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Old 02-20-2012, 11:32 PM   #1
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Can't give up starbucks so......

I am compromising and getting something low carb friendly. They have a new sugar free mocha sweetened with splenda. For atkins purposes, how many pumps is equivalent to one sweetener? Anyone know? I know in a venti iced drink, there are six pumps of syrup so I didn't know if I was going overboard by getting a venti.

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Old 02-21-2012, 12:57 AM   #2
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Their syrup is totally sugar free and the splenda does NOT need to be counted if it is in liquid form!

The reason you count splenda packets is because it is cut with Maltodextrin as a bulking agent, which contributes carbohydrate. Liquid splenda has no carbs.

My question would be...how much MILK is in that Mocha? Milk has a ton of carbs.
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An iced venti SF mocha with nonfat milk (what they'll auto give you if you say skinny) is 17g of carbs. It has 11g of sugar in it, even though it uses SF syrup! If you add splenda packets to it, that will add to the carb count.

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According to their web site, 1oz of their sugar free mocha syrup has 2g carbs.
A 'skinny mocha' with skim milk is 18g carbs (16oz size);
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Try an Americano, extra heavy whipping cream and SF flavor of your choice. I love lattes and this is now my go to replacement.
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Try an Americano, extra heavy whipping cream and SF flavor of your choice. I love lattes and this is now my go to replacement.
Very good, I like an extra shot of espresso, it gives it a real kick. LOL, a Venti has 5 shots of espresso, with the extra, I practically get high when I drink one.

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I switched to regular old coffee at Starbucks. Like the other people here have said, besides the sugar in the "sugar-free" syrup, milk has a ton of carbs. I'm a nurse and we actually use milk to raise peoples' blood sugars (type 1 diabetics) when they get too low (more safe / steady for raising blood sugar because of the protein /fat).
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Most coffee houses do have flavored coffees (not sugar, just flavored brewed regular coffee) that you can enjoy without the carbs
A local one has a couple I love: snickerdoodle, jamaican-me-crazy, and toasted southern pecan. All carb-free, just add a shot of sugar free (carb free!) syrup and some half and half or heavy cream for around 2g carbs total.
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what a breve latte with sf flavor syrup of choice? my favorite is a sf caramel or hazelnut breve with an extra shot of decaf espresso for extra coffee flavor. (breve = half & half)
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Make sure you get the Americano and either add your own half n half or ask for some heavy cream added to it. The milk is chock full of carbs and sugars. You should be fine with a few shots of the SF syrup but Im pretty sure the Mocha one is not toally carb free. I think I read that somewhere once.
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Does anyone know anything about the sugar-free cappucinos at Racetrack and QuikTrip? I've looked on their websites and different sites and haven't found them.
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you could try soy milk as another LC option. It's not carb free, but it's lower than milk for sure. I don't really do soy, but if you do, maybe this is an option for you.

I know the Starbucks and other coffee places around here don't really do heavy cream, they use half-n-half when I ask for a "breve" (which means "short", as in "with fat" like in baking-- which is the Starbucks special-language for a lower carb latte).

Half-n-half is better than milk, but not as good as cream, though a full cup of cream/coffee might kill me! LOL

Anyway-- lots of good advice in the posts above as well.
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I LOVE breve lattes. I had them every day when I was in NYC!

However, nobody makes these in Denmark. You cannot get half and half. What I do is ask the coffeehouse to blend heavy cream and water and steam it like milk on the espresso machine and have a creme latte this way! They look at me funny every time I ask, but there is at least one chain that has cream as a regular item, so I go there. Most places don't even have cream on hand. Sometimes I have to drink soy lattes (yuck) if I want coffee....I try to avoid it because of the soy though...and I have to dress it up a LOT with cinnamon, etc, to hide the nasty taste!
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This is why I love California and all the coffee shops that you can get almond milk at - also Whole Foods does this!

But at SB, my go-to is an iced Americano with SF vanilla and whipped cream. I stir the whipped cream in, add a little stevia (I always keep it in my purse) and yum!! I also add a puff of that cocoa they have at the sugar bar...probably has carbs...but only a tiny bit! The baristas always tell me how yummy my drink looks
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Very good, I like an extra shot of espresso, it gives it a real kick. LOL, a Venti has 5 shots of espresso, with the extra, I practically get high when I drink one.

I had two in one day (plus my regular AM coffee) and at 2am I was regretting it!
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you could try soy milk as another LC option. It's not carb free, but it's lower than milk for sure. I don't really do soy, but if you do, maybe this is an option for you.

I know the Starbucks and other coffee places around here don't really do heavy cream, they use half-n-half when I ask for a "breve" (which means "short", as in "with fat" like in baking-- which is the Starbucks special-language for a lower carb latte).

Half-n-half is better than milk, but not as good as cream, though a full cup of cream/coffee might kill me! LOL

Anyway-- lots of good advice in the posts above as well.
It's possible SB uses a vanilla soy....... Though I'm not sure.

Latte, Soy Milk, Grande
(Drinks) is 10 carbs
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Still having some pounds to lose I always feel like the coffee people look at me like "no wonder" when I ask for a breve or extra real cream.

I get that probably is only true in my head.
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It's possible SB uses a vanilla soy....... Though I'm not sure.

Latte, Soy Milk, Grande
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they probably don't take out/account for any fiber?
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they probably don't take out/account for any fiber?
Ah, sorry! Fiber wasn't listed, I don't usually subtract fiber so I don't think to do so when I post! It's better than milk to be sure. Still too carby for me- and I try to stay away from Soy for hormone reasons. But, I do love soy lattes
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it is so easy to grab a coffee, than to make my own.

but, make my own i did, this past Saturday. It is ALWAYS better than what I get on the outside, and i get good coffee at work, and Starbucks, and McD, with Dunkin coming in out of the money. It is not bad, just not as good as the aforementioned. I use SAVARIN at home, and i make it strong. I use no artificial sweetener of any kind, and just 1 level T of Int'l Delight sugar free french vanilla creamer, OR the same portion of heavy cream per joe. I really should make it more often. I have some left for tonight. I once finished a pot of coffee that sat for almost 2 weeks. Call me crazy, but it was gooood. Love & Profits: FLATFERENGHI
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I love to get a tall house blend with heavy cream and sugar free cinnamon syrup. It is to die for!

In warmer weather, I like a venti iced green tea, either as-is or with some sugar free syrup added.

One thing I have to really avoid is syrups that contain maltitol. I'll be in the bathroom for an hour!

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I always feel kind of funny about it, but I order a "skinny mocha, breve style". This is a mocha made with half and half, sugar free syrup. This is a once every few weeks thing, not daily, and it doesn't seem to spike my blood sugar or stall my weight loss.

I wanted to be able to make lattes at home. For about $25 I got a stovetop espresso maker (Bialetti, or there's a less expensive version at Ikea) and a $5 battery operated frother at Ikea. I heat heavy cream in the microwave for 30 seconds and froth while my espresso is brewing. It tastes nearly as good as Starbucks, and costs pennies per cup. And I have complete control over the ingredients--sometimes I add in a Davinci sugar free syrup (lately I don't want that anymore) and sprinkle on some cinnamon.

Starbucks is a nice treat, sometimes, but I enjoy my homemade lattes, too. (I'm trying to learn to make designs in the foam like fancy coffee places)
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I always feel kind of funny about it, but I order a "skinny mocha, breve style". This is a mocha made with half and half, sugar free syrup.
why not just order a sf mocha breve latte? as opposed to saying 'skinny'?
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Very good, I like an extra shot of espresso, it gives it a real kick. LOL, a Venti has 5 shots of espresso, with the extra, I practically get high when I drink one.

Sugar free almond Americanos are so delicious, especially with whipped cream. Highly recommended and a much better carb bet than a latte.
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Just do reg. coffee here with davincis caramel sf! Mmmmmmmm!
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splitting hairs over one carb

I just realized that there is only a 1 carb difference if you ask for whole milk (3%) instead of a breve (half and half). But a HUGE difference in calories (from fat) I realize that fat is my fuel now, but whole milk has plenty of fat to seem filling enough to me. So I switched to whole and I stay in ketosis OK (I went from heavy to light when I checked the first time)

Can someone correct me if Im wrong here but its like 10g carbs in 8 oz of half and half, but 11g in whole milk(9 grams of fat) Who knows how much fat is in the other probably like 40 grams. Is it reall worth it to say "I ate cream for breakfast"? I think there is more protein in whole milk too.

No one has done 1/2 water and 1/2 HWC for me their whip was prewhipped. I dont imagine there is protein in HWC. Its a fat. It would be like drinking butter to me.
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Google bulletproof coffee sometime. Drinking butter can be a very good thing for your satiety. I get far less cravings with HWC or butter in my coffee, in addition I don't get the nasty lactose and casein issues that milk can cause.

It's one of those 'your mileage may vary' but I am absolutely fine with fat as fuel, I have a hard time with dairy that isn't fermented, though, unless the milk sugars are almost non-existent.
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Google bulletproof coffee sometime. Drinking butter can be a very good thing for your satiety. I get far less cravings with HWC or butter in my coffee, in addition I don't get the nasty lactose and casein issues that milk can cause.

It's one of those 'your mileage may vary' but I am absolutely fine with fat as fuel, I have a hard time with dairy that isn't fermented, though, unless the milk sugars are almost non-existent.
Wow! This is awesome...thanks for the bulletproof coffee info! I am going to try this tomorrow
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Haven't tried the butter in it yet, but now use CO regularly! No cream.
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