Delicious Fat-Free Iced Coffee Recipe!

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I absolutely love my morning coffee, and over the last couple years, my morning coffee has taken a few transformations as I try to make it fit better into my healthier lifestyle. After all, if you love coffee, you know exactly how many different types of iced coffee exist out there just for your drinking pleasure. Recently, though, after some experimentation, I think I’ve found the perfect, and healthy, iced coffee for me. It’s low-sugar iced coffee, fat-free iced coffee, and low-calorie iced coffee – and it’s delicious!

First, an introduction to the “transformations” of iced coffee that I’ve taken and their corresponding nutritional information.

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We started off with the delicious Java Chip Frappuccino Blended Coffee. For comparison purposes, we’ll use the Grande (16oz) size though I used to drink the Venti (24 ounce) size. It had 460 calories, 18 grams of fat, and 66 grams of sugar. 66 grams! That’s almost as much sugar as I’m supposed to intake in an entire day! As delicious as it was (and believe me, it’s delicious!), that was just way too much sugar.

Turns out that Starbucks make a “light” version. I switched over to the “Light” version which doesn’t include mocha drizzle, is made with non-fat milk, doesn’t have whipped cream, and a couple of other changes. (If you’re drinking the non-light version, give the light version a try! Seriously! It actually tastes super yummy, and now the regular version just tastes like syrup to me) This version was better, but it still had 200 calories a serving, 4 grams of fat, and 36 grams of sugar. That was still a lot of sugar – especially if I wanted to have anything sweet throughout the rest of the day.

I went looking for options, and I came across the McDonalds Mocha Iced Coffee. In a Medium (You can’t order it as a small as I’ve found out from multiple restaurants despite a “Small” being listed online), you’re looking at 190 calories, 7 grams of fat, and 30 grams of sugar. Ouch! I switched over to the sugar-free syrup, and it got a lot better (just ask when ordering). It has 120 calories, 2 grams of sugar, and 7 grams of fat. 7 grams of fat seemed particularly high for a plain cup of coffee; they must be using a creamer that has a ton of fat in it.

So, we went on a hunt to make our own version! And it ended up being a successful hunt! I now have perfected my recipe for perfect iced coffee – and right at home. When I want to go out with friends, I’ll still pick up a Java Chip Light from Starbucks, but I love knowing that I have a much better, and healthier, option at home.

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Fat-Free Iced Coffee That’s Super Delicious:
1 Cup Iced Coffee (I use Starbucks Brewed to Personalize coffee)
1/2 Cup Fat-Free Half & Half
1/4 Cup (or less, to taste) Torani Sugar-Free Vanilla Syrup

Nutrition:
40 Calories (Add remove the half & half to increase or decrease this)
4 grams of sugar
0 grams of fat

That’s all it takes! Now, I’ve been tempted to try this recipe for awhile, but I found that I was putting off making it because I wasn’t sure how to deal with making iced coffee. I was shopping at the local supermarket lately, and I ran across the latest Starbucks offering: Brewed to Personalized Coffee. It’s literally just coffee that’s been brewed to be chilled as iced coffee; you’ll find it near the coffee creamer in the refridgerated section. I bought the unsweetened, but they have a lightly sweetened version and a Caramel version.

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Ingredients:
Starbucks Brewed to Personalize: Water, Coffee, and a single preservative

Land’o’Lakes Fat-Free Half & Half: Skim Milk, Corn Syrup, Cream*, Contains less than 0.5% of the following: Carrageenan, Sodium Citrate, Dipotassium Phosphate, Mono and Diglycerides*, Vitamin A Palmitate, Color Added (*Ingredient not in regular half & half).

Torani Sugar-Free French Vanilla Syrup: Purified water, natural flavors, sodium benzoate and potassium sorbate (to preserve freshness), xanthan gum, sucralose (SPLENDA® Brand), citric acid, and acesulfame potassium.

Go out and enjoy your delicious (and healthier!) iced coffee! ­čÖé

Comments

  1. This sounds yummy!

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