Some Things I Miss

Knowledge is power.

I am pretty good at guesstimating how many calories are in something. After 5+ years of counting calories to lose weight I’ve become sort of an encyclopedia of Calorie Knowledge.

Because I have this Calorie Knowledge in me, it’s often hard to splurge on things I used to eat ALL.THE.TIME.


It’s also the time of year for amazing seasonal treats. For example:

I used to LOVE love love a Starbucks Chocolate Peppermint Mocha with Whipped Cream and Chocolate shavings on top. Oh my god. I’d suck down one a day (or more).

How many calories are in this delicious treat? 540 calories for a Grande (16 ounces).

To give you some clarity as to why I skip these now: Tee other night at the gym I worked out for ONE HOUR AND TWENTY-TWO MINUTES and burned 512 calories. ALMOST the same as one mocha.

Another treat–which I probably WILL partake in this holiday season–is the glorious, creamy Peppermint Ice Cream. LOVE it!

Depending on the brand it runs between 140-200 calories a serving. Which is not too bad but I have a hard time eating just one serving at a time. One serving is about 1/2 cup. Or one scoop.

I almost never have just one scoop. So that’s really more like 300-400 calories. Which is an okay splurge once in awhile.

Speaking of Holiday treats…how about Eggnog? Mmmm! Looking forward to having some GregNog this weekend in fact.

1 cup of eggnog = 340 calories or so depending on ingredients and portions.  Now I celebrate the holidays in healthier, lower calorie ways.  I get the Light Eggnog, mix it with Non-fat Milk to dilute it and I skip the whipped cream.

Another one of my old haunts….BURGERVILLE. Their current seasonal milkshakes right now are:

Chocolate Peppermint Milkshake (Regular): 940 calories

Chocolate Peppermint Milkshake (Large):  1140 calories

Burgerville Eggnog Milkshake (Regular):  520 calories

Burgerville Eggnog Milkshake (Large):  670 calories


Oh so good. I’ve discussed Burgerville’s amazing milkshakes in the past. I definitely miss those but rarely can I justify the calories I’d consume.

A treat I CAN have as an alternative are these:

Trader Joe’s Candy Cane Cookies. Basically Oreos but with peppermint. YUM. Noticing a theme here? 😉 I believe there are 140 calories for 2 cookies. A nice treat indeed!

Come on readers! Share your favorite treats and ALTERNATIVES!

QUESTION: What are some high-calorie items you rarely ever indulge in because you now know how bad they are for you? What do you eat instead?

12 Responses

  1. I really wanted a piece of chocolate cake from the bakery at the Supertarget, but instead I had a VitaBrownie, which has 100 calories. I really need to find an alternative for doughnuts with cream filling, b/c those are rather addictive for me!!

  2. The Starbucks page of the IPhone app for WWP+ was so overwhelming I just gave up altogether and drove home. I WILL figure out how many P+ are in a tall non-fat no-whip mocha. Just maybe not today.

    I’m thinking there has to be a Peppermint Ice Cream alternative. Maybe break up your own cane in a scoop of Dreyer’s Light? You can count the calories you burn while blending it.

  3. I used to get the Starbucks Mochas almost every day. Loved the chocolate flavor but by mid afternoon I was getting headaches from the sugar and extra caffine. Now I am drinking a nutrition shake called Shakeology. It is a dark chocolate flavor and when I mix it with just a little bit of coffee it tastes even better than the Starbucks mocha and makes me feel 1000% better. Plus I can also blend it with ice and one tablespoon of peanut butter and it turns out just like chocolate peanut butter ice cream – but of course with half the calories! Check it out at

  4. at burgerville the smoothies are the SAME thing as a shake, just with frozen yogurt and no whipped cream. they’re still a splurge as a smoothie, but not nearly as bad. (figured this out when i had a smoothie and my husband had a shake once-they tasted the exact same!)

  5. I love the little Debbie christmas tree cakes. Thank God they come in single serving pacakages, but still 5 points each. I’ve only got one box this year.

    Also someone needs to mail me those trader joe cookies. We don’t have tj’s in Texas and I miss it.

  6. I used to love Mc Donanlds burgers but these days I opt for Steers burgers. They grill their patties, when at home I leave the buns and scrape off some excess sauce. They are also part of the Heart Foundation here where I live.
    I also used to have Christmas Fruit cake but this year I will not have any. Instead I’ll have my 3 blocks of dark Chocolate

  7. I tend to crave everything chocolate-y: cake, biscuits, ice cream, or even just plain chocolate. My way to cure this is to once a week choose one thing I fancy and have it, and enjoy it, then move straight back to healthy for the rest of the day/week!

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