Question: I’ve been following the 40-30-30 Formula diet plan and love a Balance Bar for breakfast with tea, but I really miss my daily latte. Is there any way I can have it and still be in my fat burning zone?
Answer: Good news ... Yes. A latte is a popular coffee drink made with espresso and steamed milk. If you order a small (8 oz.) low-fat latte made with 2% milk, it contains the approximate 40-30-30 ratio of carbohydrate, protein and fat. The same is true for a low-fat cappuccino or a chai latte. You can have it by itself as a small snack of just 100 calories or enjoy it with your Balance bar.
The problems arise when you load up coffee drinks with excessive shots of caffeine, flavored sugary syrups, and choose 16 ounces or larger size portions. If you choose an occasional flavored latte, remember to use the word “skinny,” or let them know you want your drink lower in fat and carbohydrates. You can also order a non-fat latte then add a splash of half and half and a dusting of cocoa powder, nutmeg or cinnamon for a little added flavor. Just remember, low-fat milk contains the 40-30-30 ratio of carbs, protein and fat. Full-fat milk is too high in fat and non-fat milk has no fat, so neither are close to the 40-30-30 ratio.
Joyce Daoust is a Certified Nutritionist and national best selling co-author of:
THE FORMULA, A Personalized 40-30-30 Weight Loss Program.
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