Introducing You The 7 Best Macro-Friendly Starbucks Drinks

Hey caffeine lovers! I’m sure many people can relate to the struggle of trying to find a tasty Starbucks drink that doesn’t ruin their diet. It can be quite a challenge. But fear not because today, I’m here to help you navigate the Starbucks menu and find the best macro-friendly drinks to give you a guilt-free caffeine fix.

Did you know that coffee and tea are some of the most widely consumed beverages in the world, with over 2 billion cups of coffee and 2 billion cups of tea consumed daily? And Starbucks, with over 35,000 locations worldwide, is undoubtedly a go-to spot for many of us to get our caffeine fix.

With so many drinks on the menu, it can be hard to know what to order, whether to stick to your macros or make more mindful choices. That’s where I come in. We’ve researched to bring you my favorite macro-friendly drinks at Starbucks. These drinks are low in calories and flavorful, so you can still indulge in your cravings (always remember balance)!

Whether you’re a regular at Starbucks or just looking to try something new, join me in exploring the best macro-friendly drinks at Starbucks, all under 200 calories. Your taste buds (and your waistline) will thank you. You should stop reading now if you aren’t aiming to track your macros or make mindful choices.

Whichever drink you choose from the list below, you will definitely have room to lower the calories even further by substituting the type of milk or utilizing one of the sugar-free syrups currently offered.

Keeping in mind that you typically get a better deal the larger size you get (depending on the drink), I only utilized the largest size Starbucks offers of each drink. Feel free to size down if you don’t need the largest size. Sizes include Short (8 fl oz), Tall (12 fl oz), Grande (16 fl oz), Venti (20 fl oz), Venti Cold (24oz), and Trenta (30 fl oz).

The Starbucks Beverage Nutrition Master List.

Before jumping in, did you know that the highest-calorie drink on the Starbucks menu is a venti white hot chocolate with whole milk and whipped cream, which packs 640 calories and 78g of sugar? Surprising?

Best Macro-Friendly Drinks at Starbucks

1. Grande Nitro Cold Brew (5 calories: 0g sugar, 0g fat)

Starting from the lowest calorie option, the Nitro Cold Brew is an excellent option for a powerful caffeine boost. With 280mg of caffeine per serving, this drink can give you the energy to power through your day without adding unnecessary calories, sugar, or fat to your diet. As a reminder – the FDA recommends a limit of 400mg of caffeine consumption daily (experts say to cut out caffeine completely after 2-3 pm for optimal sleep).

Five calories, 0g sugar, and 0g fat. The cold brew is slow-steeped, giving it a super-smooth taste, and then infused with nitrogen to create a sweet flavor without added sugar. Because of its high caffeine content, Grande is the largest size Starbucks offers in Nitro.

Served cold and straight from the tap, the Nitro Cold Brew is a perfect option for coffee lovers on the go. If you’re looking for a way to sweeten your coffee with light calories, the Grande Nitro Cold Brew with Sweet Cream (70 calories) is a fabulous option. Topped with a float of house-made vanilla sweet cream, adding just 4g of sugar and 5g of fat, and a gram of protein.

Even though this is the lowest-calorie option, there are other options to satisfy your cravings. Keep reading.

2. Trenta Honey Almond Milk Cold Brew (100 calories, 1g fat, 20g sugar)

Alright, my caffeine addicts, I’ve got a new contender for the best macro-friendly drink at Starbucks. It’s the Honey Almondmilk Cold Brew, and let me tell you, you’re going to want to read about this one.

First, this drink is made with Starbucks’ signature cold brew, which is already a great start. But then they add just the right amount of honey to sweeten things up and top it off with almond milk. The result? A creamy, nutty, slightly sweet beverage that’ll make you feel like you’re drinking pure luxury.

Now, I know what you’re thinking – how does it stack up in the macro department? Well, my friends, you’ll be pleased to know that this drink is pretty low in calories. With only 100 calories for a TRENTA, this drink can last you all day. It’s got just 1 gram of fat, and while the sugar content might seem a bit high at 20 grams, remember that most of that is from the honey. And with 360 milligrams of caffeine, this drink will have you feeling like a superhero in no time.

Now, I know some of you are protein fiends. While this drink might not be the highest in that department, hear me out. It has a nice, subtle almond flavor that pairs perfectly with the honey, making it a drink you’ll enjoy sipping on. And let’s be real; sometimes, the taste is just as important as the protein content.

So, if you’re a fan of almond milk and looking for a drink that’s equal parts refreshing and indulgent, give the Honey Almondmilk Cold Brew a go. You won’t regret it.

3. Venti Caffè Misto (130 calories: 9g protein, 5g fat, 13g sugar)

Next, we have Caffè Misto, which the French call Café au lait. This hot drink is the most well-rounded nutrition-wise, with the Venti size having 130 calories, 5g of fat, 13g of sugar, and 9g of protein. It does hold up on the caffeine front, with 195mg of caffeine to give you that kick you need.

Don’t be fooled by the fancy French name because the Caffè Misto is simply half-brewed coffee and half-steamed milk. But don’t confuse it with a latte because the key difference is the coffee. A latte always has espresso, while a Caffè Misto has brewed coffee. And let me tell you, this drink is always made with brewed coffee and warmed milk. Sometimes you’ll get some foam on top, and sometimes you won’t. But no matter what, you’ll get a delicious and satisfying caffeine fix.

So, if you’re looking for a classic, no-frills coffee drink that won’t ruin your macros, try the Caffè Misto. It’s the perfect way to start your day or get an early-afternoon pick-me-up without sacrificing your goals.

One dietician labeled this drink as one of the healthiest options Starbucks provides.

4. Venti Skinny Blond Vanilla Latte (160 calories: 15g protein, 0g fat, 21g sugar)

If you’re all about that protein life but still crave caffeine buzz, look no further than the Skinny Blond Vanilla Latte at Starbucks. This drink is perfect for those who want caffeine and protein in one fell swoop. At almost 1g of protein per 10 calories, this macro-friendly drink won’t throw you off track. A 160-calorie venti will give you 15g of protein, 0g of fat, and 170mg of caffeine.

The taste is still on point too. Even though this drink has less fat and sugar than a regular latte, it retains its great flavor. The espresso’s robust flavor still stands out and that sugar-free vanilla syrup gives it that taste you love.

If you’re worried that a sugar-free syrup would taste terrible, the Skinny Blond Vanilla Latte will prove you wrong. It’s the perfect drink to sip on while working or chilling, giving you the energy and protein you need to power through your day.

5. Venti Skinny Caramel Macchiato (160 calories: 11g protein, 1g fat, 25g sugar)

If you’re looking for a drink that’ll make you feel like a million bucks without busting your macros, I’ve got just the thing. It’s the Venti Skinny Caramel Macchiato from Starbucks, and let me tell you, it’s a game-changer.

It’s made with sugar-free vanilla syrup, nonfat milk, and Espresso Roast, topped with a buttery caramel drizzle. It’s got all the flavor of a regular Caramel Macchiato but with ⅓ fewer calories. You’re looking at 160 calories and 11g of protein for a venti. That’s right; you can still get your sweet fix without feeling like you just downed a whole bag of sugar.

Now, let’s talk about the star of the show – the macchiato itself. It’s espresso with a dash of frothy steamed milk. It’s the perfect balance of rich and creamy. Plus, with 150 milligrams of caffeine, this drink will prepare you well for that morning meeting or for whatever life throws your way.

Now, I know what you’re thinking – what about the taste? This is the best skinny drink on the menu, and it’s got all the flavor you could ever want. If you’re looking for a humble treat, you’ve found what you’re looking for.

6. Venti Iced Caffè Latte (180 calories: 12g protein, 6g fat, 15g sugar)

An Iced Caffè Latte combines dark, rich espresso and creamy milk, served over ice for that refreshing kick. This drink packs a punch with 225mg of caffeine, which is great for those early mornings or midday slumps. The venti size clocks in at 180 calories with 12g of protein, 6g of fat, and 15g of sugar.

If you want to reduce the calories further, you can swap out the milk for non-dairy alternatives like oat or almond milk. Don’t worry if you’ve got a sweet tooth because Starbucks has your back. You can ask for the sugar-free vanilla syrup for 0 calories, one pump of vanilla syrup for ten calories (cold bar), or mocha sauce for 15 calories (cold bar).

I mean, come on, guys. This drink is the ideal mix of sweet and savory, and it’s packed with protein to keep you full and energized. Plus, it’s served over ice, so it’s perfect for those hot summer days when you need a little pick-me-up.

7. Venti Iced Brown Sugar Oat Milk Shaken Espresso (190 calories: 5g fat, 18g sugar, 2g protein)

Another one for my caffeine junkies. This next drink might make you want to do a backflip. It’s the Venti Iced Brown Sugar OatMilk Shaken Espresso, and let me tell you, it’s pretty damn popular.

So here’s the deal: the baristas take some Blonde espresso shots, ground cinnamon, and pumps of brown sugar syrup and give it a good shake. The result? A sweet and spicy flavor explosion that’ll have your taste buds doing the macarena. 190 calories and 18g of sugar are relatively lower than most of the drinks on the menu (we aren’t trying to be perfect). That’s right; you can still sip on something delicious without feeling super guilty.

Now, here’s the kicker. This drink has 340 milligrams of caffeine, higher than most of the other options on this list. So if you need a little extra kick in the pants to get you through the day, this drink is the way to go. Plus, that brown sugar flavor gives you all the feels.

The only “downside”? This drink has a bit less protein than some other options on this list. If your protein looks good for the day, you shouldn’t worry. So treat yourself to a Venti Iced Brown Sugar Oat Milk Shaken Espresso, and thank me later.

Add-Ons to Starbucks Drinks: Nutrition Breakdown

ItemCaloriesFatSugarProteinCaffeine
Sweetened Whipped Cream (Short – Hot)505g1g0.3g0
Sweetened Whipped Cream (Tall – Hot)606g1g0.3g0
Sweetened Whipped Cream (Grande / Venti – Hot)707g2g0.4g0
Sweetened Whipped Cream (Tall – Cold)808g2g0.4g0
Sweetened Whipped Cream (Grande / Venti Cold)11011g2g1g0
Flavored Syrup (1 pump)200g5g0g0
Flavored Sugar-Free Syrup (1 pump)00g0g0g0
Mocha Syrup (1 pump)350g5g0g0
Mocha Drizzle100.5g1g0.2g0
Caramel Drizzle150g2g0g0
Espresso Shot (1 shot)50.1g0g0.5g75mg
Matcha Green Tea Powder (1 scoop)250.1g5g0.3g25mg
Protein & Fibre Powder (1 scoop)300.1g0g6g0g

Conclusion

In conclusion, it’s no secret that finding a macro-friendly drink at Starbucks can be a challenge. Hopefully, this breakdown of the best macro-friendly drinks at Starbucks under 200 calories can help guide you.

Whether you decide on a Nitro Cold Brew or a Skinny Vanilla Latte, the point of this post is to make it easier for you to indulge in your cravings without compromising your goals. Who knows – maybe some knowledge of high-calorie favorites at Starbucks will be a wake-up call for you and your habits.

It’s important to remember that everyone’s dietary needs and preferences are different. Feel free to adjust your drink’s size, flavor, and type of milk or syrup to match your desires.

Again, none of us are perfect; so trying to be 1% better each day is all that matters!

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