Starbucks coffee is a treat year-round, but sadly, it’s true: most Starbucks beverages are loaded with carbs, fat, and sugar.
The good news? There are plenty of delicious Starbucks drinks at less than 200 calories.
Keep reading for 15 healthy Starbucks drinks that don’t sacrifice on flavor.
15 Healthy Starbucks Drinks that Taste Amazing
Calorie counts are for tall sizes.
1. Brewed Coffee or Americano: 5-10 Calories
At just 5 and 10 calories, respectively, plain coffees and cafe Americanos (espresso diluted with hot water) are the lowest calorie Starbucks drinks on the menu. If you find them bitter, ask for a light splash of any milk to add creaminess for very few calories.
2. Nonfat Cappuccino: 60 calories
My signature frothy drink when I’m watching calories, a cappuccino combines rich espresso with frothy, foamy milk. This is the lowest milk-based option on Starbucks’ menu. Sprinkle cinnamon or nutmeg on top for even more flavor.
3. Iced Brown Sugar Oat Milk Shaken Espresso: 90 calories
Espresso, brown sugar syrup, and oat milk are shaken over ice for a mildly sweet drink that clocks in at less than 100 calories. If you can’t get enough, order a grande or venti and ask for half the pumps of syrup.
4. Skinny Vanilla Latte: 100 calories
Lattes don’t have to be calorie bombs! This drink combines a few shots of espresso with frothed nonfat milk and a ribbon of sugar-free vanilla syrup. It’s caffeinating, creamy, a little sweet, and can be ordered hot or iced.
5. Caramel Frappuccino Light Blended Beverage: 100 calories
If you’re craving something blended, a light caramel Frappuccino is the healthiest iced option on the menu. It’s made with blended ice, nonfat milk, coffee, and caramel syrup. You can order many Starbucks Frappuccinos “light,” which means they’ll be made with with nonfat milk, no whip, and sugar-free syrup.
6. Iced Coffee with Syrup: 60 Calories
On a hot day, nothing beats an iced coffee. Starbucks includes sugar syrup that blends into the liquid with this drink, and you can add or reduce pumps as you please. I like to reduce the syrup pumps and add light half and half to make the drink less sweet and more creamy.
7. Nonfat Caramel Macchiato: 140 calories
Espresso is combined with unsweetened caramel and vanilla syrup, then topped with nonfat milk and a drizzle of caramel. To boot, this drink has 7 grams of protein in the hot and iced versions.
8. Blonde Flat White: 100 calories
If you like espresso-based drinks but want a stronger coffee flavor, try a flat white. Ordered with nonfat milk, this drink has just 100 calories and boasts 9 grams of protein. Order it hot or iced.
9. Skinny Chai Tea Latte: 120 calories
Tea lovers, this one’s for you! This spicy, cozy choice is a classic healthy Starbucks drink for fall that’s made with cinnamon- and clove-infused black tea and steamed and frothed milk. A nonfat tall chai latte clocks in at just 120 calories.
10. Nitro Cold Brew: 5 calories
Love cold brew but looking for even more of a caffeine boost? Try a nitro cold brew. Infused with nitrogen as it’s poured out of a tap, it’s slightly creamy and foamy. This summer favorite has 0 grams of sugar and just 5 calories when you don’t add milk or syrup.
11. Cold Brew: 5 Calories
Cold brew is made with a slow-steeping process that gives more depth to the iced coffee. This is my go-to drink in the warm seasons when I want more of a caffeine kick than iced coffee. Add a light splash of any milk for just a few more calories.
12. Shaken Iced Green Tea: 0 calories
This drink combines lemongrass, mint, and lemon verbena. Green tea has health benefits that include improved fat burning, antioxidants, and brain function. Be sure to ask for it unsweetened.
13. Very Berry Hibiscus Refresher: 50 calories
If you’ve ever seen a raspberry-colored Starbucks drink, it’s probably a refresher. These combine Teavana iced tea with fruit juice and add-ins to create a refreshing sip. For an even lower calorie option, try the Iced Passion Tango Tea (30 calories).
14. Peach Tranquility Tea: 0 Calories
If you love peach tea, the Peach Tranquility Tea has hints of chamomile, rose hips, lemon verbena, and, of course, peach. Be mindful of the sweetener you choose to keep it 0 calories. It’s caffeine-free too!
15. Nonfat Cafe Mocha: 190 calories
While a rich, chocolate-flavored coffee isn’t exactly healthy, sometimes true chocolate lovers just need their weekly dose. The trick? Ask for non-fat milk, no whipped cream, and light mocha sauce.
6 Tips to Create a Healthy Starbucks Drink
You can craft any Starbucks drink into a relatively healthy one. Below are 6 ways to make any drink you order lighter.
1. Skip Sweeteners
Rather than adding white sugar or syrup to your drink, try a packet of stevia or a sprinkle of cinnamon. Both are available at the milk station or by asking a barista.
2. Try Alternative Milk
Starbucks uses whole milk unless otherwise requested, but stores also carry 2%, nonfat, soy, coconut, oat, and almond milk. Subbing almond milk for full-fat milk on a tall latte can save you 80 calories. Almond milk is the lowest carb, calorie, and fat milk on their menu.
3. Customize Syrup Pumps
Starbucks offers eight syrups year-round, but one pump contains 20 calories. A standard grande has 4 pumps—that’s 80 calories! Try reducing the number of pumps or asking for a sugar-free syrup.
4. Withhold the Whip
The standard whipped cream serving for a tall adds 82 calories and 8 grams of fat. If you can’t imagine going whipped-cream-free, ask for light whipped cream.
5. Order a Tall
If you’re craving a classic Starbucks creation without low cal substitutions, order a tall and savor it. You’ll still enjoy a treat while avoiding the calories of a grande or venti.
6. Check the Starbucks Menu for Calories
Starbucks in the U.S. now list nutritional info for standard drinks on their menus. You can see nutritional info for more drinks in the Starbucks app.
If you’re looking for more healthy options at Starbucks, check out my top 10 low calorie iced Starbucks drinks.
What’s your favorite healthy Starbucks drink? Let me know what you order in the comments!
16 thoughts on “15 Healthy Starbucks Drinks that Actually Taste Amazing”
The Irish Cream cold brew sounds amazing. My brother in law works for Starbucks and we plan to come up with a family drink. lol!
Great one! I agree CINNAMON HONEY ICED LATTE tastes like a honey graham cracker. That’s why I love this.
Hi, just a few updates for your article. (2) Starbucks uses 2% for lattes and macchiatos; whole milk is only used for flat whites and blended frappaccinos. (Bonus) As a barista, I cannot fill your reusable cup, but if you bring it with you, you will still get a 10 cent discount. The caramel macchiatos are flavored with only vanilla syrup, if you want caramel syrup you will have to ask for it and be charged extra. Lastly, many of the licensed stores (target, grocery stores) do not carry nitro, light mocha, light frappaccino base or blonde espresso.
Ooh, thanks for the helpful tips! I didn’t know any of those things and will update the article accordingly. Thank you so much for the feedback!
Corporate stores don’t carry light Mocha or light Frap either anymore. & the very berry has been very discontinued
Thanks for the info!
Passion Tango Tea, no sweetener!
I work at Starbucks. Whole milk has not been standard since 2007 except for frappucinos and flat whites. Other than a couple drinks that come standard with coconut milk or oat milk, the milk you will get in any latte or other custom beverage is 2% milk unless otherwise requested.
Good to know! Thanks for your comment.
The milk part is not true. Starbucks only uses whole milk for Frappuccinos and flat whites, the rest is 2%.
Good to know! Thanks for that feedback.
Venti cold brew, plain cold foam and 3 shots of espresso