Monday, August 6, 2007

Hot fun in the summertime...

Okay, so South Florida is in the middle of a heat wave. Even by our standards, it's warm out there right now. Miami had a record high yesterday and even the simple task of walking from my condo to the car leaves me feeling sweaty and gross.

Combine that with the fact that this afternoon has been non-stop ridiculously busy for me, and it was time for a Starbucks run.

I've been avoiding Starbucks like the plague since getting back on the Weight Watchers wagon. Sure, I know they have healthier options and you can get anything you like made with non-fat milk and no whipped cream, but let's be real.

That's the stuff that makes Starbucks sooo good.

But today, I had to have some caffeine and I needed something cool (plus the escape from the constantly-ringing phone was essential) so I took a short stroll and immediately started drooling at the sight of one of their new summer drinks--the raspberry mocha frappuccino.

As you know, I'm a sucker for anything chocolate. And raspberries + chocolate = a little slice of heaven for me, so I figured I'd indulge. After all, I've been a good egg all day--working out in the morning, drinking my water, having a sensible WW frozen quesadilla for lunch. I had the points to spare.

I was happy to discover I could get the drink made in the "light" version using skim milk and I asked for the lightest bit of whipped cream possible (ie, I had far less whipped cream on my drink than the picture up there!) As I sipped and took in the chocolatey-raspberry goodness, I had to melt a little bit.

It was yummy in a plastic cup!

My best friend (whom I have the extreme pleasure of sharing an office with!) eyed my drink suspiciously (enviously maybe?) and asked if I'd checked the points out on it. I hadn't yet, but when we got back to the office, I had to gloat.

A tall, made with skim milk had only 140 calories and 1 gram of fat. SWEET!

On my WW point slider, it drops in right on the line between 2-3 points. Since I'd added a small touch of whipped cream, I went with the higher number. And enjoyed every sip.

I know Starbucks is trashed a lot for the number of calories and the amount of fat in their drinks, but there are some healthy choices there and we all need to remember that (myself included!).

If you like raspberries and you like chocolate, get thee to Starbucks.

Someone please let me know if it's as yummy without the touch of whipped cream. I bet it is...


Healthy Pear said...

I just found your blog and now you've made me lust for that chocolate raspberry frozen Starbucks treat! I don't know if I should keep reading since you're already filling my head with yummy treats! This could be very dangerous! :) (Just kidding of course!)

Angie All The Way said...

Hi there! Thanks for checking into my blog! I am just getting into the Starbucks craze. It's fairly new here in my area and I"ve only been there a few times. I've heard about that raspberry drink and next time I go, I will most certainly get that one! 3 points is not a bad treat at all!

Lynn said...

that looks amazing!! I'm gonna have to try it next time I'm out!

Melanie said...

I tried one today from your rec and I agree, SO yummy and worth the 2 points! I had it without the Whipped Cream and it was still delish!

Mymsie said...

Have you tried Starbucks' Orange (I think they have other flavors too) Crème Frappuccino Light Blended Crème? Low-fat and very tasty!