Earlier today, Deborah shared the fact that McDonald’s preservative-packed McRib is essentially a tennis shoe sole drenched in “sauce”. Which got me to thinking about how equally gut-bombing the fast food chain’s new peppermint mocha must also be. So I did a little research and – suprise! – it’s actually not that bad, and can be yours for about 160 calories.
First, I have to give credit where credit is due–despite traditionally being a terrible, horrible blight to those who care even remotely about their health, McDonald’s has made some changes. One of their biggest improvements of late is the makeover of their website, which makes customizing and tracking the nutrition of each of their food items super-easy.
This is especially true with their coffee drinks which, while not necessarily being made from the highest quality (or most sustainable) beans, do come with the possibility of health-improving modifications. Customers have the option to nix the whip, opt for nonfat milk, and generally cut out some of the crap. Which is pretty awesome, and helpful for those who are concerned about what they’re eating (and drinking).
Now, to the mocha. The newly-introduced-for-the-holiday-season peppermint mocha with all the fixing contains 260 calories, 11 grams of fat, and 32 grams of sugar, which is basically a light breakfast and by no measure even remotely good. But, when you skip the whipped cream and drizzle and switch it to nonfat milk, McDonald’s nutrition indicater shows a 100 calorie reduction, still kind of a lot of sugar, and just a single gram of fat in the whole thing.
But there’s even more you can do. The standard small mocha comes with more syrup than a lot of us would normally add ourselves, so the server to use less of the saucy stuff than usual. You’ll cut the sugar and some of the calories, and the drink itself will be less overpoweringly sweet.
Fast food restaurants are sort of known for downplaying their calorie counts, so we’re operating on the honor system when it comes to the nutritional information being offered by McDonald’s. But if what they’re saying is true (and you don’t mind supporting a big chain to get your coffee), this new option from the Golden Arches isn’t the worst way to treat yourself to something seasonally sweet.