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As you all know, I’m a HUGE coffee lover…I love getting Starbucks, but hate the extra calories in their sugary drinks! I always have a sweet tooth so I started searching for healthier coffee options that help fulfill my sweet tooth, without adding excessive calories. With summer coming up, I’ve opted for healthier options when I get my weekly Starbucks fix. Today I’m sharing 3 healthy Starbucks coffee drinks!
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Tips To Make Your Coffee Order Healthier
There are so many ways to cut down calories when ordering your favorite Starbucks drinks! Here are a few quick tips:
- Pass on the whipped cream! The whipped cream can add an extra 80-100 calories (depending on the size of your drink!) I will give you tips on how to replace the void, don’t worry!
- Replace whipped cream with cold foam. Oatmilk cold foam is my favorite, but you can go with regular milk cold foam for even less calories!
- Add sugar-free syrups. Starbucks has a few different SF syrup options like mocha, vanilla, caramel, and cinnamon dolce. They add sweetness and flavor and you can ask for however many pumps you want.
- Choose a lower calorie milk option! Whole milk and 2% milk have over 260+ calories in the grande but coconut milk and nonfat milk have 180 calories per 16 oz. (P.S. almond milk has only 130 calories in 16 oz!)
The Drinks & How To Order Them
Cold Brew with Cold Foam
This iced coffee features the cold foam I was talking about! If you typically order a grande, this drink with regular cold foam is only 35 calories! You can ask your barista for a grande cold brew with cold foam (and 1 pump of SF syrup of your choice for extra sweetness and flavor!). Personally this is my favorite drink, I sometimes just add a pump of hazelnut or Irish sweet cream!
Caramel Macchiato with Almond Milk
Let me start by saying that the classic caramel macchiato (grande, with 2% milk and 3 pumps of vanilla syrup and caramel sauce) is 250 calories. To reduce the calories, swap the 2% milk with almond milk and the syrup/ sauce with SF vanilla and SF caramel syrup. With these modifications, the grande caramel macchiato with almond milk would be down to 170 calories! This works for hot or iced.
A classic favorite! An unmodified grande mocha from Starbucks is 260 calories. Here’s how to bring that down to 120 calories! The “skinny” refers to sugar-free mocha syrup so you can ask your barista for a grande skinny mocha with nonfat milk (hot or iced- up to you!)
Bonus Coffee Order!
Here is one last healthier coffee order you can try! This is a fun one…it’s an iced vanilla bean coconut milk latte. Coconut milk is so delicious! It’s a little sweet, but not overpowering. I prefer it over soy by a long shot! This drink is only 140 calories in a grande and is super tasty! Made with coconut milk and vanilla bean powder (you can substitute SF vanilla syrup to save 10 calories from the powder.)