12 Healthy Starbucks Drinks to Try According to this Popular Barista

Healthier Starbucks Drinks

January 22, 2024

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Looking for a healthy low calorie Starbucks drinks to try?! You’ve come to the right place!

Starbucks is perfect all year round. They practically have any drink you want, whether it’s peppermint hot chocolate on a snowy December morning or a Pumpkin Spice Latte for your pumpkin patch trip, the famous Starbucks Pink Drink or an Iced Caramel Latte on a steamy hot summer day.

However, as good as these drinks sounds, they are high in calories, loaded with sugar, carbs and fat.

But there is no need to worry!

Any Starbucks drink can be customized to your linking making it the perfect healthy alternative. I will share a list of my 12 favorite healthier starbucks drinks, exactly how to order them and their calories including the infamous Starbucks Pink Drink! Tips for creating a healthier drink, sugar free options, caffeine free options and the healthiest starbucks drink!

In this Healthy Starbucks Drinks post, we are covering the following topics. Feel free to use the links below to navigate the post.

Tips for Creating a Healthier Starbucks Drink

1. Choosing a Healthier Creamer

Starbucks currently has 10 choices of creamers to choose from:

  • Oat Milk
  • Sweet Cream
  • Non Fat Milk
  • 2% Milk
  • Whole Milk
  • Cream (Half & Half)
  • Heavy Cream
  • Almond Milk
  • Coconut Milk
  • Soy Milk

Substituting the creamer for Almond Milk is the healthier choice. Not only is it low in calories, it is low in carbs, fat and sugars!

2. Go with a smaller size

Starbucks has a unique naming convention for their sizes. You can choose from the following options:

Being a huge coffee lover, I usually get the Venti, but going with the Grande will not only satisfy your coffee craving but will also save you some calories.

3. Choose a Sugar Free Syrups

Just like the creamer option, Starbucks has 11 choices for syrups, not to mention the 4 sauces flavors that literally scream deliciousness but also loads of calories!!!

According to the Starbucks menu, one pump of flavoured syrup has 5 grams of sugar, 5 grams of carbs and 20 calories.

In order to make a healthy Starbucks drink, definitely skip the sauces and go with the sugar free vanilla syrup. One pump of Sugar free Vanilla syrup has 0 grams of sugar, 0 grams of carbs and 0 calories. Sometimes you can even add a pump of the caramel syrup and it will still be low in calories! I will have details on how to order that drink further down.

4. Skip the Sugar

The best is to skip sugar but if you absolutely need a little bit of sweetness, I recommend adding Stevia in the Raw. Each packet contains less than 4 calories per serving and has 0g of sugar added. It also has 0 calories.

5. Skip the Toppings

When it comes to toppings Starbucks menu has the following options:

  • Barista Cocoa Powder
  • Cinnamon Dolce Sprinkles
  • Powdered Sugar Funnel Cake Topping
  • Pumpkin Spice Topping
  • Caramel Drizzle
  • Mocha Drizzle
  • Spiced Apple Drizzle
  • Strawberry Drizzle
  • Cinnamon Powder
  • Whipped Cream
  • Cold Foam
  • Pumpkin Cream Cold Foam
  • Salted Caramel Cream Cold Foam
  • Vanilla Sweet Cream Cold Foam

I will admit, so many of these sound delicious but to have a healthier cup of coffee, I recommend skipping most of these.

Did you know that the Caramel Drizzle has 120 calories, 22 grams of sugar and 25 grams of carbs in just one serving, which is 2 Tbsp? This just goes to show why you might want to skip not just the Caramel Drizzle but also most of these.

One healthy topping that you can actually use would be the Cinnamon Powder. It is usually located at the self serving bar.

What is the Healthiest Drink at Starbucks?

Shortly put, a black coffee (dark roast, medium roast, light roast, decaf) with no milk, additives and sweeteners added is the healthiest choice and a low calorie Starbucks Drinks. It will have 0 grams of sugar, 0 grams of fat and 0 grams of carbs.

12 Healthy Starbucks Drinks that Actually Taste Delicious, Under 100 Calories & Exactly How to Order!

Just because a simple plain coffee is the healthiest option, it doesn’t mean that there are other alternative out there that are also healthy, not to mention low calorie Starbucks Drinks! 

I recently came across The Macro Barista Instagram account and found all these healthy Starbucks recipes. To be honest I didn’t know half of them even existed, but I gave all of them a try and these are so delicious.

So let’s get into them! The last one is the Starbucks Pink Drink  and only 50 calories!!

1. Caramel Iced Coffee – 60 Calories

How to order

Ask for:

  • Grande Unsweetened Iced Coffee
  • One pump of caramel syrup
  • Three pumps of Sugar Free Vanilla
  • Light Cream

2. Pumpkin Cookie Cold Brew – 80 calories

How to order

Ask for:

  • Grande Cold Brew (or Decaf Iced Americano)
  • One pump of pumpkin syrup
  • One pump brown sugar
  • Two pumps of Sugar Free Vanilla
  • Splash of half and half (or dairy free option)
  • Extra pumpkin spice topping on top

3. Apple Crisp Americano – 75 calories

How to order

Ask for:

  • Grande Iced Americano
  • One pump of Apple Syrup
  • Three pumps of Sugar Free Vanilla
  • Splash of Half and Half (or dairy free option)
  • Cinnamon Powder on top

4. Chocolate Americano – 60 calories

How to Order

Ask for:

  • Grande Iced Americano
  • One pump of Mocha
  • Three pumps of Sugar Free Vanilla
  • Splash of Half and Half (or dairy free option)

5. Sweet Cream Cold Brew – 80 calories

iced coffee drinks that taste delicious

How to Order

Ask for:

  • Grande Cold Brew
  • Three Splendas
  • Tiny splash of Sweet Cream

6. Caramel Mocha Cold Brew – 85 Calories

healthy iced coffee

How to order

Ask for:

  • Grande Cold Brew
  • One pump of caramel syrup
  • One pump of mocha
  • Splash of Half and Half (or dairy free option)
  • Add a stevia or splenda

7. Strawberry Acai Lemonade – 50 calories

How to order

Ask for:

  • Venti Iced Green Tea (Unsweetened)
  • Splash of strawberry acai refresher
  • Splash of lemonade
  • Scoop of strawberries
  • One stevia

8. French Vanilla Sweet Cream Cold Brew – 95 calories

How to order

Ask for:

  • Grande Nitro Cold Brew with sweet cream
  • One pump of hazelnut
  • Three pumps of Sugar Free Vanilla

9. Iced Green Tea Latte – 90 calories

How to order

Ask for:

  • Grande Iced Green Tea Latte
  • Substitute Almond Milk
  • One scoop of Matcha
  • Three pumps of Sugar Free Vanilla

10. Peppermint Mocha – 75 calories

How to order – Iced

Ask for:

  • Grande Cold Brew
  • One pump mocha (ask for skinny if they have it)
  • One pump peppermint
  • Splash of half and half

How to order – Hot

Ask for:

  • Grande Cafe Misto
  • One pump mocha (ask for skinny if they have it)
  • One pump peppermint
  • Substitute Almond milk
  • One pack of splenda

11. Salted Caramel Mocha – 75 Calories

How to order

Ask for:

  • Grande Cold Brew
  • One pump mocha
  • One pump toffee nut
  • One Splenda
  • A splash of Cream

12. Starbucks Pink Drink – 50 Calories

How to order

Ask for:

  • Venti Passion Tango Iced Tea Unsweetened
  • Splash of Strawberry acai refresher
  • Splash of Coconut Milk
  • Scoop of strawberries

Are there Healthy Sugar Free and Caffeine Free Drink Options at Starbucks?

Yes there are! If you are trying to limit your caffeine, here are a few options to choose from which have 0 grams of sugar,  caffeine free and low calorie starbucks drinks:

  • Iced Passion Tango™ Tea
  • Mint Majesty
  • Peach Tranquility

If you gave one of these drinks a try, tell me in the comments which one is your favorite!

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