Tracking milk/sugar in coffee

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I rarely make coffee at home and only drink it at work from the coffee shop in the building. They fix it for me based on my order of one milk (not cream), one sweetener. To date, I haven’t been logging these because milk in coffee seems insignificant, but I’ve come to realize that if I have 2-3 cups in a day, that milk can add up. Honestly though, I have no idea how much milk is actually in “one” milk. Assuming I have 2-3 cups a day, do you think tracking ¼ cup of milk every day is right? Do you think it’s closer to ½ cup of milk?

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  • rosebarnalice
    rosebarnalice Posts: 3,488 Member
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    Everybody's different, so I suggest you measure accurately a few times until you've got a fair estimate. I log 1 tbsp of milk for each cup of coffee because that's all I use!
  • klkarlen
    klkarlen Posts: 4,366 Member
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    I track my half and half and sugar in my daily coffee. I can't say how much your coffee shop uses, perhaps you can ask them to measure it for you? Since you are a regular customer, I don't think they would mind.
  • cross2bear
    cross2bear Posts: 1,106 Member
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    I track the milk I use in my tea and coffee - my tea runs about 11 cals (using skim milk) and I can drink 3 or 4 cups per day on the weekend, and coffee runs about 20 cals per cup - I know that because I measure out the amount of cream I use. So you are right - not tracking can lead to up to almost 100 cals a day for me. However, and maybe others will disagree, if you are regularly not eating up to your maximum amount of calories allotted, 100 calories may not matter too much, unless you are very close to goal, when every bite can count.
  • sanfromny
    sanfromny Posts: 770 Member
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    I just found out that the Keurig K-cups have calories! WHo knew?.. so I log that as well as creamer I use. Can you just order your coffee black and put in your own sugar and creamer so you can keep better track?
  • cross2bear
    cross2bear Posts: 1,106 Member
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    I am curious - what could possibly be in a Keurig cup that has calories? I can understand if its a flavoured coffee, but in just plain Colombian?
  • ASH_DVM
    ASH_DVM Posts: 160 Member
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    cross2bear wrote: »
    I am curious - what could possibly be in a Keurig cup that has calories? I can understand if its a flavoured coffee, but in just plain Colombian?

    Coffee technically has ~5 calories per cup (that's why at Starbucks on their menu you see 5-10 calories for a regular cup of coffee/espresso/americano). I've never seen the reason (yet) to log it but there are very minimal calories per cup.
  • Ready2Rock206
    Ready2Rock206 Posts: 9,488 Member
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    sanfromny wrote: »
    I just found out that the Keurig K-cups have calories! WHo knew?.. so I log that as well as creamer I use. Can you just order your coffee black and put in your own sugar and creamer so you can keep better track?

    Depends on the k-cup, some have a lot, some have the same as a regular cup of coffee (under 5). If there's a nutrition panel on the box it has more than a regular cup of coffee -if there's no nutrition panel them is the same as a regular cup of coffee.
  • Redbeard333
    Redbeard333 Posts: 381 Member
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    Have you considered drinking your coffee black? It's not pleasant initially, but it grows on you, especially since there's not milky film in your mouth afterwards, or sacchariny-sweetness. I've been doing it that way for a little over a year and it's not that bad.

    What's great about the MFP app is that you can just scan the barcode on the bottom of the box of K-cups and get how many calories are in the drink on it's own. Then make a decision if you want to add anything to it :)