Discussion in 'Syn Values' started by xmrdx, 7 July 2014.

  1. xmrdx

    xmrdx Active Member

    Back on SW after I regained the five stones that I previously lost on this weight-loss programme.

    I love Costa Coffee and Cafe Nero (Chai Latte skinny especially).

    It's probably already been said a million times but can anyone inform me of the syn values for such coffee houses using skimmed milk as a guidance for each size of drink whether small, medium and large.

    I did read on here that one can subtract 6 syns if using your healthy extra.

    Looking forward to losing the weight again, must dash as starting the 'Insanity' work-out DVD's soon sooooo watch this space!!

    Thank you in advance for any useful information! ☕️

  2. Jeanne Von Buttonpopper

    Jeanne Von Buttonpopper Reformed biscuit dunker

    Looking at Costa's website the Primo, Medio and Massimo (S,M,L) are as follows with skimmed milk - 207, 322 & 517 cals. The 1 syn for 20 cal rules applies and I believe you could use the milk as HEXA and deduct 6 syns (for what it's worth).

    I absolutely adore chai latte but wouldn't touch it with a bargepole looking at that. I think I might have it as a treat every now and again. :D
  3. xmrdx

    xmrdx Active Member

    As you put it like that I see precisely what you mean, lol!

    Thank you!

    It's my birthday in a few months time so I may treat myself then eh not every week as per usual lol!!
  4. And think of what you will be saving - according to some information I found online a medium chai latte from Costa is £3.

    If you had one a day, say five in a working week, that's £15. That's £780 a year!
  5. xmrdx

    xmrdx Active Member

    Oh yes Anna, got the loyalty cards, costs even more at a motorway service station!!

    I get the message, you are practical and I like that, lol!

    Thank you!
  6. NotsofattyPatty

    NotsofattyPatty Well-Known Member

    The funny thing is - you'll probably enjoy it all the more for being a special treat!
  7. xmrdx

    xmrdx Active Member

    I just can't believe that a large chai latte skinny is just short of 26 syns!!!

    Skinny drink 26 syns???

    Sorry, still in denial but thank you one and all for pointing me in the right direction.

    I am staying focussed coffee or no coffee, lol!! ��
  8. NotsofattyPatty

    NotsofattyPatty Well-Known Member

    Unfortunately, the 'skinny' will relate to the fat content. Chai drinks are usually loaded with sugar which we are now learning is far more detrimental to our health than fat!
  9. xmrdx

    xmrdx Active Member

    Yes, I suppose that you are right Patty!

    I've noticed that you don't need to add sugar or sweeteners to the drink so it possibly is already loaded with sugar, mmm, thanks for that!

    P.s Not that I add sugar to drinks anyway, lol!
  10. Phoenix_Girl

    Phoenix_Girl Well-Known Member

    Hi xmrdx,

    I have just looked these up in the Food Directory from Slimming world for you.

    It appears that the eat-in/takeaway volumes vary and impact on the Syn values.
    To cover all bases for you, I am going to post both.

    Eat-in Chai Latte (Skimmed Milk)

    Primo - 7.5
    Medio - 11.5
    Massimo - 14.5

    Take Away Chai Latte (Skimmed Milk)

    Primo - 8.5
    Medio - 12.0
    Massimo - 15.5

    That worried me, I used to get cappuccinos all of the time and the Syn values are even higher! :(

    Perhaps it would be worth maybe getting a normal tea and adding our own milk and getting the Syn value for it or making it part of your HExA?

    I have also found some nice herbal/fruit teas which are nice, have 0 syns and you can drink black if you were considering swapping things out. :)
  11. xmrdx

    xmrdx Active Member

    Wow! Thanks everybody!

    This was my first post on here and I'm really impressed with the feedback, you have all been really helpful.

    No doubt that there will be loads more to say..........

    I appreciate it, thank you!
  12. NotsofattyPatty

    NotsofattyPatty Well-Known Member

    Welcome on board and good luck with your journey. We all share the same goal, so we like to help where we can.

    I suggest you start a food diary in the relevant section as you'll soon get a group of people to help you along and make suggestions/point out mistakes and generally support and befriend you. It's also useful to read a few diaries as well to get ideas for menus and new things to try and also learn how people cope with blips and so on.

    Explore the threads - some of the 'stickies' hold very useful information.
  13. I once worked with someone who came into work clutching a huge bucket of coffee, got another one at lunchtime, and often popped out mid-afternoon for another. One day she sat down with a calculator and worked out that she would be better off buying a really nice coffee machine for her office!
  14. Jeanne Von Buttonpopper

    Jeanne Von Buttonpopper Reformed biscuit dunker

    Most of these drinks as you're probably aware are made with flavoured syrups and these are loaded with calories, so despite having skimmed milk or sweeteners if you needed any more sweetness (which I don't think you do) you cannot escape I'm afraid.

    I'm a big fan of chai - chai tea, chai latte, I just love it so I can see why xmrdx is addicted. I can recommend Twinings Chai teabags which I drink daily and are totally free. Whilst I admit you're not going to love it as much at the latte, it's not a bad drop at all and will tide you over until you get the Costa fix :D
  15. xmrdx

    xmrdx Active Member

    Thank you! First week back and 9lbs off to staying clear of the coffee shops, focus!! :)
  16. CharlieJYN

    CharlieJYN Well-Known Member

    What a great loss - I'm sure that helps with the motivation to stay away from the coffee shops?
  17. xmrdx

    xmrdx Active Member

    Oh yes it's definitely helping, lol :)

    Thank you, yes worked hard for that loss!
  18. Jeanne Von Buttonpopper

    Jeanne Von Buttonpopper Reformed biscuit dunker

    Great loss, well done!!
  19. NotsofattyPatty

    NotsofattyPatty Well-Known Member

    Well done on a brilliant loss! If you 'bank' all the money you save on coffees, you have quite a bit to help towards the cost of the new clothes you'll have to buy soon!
  20. xmrdx

    xmrdx Active Member

    Thank you, thank you! :)

    Yes, some new clothes on the horizon, lol!!

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