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13 Unhealthiest Cold Starbucks Drinks (Slideshow)

13 Unhealthiest Cold Starbucks Drinks (Slideshow)

These Starbucks menu items are shockingly bad for you

13. Caffe Espresso Frappuccino

Venti Iced, 24 ounces — 420 calories

Strap in, friends: The skim milk version still has more calories than a Wendy’s Junior Bacon Cheeseburger and more fat than their four-piece chicken nuggets. Use whole milk instead, and the fat rockets up to a six-piece. The best part? This is the least caloric Frappuccino on our list.

12. Vanilla Bean Crème Frappuccino

Venti, 20 ounces — 490 calories

This drink manages to pack more calories and nearly four times the fat and carbs as a slice of Papa John’s pizza. Of course, that fact is probably just going to inspire us to eat more pizza. Mmm, pizza.

11. Caramel Flan Frappuccino

Venti, 20 ounces — 490 calories

If you’re looking for a drink that combines the calorie count of Arby’s Steakhouse Onion Rings with more sugar than three full servings of Ben and Jerry’s Cherry Garcia, then look no further: this sweet, sloppy cold mess is for you. Granted, when you order a drink that has “Caramel Flan” in the title, you kind of know what you’re getting yourself into.

10. Shaked Iced Passion Tea Lemonade

Trenta Iced, 24 Ounces — 290 calories

While this herbal variation on an Arnold Palmer doesn’t pack the intense caloric punch — or high fat content — of its competitors, the sweet sipper makes the list due to sheer sugar tonnage. At 76 grams, this harmless-seeming thirst-quencher contains the sugar equivalent of nineteen Fla-Vor-Ice Pops.

9. Strawberries & Crème Frappuccino Blended Crème

Venti, 20 Ounces — 470 calories

While this fruit blend may sound like a moderately healthy option in a menu riddled with caramels, cookie crumbles, and double-chocolate-chips, these strawberries are actually the extremely distant, non-speaking cousins of their produce-aisle counterparts. At 17 grams of fat per cup, you’re better off with an actual slice of strawberry shortcake. In fact, if you chose to nibble the classic Betty Crocker Classic Strawberry Shortcake recipe (which calls for butter, sugar, and whipped cream, by the way) instead, you would still be saving yourself 60 calories, 20 grams of carbs, and 48 grams of sugar.

8. White Chocolate Mocha Frappuccino Blended Beverage

Venti, 20 ounces — 550 calories

The sugar count in this beverage is truly remarkable: just one of these suckers contains more sugar than seven bowls of Froot Loops. Imagine pouring Froot Loops into your cereal bowl, splashing them with a healthy dose of milk, and waiting for all those super-sweet, faux fruit flavors to dissipate, swirling around in the porcelain. Then imagine doing that another six times, and slurping down the sugar sludge one by one. Gives you a stomachache just thinking about it, doesn’t it?

7. Tazo Green Tea Blended Crème with Soy Milk

Venti, 20 ounces — 420 calories

Green tea plus soy milk equals a health drink, right? Surprise! Do you know how many marshmallows you could stuff into your mouth for the equivalent amount of sugar? Twenty-one. Twenty-one marshmallows.

6. White Chocolate Crème Frappuccino Blended Crème

Venti, 20 ounces — 510 calories

65 freaking milligrams of cholesterol. That’s more cholesterol than a Whopper at Burger King. You could literally chug three full cups of Alfredo Sauce at the Golden Corral buffet and not even come close to touching that amount of cholesterol. Not to mention that it contains more sugar than six Ring Pops.

5. Caramel Ribbon Crunch Crème Frappuccino

Venti, 24 ounces — 560 calories

The Caramel Ribbon Crunch Crème Frappuccino has the same amount of saturated fat as a half-rack of baby back ribs. Enjoy it in the car on your afternoon commute, sipping largely out of sheer boredom and annoyance at the stop-and-go traffic. While you’re thus employed, this behemoth is gliding from your gullet directly into your arteries, coating the inside of your immensely necessary, fragile blood-pipes. Imagine the Caramel Ribbon Crunch Crème Frappuccino doing what it was born to do: dial your cardiologist and schedule a carotid angioplasty.

4. Java Chip Frappuccino

Venti, 24 ounces — 580 calories

We’re in the mood for seafood. The Java Chip Frappuccino contains more calories in its scant 24 ounces than the lobster-topped shrimp at Red Lobster, their Parrot Isle Jumbo Coconut Shrimp, or the Signature Sirloin with Garlic Herb Shrimp at Applebee’s. Additionally, the Java Chip Frappuccino more sugar than two packets of Fun Dip.

3. Double Chocolaty Chip Frappuccino Blended Crème

Venti, 20 ounces — 520 calories

The Double Chocolaty Chip Frappuccino Blended Crème has 15 grams of saturated fat. Let’s bring that into perspective, shall we? You could line five shot glasses in a row on your kitchen counter, squeeze them full of Hellman’s mayonnaise, pound them back, and still be shy of the Double Chocolaty Chip Frappuccino Blended Crème’s saturated fat value. You’re welcome for that image, by the way.

2. Mocha Cookie Crumble Frappuccino

Venti Iced, 24 ounces — 590 calories

This drink contains the same amount of sugar as two standard-sized juice boxes packed full of hot fudge, and is filled with more carbs than three servings of Stouffer’s mac and cheese.

1. Caramel Ribbon Crunch Frappuccino

Venti Iced, 24 ounces — 600 calories

In France, there is an obscure and now illegal gourmet tradition involving the ortolan, a small songbird. Traditionally, the bird is fattened in a darkened box, then drowned in Armagnac: before consuming this questionable treat, one is supposed to cover one’s face with a napkin before biting the little bird’s head off and pouring its hot fat directly down one’s throat. The reason for the napkin? Tradition holds that the cloth will best preserve the fowl’s fragrance, and also that one must hide oneself from God when devouring such an undeniable monstrosity.

In keeping with tradition, we recommend that you consider covering your head similarly before consuming the Caramel Ribbon Crunch Frappuccino. This beverage contains the same number of calories as the Bacon Mac and Cheese Bites at TGI Fridays.

For the same sugar equivalent as a Caramel Ribbon Crunch Frappuccino, you could eat a slice of apple cobbler stuffed with a half cup of rainbow sherbet, stacked on top of a piece of cherry pie, decked out with a slice of peanut butter fudge tart and an oatmeal cookie, then topped with a ½ cup scoop of butter pecan ice cream with a Rice Krispy treat crumbled on top — you know, for texture.

This Former Barista Shows Exactly How to Order Low-Calorie Versions of Popular Starbucks Drinks

Listen, sometimes a black cold brew just doesn't cut it. If you're craving a sweet Starbucks drink or thirsting to try one of the brand's new sugary offerings without giving up the extra calories, let us introduce you to your next follow on TikTok. Alex Moe, who goes by the @themacrobarista on TikTok and Instagram, is beloved by low-calorie coffee enthusiasts for his videos on ordering your favorite Starbucks drinks for way less calories.

The former Starbucks barista, who now runs his own cold brew brand, KNINE Coffee & Strength, often edits down the original drinks, which normally have over 200 to 300 calories, to less than 100 for the same delicious flavors. Just ask his followers — his comments section is flooded with satisfied coffee drinkers who claim the macro-fied drinks taste just as good. As if his recipes weren't helpful enough, Alex also films himself ordering the low-calorie versions at his Starbucks drive-through. An added bonus for those who get a little overwhelmed placing customized drink orders at the coffee franchise!

Thanks to the Macro Barista, you can enjoy healthier alternatives to popular Starbucks drinks like the Pistachio Latte and the new Brown Sugar Oatmilk Shaken Espresso. Check out some of his best recipes ahead, and head over to his website for more.

12 Low-Calorie Starbucks Drinks You Didn’t Know You Needed This Summer

On warm summer days, there’s nothing better than a cold, refreshing pick-me-up. Starbucks is usually the first place we think of for such tasty beverages, especially lately. Over the past few weeks, particularly, the coffee chain has added plenty of new summer-appropriate drinks to its menu &mdash and the best part is most of them have few calories &mdash comparatively, of course.

Sure, you can grab any of their Frappuccinos, but not only are those drinks high in calories, but they’re also loaded with sugar, carbs and fat. And the last thing anyone wants is to consume an entire grande sugar bomb and be uncomfortably jacked and feeling slightly bloated for the rest of the day. Turn to Starbucks’ many Refreshers, teas, iced coffees and macchiatos, though, and you’re guaranteed a guilt-free sip.

Ahead, we’ve gathered 12 low-calorie drinks that will keep things light this summer, including some of Starbucks’ new releases that are not only delicious, but they’re also Instagram Story ready &mdash they’re that pretty.

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And then there's Starbucks—the infamous inventor of the Frappuccino and perhaps the chain that started this unhealthy blended coffee trend. Consider their White Chocolate Mocha Frappuccino Blended Beverage. If you ordered the blended drink in a Venti, you'll be sipping on 76 grams of sugar and 500 calories. The same size of their Java Chip Frappuccino Blended Beverage will serve up 80 grams of the sweet stuff.

Good Choice: Milk

It’s a powerhouse of nutrients like calcium, vitamin D, and potassium, which keep your muscles, teeth, and bones healthy. And a cup of it has more protein than a large egg. To get more nutrition from fewer calories, look for low-fat and skim options. And some non-dairy milks -- soy, almond, and others -- have some of the same nutrients as cow’s milk.

How to order the best, low-calorie Starbucks drinks.

Brittany Modell, MS, RD, CDN, registered dietitian and founder of Brittany Modell Nutrition and Wellness, has 5 easy tips for how to order healthy Starbucks drinks.

  1. Go for unsweetened options. "Drinks do not always list when they are sweetened, so ask!" says Modell.
  2. Request less sweetener. "If you want additional sweetness, ask for only one pump of syrup when building your drink," says Modell.
  3. Add cinnamon in place of added sugars. "Not only do you save on the sugar, but you get a boost of nutrients and additional health benefits from the cinnamon," says Modell.
  4. Stick with lower-fat milk options. "Try choosing skim, 1 percent, 2 percent, or almond milk," says Modell.
  5. Skip the Grande. "Go for the smaller cup size (Tall), which will save you money and calories!" says Modell.

Here are 12 of the healthiest low-calorie drinks you should order.

10 Healthy Starbucks Drinks

Starbucks is divine, we all know that. But unfortunately most of the drinks can be incredibly calorie dense, so unless it’s a special occasion, we really don’t want to ruin our diets with a Starbucks drink. Luckily for us there is still plenty of amazing Starbucks options that WON’T ruin our diets. Here’s a list of incredibly yummy drinks that are all under 200 calories (yet still taste like heaven in a grande cup).

1. Caramel Frappuccino Light Blended Coffee

One of the most popular drinks from Starbucks is undoubtedly the Caramel Frappuccino Blended Coffee. But with a whopping 300 plus calories per serving, most of us aren’t able to indulge in this caramely delight too often. But wait! There’s such a thing as the Caramel Frappuccino Light Blended Coffee- with only 100 calories. That’s right. Only 100 calories for a smooth, creamy burst of caramel that is nothing short of enchanting when it graces our taste buds. So go ahead and indulge, this drink is well worth the small amount of calories!

2. Shaken Tazo Iced Passion Tea (Unsweetened)

When it comes to refreshing beverages, there is definitely nothing more exhilarating than a Shaken Tazo Iced Passion Tea (Unsweetened). It’s a lighter take on the traditional tea, yet still has all of the delightful fruity and tantalizing flavors we’d expect from a Passion Tea. It’s the absolute perfect drink for the summer time, and you would never guess it’s a 0 calorie beverage. Absolutely no guilt here!

3. Nonfat Iced Vanilla Latte

The rich, smooth, and delightful taste of vanilla is accompanied by espresso and warm milk for this delicious treat. And at only 120 calories per serving, you can have this special ‘treat’ as much as you want. Indulge in this popular beverage on hot summer days and basque in the glory of amazing tasting vanilla.

4. Iced Coffee (With Classic Syrup)

There’s nothing deluxe about this drink, nothing complicated. There’s no fancy recipe or tricks. This is as simple as it gets, but it is also one of the most classic drinks available at Starbucks. Iced Coffee with Classic Syrup is a staple of the Starbucks industry, and even though it’s not infused with any special flavors or treats, it’s as rich and tasty as it gets. When you’re in desperate need of a kick and don’t know where to turn, we invite you to try the Iced Coffee with Classic Syrup. You’ll love the delightful taste it offers at only 60 calories!

5. Nonfat Tazo Green Tea Latte

When a latte comes to mind, you probably don’t think of green tea. But you’d be surprised at how immaculate and tasty this special treat is. Served warm, the Nonfat Tazo Green Tea Latte has an intense yet completely satisfying flavor that will get you through the morning or night. It’s definitely a twist compared to traditional latte flavors that are typically warm and roasted, but this special drink is definitely one you will enjoy. It’s as refreshing as it is warming, and when you’re just in the mood for something ‘new’ this is always the choice everyone makes. Plus it’s only 210 calories!

6. Nonfat Cappuccino

When you think of Starbucks, what do yo think of? Obviously, your mind probably wanders off into a cappuccino abyss where your taste buds are ignited with decadent flavors that are soothing and warm. It’s no secret that the cappuccino is a staple of the Starbucks industry, and low calorie or not it’s always a hit. But if you’re looking to save on some calories, try the (just as delicious and flavorful) nonfat version of this popular beverage. Trust us- you won’t be disappointed.

7. Nonfat Caramel Macchiato

Are you really surprised to see another caramel infused drink on this list? We sure aren’t! (Almost) everyone has a soft spot when it comes to caramel. The creamy and delightful texture goes down smooth, and we love to just sit back, relax, and indulge in the flavors. So when we want something hot and flavorful on a cold winter’s night, where do we turn? To incredibly calorie dense beverages that are supposed to soothe our cravings? Or do we opt for the Nonfat Caramel Macchiato from Starbucks that’s only 140 calories yet still so utterly satisfying it knocks our sweet tooth out of the park. The answer here is simple. Want sweet, succulent caramel? Get the Nonfat Caramel Macchiato.

8. Soy Tazo Chai Tea Latte

It’s bold. It’s delicious. And it has just a subtle hint of cinnamon that makes us say “Mmmm” in an instance. Of course we are talking about the Soy Tazo Chai Tea Latte. This sensational latte comes with a creamy roasted flavor that is nothing short of magnificent. Soy milk complements the subtle hints of cinnamon perfectly to create a beautiful beverage that we hate to see the end of. Standing at only 180 calories per serving, anyone can easily order this beverage and enjoy every second of it. (And trust us, you will enjoy every. last. second.)

You didn’t really think you would get through this entire list without seeing a mocha beverage, right? This sensational Nonfat Caffe Mocha drink has that mocha flavor we could die for. I mean, really. That’s not a joke. It’s a warm, comforting taste that has the subtle hint of roasted coffee we absolutely adore. Plus the nonfat version holds the fat, which obviously fends off a few extra calories we wouldn’t want to consume. That’s right! It’s only 170 calories.

10. Caffe Americano

This European inspired drink is another incredibly popular beverage offered at Starbucks, and it is only 10 calories. Yet don’t let that fool you! This warm drink has a very strong and rich espresso base that is satisfying and remarkable. Espresso lovers always head for this particular beverage, and we can understand why. The full-bodied drink is perfect for day or night, when you need a little extra kick in your day.

Starbucks drinks don’t always have to waste over 300 calories of our day. All of these delightful drinks are under 200 calories, so go ahead and enjoy!


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.

18 Guilt-Free Starbucks Drinks For When You're Trying to Lose Weight

Here are all the Starbucks health hacks you need to know &mdash because giving up coffee and tea just ain't gonna happen.

What's the first thing you think of when you roll out of bed in the morning? If your answer is coffee, you're not alone. While it's tempting to grab an overloaded Frappuccino on the way to the office to get you through the morning, the sweet treat is packed with fat, sugar, and calories and is best left to special occasions.

When it comes to your daily brew, trying to be a smidge healthier will do your body good, and Carolyn Brown, registered dietitian for Food Trainers, as well as Keri Glassman, registered dietitian and founder of The Nutritious Life, know exactly which drinks should become your go-tos &mdash and which should get the boot.

Before heading to Starbucks, remember these three golden rules:

  1. Avoid sweeteners at all costs. Syrups, both real and artificial, skyrocket your drink to meal-like proportions. And with that many chemicals in one sitting, it triggers sweets craving for the rest of the day.
  2. Stick to the 60-100 calorie range. Consider it the safe zone that won't derail your diet. If the local 'Bucks doesn't have calories listed on the menu, opt for tall and grande sizes (sorry, venti). And you're only allowed one refill &mdash max.
  3. Get back to basics. Coffee, tea, espresso, and cappuccino are all great, healthy options. If you're really watching your overall calorie and sugar intake, you can use healthy add-ons like cinnamon or nutmeg to give it some punch.

Now that those tips are converted to memory, it's time for the fun stuff. While these definitely aren't the healthiest drinks to walk the face of the planet (you know, if drinks could walk), Glassman says they're healthier, and drinking one won't be the end of the universe.

Healthier Drinks to Order at Starbucks

1. Teavana Shaken Ice Passion Tango Tea. Ask for the unsweetened version of this fruity drink. It's already packed with zest, so there's no need for sugar or syrup.

2. Iced Coffee. You can't go wrong with this favorite drink. Brown recommends drinking it sans sweet stuff, or Stevia if you must, and using a little almond, soy, or coconut milk for flavor instead.

3. Very Berry Hibiscus Refreshers. Berries give this drink a sweet flavor and the green coffee extract provides a caffeinated boost.

4. Orange Mango Smoothie. Glassman says this is better as a snack, not a drink, but hey &mdash it's better than the cupcakes being passed around your office.

5. Classic Chai Tea Latte. While this drink is higher than the calorie range suggested, you can ask for it without the added sweetener to put it back in guilt-free territory.

6. Brewed Coffee. This classic drink will never go out of style, plus there are loads of health benefits to drinking a daily cup of joe. If you're looking for an extra energy boost, choose the blonde roast, which Brown says is super caffeinated.

7. Skinny Vanilla Latte. You can have this cold or hot &mdash just make sure to skip the added pumps of sweetener and use Stevia instead.

8. Red Eye. It's not listed on the menu, but this added shot of espresso in your coffee will give you an extra jolt without upping your drink size.

9. Cappuccino. It may seem counterintuitive, but Brown says it's best to opt for whole milk over the low-fat or skim variety here, thanks to the added nutrients. Or, go with soy, coconut, or almond milk to cut down even more.

10. Pineapple Kona Pop Brewed Tea. Looking for drink options with brewed-in flavor, like this zesty tea, is an easy low-cal option. It's rich in flavor and caffeine-free &mdash perfect for an after work treat.

11. Caffè Americano. This drink is simply water and espresso, making it a great option if you like strong coffee and loads of caffeine.

12. Coffee Mini Frappuccino. While this drink definitely breaks the added sweetener rule, it's the best option if you're going to indulge in a Frappuccino. Go for the whole milk option, which has added nutrients, and ask for the 120-calorie mini size.

13. Ombré Pink Drink. The pink drink everyone is going crazy for is now officially part of Starbucks' menu, and it's actually pretty healthy. The ombré beverage &mdash made with a coconut milk base &mdash will only cost you 100 calories. And that's for a grande. (Gasp.)

14. Violet Drink. Another day, another Starbucks beverage almost too pretty to sip. This one's full of blackberries and creamy coconut milk, making it taste more like a guilt-free dessert.

15. Strawberry Açaí Starbucks Refreshers. A new take on the classic Refreshers, this drink is flavored with strawberries, passion fruit, and açaí. Plus, you'll get a boost of caffeine from the green coffee extract.

16. Caffè Latte . Sometimes it's better to just keep things simple, and that's definitely the case with the classic caffè latte. You can get a 12 oz. almond version that's just as foamy as the original, but much easier on the waistline.

17. Pumpkin Spice Latte. If you're a major PSL fan, there is a healthier way to order the drink. Just opt for almond milk, skip the whipped cream, and tell your barista you only want one pump of the pre-sweetened pumpkin-flavored syrup.

18. Peppermint Mocha. The festive peppermint mocha can easily pack on hundreds of calories if you order as-is, but try this hack: Order almond milk, no whip, no dark chocolate curls, and only one pump of peppermint-flavored syrup for a option that's better for your body.

Watch the video: We Try EVERY Starbucks Iced Coffee (January 2022).