I know, I know. It’s difficult to walk into Starbucks and not get your usual overpriced, massive latte or frappuccino drenched in sugar-filled syrups, steamed milk and topped with high-carb whipped cream drizzled with chocolate sauce. It’s tasty, I know. But it also means you’ll be needing to go to the gym for an extra hour or two just to work it off. Have no fear - low carb Starbucks drinks and option DO EXIST. We’re here to offer up some alternative low carb coffee drinks without sacrificing too much taste or familiarity.
We’ll break it down into two categories:
Nutritional information assumes a "tall" size and comes straight from Starbucks.
This one can be tough for most as drinking straight espresso hasn’t really made it’s way over here from Europe. If you can handle it, and trust us Sbux espresso isn’t anything great (link to starbucks espresso article), espresso contains zero carbs and can be softened with a splash of hot water or a tablespoon of sugar.
Sometimes it’s best to just go back to the basics, right? Drip coffee, especially black, contains little to no carbs. Feel free to add some sugar or a small amount of cream/milk to liven it up a bit. You can even go crazy with some sugar-free syrup if you’d like.
Starbucks has TONS of tea options nowadays in a variety of flavors. Drink it straight or add some sweetener to it. A wonderful low carb starbucks drink for anyone looking to fix it up and take a break from coffee.
Sticking with the tea theme here comes the London Fog. Consisting of a shot of earl grey tea, a couple dollops of steamed heavy whipping cream topped off with a pump of sugar-free vanilla syrup - this thing is tasty.
Now, simply walking up to the counter and ordering a flat white won’t get you a low carb drink. You need to change it up a bit and here’s how:
Do this and pray the barista doesn’t screw it up and you’ve got a nice low carb flat white!
An American, by definition (link to wikipedia), is espresso diluted with water. In other words, espresso with hot water added - very simple. This is my drink of choice as it’s easy to drink, provides a good amount of caffeine and won’t hurt you in the carb or calorie department!
Cool Tip - ask for a splash of heavy cream (made in-house). Delicious!
Ask for a latte with almond milk or coconut milk instead of the usual whole milk. While they still contain carbs, the count is drastically lower than whole milk. Almond milk is always a great low carb option for any milk-based Starbucks drinks for those looking to cut down on carbs.
This one’s for all your frap lovers out there! Ask for a sugar free cinnamon dolce frappuccino LIGHT. Replace the milk with half water and half cream. Enjoy!
Ask for unsweetened with no syrups and you have a low carb iced tea.
Ask for no syrup and you’re good to go! This drink contains passion tango herbal tea, ice, heavy whipping cream (can ask for without if you’d like) and 2 pumps of vanilla syrup (can also go without should you choose). A very popular drink when the temperatures are on the high side!
Just make sure you ask for it unsweetened. If you’d like, add a splash of almond milk to liven it up a bit. A much better, low carb alternative to cream or sugar.
This one is pretty self explanatory. Espresso over ice with some water to dilute a little bit although the ice will take care of that on a hot day! Tons of caffeine and zero carbs.
*not necessarily available at Starbucks*
Ingredients: strawberries, black tea, sugar, lemon peel, water, ice.
Ingredients: coffee, vanilla syrup (no sugar), ice, light whipped cream (topping), caramel syrup (low carb)
Ok. Not a coffee-based drink but still a great low carb option at your local café (if available). Great for the kiddos as well!
Ingredients: reduced fat milk, chocolate pieces, cinnamon
Ingredients: water, black tea, cinnamon, low-fat milk, vanilla, ginger, cardamom
Have a favorite low-carb Starbucks creation of your own? Let us know in the comments below!