COFFEE!!!

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    Nov 03, 2008 5:17 PM GMT
    I recently found myself craving iced coffee..... I am not usually a coffee drinker but for some reason find myself looking for it in the AM and after lunch....

    I typically do not like artificial sweeteners and I know that iced coffee is loaded with cream and sugar....

    any suggestions on a good iced coffee that will fulfill my need but wont leave me feeling guilty by drinking it?

  • NYCguy74

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    Nov 03, 2008 7:23 PM GMT
    depends on what you get,
    You can get a grande (24oz) iced latte with skim milk at starbucks
    will only set you back 130 calories, 0g Fat, 12g Protein, and 19g Carbs (16g sugars)
    It's basically about 1 1/2 cups skim milk with coffee dumped into it.

    if you add flavored syrup it adds 100 cal, and about 26g of sugars.

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    Nov 03, 2008 7:24 PM GMT
    you can also make your own..that way you know what is going in it.
  • Musclebucket

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    Nov 03, 2008 7:28 PM GMT
    I make my own
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    Nov 03, 2008 7:31 PM GMT
    Mmmmm Coffee.. Just had my fix for the day i'm cutting back. I knew I'd gone too far when I was on first name terms with at least 6 Baristas sp?icon_confused.gif
  • styrgan

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    Nov 03, 2008 7:58 PM GMT
    If you're trying to avoid calories and fat, avoid iced lattes (even the "skinny" ones) and stick to actual iced coffee.

    You might have better luck at a corporate coffeehouses like Starbuck's, Peets, or Caribou just because alot of the indie ones that don't do volume business have put away their summer iced teas and coffees now that the weather has gotten a bit colder.

    They do add the sugar as a syrup at the end, so as long as you specify you want it unsweetened, you should be fine. A good place wil usually ask you as many of their customers will prefer their coffee in whatever individual way they choose to drink it (black, black with sugar, light cream unsweetend, etc.).

    If you're skeptical, make it yourself at home or work. Any coffee can be made iced, although coffee shops generally stick with their house blends or another medium-bodied choice. A really good choice right now is Starbucks 10% Kona Blend if you want to mix it up. Just remember to double brew for iced coffee to account for the ice that will water down your coffee.

    Or you could try my favorite Italian trick. Freeze some coffee in an ice cube tray and add that this way you don't have to worry about the strength of your coffee varying too much when adding the ice.
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    Nov 03, 2008 8:16 PM GMT
    Coffee and politics just came together. I just saw an Ad on CNN that if you vote on Nov 4th you just tell the people at Startbucks and you get a tall brewed coffee on them... intresting.

    Starbucks must really want you to vote for Obama.icon_wink.gif

  • Timbales

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    Nov 03, 2008 8:22 PM GMT
    If you are looking for a sugar alternative, try Xylitol. It's not calorie free, but it's lower than sugar, diabetic safe and made from birch sap.
  • styrgan

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    Nov 03, 2008 8:22 PM GMT
    Sean_Hussein_85 saidCoffee and politics just came together. I just saw an Ad on CNN that if you vote on Nov 4th you just tell the people at Startbucks and you get a tall brewed coffee on them... intresting.

    Starbucks must really want you to vote for Obama.icon_wink.gif



    Woo Hoo!!!!!

    That must only be valid if you vote for Obama though.... right?
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    Nov 03, 2008 8:28 PM GMT
    styrgan said
    Sean_Hussein_85 saidCoffee and politics just came together. I just saw an Ad on CNN that if you vote on Nov 4th you just tell the people at Startbucks and you get a tall brewed coffee on them... intresting.

    Starbucks must really want you to vote for Obama.icon_wink.gif



    Woo Hoo!!!!!

    That must only be valid if you vote for Obama though.... right?


    I'm pretty sure. lol. Naw.. But its no secret Starbucks is popular with the Liberal set.
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    Nov 03, 2008 8:30 PM GMT
    Heres the ad.. its kinda moving a little bit.icon_eek.gif

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    Nov 03, 2008 8:41 PM GMT
    My favourite is Iced Cappucino from Tim Horton's (a Canadian franchise). Nothing better on a long road trip during the summer.

  • Timbales

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    Nov 03, 2008 9:50 PM GMT
    SurrealLife saidMy favourite is Iced Cappucino from Tim Horton's (a Canadian franchise). Nothing better on a long road trip during the summer.



    we've got 3 Tim Horton's here now. I like dutchies.
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    Nov 03, 2008 9:55 PM GMT
    I make my own. Now that I'm properly set up for it, I almost have too much (almost.) I do it all except roast it. Espresso, Coffee, Lattes(rarely), Mocha. It's a great little morning ritual. If you have to have it sweet, then you have to decide which sweetener you like and the consequences of it (calories vs. flavor)
    I still stop at Starbucks about once a month.





    Now if only I had someone to make it for as well, first thing in the morning!
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    Nov 03, 2008 9:58 PM GMT

    Aren't you the one who is trying to gain? Still calorie counting, when will you learn, it is open season on all things edible for you.
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    Nov 03, 2008 10:03 PM GMT
    I sweeten my coffee with stevia extract. You can get it in traditional little packets, but they don't dissolve as easily as sugar. Instead I use drops of the liquid form. It may be a little more expensive than other alternatives, but a little goes a long way.

    Stevia is a plant root, so I consider stevia a little safer and more proven than many of the synthetic sweeteners on the market.
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    Nov 03, 2008 11:48 PM GMT
    I sweeten my coffee with lots of organic sugar. I only feel guilty when i crashicon_lol.gif
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    Nov 03, 2008 11:58 PM GMT
    I use splenda... I know its bad but I really have no time to keep up with everything thats good and not good or causes cancer... It's a game of constant catchup and I have to draw the line somewhere.
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    Nov 04, 2008 12:08 AM GMT
    Sean_Hussein_85 saidI use splenda... I know its bad but I really have no time to keep up with everything thats good and not good or causes cancer... It's a game of constant catchup and I have to draw the line somewhere.


    Yeah that can be a bitch. Why can't we just trust our food?

    In the absence of research and reading fine print all the time, I just try make the least processed choice, or at least the one that most represents something organic (as in closest to a plant/animal, not the new definition of organic).
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    Nov 04, 2008 12:21 AM GMT
    StanleyHusseinWilson said
    Sean_Hussein_85 saidI use splenda... I know its bad but I really have no time to keep up with everything thats good and not good or causes cancer... It's a game of constant catchup and I have to draw the line somewhere.


    Yeah that can be a bitch. Why can't we just trust our food?

    In the absence of research and reading fine print all the time, I just try make the least processed choice, or at least the one that most represents something organic (as in closest to a plant/animal, not the new definition of organic).


    It is a bitch. It took me one day sitting on the couch pig'n on a bag of Doritios to know that MSG was monosodium glutamate. Most people assume it would be listed on the ingredients panal as 'msg'. I try to avoid MSG and BHA/BHTas much as possible but even most Kellog's and GM cerals have BHA/BHT in them. Kraft is the worst i've found. I try to avoid there products even more.
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    Nov 04, 2008 1:06 AM GMT
    I had always been a relentless coffee snob and this summer while living in a rural house in Spain I bought and consumed (out of necessity), "Nescafe Clasico Pure Instant Coffee" and I am actually hooked on it. It makes a great iced coffee, add some whole whipping cream, dash of cinnamon and you dont even need sugar.
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    Nov 04, 2008 1:31 AM GMT
    Be careful with Xylitol. nothing too bad but like most artificial sweeteners ( like aspartame) some people react badly to large amounts and end up painting thier toilets
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    Nov 04, 2008 1:32 AM GMT
    coffee is amazing!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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    Nov 04, 2008 3:08 AM GMT
    Coffee is fine. Get yourself some fat free half-and-half and a box of Splenda. Very little calories and almost no fat.

    Coffee has so many benefits, including speeding up your system which is great for fat burning. I used to pop a couple Ephedra, plus a cup of coffee, then go do 45 minutes of cardio. Was great for getting cut for a competition.
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    Nov 04, 2008 3:17 AM GMT
    Not sure about guit, but I drink THIS
    nearly every day:


    It's the best kind of iced coffee out there in my opinion, especially if you get it JUST right.