224 439
Hot Chocolate 150 292 209
Latte 103 102 80
Cappuccino 90 93 65
Americano 8 11 10
Top tips
When you’re ordering your hot drinks, follow our top tips:

1. Hold the cream
Cream is very high in calories and saturated fat, so avoid adding it to your coffee or hot chocolate, along with any marshmallows or syrup on top – they’re very high in sugar!

2. Go skinny
Asking for skimmed milk rather than whole milk will reduce the fat and calorie content of your drink, although if you have gone for a sweet drink like hot chocolate or a coffee with flavoured syrup, then it won’t change the amount of added sugar in your cup.

3. Make it a small one
When we talk about a ‘cup’ of coffee, we’re usually talking about the amount you find in a traditional teacup, but on the high street, a ‘regular’ size could be twice as big. Think again before ‘going large’ - you’ll consume less saturated fat, sugar and calories, and be left with more money in your pocket.

4. Say no to the tempting treats
As well as the fancy drink flavours, coffee shops will often try to tempt you with treats-to-go alongside your cuppa. But your drink may contain as many calories as a small meal already and adding a muffin or mince pie will add even more calories, fat and sugar.

 
Fun Fact – there are 269 calories in your average mince pie!

If you'd like to know more about the number of calories in festive drinks, we're here to help. At Jane Plan we are committed to helping you have a healthier and happier life - so get in touch today by emailing hello@janeplan.com. Have a wonderful week.
Best wishes,
Jane and the team xx

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