Uh-oh! My latte is how many calories?!

August 20, 2010 at 8:28 pm 5 comments

I love lattes as much as the next person, but there can be some hidden calories in those yummy pick-me-up treats!  If you’ve got calories to spend, then read no further.  But if you’re on a calorie budget, you should be aware of how many calories you’re spending.  They can add up and if you’re wondering why you can’t lose those last few pounds, the answer may be hidden in your early morning or late afternoon taste treat!

A Starbucks grande latte, made with 2% milk is 190 calories.  Add a shot of flavoring (3 pumps in a grande) and you’re up to 250 calories!  One simple solution is having your latte with skim milk.  Now you’re down to 130 calories for a plain latte and 200 for a flavored latte. Dunkin’ Donut‘s medium latte lite is 120 calories.  It is made with skim milk and sucralose.   Another way to reduce the calories is by using the sugar-free sweeteners.  I personally do not care for the taste or the fact that I am consuming chemicals.  That is a personal choice and up to you.

Other favorite Starbucks drinks (grande sized):   Caramel Macchiato, made with skim milk – 190 calories

Mocha, made with skim milk – 220 calories

Black coffee is about 5 calories.  But how much cream and sugar do you add?  One cream container is 20 calories.  One sugar packet is 11 calories.

And what about the iced blended beverages?  Mmmmmm!  Soo good!  A Starbucks grande coffee Frappuccino made with skim milk is 220 calories.  A Dunkin Donuts Coffee Coolatta medium with skim milk is 310 calories!  Oops!  Probably shouldn’t have that on a daily basis – whether it is hot outside or not!

Lower Calorie Alternatives

Hot or cold tea or coffee – 5 calories              

Americano (espresso and water) – 15 calories

Coffee misto (coffee with steamed milk) – depends on how much milk (skim) you add, but probably around 20-25 calories

So, tomorrow when you are headed to your favorite coffee shop, you may want to make some changes to your regular drink – or be sure to include the calories in your total for the day!

Happy sipping!


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5 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Lindsay  |  August 21, 2010 at 1:57 pm

    Great style Marcia! For the holiday’s when they have those yummy season drinks… I still get my low calorie iced americo but I’ll add a splash of egg nog (which Starbucks usually has behind the counter) instead of milk and sugar. It’s so good and festive without all the calories!

  • 3. Susie Vowell  |  August 21, 2010 at 9:44 pm

    Hi Marcia,

    This is really good information to have, especially since I do like to visit Starbucks a couple times a week. Your other nutrition info is interesting and gives me some good guidelines for my kids who train in swimming and soccer. Any good tips nutrition wise to help stop muscle cramps, especially for my swimmer?


    • 4. Marcia Nelson, (getting my) RD  |  August 22, 2010 at 1:29 am


      I’m glad you found the information useful. A few quick tips for muscle cramps – your swimmer may need more sodium. Different people sweat at different rates and some lose more electrolytes than others. Usually you can tell if someone loses a lot of sodium in their sweat by the white marks left on their workout clothes. That is hard to see with swimmers! An electrolyte replacement drink after practice may be useful. I will e-mail you directly, if that’s OK, with more ideas. It is also a good idea for a future blog! Thank you!

  • 5. Susie Vowell  |  August 22, 2010 at 6:05 am

    That would be great, thanks!


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