Coffee House Temptations

You've learned to steer clear of the whipped cappuccino and the other creamy and delightful modern-day coffee drinks.

But other nutrition pitfalls are lurking in most coffee-serving areas, in the form of cookies, cakes, brownies, and muffins.

What you may not realize is how many calories you are actually opting for when you select one of these sweet baked goods.

For example, a shortbread cookie or an oatmeal-raisin cookie may have between 250 and 500 calories, depending on size; a four-ounce scone could provide as much as 500 calories; a slice of coffee cake, 350 calories; and a reduced-fat blueberry muffin, 400 calories (more than most donuts but, of course, with less fat).

If you want something sweet to complement your coffee, consider a biscotti. These crisp treats, available at most coffee houses, are sweet yet lower in calories and fat. A medium-sized biscotti will provide between 120 and 200 calories and two to five grams of fat.