12 Best Low-Calorie Starbucks Drinks, According to A Dietitian
Starbucks drinks are always a treat. The Starbucks menu is always evolving, but unfortunately, many of their new drinks are notoriously high in calories, fat, and sugar. (Remember the Unicorn Frappuccino?)
Luckily, if you know how to order right, you can turn your go-to orders into healthy Starbucks drinks. And for more of a shortcut, just keep this list bookmarked on your phone as your guide to the best low-calorie Starbucks drinks.
How to order the best, low-calorie Starbucks drinks.
Brittany Modell, MS, RD, CDN, registered dietitian and founder of Brittany Modell Nutrition and Wellness, has 5 easy tips for how to order healthy Starbucks drinks.
- Go for unsweetened options. "Drinks do not always list when they are sweetened, so ask!" says Modell.
- Request less sweetener. "If you want additional sweetness, ask for only one pump of syrup when building your drink," says Modell.
- 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.
- Stick with lower-fat milk options. "Try choosing skim, 1 percent, 2 percent, or almond milk," says Modell.
- Skip the Grande. "Go for the smaller cup size (Tall), which will save you money and calories!" says Modell.
Here are 12 of the healthiest low-calorie drinks you should order.
One of the best Starbucks drinks is this Nitro Cold Brew. It's full of flavor, and it has a sweet vanilla cream top that only contains 4 grams of sugar.
Skip the Earl Gray and try this hot green tea with extra flavors of spearmint, lemon verbena, and lemongrass.
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.
For a non-dairy drink, this coconut milk-based latte is made with vanilla bean powder and a shot of blonde espresso.
This fresh strawberry tea is packed with antioxidants from green tea, and flavored with mint, flowers, and lemongrass.
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: For healthy Starbucks drinks, order your Frap "light." This means baristas will make it with sugar-free syrup, nonfat milk, and without whipped cream
Low-Fat Cappuccino (1 percent)
This classic hot coffee drink still offers its signature espresso and frothy top. For a low-calorie Starbucks drink, this order uses 1 percent milk (instead of 2 percent) for a little fat and flavor.
This is one of the lowest-sugar, lowest-calorie options of the Refreshers drinks, with only 11 grams. Plus, it has real blackberries and Green Coffee extract that offers extra energy.
This non-fat latte is made with sugar-free cinnamon dolce flavored syrup for a warm and spicy treat.
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.
This Arnold Palmer dub combines tea and lemonade. Skip the additional pumps of syrup they add and you'll save serious calories.
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.