As mercury is on the rise during the summer, it’s high time for enjoying iced coffee at Starbucks. But these usually, have a very high-calorie count which makes it difficult for calorie-conscious people to drink them. However, in this post, we’ll cover some of the low-calorie iced coffee Starbucks options for you to enjoy without worrying about your calorie intake. I’ll also give you my top 7 picks for you this summer.
Brands love to mix it up for people in the summers and Starbucks also adds valuable items to its inventory for people even if they are not coffee aficionados but enjoy a drink occasionally. I’ll admit that some of the Starbucks brews taste heavenly but most people avoid them because of their high-calorie count.
If you are in for a quick overview, here’s a solid tip for you. If you want a low-calorie drink, just order your regular drink and either ask for less syrup in it or if you are ordering a Frappuccino, you can ask for a “skinny” version of it. The barista at the counter will make sure there’s less calorie content in the drink (around 100 or less). The specific count is mentioned below with my top 7 picks for you.
Let’s have a brief overview of what to expect when ordering low-calorie iced coffee at Starbucks before diving deep into the content.
What Is The Lowest Calorie Iced Coffee at Starbucks?
Black iced coffee at Starbucks contains the lowest amount of calories (from 0-5), but then having this drink would require trained palates so they can forgive you for such a harsh tasting coffee.
However, if you’re a regular black coffee drinker, the ‘iced’ version of it would not be too difficult for you to drink.
There’s also a hot version of black coffee as well but this is beyond the scope of this post and we’ll cover that in a separate post.
How Do I Order a Healthy Iced Coffee From Starbucks?
The next time to decide to go to Starbucks, try these tips to order a nutritious drink with a low-calorie count:
- Less Sweetener
A pump of syrup contains 20 calories or more, so when you are ordering, the barista will ask if you want syrup in your drink and/or the number of pumps. You can order according to your preferences now that you know about the calorie count of the pumps.
- Select Low-Calorie Milk
If you are ordering a milk-based iced coffee, at the time of placing the order, you can ask the barista for oat milk, almond milk, or other low-fat variety to reduce the overall calorie intake in the drink.
Oat milk is a great option if you want my recommendation.
- Tall: Choose This Option
It’s pure common sense that the bigger the size of your drink, the higher the calorie count. The sizes vary including Tall, Grande, Venti, and Trenta (12 oz, 16 Oz, 20 Oz, and 30 Oz) respectively.
To reduce the amount of calorie intake, just choose the tall option from the above and you’ll have a nutritious drink. You could also ask the barista about the exact number of calories you’d be consuming in each size.
- Without The Whipped Cream
Whipped cream is all about calories in it. To reduce the amount of calorie intake, you can do away with the option of topping your drink with whipped cream.
While you’d still be consuming the calories in the drink you can reduce the count by as much as 80 calories by removing the whipped cream.
- Order A Light
Starbucks also serves the “light” versions of its drinks. The next time you order, ask the barista for a light version of the drink and they’ll give you a sugar-free and fat-free milk-based drink. It’s a perfect option if you are actively looking to cut back on your calorie intake.
Related Post: Starbucks Cold Foam Drinks: Secret Menu Revealed!
My Top 7 Picks For You
Here is a list of my favorite picks for you. You’ll love these drinks if you are looking to reduce your calorie intake but don’t want to compromise too much on the quality of your drink.
- Starbucks Nitro Cold Brew: Size: Tall | Calories Count: 1
The Starbucks Nitro Cold Brew uses citrus-based flavors to give it a powerful punch with a hint of sweetness.
They also add nitrogen shot giving it a fluffy crema at the top. Even though the drink appears to be quite heavy but since there are no sweeteners added to prepare it, it’s a safe option for diet-conscious individuals.
The nitrogen used to brew it makes it one of the finest options that are sure to please your palates while not affecting your well-being in the process.
- Starbucks Filter Coffee: Size: Tall | Calories Count: 2
This comes in black and also with milk and cream. If you want to keep the calorie count to a minimum (2), then choose the black version of the filter coffee tall size. A sip of it just contains one calorie if had black.
The larger sizes, of course, have more calories per cup but overall the calorie count should not increase more than 5 if you are having it black.
- Starbucks Espresso Macchiato: Size: Doppio | Calories Intake: 15
Espresso coffees generally have a low-calorie count. It does have traces of sweetness in the taste because the frothy steamed milk gives it a creamy texture. However, its calorie intake is still within the safe range of 15 calories per cup.
Starbucks Espresso Macchiato is a very good option to try if you are looking for a strong coffee with a hint of sweetness in its taste.
You should be aware of the difference between Espresso Macchiato and Latte Macchiato because the latter would definitely have a higher calorie count because of the cream and milk.
- Caffé Americano: 15 Calories
If you are in the US, you’d be aware of the Caffe Americano. It’s similar to espresso but with a hint of froth. It’s a strong drink and if you don’t prefer your coffee intense, this is not a good option for you.
It’s a great choice for someone who has developed a taste for strong coffee and is a regular coffee drinker. If you are a beginner and have ordered an Americano, you’re better off adding sugar to the drink to make it milder in taste.
- Cold Brew with Cold Foam: 35 Calories
These drinks have more calories in them than the ones explained above. As evident from the name, its toppings are cold. Starbucks has introduced a wide variety of cold foam drinks and I’ve covered them in a separate post.
The process would remain the same, if you go for a cold brew prepared using non-fat milk, it should reduce the calorie count. Overall, the calorie intake is not more than 35 in a cold brew with cold foam.
- Caffe Misto: 80 Calories
This is a unique drink brewed using evaporated milk. It’s different from a latte (though it’s still quite heavy) because it uses evaporated milk rather than espresso during the brewing process.
To reduce the calorie count further, you can ask the barista to use skimmed milk. The overall calories are still under 100 in Caffe Misto drinks.
- Cool Lime Refresher (60 Calories)
If you are looking for a refreshing drink with a punchy flavor (lime) this is a great option. Its notes are more on the sweeter side and have some sugar added.
During the hot summers, this can be a perfect partner to energize you throughout the day without compromising too much on your calorie consumption. Due to the presence of lime juice, this Cool lime refresher has a natural sweetness and a lot of energy.
The drink has only 14 grams of sugar, which is minor when compared to other Starbucks beverages. It may be the most excellent option for hot summer days when you want to keep your calorie intake in check.
Secret Low-Calorie Starbucks Drinks (Bonus)
If you’ve made it this far in the post, let me give you some bonus options from Starbucks’ secret menu. Try these out and let me know in the comments if you liked these low-calorie iced coffees.
Berry Hibiscus Starbucks Refresher (60 Calories)
Made by using fruit juice and blackberries as the star ingredients in the brew, this is a refreshing drink to try during the hot summers.
It’s an excellent choice for people actively trying to put off some weight. Even though it does contain some calories, considering the quality of the brew, this intake is worth it. Also, when you are on a strict diet, you should reward yourself every once in a while because you deserve it.
Iced Blonde Vanilla Bean Coconut Latte (100 Calories)
The name might suggest a high-calorie drink but the overall calorie count in this Blonde iced drink does not exceed 100 (surprising, right?).
It’s called blonde because espresso is sprinkled on the top of the drink to give it the desired texture.
Beat the heat with this option and you won’t regret ordering it.
Skinny Caramel Macchiato (105 Calories)
Brewed using golden caramel syrup, the skinny version of this iced coffee is definitely worth trying during the hot weather. It doesn’t have that punchy feel to its flavor, but it’s still a great option for you to try if you like smooth drinks.
That was all about low-calorie iced coffee at Starbucks with plenty of options for you to try from. If you liked this information, do share it with others using the social share buttons below.
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Have a great day!