Whether it’s on the way to work or in the middle of a hot summer day, we know how difficult it can be to say no to a refreshing drink at Starbucks. One drink here, another there, and suddenly you’ve had four and they equate to your whole days worth of calories.
Thankfully, resisting the urge isn’t the only way to curb those calories! The great thing about Starbucks is that you can create your own customizable beverages — our favourite low calorie drinks made it onto this list, so your job now is to make sure to ask your barista for these healthy modifications.
Iced Coffee or Cold Brew Iced Coffee
CALORIES: 3-110 cals
Skip the milk if you can stand to drink your coffee black or substitute for nonfat, coconut, almond, or soy milk… you can also make it half sweet!
CALORIES: 70-90 cals
For those who aren’t huge coffee lovers on a warm summer day - the refreshers are fruity, don’t require added syrups, and you can still get your caffeine fix!
Americano or Cafe Misto
Calories: 40 - 60 cals
If you love sipping on a foamy latte but don’t want the extra calories that come with it, ask for a Misto. A Misto is comprised of half hot water and half steamed milk — half the calories! Substitute the milk for a healthier alternative like steamed almond milk.
Iced Half Sweet Almond Milk Vanilla Latte
CALORIES: 100 - 200 cals
If you're a fan of lattes, this is a great option. It's not too sweet but still has that creamy light texture. We're all about eliminating dairy, so switch things up and make your latte vanilla based!
CALORIES: 0-90 cals
One of our favourite low-cal picks for a quick thirst quencher: choose your preferred tea, remove the lemonade and sweeteners! If it’s really unbearable, you can ask for it half-sweetened and with less lemonade.
Starbucks Double Shot on Ice
CALORIES: 50-100 cals
From a former barista — this one is a favourite all year round. Your espresso shots are poured over ice and shaken with sweetener. Less than an inch of milk is added on top! It’s our favourite coffee pick-me-up and you can ask for it half sweetened with milk substitutes as well.
Tea or Coffee
CALORIES: 0-5 cals
A hot cup of tea or coffee will never go out of style… even during a warm summer morning!