June 18, 2013

To Skinny or Not To Skinny?

Like most bloggers women, I love Starbucks. I remember my first ever Starbucks drink (and my go-to for probably 5 years afterward) was a Grande Mocha Frappuccino. This was probably in 8th or 9th grade. As I got older, I ventured out and realized 1.) Mocha Frappuccinos have a ton of calories and 2.) There are much better drinks at the 'bucks than a Mocha Frap!

As women, we all care about what we put in our bodies. Who wants to spend 400 calories on one small coffee drink?

Well, no more. If you're not a frequent Starbucks go-er, you may not know that you can get a lot of their drinks "skinny". This means they use Skim (or Fat Free) milk, sugar-free syrup, and no whip on top. It can also mean the difference between 400 calories and 40 calories. A huge difference!

Today, I thought I'd show you a comparison of some of the drinks you can get "skinny". And, for those that doubt, most taste basically the same as the regular drinks.

We'll start with my new go-to: the Caramel Macchiato. I always get this skinny.

Iced Caramel Macchiato = 210
Iced Skinny Caramel Macchiato = 80
Iced Mocha = 320
Iced Skinny Mocha = 100
Mocha Frappuccino = 400
Mocha Frappuccino Light = 130

And did you know some of the bottled Starbucks drinks also come in Light?

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Bottled Mocha Frappuccino = 180
Bottled Mocha Frappuccino Light = 100
Bottled Iced Coffee + Milk = 110
Bottled Low Calorie Iced Coffee + Milk = 50
Doubleshot Espresso = 140
Doubleshot Light Espresso = 70

Of course, once in awhile, we all need the creamy goodness of a little dollop of whip. 

So, guess what? There's fat free whip available!

Next time you're at Starbucks: choose skinny.

*All calories of in-store drinks are for the Grande size.
** I am in no way affiliated with Starbucks and was not paid or otherwise compensated for this post....(I wish...)

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  1. Isn't it amazing how much it can cut the calories? I work there and since beginning that job, I have definitely cut back the pumps of syrup, switched to non-fact milk, and it really doesn't effect the taste at all!

    We don't have non-fat whip at our store though, I didn't know they did that. I wish!

    1. I know! I was surprised when they asked if I wanted non-fat whip once. Um...yes please!

  2. Do they offer sugar-free syrups, though? The amount of sugar can definitely add to the waistline.

    1. At the locations I visit, they do offer some of their syrups in the sugar free form. Some of the specialty drinks around the holiday time thought might not (I think I tried getting a Salted Caramel Mocha or Carmel Brulee Latte or something once & they couldn't make that sugar free).

  3. I always get sugar free. It's such an easy way to cut calories!

  4. i love the skinny caramel macchiatos! I hate sugar free syrups though. I don't love syrups in general, but I hate fake sweet anything. Sugar free syrups are more sweet than the regular ones and just make me gag.

  5. I love that the skinny is healthy, but one time I got a Skinny Peppermint Mocha and it honestly just ruined my day. That's my favorite drink because it tastes like a cup of Christmas, but it just didn't taste the same. So I decided that for my health I get skinny except maybe once or twice a month.

  6. I don't drink coffee, but I love their skim milk steamers with hazelnut added. I think with whipped cream it is around 270 for a Grande. SOOO good!

  7. I really believe that a moderate amount of real sugar is better than the fake stuff so you will never find me getting a "skinny" drink.

    I drink my coffee/ice coffee black but adding white mocha is a great way to get the milky sweet flavor without near as many calories as a milk based drink!

  8. I don't drink the coffee from Starbucks that often, I usually get the green tea ... but I had my first skinny frappucino the other day - it was delish!!

    (¸¤ Lanaya | xoxo