13 Best Low-Calorie Starbucks Drinks

While many coffee concoctions at Starbucks are overloaded with sugar and calories, you can keep your coffee order healthy by ordering these nutritionist-approved low-calorie drinks.

Starbucks drinks are always a treat. Their menu is always evolving, and we're always on our toes to hear about their latest concoctions, like the Chewbacca Frappuccino. To kick off 2020, they launched two new non-dairy drinks, an Almondmilk Honey Flat White and Coconutmilk Latte. But unfortunately, many of their drinks are notoriously high in calories, fat and sugar. But if you know how to order right, you can keep your favorites healthy.

How to order the healthiest, low-calorie drinks at Starbucks.

Brittany Modell, MS, RD, CDN, registered dietitian and founder of Brittany Modell Nutrition and Wellness, has 5 easy tips for how to keep you drinks healthy—but still yummy.

  1. Go for unsweetened options. "Drinks do not always list when they are sweetened, so ask!" says Modell.
  2. Request less sweetener. "If you want additional sweetness, ask for only one pump of syrup when building your drink," says Modell.
  3. Add cinnamon in place of added sugars. "Not only do you save on the sugar, but you get a boost of nutrients and additional health benefits from the cinnamon," says Modell.
  4. Stick with lower-fat milk options. "Try choosing skim, 1 percent, 2 percent, or almond milk," says Modell.
  5. Skip the Grande. "Go for the smaller cup size (Tall), which will save you money and calories!" says Modell.

Here are 13 of the healthiest low-calorie drinks you should order.

1

Nitro Cold Brew with Sweet Cream

starbucks nitro brew
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Tall (12 oz.): 70 calories, 5 g fat (3.5 g saturated fat), 15 mg sodium, 4 g carbs ( 4 g sugar) 1 g protein

This Nitro Cold Brew is full of flavor, and it has a sweet vanilla cream top that only contains 4 grams of sugar total.

2

Jade Citrus Mint Green Tea

starbucks jade citrus mint
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Tall (12 oz.) : 0 calories, 0 g fat (0 g saturated fat), 0 mg sodium, 0 g carbs ( 0 g sugar) 0 g protein

Skip the Earl Gray and try this hot green tea with extra flavors of spearmint, lemon verbena, and lemongrass.

3

Caffè Misto

starbucks caffe misto
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Tall (12 oz.) : 80 calories, 3 g fat (1.5 g saturated fat), 80 mg sodium, 8 g carbs ( 8 g sugar) 5 g protein

A misto is a one-to-one mix of brewed coffee and steamed milk. A tall made with 2 percent milk will only set you back 80 calories.

4

Iced Blonde Vanilla Bean Coconut Latte

starbucks blonde vanilla
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Tall (12 oz.) : 90 calories, 4 g fat (4 g saturated fat), 80 mg sodium, 14 g carbs (12 g sugar) 1 g protein

For a non-dairy drink, this coconut milk-based latte is made with vanilla bean powder and a shot of blonde espresso.

5

Teavana Shaken Strawberry Green Tea Infusion

starbucks green tea
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Tall (12 oz.) : 30 calories, 0 g fat (0 g saturated fat), 5 mg sodium, 8 g carbs ( 8 g sugar) 0 g protein

This fresh strawberry tea is packed with antioxidants from green tea, and flavored with mint, flowers, and lemongrass.

6

Caramel Frappuccino Light Blended Beverage

starbucks caramel frappuccino
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Tall (12 oz.) : 260 calories, 11 g fat (7 g saturated fat), 160 mg sodium, 38 g carbs ( 38 g sugar) 3 g protein

Starbucks' Frappuccinos are often made with multiple types of syrups, but this Caramel Frappuccino Light is made with sugar-free caramel syrup, coffee, nonfat milk, then blended with ice.

Frap pro-tip: Order your Frap "light," to be made with sugar-free syrup, nonfat milk and without whipped cream

7

Low-Fat Cappuccino (1 percent)

starbucks lowfat cappuccino
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Tall (12 oz.) : 90 calories, 3.5 g fat (1.5 g saturated fat), 80 mg sodium, 9 g carbs ( 8 g sugar) 6 g protein

This classic hot coffee drink still offers its signature espresso and frothy top, with 1 percent milk for a little fat and flavor.

8

Very Berry Hibiscus Starbucks Refresher

starbucks berry hibiscus refresher
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Tall (12 oz.) : 50 calories, 0 g fat (0 g saturated fat), 10 mg sodium, 13 g carbs ( 11 g sugar) 0 g protein

This is one of the lowest sugar options of the Refreshers drinks, with only 11 grams. Plus, it has real blackberries and Green Coffee extract that offers extra energy.

9

Mocha Light Frappuccino

starbucks mocha frappuccino
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Tall (12 oz.) : 240 calories, 9 g fat (6 g saturated fat), 150 mg sodium, 37 g carbs ( 35 g sugar) 4 g protein

This chocolatey Frap is blended with Starbucks coffee, sugar-free mocha sauce, nonfat milk, and ice.

10

Skinny Cinnamon Dolce Latte

starbucks cinnamon dolce latte
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Tall (12 oz.) : 140 calories, 3 g fat (2 g saturated fat), 80 mg sodium, 22 g carbs ( 22 g sugar) 5 g protein

This non-fat latte is made with sugar-free cinnamon dolce flavored syrup for a warm and spicy treat.

11

London Fog Tea Latte

starbucks fog tea
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Tall (12 oz.) : 140 calories, 3 g fat (2 g saturated fat), 80 mg sodium, 22 g carbs (22 g sugar), 5 g protein

This Earl gray tea latte has rich citrus and lavender flavors. Swap the vanilla syrup for sugar-free and make it nonfat to save extra calories.

12

Shaken Tazo Iced Black Tea Lemonade

starbucks iced black tea
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Tall (12 oz.) : 70 calories, 0 g fat (0 g saturated fat), 5 mg sodium, 17 g carbs (16 g sugar), 0 g protein

This Arnold Palmer dub combines tea and lemonade. Skip the additional pumps of syrup they add and you'll save serious calories.

13

Iced Coffee with 2 percent Milk and Sugar-Free Vanilla Syrup

starbucks iced coffee with milk
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Tall (12 oz.) : 80 calories, 1 g fat (0.5 g saturated fat), 30 mg sodium, 17 g carbs (17 g sugar) 2 g protein

This classic iced coffee is still creamy with 2 percent milk. For a low-calorie Starbucks drink, skip the added Classic Syrup and ask for vanilla sugar-free syrup.

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