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How to Make Your Favorite Latte Healthier

how to order a healthier latte

I’ll be honest…until now I’ve ignored the amount of calories, fat and sugar I consume in my favorite Starbucks latte.

It’s just soo good! Plus, it helps me focus when I am trying to get work done or start my day.

To be clear, there is nothing wrong with enjoying a latte every once in a while.

But I drink them a lot more frequently than I used to. That means it’s time to alter my order, so I can avoid consuming an excess amount of fat and sugar.

Do you drink lattes frequently too? Here are five ways you can make your favorite latte healthier and save some calories if you are trying to lose weight.

How to Make Your Favorite Latte Healthier

How to Make Your Favorite Latte Healthier

  1. Order non-fat dairy milk to eliminate the fat in your drink and lower calories (soy, almond, and coconut milk are also healthy options but still provide fat and calories).
  2. Ask for no whipped cream.
  3. Keep your portion size modest by ordering a size Grande (16 fl. oz.) or smaller. Don’t forget you can order a Short (8 fl. oz.) even though it isn’t typically shown on the menu.
  4. Ask for sugar free syrup or fewer pumps of syrup.
  5. Make it an iced latte instead of hot. It will be less calories, as long as you keep the cup size the same. This is because the ice takes up a considerable amount of room in the cup, causing there to be less latte.

Espresso Beverages from Popular Coffee Chains Under 100 Calories

how to order a healthier starbucks latte
Starbucks (All drinks are Tall 12oz, nonfat milk, no whip)

Cappuccino or Blonde Cappuccino, 60 calories

Caffe Latte, 100 calories

Flat White, 100 calories

Latte Macchiato, 100 calories

Dunkin’ Donuts (All drinks are hot, medium, skim milk)

Latte, 100 calories

Macchiato, 70 calories

Caribou Coffee (All drinks are hot, small, skim milk, no whip)

Latte or Northern Lite Latte, 90 calories

Cappuccino, 70 calories

Macchiato, 10 calories

Northern Lite Caramel High Rise, 90 calories

Peet’s Coffee (All drinks are small, non-fat milk)

Iced Latte, 80 calories

Iced Caffe Mocha, 100 calories

Cappuccino, 35 calories

Havana Cappuccino, 96 calories

Caffe Con Panna, 60 calories

Caffe Macchiato, 10 calories

Sugar Free Vanilla Latte, 95 calories

Now you know some healthier choices for your go-to coffee order. Next time you order a latte, don’t be afraid to ask your barista how it’s made and how to alter it!

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Samantha Shuflin, MS, RDN, LDN is a Chicago-based registered dietitian nutritionist (RDN) with a master’s degree in nutrition. She helps busy professionals thrive through nutrition & wellness.

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