On a weight loss diet or keeping track of calories, but missing Starbucks? These are the BEST low calorie Starbucks drinks to choose from, including over 12 homemade recipes!
When I first started my low calorie diet, I thought I had to give up some of my favorite things.
My typical diet wasn’t bad per se- it just included too many calorie-dense foods and drinks that I actually thought were healthy.
Instead of cutting out those foods and drinks, I simply made low calorie version of them. I’d have a low calorie bagel for breakfast, pasta for lunch, and even low calorie pizza for dinner. For drinks, though, I still maintained my daily Starbucks habit, but choosing low calorie options!
Starbucks and a low calorie diet
Starbucks is truly a coffee chain that caters for ALL diets. You’ll find their standard range of food and beverages, but also ways to tweak them to be low carb, dairy free, and now, low calorie.
With a few smart swaps, you can enjoy vanilla lattes, frappuccinos, and other blended or flavored beverages with half the calories and sugar. Whether you like hot drinks or iced drinks, you’ll be covered.
How to order low calorie Starbucks drinks?
All of the Starbucks beverages can easily be made low calorie with a few smart swaps-
- Choose non-fat or dairy free beverages. Not-fat milk and almond milk both have very low calories, over half the calories of full fat milk.
- Request sugar free syrups. For a grande sized coffee, there are four pumps of syrup. Each pump has 20 calories, that adds 80 calories per drink. By switching to the sugar free syrup, you cut all the calories from it completely.
- Opt for black tea and coffee. Most of us enjoy the notion of a iced or hot beverage. By choosing unsweetened tea or coffee, you’ll be looking at less than 5 calories per serving.
Which Starbucks drink has the least calories?
Nearly every single drink can be have the calories slashed significantly, with a few changes. Here are the 40 most popular hot and cold beverages that almost all clock in at under 150 calories!
Please note– These are the caloric amounts based on a tall beverage (354 ml) using non-fat milk and any substitutions listed below.
Low calorie hot Starbucks drinks
Black teas: 0 calories when unsweetened.
Green teas: 1 calorie when unsweetened.
Herbal teas: 1-2 calories when unsweetened.
Americano and brewed coffee: 3 calories.
Caffe misto: 60 calories.
Cappuccino: 60 calories.
Blonde latte: 80 calories.
Flat white: 100 calories.
Caffe latte: 100 calories.
London fog: 110 calories as is, 70 calories with sugar free syrup.
Caramel macchiato: 150 calories as is, 80 calories with no whip and sugar free caramel syrup.
Cinnamon dolce latte: 160 calories as is, 100 calories with no whip and sugar free cinnamon dolce syrup.
Chai tea latte: 160 calories as is, 100 calories with sugar free syrup.
Caffe mocha: 190 calories with no whip. 100 calories with non-fat milk and sugar free syrup.
Hot chocolate: 210 calories as is, 150 calories with no added sugar.
Low calorie iced Starbucks drinks
Nitro cold brew: 3 calories.
Iced americano: 3 calories.
Black teas: 1-3 calories.
Green teas: 1-3 calories.
Herbal teas: 1-3 calories.
Iced coffee: 3 calories.
Refreshers: 60-70 calories each, depending on the flavor.
Cafe latte: 70 calories.
Lemonade: 70 calories.
Vanilla sweet cream cold brew: 100 calories as is, 60 calories with sugar free syrup.
Cinnamon dolce latte: 100 calories as is, 70 calories with sugar free cinnamon dolce syrup.
Flat white: 100 calories.
Shaken espresso: 120 calories.
Caramel macchiato: 120 calories as is, 65 calories with extra ice and sugar free caramel syrup.
Mochas: 150 calories as is, 80 calories with non-fat milk and sugar free syrup.
Chai tea: 150 calories as is, 100 calories with sugar free syrup.
Frappuccinos: 200 calories as is, 100 calories for a keto version or 40 calories for a homemade Frappuccino.
How to make low calorie Starbucks drinks at home?
Did you know you can easily make your favorite Starbucks drinks in the comfort of your own home? Here are 12 homemade recipes for the most popular and delicious Starbucks beverages. You’ll find hot beverages, iced beverages, and even some seasonal ones! Every recipe has less than 100 calories per serving, and cost a fraction of what you’d pay at the coffee shop!
Almond milk hot chocolate
Keto hot chocolate
Low calorie smoothies
Pumpkin spice latte
Salted caramel cream cold brew
Caramel ribbon crunch Frappucino
Almond milk latte
Oat milk latte
Frequently Asked Questions
The best drinks at Starbucks for those on a weight loss diet are unsweetened black tea, coffee, cold brew, or nitro cold brew. However, many of their skinny beverages, like a skinny latte, have less than 100 calories per tall cup.
The healthiest drinks at Starbucks are their unsweetened teas. They have no calories and also provide nutrients and vitamins.
A skinny drink at Starbucks is any milk-based hot or cold beverage that uses non-fat milk instead of whole milk.
Add all the ingredients into a high speed blender and blend until smooth.
Pour into two glasses and add fat free whipped cream and sugar free syrup, if desired.
Instant coffee and instant espresso work.
Serving: 1drink | Calories: 35kcal | Carbohydrates: 7g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Sodium: 136mg | Potassium: 58mg | Fiber: 1g | Calcium: 108mg | Iron: 1mg | NET CARBS: 6g