Trendy Fall Beverages As Seen on CBS Chicago

Health & Fitness Expert Stephanie Mansour breaks down the season’s trendiest beverages, discusses their health benefits, and tells us “which is worse.”

First, it’s important to be aware of our mindsets because everyone wants to indulge during the holidays. But, our mindsets come into play here because we need to remember our health goals, especially during the holidays. Each person needs to know what works for their body specifically and know where their balance with indulging is at. So, what are you goals? And why are you allowing yourself to indulge this time?

Here are a few pairs of trendy beverages, and we’re going to find out their health benefits, and then which one is worse!

Which is worse? Chai Tea Latte or Matcha Green Tea Latte

A Chai Tea latte has the health benefits of black tea, and is good for digestion because of its spices. It has 200 calories.

A Matcha Green Tea has high anti-oxidant content, the same amount of caffeine as coffee, and 220 calories. Cutting down on fat by using non-fat dairy, or a dairy substitute, makes this an even better choice.

Which is worse? Salted Caramel Mocha Latte or Pumpkin Spice Latte

A Salted Caramel Mocha Latte with nonfat milk and no whipped cream has 220 calories. These two drinks have similar sugar contents, but there is more sugar in the Salted Caramel Mocha. Reducing the amount of sugar put in ei

A Pumpkin Spice Latte with nonfat milk and no whipped cream has 260 calories. Reducing the amount of sugar by asking for fewer “pumps” of syrup on either of these drinks helps significantly.

Which is worse? Egg Nog or Spiked Apple Cider

Egg Nog has 223 calories, as well as dairy and sugar. It does have some calcium, however.

Spiked Apple Cider has 117 calories from the apple cider and 97 calories from the rum, which makes a total of 214 calories. While there is more sugar in the spiked apple cider, it is a hot drink that makes you drink it slower, causing you to be more careful of your intake. Marissa likes to dilute her apple cider with water to cut down on the sugar!

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