One of my favorite coffee drinks is a Cafè Mocha, but count the calories and you will cringe. I was enjoying my usual double-tall non-fat two pump mocha at the local Starbucks one morning and decided to read the label on the syrup. For each pump, 75 non-productive calories go into your body. For a 16 oz Mocha, you get 4 pumps of syrup: For a 12 oz, you will get 3 by default. Assuming you get no whip cream and use non-fat milk, you sucking down 25 to 32 grams of sugar. Since I have an espresso machine at home, I came up with a healthy alternative and will still get my mocha flavor.
Instead of the chocolate syrup I use my chocolate protein powder. Your protein powder may vary, but with mine I’ll get (this is protein powder only):
- 100 calories
- 18 grams of protein
- 1 gram of sugar
- 2 grams of fat
- A high concentration of branched amino acids
- And, believe it or not, similar taste
Here’s how I make it at home:
- Froth the non-fat milk* as normal (my Nespresso brand frother won’t froth the milk if I mix it first. If your espresso machine will, it will be easier to mix first then froth)
- Pour milk into blender or whatever you use to mix your protein powder
- Pour into cup with espresso shot(s)
*You can also substitute hot water or some other kind of milk (Soy or Almond). If using water, mix hot water in blender or whatever you use to mix your protein powder along with one scoop of chocolate protein powder. Mix thoroughly, then add to your cup with espresso shot(s).
Note: If using a shake container to mix your protein powder, remember to make sure your lid is on extra tight because mixing hot liquids will create pressure inside the container.
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