8 Better-for-You Drinks on the Starbucks Menu
Here's how you can make your daily coffee run healthier.
Your Morning Cup of Joe
Let’s be honest, we all hit up Starbucks at least once in a while — some of us every morning — for a fun new latte or sweet Frappucino. The problem is many of the drinks on Starbucks' menu are loaded with sugar and fat, making this coffee run a fairly unhealthy habit. But how do you know what to order to get your caffeine fix without the calories? To help make your order a little healthier (and easier), we've rounded up the healthiest options on the menu so you can make a quick decision without holding up the line.
How We Did It
Thanks to the Starbucks app it's now incredibly easy not only to view the menu ahead of time, and to customize drinks to your nutritional wants and needs. The nutrition facts automatically update as you make tweaks to your beverage of choice. You can even place a mobile order to pick up your healthy coffee quicker.
Craving a cozy blend of espresso and foamy milk? A 16-fluid ounce serving made with reduced fat 2% milk is a very sensible 120 calories; if you need a little sweetness, 1 teaspoon of sugar only adds 15 additional calories.
Very Berry Hibiscus Refresher
These shaken fruit drinks are a hot item year-round. The Very Berry flavor (without lemonade) has 70 calories and is the lowest in sugar with only 19 grams per 16 fl oz serving. This drink also contains caffeine (about 1/2 of what you'd find in an 8-ounce cup of coffee), so it'll keep you going all day long.
Youthberry White Tea
If brewed tea is more your thing, grab a mug of this antioxidant-rich, fruit tea. This blend has zero calories and less than 20 milligrams of caffeine per serving, so it won't make you too jittery.
Don’t count out Starbucks' daily drips! This simple roasted coffee, with a modest amount of milk and sugar, can be a sensible choice. Try a sprinkle of cocoa powder or cinnamon to boost the flavor without adding extra calories.
Teavana Shaken Strawberry Green Tea Infusion
You won't find any artificial flavors or sweeteners in this blended iced tea. Made from a refreshing mix of green tea, lemongrass, hibiscus and liquid cane sugar, it's no wonder why this botanical blend makes a great afternoon pick-me-up.
Espresso Frappuccino Blended Coffee
Pass on the whipped cream and enjoy your frosty coffee with a few less bells and whistles. This Grande espresso version, with whole milk, comes in at 230 calories and 48 grams of sugar. To cut the sugar and calories, ask for just one or two pumps of coffee syrup, instead of three.
At only 5 calories, this chilly and smooth cold brew is super popular with hordes of coffee-lovers.
Iced Lightly Sweet Chia Latte
This spice-infused sipper tastes like a decadent treat without actually being one! Opt for a tall size with nonfat milk when you're feeling indulgent — it'll only cost you 110 calories per serving!