At the start of the day – or the end of a particularly long and gruelling one! – many of us turn to coffee for that instant perk-me-up energy boost. Then there’s tea for calming the nerves and soothing the soul, and hot chocolate because, well, we all deserve a treat every now and then.
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While hot drinks hit the spot when they’re needed most, you may be surprised to know that a single cup of some of your favourites can account for up to 14% of the average adult’s recommended daily kilojoule intake. That’s quite a chunk.
But fear not – we’re not suggesting you ditch these beverages cold turkey! It’s also crucial to point out that weight, height, your energy needs and more all factor in to what your daily kilojoule intake should be, with 8 700kJ a day being simply a guide rather than the rule.
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When pouring a steaming cup of something delicious, it’s about making smart choices for you – knowing the kilojoule content when you’re watching your weight, and allowing yourself the occasional indulgence to add spice to your life. So where to begin? With our savvy guide, of course.
The kilojoule content per 250ml serving of nine popular hot drinks…
1. Espresso/Black coffee: 8kJ
Great for a virtually kilojoule-free boost, but have a glass of water to stay hydrated.
2. Cappuccino: 127kJ
Easily slash the fat content by going for low-fat or fat-free milk.
3. Latte: 600kJ
A shot of espresso with two to three parts steamed milk. Ask for a ‘skinny’ option.
4. Flat white: 615kJ
A shot of espresso with two parts steamed milk (1 tsp sugar adds 335kJ).
5. Caffé mocha: 740kJ
Espresso, milk and a shot of chocolate syrup.
6. Roasted hazelnut latte: 970kJ
Made with espresso, milk, spices and cream. Ask for sugar-free syrup.
7. Hot chocolate: 1 050kJ
Has as many kilojoules as two chocolate digestive biscuits and five lumps of sugar.
8. Chai latte: 1 140kJ
Spiced tea with steamed milk. Contains more kilojoules than a plain doughnut!
9. Hot chocolate with cream: 1 225kJ
Going for a large comes in at 2 325kJ – that’s as much as an average burger!