My first Starbucks experience involved a grande Caramel Frappuccino, as is the case for a lot of high schoolers. When you’re a teenager, you don’t really mind the 420 calories because you’ll probably burn it off playing a sport, or running to class the next day.
When high school’s over, though, and you’re an adult staring at that Starbucks menu, you’re probably looking for a pick-me-up that won’t go straight to your gut.
While there’s a lot of high calorie drinks filled with sugar, syrup, and whipped cream, there’s a solid amount of drinks that actually fall under 100 calories.
Stick to these drinks and you’ll be a little less guilty taking that sip of coffee or tea.
Grande Cold Brew Coffee
Not only does the Cold Brew have fewer than 5 calories, it has zero grams of sugar. Even if you add a little bit of 2% milk, it only adds 25 calories, bringing you a total of 30 calories.
Grande Iced Coffee
Their classic grande Iced Coffee, without anything added, is only 5 calories. Get it sweetened and it’s still only 80 calories, keeping it under the 100 calorie threshold.
Grande Iced Caffè Americano
This is literally just espresso shots and water, adding up to 10 calories.
Tall Iced Skinny Mocha
The bittersweet skinny mocha sauce, along with espresso and non-fat milk served over ice. 90 calories. You have to get a tall for this though, or else you’ll jump up to 120 calories in the grande size, which isn’t too bad in the grand scheme of things.
Starbucks Refreshers Beverages
The Refreshers are a flavorful choice, as the Very Berry Hibiscus has 70 calories, Cool Lime has 60 calories, and Valencia Orange toes the line with 90 calories.
Grande Doubleshot on Ice
This one doubles as not only a low calorie option, at 90 with nonfat milk, but it’s one of the ultimate pick-me-ups, sporting 225 milligrams of caffeine.
Grande Teavana Shaken Iced Teas
Their Teavana Passion Tango Tea, Black Tea , Peach Tea, and Green Tea all have 80 calories. Their Sweet Tea hits the 100 calorie mark, but we won’t tell anyone about those extra 20 calories.
Tall Espresso Light Frappuccino
There is an exception to the Frappuccino, but it doesn’t come easy. No syrups, or whipped cream added, just a straight up, tall Espresso Light Frap. Unlike its counterparts, this only has 80 calories, if you must have a Frappuccino in your life.
Grande Teavana Mango Black Tea
Like the shaken iced teas, the Mango Black Tea also tops off at 80 calories. The teas seem to be some of the better low calorie options at the Bux.