Your iced coffee obsession is about to be taken to the next level.
If you’re addicted to iced coffee and you know it, raise your tumbler.
Hold that iced coffee up proud, because you’re not alone. According to a marketing report by Mintel, 66 percent of Millennials and 34 percent of GenX in the U.S. drink iced coffee regularly.
Iced coffee itself is a solid beverage of choice for your waistline—if it’s black. FYI, black coffee is only 5 little calories per cup. But if we’re being totally honest, how often are we drinking our coffee black?
With added sugar, cream, and extras like chocolate or peppermint flavor, our daily iced coffee indulgence can push us way past our ideal calorie and sugar budgets.
Thankfully, there is a way to make your coffee habit healthier, so you don’t need to cut back on sippin’ java if you don’t want to. (Unless you’re overdoing it, of course. Here are signs you’re drinking too much coffee.)
If you don’t like your coffee black, try these iced-coffee enhancing hacks:
1. Spice it up. Add calorie-free flavor with cinnamon, cardamom, or chicory.
2. Add sparkling water. It may sound weird, but don’t knock it until you try it. Adding unsweetened fizzy water to your brew will give you a refreshing, low-calorie treat.
3. Add creaminess with nut milks. Skip the half-and-half (it’s high in saturated fat), and try unsweetened cashew or almond milk instead. These nut milks add flavor and creaminess without all the fat and sugar.
- Almond milk: 15 calories per ½ cup and 1 gram of fat and sugar.
- Cashew milk: 12 calories per ½ cup and 1 gram of fat and 0 grams of sugar.
4. Freeze milk and/or coffee in ice cube trays. Pour your unsweetened nut milks or cooled, freshly brewed coffee into ice trays. With this hack, watered down iced coffee is a thing of the past.
5. Make your own cold brew. Cold brew often has a deeper, less acidic, and more subtle taste, which may make drinking it black more tolerable. Plus, it may save you money and time. Combine coarse coffee grounds with water and steep overnight.
Millenials Drive Growth of "Fourth Wave" Iced Coffee, but Where Do We Go From Here? Mintel. (Accessed on September 7, 2018 at http://www.mintel.com/blog/drink-market-news/millennials-drive-growth-of-fourth-wave-iced-coffee-but-where-do-we-go-from-here)
3 Ways to Order a Healthier Iced Coffee. Consumer Reports. (Accessed on September 7, 2018 at https://www.consumerreports.org/cro/news/2014/06/3-ways-to-order-a-healthier-iced-coffee/index.htm)
Almond milk. United States Department of Agriculture Agricultural Research Service. USDA Branded Food Products Database. (Accessed on September 7, 2018 at https://ndb.nal.usda.gov/ndb/foods/show/45136521)
Cashew milk. United States Department of Agriculture Agricultural Research Service. USDA Branded Food Products Database. (Accessed on September 7, 2018 at https://ndb.nal.usda.gov/ndb/foods/show/45170437)
Coffee. United States Department of Agriculture Agricultural Research Service. USDA Branded Food Products Database. (Accessed on September 7, 2018 at https://ndb.nal.usda.gov/ndb/foods/show/14180)