Eat Smart

This or That: Coffee/Hot Chocolate Edition

by Anneli Lambeth, blogger

The weather outside is getting frightful, especially here in Syracuse where we are starting to see the first signs of snow. That means we may be no longer looking for that ice-cold, thirst-quenching soda, but more along the lines of something soothing and warm to fight off that frostbite and cold chill. So many of us may grab a Starbucks or a cup of coffee and hot chocolate from Dunkin’ Donuts. If you’re looking to cut back on calories and fat in your favorite holiday drinks, here’s and idea of a delicious low-cal, low-fat coffee and hot chocolate mix!

This drink is a healthy remix of the Starbucks’ Toffee Mocha. (courtesy of

One 25-calorie packet hot cocoa mix (like
Swiss Miss Diet or Nestlé Fat Free)
2 tsp. instant coffee granules
1 tsp. unsweetened cocoa powder, or more for optional topping
1/2 cup light vanilla soymilk, or more for optional frothed topping
1 tbsp. sugar-free calorie-free English toffee-flavored syrup
Optional topping: Cool Whip Free 

Place cocoa mix, coffee granules, and cocoa powder in a large microwave-safe mug or glass. Add 1 cup hot water and stir to dissolve ingredients.

Add soymilk and toffee syrup. Mix well.

Microwave until hot, 30 – 45 seconds.

If you like, top with Cool Whip or frothed milk (see tip below) and a pinch of additional cocoa powder. Sip away!



Fat: 1.25g 

Calories: 68

Fiber: 2g

Protein: 5g