13 Healthiest Drinks at Starbucks – 2020

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Starbucks is known for their coffee drinks, but unfortunately many of them are loaded with sugar, fat, and calories. This article provides 13 healthiest options for Starbucks drinks to suit many dietary needs, from low sugar, to sugar-free, to low calorie.

Note: all nutrition information provided in this article is for a “grande” size drink at Starbucks, which is 16 ounces.

3 Low Sugar Starbucks Drinks

If you’re limiting added sugar in your diet, it can be difficult to order at Starbucks. Most specialty coffee drinks—especially frappuccinos—are loaded with sugar from flavored syrups.

Luckily, there are some great options that contain 12 grams of sugar or less per serving. Here are three examples:

Cold Brew with Salted Honey Cold Foam

This indulgent iced coffee drink is made from cold-brew coffee, with a thick layer of creamy, lightly-sweetened foam on top.

At only 40 calories and 7 grams of sugar, it is ideal if you’re trying to limit sugar in your diet. 

  • Calories: 40
  • Fat: 0 grams
  • Protein: 2 grams
  • Carbs: 7 grams (7 grams from sugar)

Hot or Iced Coconut Milk Latte

Hot or iced, a coconut milk latte is not only low in sugar—especially compared to some other offerings from Starbucks—but also dairy-free and vegan.

  • Calories: 130
  • Fat: 8 grams
  • Protein: 1 gram
  • Carbs: 14 grams (12 grams from sugar)

Iced Tea

Starbucks has a wide variety of iced teas, including black tea, green tea, peach green tea, Passion Tango tea, guava white tea, and white tea. Each iced tea comes with 4 pumps of liquid sugar, but you can ask for fewer to cut even more sugar from these refreshing drinks.

  • Calories: 45
  • Fat: 0 grams
  • Protein: 0 grams
  • Carbs: 11 grams (11 grams from sugar)

3 Sugar-Free Starbucks Drinks

If you’re on the keto diet, strictly limiting sugar, or have diabetes, you may want to avoid sugar completely. These three options have no sugar, making them low in carbs and ideal for the keto diet: 

Hot or Iced Green Tea

A hot or iced green tea from Starbucks is a great sugar-free option. Be sure to specify that you don’t want any syrup or sweetener added. If you want some creaminess, ask for a splash of heavy cream.

And if you’re missing the sweet taste, add stevia packets or ask for a few pumps of sugar-free vanilla syrup.

  • Calories: 0
  • Fat: 0 grams
  • Protein: 0 grams
  • Carbs: 0 grams (0 grams from sugar)

Caffè Americano with Heavy Cream and Sugar Free Syrup

A caffè Americano from Starbucks is made by mixing espresso and hot water. However, with some smart additions, you can turn an Americano into a sweet, creamy, and sugar-free treat.

Ask for a splash of heavy cream in your drink, and 2 or 3 pumps of a sugar-free syrup, like sugar-free vanilla or sugar-free Cinnamon Dolce.

  • Calories: 118 
  • Fat: 11 grams
  • Protein: 0 grams
  • Carbs: 4 grams (0 grams from sugar)

Hot or Iced Coffee with Heavy Cream and Sugar Free Syrup

Like the Americano, you can also dress up a plain hot or iced coffee to replicate your favorite sugary Starbucks drinks. To order one of these drinks, ask for a plain hot or iced coffee with a splash of heavy cream and 2 or 3 pumps of sugar-free vanilla or Cinnamon Dolce syrup.

  • Calories: 118
  • Fat: 11 grams
  • Protein: 0 grams
  • Carbs: 4 grams (0 grams from sugar)

4 Low Calorie Starbucks Drinks

The following drinks from Starbucks all contain 100 calories or less, making them ideal if you’re on a calorie-restricted diet or trying to lose weight. A 100-calorie drink can fit into even the strictest low-calorie diets.

Black Coffee

Black coffee is a basic and inexpensive option at Starbucks, and they offer a wide variety of brews—so you’re sure to find one you like. Some low calorie additions include a splash of milk, stevia packets, or sugar-free syrup.

  • Calories: 0
  • Fat: 0 grams
  • Protein: 0 grams
  • Carbs: 0 grams (0 grams from sugar)

Brewed Tea

Like black coffee, brewed tea is another calorie-free option at Starbucks. Starbucks offers a variety of brewed teas, and they can be sweetened with stevia packets or sugar-free syrup to keep the calories low. You can also add a splash of milk for some creaminess.

  • Calories: 0
  • Fat: 0 grams
  • Protein: 0 grams
  • Carbs: 0 grams (0 grams from sugar)

Cold Brew Coffee with Milk

Cold brew coffee with milk is a straightforward drink: it’s an iced coffee with a splash of milk. At only 35 calories, it’s ideal for a low-calorie diet. To make it sweet and keep the calories low you could add a few pumps of sugar-free syrup or packets of stevia.

  • Calories: 35
  • Fat: 2 grams
  • Protein: 2 grams
  • Carbs: 3 grams (3 grams from sugar)

Hot or Iced Almond Milk Honey Flat White

A flat white is made from espresso with lightly foamed milk. Although it’s still a sweet and indulgent drink, the almond milk brings the calorie count down. Additionally, it’s only lightly sweetened, so it doesn’t have as much sugar as some other Starbucks drinks, like a mocha or a frappuccino.

  • Calories: 100
  • Fat: 3 grams
  • Protein: 1 gram
  • Carbs: 20 grams (17 grams from sugar)

3 Healthy Starbucks Coffee Drinks

The final three options on this list are some solid choices for coffee that will fit in almost any healthy eating plan. They can be customized with syrups or milks to make the perfect drink for you.

Caffè Americano

A caffè Americano is made from espresso and hot water. At only 15 calories, it’s a healthy option. Leave room for cream or milk and add stevia packets to adjust the taste to your liking.

  • Calories: 15
  • Fat: 0 grams
  • Protein: 1 gram
  • Carbs: 2 grams (0 grams from sugar)

Cold Brew Coffee

Cold brew coffee has a smooth flavor and actually has even more caffeine and chlorogenic acid—a compound that gives coffee many of its health benefits—than regular brewed coffee, making it an all-around healthy choice.

You can add a little bit of milk and some stevia or sugar-free syrup to customize the taste, sweetness, and creaminess of the drink (1).

  • Calories: 0
  • Fat: 0 grams
  • Protein: 0 grams
  • Carbs: 0 grams (0 grams from sugar)

Cappuccino

Cappuccinos are made with espresso, steamed milk, and milk foam.

They have more foam than a flat white, although if you dislike too much foam you can ask for a “wet” cappuccino.

Being lower in calories and sugar than several other Starbucks drinks, a cappuccino is a great option for people who are looking to make healthier choices.

  • Calories: 120
  • Fat: 4 grams
  • Protein: 8 grams
  • Carbs: 12 grams (10 grams from sugar)

Summary

As you can see, there are plenty of healthy and tasty options at Starbucks to meet a variety of dietary needs—like low-sugar, sugar-free, and low-calorie.

Best of all, they include some indulgent coffee drinks. Just because you’re watching your health doesn’t mean you have to miss out on Starbucks. Try out some of the healthiest drinks at starbucks.

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