In the morning, most people like a caffeinated “Pick Me Up”- whether it is tea or coffee. As could be expected, it is hard to make any nutrition mistakes with black coffee or unsweetened tea. However, there is much variation in the added calories, sugars, and fat added to these beverages depending on how we place our order. When selecting a coffee or tea, I would advise making sure it is low in saturated fat (<5% on the nutrition facts label), and that there is less than 10g of added sugar. Selecting fat free dairy products like skim milk, as well as milk alternatives such as oat milk or almond milk will help to limit the added saturated fat that could come from whole milk or creamer. Picking unsweetened versions of drinks or using artificial sweetener instead of sugar will help you to avoid exceeding 10g of added sugar in your beverages. Below are some healthier beverage options from Dunkin Donuts.
Ava is a Registered Dietitian with a BS in Nutritional Science from Penn State University. She completed her postgraduate dietetic internship at Penn Medicine Princeton Medical Center where she had a critical care concentration. She started her RD career working at a level one trauma center providing Medical Nutrition Therapy to patients in the Greater New York City area. She now resides in South Florida as her hospital's full time outpatient dietitian, overseeing outpatient nutrition for cardiometabolic, bariatric, and hospital medical nutrition therapy.