The 9 Healthiest Coffee Drinks and Smoothies


By: , – Stepfanie Romine, Staff Writer
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One of the sneakiest places excess calories hide is in beverages--and two of the biggest culprits are coffee drinks and smoothies. Though coffee itself is calorie-free and smoothies are made with fruit, the extras we add to these beverages can tack on hundreds of calories! Thankfully, there are plenty of better choices out there. Here, we've rounded up the nine healthiest smoothies and coffee drinks!

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In choosing these beverages, we looked at calories, fat and added sugar. We tried to choose beverages with wide availability nationwide, with a variety of hot and cold drinks that are both sweetened and unsweetened. We think you'll find one to suit your preferences!

McDonald's Iced Coffee with Sugar Free French Vanilla Syrup (small)
Coffee drinks don't have to be complicated to be delicious and decadent. Simply add a sugar-free flavored syrup to your usually coffee for a treat!
80 calories
4.5 g fat
1 g sugar
Caribou Coffee Northern Lite Latte (small)
It is possible to indulge in a latte for less than 100 calories. Choose skim milk, sugar-free syrup--and hold the whip.
90 calories
0.5 g fat
12 g sugar
McDonald's Nonfat Latte with Sugar Free French Vanilla Syrup (small)
Lattes are a safe bet no matter where you go for coffee. Thanks to the milk, you'll also get 9 grams of belly-filling protein!
100 calories
0 g fat
13 g sugar
Caribou Coffee Iced Northern Lite Mocha (small)
This cool treat mixes espresso, your choice of chocolate and skim milk. It makes a calorie-conscious snack any time of day.
110 calories
1 g fat
19 g sugar
Dunkin Donuts Caramel Iced Coffee (small)
Dunkin Donuts comes in a variety of flavors, and you can get it sweetened or unsweetened. Even with caramel flavoring, this one has no fat--and just 100 delicious calories.  
110 calories
0 g fat
24 g sugar
Starbucks Caffè Vanilla Frappuccino Light Blended Beverage (tall)
Frappuccinos are a cross between coffee and a milkshake, and many of them are far too rich for an average day. Opt for the light version, which are made with the natural sugar substitute stevia.
130 calories
0 g fat
29 g sugar
Smoothie King Slim-N-Trim Vanilla (Make It Skinny) (20 ounces)
Smoothies are a great way to get in a healthy meal on the go. Unfortunately, many restaurants that specialize in smoothies jack up the calories by adding sugar and high-calorie juice. Opt for the "Slim-N-Trim" varieties at Smoothie King, which are made with banana and a proprietary protein blend.
153 calories
1 g fat
19 g sugar
McCafé Strawberry Banana Smoothie
McDonald's added smoothies a couple of years ago, and while they do contain the most sugar out of any on our list, they are low in fat. Unfortunately these smoothies only contain 3 grams of protein, which won't do much to fight hunger.
210 calories
0.5 g fat
44 g sugar
Jamba Juice Berry Blend Smoothie (small)
This berry-based smoothie contains both soymilk and protein powder to boost staying power, plus six grams of fiber!  
290 calories
4.5 g fat
37 g sugar
What is your favorite coffee drink or smoothie? Did it make our list?

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    Good to know - 2/8/2018   6:58:16 AM
  • 139
    That's loads of sugars. I don't drink any of these and glad not to be hooked on them. My coffee and drinks are no sugars. - 1/31/2018   9:30:24 PM
  • 138
    I donít drink these but, if I did, the sugar grams on some of them are atrocious! - 11/10/2017   4:24:48 AM
    I'm with the other black coffee drinkers. About 5 calories, 0 fat, 0 sugar. I can see why not everyone likes it, but for me, the only time I like my coffee sweet and creamy is when it's espresso chip ice cream. - 10/12/2017   12:35:30 PM
  • AMBER461
    Thanks for the information. - 9/24/2017   9:23:46 PM
  • 135
    Thanks for the info. - 9/5/2017   5:45:27 PM
  • 134
    It's not whether you get knocked down, it's whether you get up.
    - Vince Lombardi - 8/31/2017   9:15:01 AM
  • 133
    Good to know! - 8/31/2017   8:12:15 AM
  • 132
    Interesting info. - 8/28/2017   11:34:27 AM
  • 131
    How about just plain black coffee? Zero calories, delicious! - 8/28/2017   8:58:18 AM
  • 130
    This makes sense to me. Less sugar, more healthy. - 8/28/2017   8:22:49 AM
  • 129
    The amount of sugar in most of these things is frightening! They brag about being low in fat when sugar is what is killing us all. - 8/28/2017   8:05:24 AM
  • 128
    what's wrong just a plain cup of coffee? If I wanted syrup I would have ordered PANCAKES!! - 8/27/2017   9:29:41 PM
  • 127
    To much sugar! - 8/27/2017   8:46:33 PM
  • 126
    I just go for a Grande or Tall iced coffee, unsweetened, w/ skim or 2% milk. - 8/27/2017   1:40:10 PM
  • 125
    How interesting that this appears with SparkGuy's info on sugar! - 8/27/2017   9:12:43 AM
  • 124
    I usually only buy regular coffee at Mcdonalds when I go there with with half and half in. It is less calories and cheaper too especially if I ask for the senior coffee. At hone I use creamer in my coffee cannot stand black coffee. - 8/27/2017   9:06:01 AM
  • 123
    Most of these still have way too much sugar. I was surprised to see exactly how much! - 8/27/2017   9:03:08 AM
  • 122
    I appreciate this blog! I now can buy something at McDonalds! - 8/27/2017   5:48:06 AM
    We must stay focused - 8/22/2017   2:34:11 PM
  • 120
    I see the sugar content makes this a nono fir some of us I think this is usefull info for someone who wants an occasional treat, or when trapped at a reststop with limited choices. Better than a big ice cream treat. The suggestions here are also helpful. Its up to you - choose what futs your personal plan - 8/22/2017   10:59:54 AM
  • 119
    Sugar content all to high. Makes carbs untenable. - 8/20/2017   8:29:13 AM
  • LOULOU170970
    I like McDonald's Latte with Sugar Free French Vanilla Syrup - 7/4/2017   2:02:26 PM
  • 117
    That small iced coffee with sugar free vanilla syrup sure sounds good right now - 6/11/2017   2:32:01 AM
  • 116
    Agree that there is too much sugar - 5/16/2017   11:16:33 PM
  • 115
    Way to much sugar! - 5/6/2017   6:13:49 PM
  • 114
    love frappachinps - 4/21/2017   7:37:10 PM
  • 113
    Not a big smoothie or iced coffee consumer. Drink coffee with sugar free syrups and tea. Nice to know though how others like these items. - 4/6/2017   3:57:51 PM
  • 112
    Here's a great (and original) WW coffee drink recipe. 8 oz of skim milk, 1 tbsp of instant coffee, artificial sweetner if you like sweet (I do not) and a tsp of vanilla. Put in a blender - add ice and let 'er rip. It's better than any of the others and for the cost of 2 you can have a month of treats. When I go to a coffee house it's plain coffee without flavoring, milk or sugar. If you love coffee - drink coffee. It's clear with some of these drinks that people just don't want to drink the real thing. - 1/4/2017   10:57:20 PM
  • 111
    I just discovered the starbucks iced caffe americano. So delicious plain that I just need to add a bit of sweetener and I'm good to go!...oh and just 15 calories for a grande:) - 12/30/2016   11:01:36 AM
  • 110
    This article really helped me to think about my own coffee w/cream. I don't really buy coffee's anymore but I think I can do better. Honestly, I think I'm ready to drink 1 or 2 less cups a day and replace it with some real food! - 7/17/2016   10:42:48 PM
    I can't have artificial sweeteners, so most of these are a no go. At home, I'll drink coffee with flavored creamer. At work, I do splurge and get a white chocolate mocha with whip before work - sometimes with an extra shot. When you work 12 hour nights, I need all the help I can get! - 7/17/2016   4:18:24 AM
    I think the term "healthy" is being used very loosely here.
    Artificial sweeteners have shown to have very negative effects on health AS WELL AS hindering weight loss. While these drinks may have fewer calories, there is nothing in them that makes them healthier than their sugar-filled counterpart. - 11/2/2015   10:59:44 AM
  • 107
    My very favorite iced coffee (Low calorie drink) is just that: brewed coffee with lots of ice. Let the coffee cool first--no sugar or cream or anything to add calories. My mom sipped on it all day. I now drink 8 cups of water a day for health but still love iced coffee!!! - 11/1/2015   11:26:21 AM
  • 106
    I make my own coffee drinks 1/2 coffee, 1/2 light vanilla soy milk stick it in the freezer fill the ice starts to form, about 40 min - 11/1/2015   7:58:04 AM
  • BLONDY01
    I don't like that most of these have artificial sweeteners. I get ill from them, so I either have to get real sugar or NO sugar :( I don't eat out much, especially for breakfast, but my go-to is skim milk, dark roast coffee, and a scoop of chocolate or vanilla protein powder. It gives me the caffeine to start the day and keeps me full most of the morning. - 9/26/2015   3:02:00 PM
  • 104
    The healthiest? There is nothing healthy about these things. Low calorie? sure. Healthy? No. They are cheap and fast.

    Go to your local coffee house. Get a handcrafted latte, with the milk stuff of your choice (cow juice, soy milk, almond milk, coconut milk). Avoid "sugar free" flavors. Eat/drink real food and coffee. - 9/26/2015   10:23:35 AM
  • 103
    If you want you can add a scoop of chocolate whey protein mix and shake well, you get 100 calories added to your coffee, but you will get your protein. most whey protein has around 26 grams per scoop. - 8/24/2015   7:32:37 PM
  • 102
    My own coffee, ice, sugar free Torani, plus soy or almond milk & blend! Save $4. :-)
    - 5/30/2015   4:43:24 PM
  • 101
    I remember years ago having a caramel macchiato, horrendous! I thought I had sugar shock! I stick with iced coffee or a soy latte for the most part. Everything else is just too sweet~ - 12/1/2014   3:00:48 AM
  • 100
    Make it your breakfast; coffee, skim milk, sugar free flavored creamer. - 11/23/2014   12:02:28 PM
  • 99
    I hate coffee. Never liked it. I am surprised though to see things from McDonald's on a "healtiest list"! - 6/7/2014   10:10:40 PM
  • 98
    I just like coffee, with one sweetener, and one cream..
    - 6/6/2014   3:00:59 PM
  • 97
    I have done Smoothie King but ask them to leave out the Turbinado (natural sugar). Fruit has enough natural sugar for me. - 6/6/2014   6:49:54 AM
  • 96
    On the rare occasions I go for fast food and order a beverage, it's McDonald's iced coffee no sweetener and no bleach, whitener or cream.
    At StarYuck's where I've been less than a dozen times in my life & always because someone else wanted to go, I get the green tea with lemonade cooler. Just don't understand paying $4 for a drink when I can get a beer at
    Happy Hour for that same money, or a well drink (think Jack Daniel's) at BJ's for $3.75 that comes with a buzz.
    I do make a smoothie in the morning with Secure, fresh or frozen fruit - depends on the time of year - and almond or soy milk. Hold me til lunch so that isn't empty calories. - 6/6/2014   12:05:25 AM
  • 95
    I don't like coffee of any kind. I make my own smoothies mostly using the Trop 50 cal OJ, a scoop of van protein powder & whatever frozen fruit I have. Mango pinapple is my favorite. However, when getting a smoothie out Caravan has a Mango butternut squash that is very good & health. Also, I just had my first Smoothie King experience. The Gladiator with mango & pineapple was very tasty. The portion size is way big! - 6/5/2014   10:32:17 PM
  • 94
    None of my drinks made the list because I do an iced latte with 2% milk as my "treat" coffee drink. Otherwise coffee is black. - 6/5/2014   10:17:04 PM
  • 93
    it took me awhile but I trained myself to like coffee no sugar. I now order a dark roast black coffee. when I get home I add ice and a little bit of almond milk once in a blue moon I add a 10th of a teaspoon of sugar. I save myself hundreds of calories daily. I also drink my tea black - 6/5/2014   5:18:24 PM
  • QUINN00
    artificial sweetners are horrible. One of the first 6000 complaints about NutraSweet was vertigo. After I stopped using it, my problem went away. I had to stop driving. - 6/5/2014   3:22:56 PM
  • 91
    I am not sure even these choices are all that healthy, as they all have so much sugar, even allowing for the natural sugar that occurs. Much better to make your own, make them smaller and eliminate all that extra sugar. - 6/5/2014   2:21:06 PM

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