5 Delicious Low Calorie Starbucks Drinks

Starbucks may be America’s favorite coffeehouse and completely irresistible, but the calories in many coffee drinks can add up quickly.

Even worse, research has shown that we do not get the same sense of fullness from the calories consumed from beverages as we do from the calories consumed from food, even when the calories are equal. If you are trying to watch your weight, it can be challenging to do so if you consume high calorie beverages regularly.

While you might not be aware of it, many of the drinks on the Starbucks menu contain enough calories to replace an entire meal. That’s a lot of calories and it could easily wreck your diet. That doesn’t necessarily mean you must forego a cup of java or even tea, however.

It simply means that you need to educate yourself about the healthiest options at Starbucks and make the best choices that will allow you to continue enjoying coffee beverages without sacrificing your diet.

1. Cold Brew Coffee

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Not a fan of hot coffee or looking for something cool and refreshing on a hot summer’s day? A cold brew from Starbucks only contains about 5 calories and zero grams of sugar. Even if you indulge and add a bit of 2% milk, it only kicks the calorie content up to 25 and the sugar content up to 2 grams.

2. Iced Coffee

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Prefer an iced coffee? Order an unsweetened iced coffee to satisfy your longing and stick to your diet. You could even request a lightly sweetened coffee over ice and keep it to 60 calories and 15 grams of sugar.

 

3. Iced Caffe Americano

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If you are a fan of fancy coffee drinks, this beverage will do the trick without adding a lot of calories. Basically, it’s just some espresso shots mixed with some water to create a layer of crema. When served over ice, this beverage clocks in at only 10 calories and zero grams of sugar.

4. Iced Skinny Mocha

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This is a light version of a traditional mocha. Made with espresso, non-fat milk, and skinny mocha, this decadent coffee beverage is served up with only 90 calories and 7 grams of sugar.

5. Doubleshot on Ice

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When you need a serious pick-me-up, this is the best choice. Made with chilled espresso combined with 2% milk and lightly sweetened, this drink will give you the boost you need but contains only 70 calories and 11 grams of sugar.

Other great low calorie drinks under 100 calories at Starbucks include:

  • Tall Pike Place Roast
  • Tall non-fat Café Misto/Café Au Lait
  • Tall non-fat Caffè Latte
  • Tall non-fat Cappuccino
  • Tall Skinny Cinnamon Dolce Latte
  • Tall Skinny Latte
  • Tall Skinny Caramel Latte
  • Solo Espresso
  • Tall Iced Caffè Americano
  • Tall non-fat Iced Caffè Latte
  • Tall Coffee Frappuccino® Light Blended Coffee
  • Tazo® Tea
  • Tall Tazo® Black Shaken Iced Tea

With so many options to choose from on the Starbucks menu, it can be easy to become overwhelmed when you’re in line. There are a few things you can do to reduce the calorie content in your favorite Starbucks beverages.

Be aware that the beverages packing the highest calorie punch at Starbucks include Iced Caffe Mocha made with whole milk, Frappuccino®, Caramel Apple Spice, Apple Chai Infusion, and the Caramel Brulee Crème made with whole milk and whipped cream.

To keep the calorie content in check, keep an eye on sizes when ordering. Make a habit of avoiding ordering a large or Venti. Ask for your beverage to be made with skim milk and skip the whipped cream to make it skinny. Choose a sugar-free syrup, such as the hazelnut, vanilla, or caramel. If you prefer to use a standard syrup, ask for your drink to be made with less syrup.

Remember, the drinks are not the only items at Starbucks to watch if you are trying to stick to your diet. When the line is long and you find yourself staring at the decadent treat in that glass display case, it can be easy to destroy your diet with just one order. To avoid this problem, try to use the drive-thru so you are not visually confronted with the sight of morning buns, scones, and muffins.

 

If you must actually enter the store and are feeling a bit munchy, opt for one of the healthier options, such as one of the bags of snack mix by the counter.

Just because you are on a diet and trying to get fit and healthy does not mean you must give up your favorite coffee beverages. By taking the time to learn about the best options, you can still sip a refreshing cup of java or tea without worrying that you are wrecking all of the work you have done to slim down and take control of your health.