It is no surprise that college students thrive on any and every drink that has a massive amount caffeine in them. Students do not realize that although they think they are getting their “fix” to stay up late and finish that last-minute paper, the high amounts of sugars and fats in these drinks could realistically be slowing them down.
Starbucks on campus at CSUSB is where every student will venture to in-between classes for their caffeine fix. Drinks such as frappacinos, caramel macchiatos, pumpkin whipped-cream lattes, or even just simple coffee with creamers have an overwhelming amount of sugar.
These high fat and high sugar drinks not only can cause weight gain, but the increase in sugar can bring about feelings of sluggishness and make those who drink them feel even more tired than they already were. There are a few drinks not listed on the Starbucks menu that can get you through your midterms while maintaining an energized feeling all day long.
The obvious first choice is choosing just black coffee without any creamers or sugars. If needed, adding a couple tablespoons of almond milk and cinnamon lets you get that sweet tooth fix as well.
If you want something even more sweet, I would suggest getting Nestle Sugar Free Pumpkin creamer, which is only 15 calories and has only one gram of fat and no sugar.
A hot or iced Caffè Americano has the same amount of caffeine in it as a shot of espresso, so adding some sugar-free vanilla, or even better, sugar-free pumpkin spice syrup will help to disguise the strong after taste of the coffee. Also, coconut milk or almond milk are great additives to create a smoother taste.
If you are one of those special cases who loves caffeine but hates the taste of coffee, you are in luck. The drink I present to you is called a “Venti Matcha,” which entails three scoops of Starbuck’s matcha powder mixed with water. Matcha green tea is known to have more caffeine than most coffees, thus this drink is healthy, delicious, and the best part, costs less than a dollar!
I would suggest staying away from nonfat lattes, because even though you would assume there is no fat in those drinks, they still are going to be loaded with sugars and carbohydrates to make up for it. Tao teas unsweetened are excellent sources of energy that are jam-packed with caffeine, but contain no sugar or additional calories.
For those who can drink two or three cups of coffee a day without it affecting their energy, I have your kryptonite. When you go to Starbucks, ask for a single (or get crazy with it and ask for a double) shot of expresso over ice. Have nothing added to it besides straight glorious caffeine pumping through your veins and that will having you flying through those library halls.
Caffeine is considered a necessity when plowing through midterms, papers, and overall, keeping your sanity throughout your college career. Now you can be more aware of what kind of ingredients are in those five dollar drinks you purchase everyday. This will allow you to save money, ace those tests, and grind through the day without anyone realizing you’re half asleep with your sunglasses on.