BLOG: Coffee at Stewart’s is a must for Upstate New Yorkers. Not only does it keep you warm through the winter months, Stewart’s coffee has a taste unlike any other. As the weather heats up you may find Stewart’s iced coffee has that same delicious flavor but can also cool you down.
In a previous post I wrote about the benefits of coffee. I highlighted how Stewart’s allows each customer to make their own, creating the possibility of a healthier cup. However, the nutrition of Stewart’s iced coffee is different, because each cup comes already sweetened. While this does contribute more sugar and calories than traditional black coffee, iced coffee still contains all the same antioxidants of a hot brew.
Antioxidants available in both hot and iced coffee are a natural way to reduce inflammation and revitalize organs and muscles. Coffee is also a well-known source of caffeine. In fact, recent research suggests that the body functions at its best on 200mg of caffeine, or the equivalent of two small (8oz) cups of coffee. Therefore while iced coffee may contain additional calories, it is also a source of beneficial nutrients.
And when you order iced coffee at Stewart’s, you still have some say in the nutrition of your cup. I suggest requesting an iced coffee without cream and adding a few teaspoons of low-fat milk instead. Also, Stewart’s iced coffee can be ordered without whipped cream or artificial flavoring that are common health traps in many other coffee establishments. In fact, these small switches make your iced coffee treat at Stewart’s up to 300 calories less than many of the popular lattes you may find at other chains.
Stewart’s also has iced coffee refreshers available in re-sealable bottles. These are great for travel, or anyone who plans to save some for later. Iced coffee refreshers are made with low-fat milk and contain less saturated fat than many other iced coffee beverages. I like to treat iced coffee like a dessert (it certainly tastes like one) and alternate it with a traditional cup of Stewart’s coffee. But unlike many other treats, iced coffee at Stewart’s provides antioxidant nutrients to keep me going.
-Christine Sloat, RD, RDN
About Christine: Christine Sloat is a Registered Dietitian and life-long resident of upstate New York. She holds a Bachelor’s of Science in Dietetics from the University of Delaware, with clinical training at Albany Medical Center. She has a nutrition consulting business, Nutritious Notions LLC .