Beware: Calories Can Come in a Cup

Starting the day with a cup of coffee or tea used to mean something very different than it does today. Cappuccino, Frappuccino, Skinny Latte, or Mocha no whip anybody? Tons of combinations to choose from – all innocently served in that understated cardboard cup, some however containing more calories than last night’s dinner. The safest choice is regular brewed coffee (10 Cal.) or tea with skim or soy milk. NOTE: brewed tea and Tazo Chai are different (see chart below) If you need a little more excitement, I recommend either:
  • Skim Café Misto or Café au Lait (90 Cal.), which is half brewed coffee and half steamed skim milk.
  • Skim Cappuccino (100 Cal.) or Latte (120 Cal.) – they’re both great sources of calcium and protein (cappuccino has less calories because it has mostly foamed milk and only a little steamed milk)
Also worth mentioning:
  • Flavored syrups contain in upwards of 20 calories/pump. Ask for the sugar free syrups which are calorie-free
  • Most of the seasonal drinks are high in calories and sugar
  • Never fall into the whipped cream trap. One squirt is 100 calories and 10 grams of fat
I’ve compiled nutrition information for some of the most popular drinks at Starbucks, see how yours stacks up. If you’re does not appear below, click here.
Calories Fat Carbs Sugar Protein
Brewed Coffee 10 0 2 0 0
Cafe Americano 15 0 3 0 0
Skim Cafe Misto/Cafe Au Lait 90 0 13 11 9
Skim Cappuccino 100 0 14 11 9
Soy Cappuccino 120 3 17 12 6
Skim Cafe Latte 160 0 24 20 16
Soy Cafe Latte 210 6 28 21 11
Espresso Frappuccino 230 3 46 38 5
Skim Cafe Mocha 230 2 43 32 14
Skim Tazo Chai 230 0 51 47 8
Skim Gingerbread Latte 240 0 43 39 15
Coffee Frappuccino 260 3.5 52 44 5
Skim White Chocolate Mocha 340 5 58 54 16
Chocolate Brownie Frappuccino 370 9 69 56 7
Whole White Chocolate Mocha 410 15 56 53 14
**nutrition information above is based on Startbuck’s 16 oz. (Grande) serving
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