What’s your coffee weak spot? A hazelnut latte, a mocha with whipped cream? Having these once in a while is fine, but if you’ve been wondering why your weight creeps up when you’re working, it could be down to your coffee shop purchases.

You only need to jump on the bus, tube or train to see many women grip onto their morning coffees like their lives depend on it…and then complain about weight gain without realising that their morning and afternoon coffee fix could be the culprit! 

If that sounds like your story, we’ve made it easy for you – click below to see if your daily coffee fix is staying on your hips! We’ve also got a fantastic review of a coffee machine you can use at home, too, to save the pennies on the cost of buying coffee on the go.

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See the table below and weed out those calorific drinks from your daily purchases.

Drink Number of calories
Starbucks Peppermint White Chocolate Mocha (with whipped cream) 560
Starbucks Double Chocolaty Chip Frappuccino 500
Starbucks Caffè Vanilla Frappuccino Blended Coffee (with whipped cream) 430
Starbucks Caramel Frappuccino 390
Starbucks Caffè Mocha (with whip cream) 360
McDonald’s Mocha 330
Starbucks Hot Chocolate (no whipped cream) 330
Starbucks Caffè Mocha (no whiped cream) 290
McDonald’s Iced Coffee (Regular) 280
McDonald’s Iced Coffee (Flavoured) 270
Starbucks Coffee Frappuccino 240
Starbucks Caffè Latte 220

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It’s not just coffee your buy from the coffee shops that can be high in calories – look at the table below, and you;ll see that even homemade coffee can have higher calories than expected…especially when you add sugar in the mix.

Drink Number of calories
McDonald’s Latte 180
Starbucks Cappuccino 140
McDonald’s Cappuccino 130
Brewed Coffee (with 2tbsp of cream)* 106
Homemade Latte (with 6oz whole milk)* 91
Brewed Coffee (with 2tbsp plain powdered non-dairy milk powder)* 68
Brewed Coffee* 42

*Add an extra 16 calories if you add sugar

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There are some coffees with zero calories – how is that even possible? See the table below and if you’re on a calorie crunching mission, you can stick with these to keep the weight down. They’re a lot cheaper than the calorific drinks, too!

Drink Number of calories
Brewed Coffee (with 2tbsp of whole milk)* 20
Starbucks Caffè Americano 15
Brewed Coffee (with 2tbsp of skimmed milk)* 12
Starbucks Brewed Coffee 5
Instant coffee* 4
Instant coffee* 4
Brewed Coffee* 2
Espresso Coffee* 1
Brewed Decaf Coffee* 0
McDonald’s Brewed Coffee (Large) 0

*Add an extra 16 calories if you add sugar

How to make a ‘proper’ coffee

1. At home, but just as good as the shops
Getting a good coffee or latte is something many working mums are accustomed to. But when you work from home, or just want your favourite brew in the evening, making it out of the jar just isn’t the same, is it?

That’s where Nespresso magimix Essenza – sent to us from Lakeland.co.uk comes in handy.

We love it because it looks so unusual, and will definiately get compliments from visitors to your kitchen; not bad for an £89 machine. On a functional side, you can get your expressos made in next to no time, using the Nespresso capsules – it comes with 16 in the box, ready for you to try.

Now you can while away those late nights catching up on admin, knowing full well that you can look forward to your little pick-me-up expresso when those eyelids start to twitch!

2. Like the do in the cafes

Do you wish you knew how to make a ‘proper’ coffee from home? Watch the video below from the Gaggia Academy and you’ll see how you can make everything from an expresso to a latte. These aren’t commercial coffee making machines, but domestic ones which are surprisingly easy to use.

They are big – but smaller in width than your microwave – but if you really love your coffee, you’ll want to do it properly and the Gaggia coffee machines definitely makes this a possibility…you’ll be amazed you managed without it before.

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