Lowering sugar intake doesn’t have to mean giving up what you love! There are lots of great low sugar Starbucks drinks to swap for your usual caffeine fix.
Whether you’re gearing up for a New Year’s resolution or simply looking for ways to cut back on added sugars, there are plenty of low sugar Starbucks drinks on the menu that can provide the tasty caffeine fix you need to get through the day.
There are also non-coffee and caffeine free Starbucks drinks for anyone looking for a little treat without the energy spike! I’ve created a roundup of a few of my favorites (caffeinated and decaf), so you know how to order low sugar or sugar-free drinks on Starbucks’ app or at the counter.
Three Low Sugar Starbucks Drinks For Your Next Coffee Run
1. Iced Blonde Shaken Espresso
It sounds weird, but trust me, it’s good! Blonde espresso has a naturally lighter, smoother taste, so there’s less bitterness to counteract (aka, you won’t need as much sugar!). You can also ask for “long” shots, which makes them taste even smoother.
They’ll be shaken up with ice, and you can ask for coconut milk, almond milk or half and half (which is naturally sugar-free) for a creamy treat. Adding a bit of honey elevates the experience and keeps it as one of the healthy Starbucks drinks.
2. Tea Lattes
If you want a warm and comforting drink, go for a tea latte rather than a hot chocolate. A London Fog is my favorite because it combines Earl Grey with steamed milk and creamy foam. You can swap sugar-free vanilla or honey for the sweetener and enjoy a guilt-free treat.
Important note! The matcha and chai lattes are packed with sugar; unfortunately, there’s no way to order those sugar-free. Stick with the brewed tea lattes for low calorie Starbucks drinks.
3. Nitro Cold Brew with Cold Foam
Iced coffee is my go-to drink no matter what temperature it is outside, so this is one of the best low sugar iced Starbucks drinks, in my opinion. The nitro cold brew has a natural sweetness, so I never feel like I need to add sugar to make it drinkable.
I enjoy a creamy foam cap on my iced drinks, so I opt for the regular cold foam because of its low added sugar content. Sometimes I’ll add just a single pump of syrup (which is 5 grams of sugar- not too bad!) and a splash of cream, and voila! A perfect, low-sugar treat.
When in Doubt, Just Ask!
Most baristas are happy to help you find low sugar Starbucks drinks that suit your tastebuds. There are tons of options beyond just the sugar free vanilla latte Starbucks advertises on the menu. Starbucks sugar free syrups can be combined with all their milk options and natural sweeteners to create a delicious, low-sugar drink and help you reach your goals.
– How do I ask for less sugar at Starbucks?
You can order a smaller size (which means less sugary syrup), opt for sugar-free syrup, or ask for fewer pumps of syrup. All of these are great ways to ask the barista for less sugar in your drink.
– Can you order Starbucks with no sugar?
Yes! While some drinks like Frappuccinos and smoothies will always have some sugar due to the recipe, plenty of iced and hot teas or coffees don’t come with sweeteners.
– Which syrup at Starbucks has the least amount of sugar?
The sugar-free flavors (vanilla and cinnamon dolce) all use artificial sweeteners rather than sugar, so they have the least sugar content.
– What is the healthiest sugar at Starbucks?
Starbucks offers honey and stevia as sweetener alternatives; both are considered healthier than pure sugar and can add a subtle sweetness to teas or coffees.