If you’re looking for the perfect low-calorie caffeine boost to cool off with this summer, Starbucks provides some healthy options that actually taste good! Cut the calories and sugar from your iced latte by opting for sugar-free syrup and unsweetened almond or coconut milk. Swap a carb-laden fruit-packed smoothie for an unsweetened Passion Tango Tea (that way you won’t send your blood sugar levels sky-high).
And if you simply don’t have time to look at the nutrition labels, here are seven super delic Starbucks drinks you could sip on to beat the heat – all under 200 calories:
1. Skinny Iced Vanilla Latte, Tall – 60 calories/8 grams of sugar
Espresso blended with nonfat milk, sugar-free vanilla syrup and served over ice. The syrup is sweetened with sucralose so it’s low in carbs – one tall cup has about 60 per cent less calories and 70 per cent less sugar than its regular counterpart. Opt for unsweetened almond or coconut milk for even less carbs!
2. Coffee Light Frappuccino, Tall – 90 calories/18 grams sugar
This ice-frap is made from a light Frappuccino sauce and blended with roast coffee, nonfat milk and ice. It contains 18 grams less sugar and 70 fewer calories than its counterpart, so you can enjoy this (somewhat) guilt-free frothy summer treat in moderation.
3. Teavana Shaken Ice Passion Tango Tea, Tall – 30 calories/8 grams of sugar
This fruity blend of hibiscus, lemongrass and apple is lightly sweetened with cane sugar and handshaken with ice. It also contains 11 grams less sugar and 40 fewer calories than the coffee chain’s seemingly healthy matcha green tea lemonade.
4. Ombré Pink Drink, Grande – 100 calories/18 grams sugar
This Instagram-worthy beverage is basically a Very Berry Hibiscus Starbucks Refresher with coconut milk instead of water (the ombre effect comes from the tea separating from the coconut milk!) It not only looks cool, it contains 150 fewer calories and 36 grams less sugar than another popular pink summertime fav of the same size: the Strawberry Frappuccino.
5. Cold Brew with Cold Foam, Tall – 30 calories/5 grams sugar
Start your morning with a refreshing cold-brew coffee that’s been slow-steeped for 20 hours. Another reason to skip the add-ons: A simple cold brew contains 12 grams less sugar and 130 fewer calories than its counterpart of the same size: A Cold Brew with Salted Cream Cold Foam.
6. Evolution Fresh Organic Green Devotion – 35 calories/5 grams sugar
Perfect beverage for when you’re on the go! A leafy green blend that includes organic celery, cucumber, kale and spinach. Bonus: no added sweeteners or artificial flavors.
7. Pineapple Kona Pop Brewed Tea, Grande – 0 calories/0 grams of sugar
At the end of the evening, when you’re looking to sit back and relax, replace your glass of wine with a cup of delicious brewed tea. This pineapple and citrus infusion contains light floral undertones and is naturally caffeine-free.
A few final tips that will allow you to indulge in your fav summer beverages: Skip the whipped cream and you’ll save up to 110 calories, depending on the drink size. When possible, choose a sugar-free syrup (available in vanilla, mocha and cinnamon dolce). If you prefer regular syrup, you can always ask your barista for one pump to reduce calories.