Bring on The Caffeine, Hold The Calories

We all love Starbucks — it can sometimes even seem like a necessity to get through a long day of classes. But what not everybody realizes is that your favorite order could be racking up hundreds of calories, sometimes even enough to almost be a full meal.

That being said, you don’t have to stay away from a mid-day pick me up just because of this. There are many ways to get around that calorie count at Starbucks, while still enjoying a sweet treat. 

Iced Matcha Latte

Matcha is pretty high in caffeine, which makes an Iced Matcha Latte a go to drink for when you’ve got to hit the books. In a Grande, you get three scoops of Matcha Powder poured over two percent milk, totaling in 200 calories. This variation on the drink sounds a bit crazy, but you still get the awesome matcha flavor, saving you 120 calories. Looking to cut calories? Order this:

  • Grande Iced Matcha Latted with almond milk.
  • Only one scoop of Matcha Powder
  • Add three pumps of Sugar Free Vanilla Syrup. 
Mocha Iced Coffee

A Grande Mocha Iced Coffee, with no milk, will leave you with 100 calories, which is 25 calories per pump of mocha sauce. This switch up will give you the same great flavor, with just ten calories:

  • Grande Iced Americano, unsweetened.
  • Add two pumps of Sugar Free Vanilla Syrup.
  • Add two pumps of Sugar Free Mocha Sauce.
  • Add three packets of Stevia.
Caffe Vanilla Frappuccino

A Grande Caffe Vanilla Frappuccino consists of 430 calories, made of whole milk, coffee, three pumps of Coffee Frappuccino Syrup and three scoops of Vanilla Bean Powder. Upgrade to a Venti and drop down to just 25 calories with this (slightly) crazy order. Ask your barista for an:

  • Iced Venti Triple Espresso, unsweetened.
  • Add coconut milk.
  • Add three pumps of Sugar Free Vanilla Syrup.
  • Ask for it blended!
Iced Peppermint Mocha

There are 370 calories in an Iced Peppermint Mocha — not to mention, it’s a seasonal drink! While this variation is made with coffee instead of espresso, you’ll get to order it year-round, and knock your calorie count down to just 45 calories. Try ordering this:

  • Grande Iced Coffee, unsweetened with almond milk.
  • Add one pump of Sugar Free Vanilla Syrup. 
  • Add one pump of Peppermint Syrup.
  • Add one pump of Sugar Free Mocha Sauce.
Pumpkin Spice Latte

In a Grande PSL, which is also seasonal, you’re drinking 380 calories. You are served two percent milk, four pumps of Pumpkin Sauce and whipped cream. Talk about a sugar and calorie overload. Enjoy a healthier PSL by ordering this:

  • Grande Pumpkin Spice Latte with almond milk.
  • Only two pumps of Pumpkin Sauce.
  • Hold the whip!
  • Sprinkle some cinnamon for a little extra flavor.

While these quirky recipes might seem like a hassle for your barista, don’t be afraid to switch up your order! You’ll save yourself hundreds of calories while exploring tasty ways to get your caffeine kick. If you’re nervous to order a seemingly complicated drink, try mobile ordering to one of the downtown Starbucks locations.


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