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southerncurlsandpearls.com · Jan 18, 2021

10 Healthier Starbucks Drinks

It’s no secret that I LOVE Starbucks (I think that’s apparent from just one glance at my Instagram feed, lol.) Starbucks coffee always make me happy, whether it’s a cozy hot latte in the winter or a refreshing iced-coffee in the summer. Unfortunately, many Starbucks drinks are high in calories, fat and sugar… but with a few tweaks to your order, you can make your Starbucks run a little healthier.

Since I’ve been preparing for baby, my assistant Chelsea has been on a mission to find the best and tastiest drinks at Starbucks that are also *healthier* than the regular versions. Below are the best ten that she tried! One thing to note about these orders is that they are completely customizable. We chose to make these drinks creamier with almond milk because it is the lightest milk available at Starbucks and we both really enjoy the taste! However, if you don’t like almond milk, you can substitute your favorite milk (oat milk, coconut milk and soy milk are all great options!). You can also play around with the sweeteners and flavor shots to really make the drinks your own.

By the way, of these are grande size… cause who wants just a tall?!

Hot Drinks:

  • White Chocolate Mocha (about 100 Calories)
    • Grande Americano with two shots
    • One pump of white mocha
    • Two pumps of sugar free vanilla
    • Substitute with almond milk
  • Salted Caramel Mocha (about 100 Calories)
    • Grande Cafe Misto
    • One pump of toffee nut
    • One pump of mocha
    • Substitute with almond milk
    • One stevia
  • Vanilla Cappuccino (about 100 Calories)
    • Grande Cappuccino
    • Two pumps of vanilla
    • Substitute with almond milk
    • One stevia
  • Flat White (about 100 Calories)
    • Grande Flat White
    • Substitute with almond milk
    • One stevia
    • Top with extra cinnamon powder
  • Vanilla Bean Coconut Latte (about 110 Calories)
    • Grande Vanilla Bean Coconut Latte
    • One pump of sugar free vanilla
    • Substitute with almond milk
    • One Stevia
  • Cinnamon Bun Latte (about 100 Calories)
    • Grande Cafe Misto
    • One pump of cinnamon dolce
    • One pump of vanilla
    • Substitute with almond milk
    • One Stevia

Cold Drinks:

  • Caramel Iced Coffee (about 60 Calories)
    • Grande Unsweetened Iced Coffee
    • One pump of caramel
    • Two pumps of sugar free vanilla
    • Splash of almond milk
  • Honey Almond Cold Brew (about 50 Calories)
    • Grande Cold Brew
    • Splash of Almond Milk
    • Two Honey Blends
  • Cinnamon Bun Cold Brew (about 70 Calories)
    • Grande Cold Brew
    • Cinnamon oat milk foam
    • One pump of cinnamon dolce
    • One pump of sugar free vanilla
  • Iced Mocha (about 60 Calories)
    • Grande Unsweetened Iced Coffee
    • One pump of mocha
    • One pump of sugar free vanilla
    • Splash of almond milk

Other Healthful Starbucks Tips:

  • Replace added sugars with cinnamon or honey: A sprinkle of cinnamon or a blend of honey will give your drink extra flavor with added health benefits.
  • Try a milk alternative: You can cut around 90 calories from your drink order by substituting almond milk for full fat milk in your latte! Starbucks also carries 2% milk, nonfat milk, soy milk, coconut milk, and oat milk for lighter cream options.
  • Customize syrup pumps: One pump of Starbucks flavor syrups contains around 20 calories, and a standard grande has four pumps. Try customizing the number of pumps or asking for a sugar-free syrup to create a healthier version of your favorite drink.
  • Skip the whipped cream: The standard whipped cream serving adds about 85 calories to your drink. If you really want whipped cream, ask the barista for lite whip instead.
  • Bring your own reusable cup: Starbucks drinks are $0.10 off if you bring your own coffee cup. Although this tip may not save you calories, it will save you money and help save the environment too!

I’d love to hear your favorite healthier Starbucks orders, if you have a favorite!!!

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