Coffee is a magical thing, but it’s easy to forget that we love coffee for the coffee, not for all the other stuff we put in it. With drinks coming out like the Unicorn Frappucino, we lose track of what made us fall in love with coffee in the first place, and start racking up a scary 600 calories per drink. I’m not normally one to count carbs, but I have to draw the line somewhere, and it starts to get problematic when half my dietary intake for the day comes from a Starbucks order.
As some of you may know from my Instagram, I often drink my coffee black. This is partly because I don’t always have it together and I run out of milk and creamer. But I also just learned to like coffee better without all the sugar. This has not always been the case for a massive sweet tooth like me. I used to be the biggest Frappucino fan on the planet. There was one point in my life that I got my caramel Frap once a day. I’d grab my grande Frappucino with caramel drizzle on top and head to class, feeling happy and caffeinated and just way too sugar-loaded. It had to stop. So I eventually switched to a vanilla latte, and then a skinny vanilla latte, and finally mostly iced coffee.
I picked up a few tips along the way:
- Hold the whipped cream
- Order it nonfat
- Ask for sugar-free syrup
- Use skim milk or almond milk (you can also do soy milk but I personally can’t stand soy in much of anything)
- Order the “skinny” version (e.g., a grande skinny vanille latte at Starbucks)
- Order the smallest size
General rule of thumb: Remember that the more flavoring and dairy you put in, the more calories build up. Keep it simple!
Okay, it’s time to give you what you came for. So without further ado, here’s how to keep it 100 (and under) in your favorite coffee orders. Please note that these are all approximations!
10 coffees under 100 calories
- Regular brewed coffee: 0 calories (boring but effective)
- Americano with cream: 20 calories (10 calories without cream…I find that Americanos don’t normally need much cream)
- Iced coffee with nonfat milk: 20 calories (60 with classic syrup flavoring)
- Nonfat cappuccino: 60 calories
- Flat white (a shot of espresso with steamed milk) using skim milk: 70 calories
- Iced macchiato (a shot of coffee with milk) using skim milk: 70 calories
- Skinny vanilla latte: 100 calories
- Cold brew with cream:100 calories
- Tall Caramel Frappucino Light:100 calories
- Skinny caramel macchiato: 105 calories (technically over 100 but WHATEVER it’s fantastic and deserves to be on this list)