Are Mochas High In Syns On Slimming World? - Our Syn Guide!
If your morning routine involves a quick takeaway Mocha on the way to work, you might be wondering how many syns the average mocha has on the slimming world plan.
Mochas from the cafe have on average 6 syns for a small-sized coffee made with semi-skimmed milk without cream, this syn value varies however according to the milk used, the size of the coffee, and whether it has cream or if you use sachet mochas.
Down below we've discussed what makes Mochas high in syns, syn values of different kinds of Mochas, low syn alternatives to Mochas and a recipe for making your own SW iced mocha at home!
What Makes Mochas So High In Syns?
At 6 syns for a small mocha with semi-skimmed milk, you might be shocked that this small coffee can take up half of your daily syn allowance. Mochas are high in syns due to the chocolate in them, unlike regular coffee, which makes them higher in calories.
You'll often find mochas have more sugar because of this, with the average small mocha having up to 5-10g, they can also come with whipped cream sometimes which makes the syns worse.
Syn Values Of Mochas
Since mochas come with a huge variety of different syn values, we've listed them down below according to the types to help you stay on track.
NESCAFE GOLD White Choc Mocha Coffee, 8 Sachets x 19g - 2 syns for 100ml.
Are White Mochas Or Regular Mochas Higher In Syns?
If you're a lover of mochas, you might be wondering if there is a huge syn value difference between the white and regular versions.
White mochas do tend to be slightly higher in syns than regular chocolate mochas since the white chocolate syrup can be a little higher in sugar, however, the syn difference is minor, to keep syns low we suggest choosing low-fat milk and avoiding extras like cream.
Low Syn Alternatives To Mochas
If you find your usual Mocha to be too high in syns or you are curious to see how the syn values of other mocha types differ, we've listed some low syn alternatives for you to check out below.
Americano - Syn free/0.5 syns with semi-skimmed milk.
Espresso - Syn free.
Macchiato - 4 syns.
Flat white - 3.5 syns.
How To Make Your Own Slimming World Iced Mocha
Iced mochas can be very high in syns due to the syrups, chocolate, sauces and added cream, so to help you with your coffee cravings, we've listed a short recipe for making your own syn friendly ice mocha at home which has only 4 syns!
100ml of skimmed milk.
One spoon of sweetener.
A cup of strong coffee.
One tablespoon of choc shot.
Begin by mixing everything in a blender, blend till smooth then serve in a glass with some low-fat squirty cream!
Overall, Mocha can be quite a high syn coffee when extras such as cream and syrups are added, but for a regular mocha with just semi-skimmed milk, you should expect to use around 6 syns for a small cup.
To reduce syns in your mocha we recommend avoiding mochas with cream and choosing low fat milk, or, switching to the sachets at home/making your own which is typically much lower in syns than a takeaway coffee.
Jennifer is a certified nutritionist and weight loss coach with a Master's in Nutrition from Cambridge. With over 10 years experience, she shares healthy recipes and science-backed slimming tips on SheCooksSheEats to help people reach their wellness goals. Jennifer stays up-to-date by regularly attending conferences and continuing her nutrition education. She aims to provide research-backed advice to inspire balanced, happy living.