The 22 Healthiest Drinks at Starbucks (That Actually Taste Good)
We often talk about what we shouldn't order at Starbucks (lookin’ at you, Unicorn Frappucino), but what about the healthier options on the menu? Coffee by itself is actually pretty healthy, and there are plenty of easy nutrition hacks you can make to cut out calories, fat, and sugar from your drink.
The best part? These 22 healthy drink picks at Starbucks taste great, too. Here are our favorites.
Iced coffee is a summer staple, and Starbucks’ version is no exception. You can get it unsweetened for no calories or sugar, or sweetened for 60 calories and 15 grams of sugar. If you’re getting it sweetened, though, stick to a tall to keep sugar in check. You can also add a splash of whole milk to unsweetened iced coffee for just 30 calories and 2 grams of sugar.
Narino 70 Cold brew is iced coffee’s hotter, younger sister. Steeped for 20 hours in cold water, the beans impart smoother, less acidic, and less bitter notes. Since hot water never touches the beans or ice, you’ll get the iced coffee flavor you love, without any dilution. Straight cold brew is the same, nutritionally, as black coffee, and has no calories or sugar. Add a whole milk to your cold brew for a velvety drink that’ll only set you back 30 calories and 2 grams of sugar.
In the Cold Foam Cascara Cold Brew, Narino 70 Cold Brew gets jazzed up with sweetened cold foam; the foam is flavored with Cascara syrup, which imparts subtle brown sugar and maple notes. This drink tastes decadent, but a tall has just 60 calories and 13 grams of sugar.
Want to add even more luxe flavor? Try the Vanilla Sweet Cream Cold Brew. A tall drink is only 100 calories, and has just 12 grams of sugar.
Nitro Cold Brew
The latest craze in the coffee world, nitro cold brew looks and tastes like a breakfast Guinness, minus the alcohol. It’s super silky, with no bitter aftertaste or unwanted acidity. Get regular nitro cold brew for no additional calories or sugar, or add Cold Foam Cascara for just 60 calories and 12 grams of sugar more.
Another drink option? Get a nitro cold brew with sweet cream—a subtly sweet floater that makes your coffee taste silky smooth—for just 70 calories and 4 grams of sugar.
If you need a pick-me-up first thing in the morning, a shot of espresso or an Americano should be your go-to drink. Espresso shots are topped with hot water to produce a slight crema (the foamy brown part on top), resulting in a rich cup with tons of depth. Bonus? Both are super low in cals and have no sugar.
Can’t take the straight-up espresso taste? Add a dollop of whipped cream, which helps round out the caramel notes, for just 30 calories and 1 gram of sugar more.
Love lattes? A flat white is about to be your new BFF. Ristretto shots of espresso and steamed nonfat milk create a creamy, luxe cup. The tall has just 100 calories and 13 grams of sugar.
Iced Cold Foam Cappuccino
Espresso meets cold, frothy foam and a splash of milk for an iced beverage you won’t soon forget. Best part? A tall has just 40 calories and 5 grams of sugar.
Yes, you can have a latte for 100 calories—simply swap out whole milk for nonfat and keep it to a tall.
A cappuccino is a simple, but luxe, drink that combines espresso, hot milk, and frothed milk. Get a tall, and use nonfat milk, for a treat that’ll only set you back 60 calories and 8 grams of sugar.
Teavana Shaken Iced Teas
For the ultimate refreshing drink, grab a Starbucks iced tea. The Teavana Shaken Iced Black Tea, Teavana Shaken Iced Green Tea, Teavana Shaken Peach Citrus White Tea Infusion, and Teavana Shaken Pineapple Black Tea Infusion all have just 30 calories and 8 grams of sugar in the tall size.
Faux Chai Latte
A Chai Latte from Starbucks overloads on sugar, but this quick (and cost effective!) substitute is a much healthier choice. Ask for a Grande Chai Brewed Tea, a splash of 2% milk, and a few shakes of vanilla powder. Make sure to leave extra space in your cup—and if possible, ask your barista to top off your tea with hot milk.