Some specialty drinks are packing serious calories and high levels of sugar. We're talking half your days worth, and then some. Just in one drink! Is it really worth it?
With that said, you can have your Starbucks and eat it too. In other words, you can enjoy a visit to Starbucks and have a tasty beverage without the heavy calories or sugar load. Just choose from some of the following tasty summer drinks that are all health approved!
8. Iced green tea with lemonade
Why you should order it: A Starbucks iced green tea - or any tea for that matter - tastes delicious and is 100% calorie-free. Now - if you want to boost up the flavor a little without adding too much sugar, just ask for it shaken with lemonade. Extra refreshing and only adds about 90 calories for a grande size.
7. Cool Lime Refresher
Why you should order it: Starbucks Refreshers pack a serious punch of fruity refreshing goodness, and if you can believe it - caffeine. What I love the most about these light summery drinks is that they are low cal and low sugar. At only 60 cal for a grande and 16g of sugar, it's definitely lighter than a whopping 61g of sugar packed into a grande frapp - for example.
6. Iced Caffe Latte
Why you should drink it: So the key to keeping any coffee beverage low cal and low sugar is to not add any syrup or sweetener. But considering that a latte is heavy on the milk and milk is naturally sweet, an iced latte is a perfect caffeinated summer drink at only 130 cal for a grande, it's the right choice.
5. Cold Brew (half-sweet)
Why you should order it: When you need a serious pick-me-up, order a cold brew. This coffee is slow-steeped for 20-hours, in other words, it works. And on the plus side when you drink it black it's almost calorie free. Add a pump of sweetening syrup and you have yourself a little sweet treat.
4. Pink Drink
Why you should order it: Starbucks Pink Drink is the new drink of summer. Don't let the bright color fool you, this drink is actually low-cal and relatively low sugar. It's basically a strawberry and acai refresher topped with a dash of coconut milk. At only 140 cal for a grande, this is a good choice.
3. Iced Cinnamon Almond-milk Machiatto
Why you should order it: An espresso base with creamy almond milk mixed together already sounds pretty damn good, but add a little bit of sweet cinnamon dolce syrup and you have a great summer drink. At only 200 cal for a grande, it's a little denser than ordering a black cold brew, but ask for it half-sweet and knock off half that sugar.
Why you should order it: This beautiful creation is only 210 cal per grande and is seriously delicious. An espresso coffee base blended with coconut milk and white caramel mocha - topped off with a drizzle of caramel, it's really a treat. If you want to make it lighter on the sugar, skip the drizzle and ask for it half-sweet.
Why you should order it: Starbucks knows that frappuccinos are a serious caloric bomb so they created a light version for all of us that want that smooth texture of a frapp without the intensity of the sugar. This one is blended with non-fat milk and only has 110 cal for a grande.