Best Iced-Coffee Drinks for Your Waistline

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By: , SparkPeople Blogger
8/6/2012 10:00 AM   :  70 comments   :  98,266 Views

Does the hot and humid weather this summer have you reaching for iced coffee instead of your favorite hot brewed variety? If so, are they having a positive or negative impact on your weight goals? Although an iced coffee can be as simple as brewed coffee over ice (usually around 15 calories as with Starbucks Grande Iced Caffe' Americano), there tend to be many choices and varying degrees of nutritional value when you order them on the run. If you are enjoying frequent iced coffee drinks and having difficulty reaching your weight goals, there could be a connection. 
 
Typical recommendations when ordering iced coffee drinks and trying to limit calories is to select the smallest size, request skim milk, and hold the whipped or chocolate topping. Sometimes it can be very difficult to remember to keep everything straight when you are trying to order in a hurry. Here is a quick list of nine 16-ounce choices that can help keep you cool while helping to maintain your waistline.

Starbucks Grande Iced Skinny Flavored Latte (select from many sugar-free flavored syrups)
Calories – 80
Fat – 0 grams
Sugars – 10 grams
 
Starbucks Grande Iced Skinny Mocha
Calories – 100
Fat – 1.5 grams
Sugars – 8 grams
 
Starbucks Grande Mocha Light Frappuccino
Calories – 140
Fat – 1 gram
Sugars – 19 grams sugar
(You can also purchase these in a 9.5-ounce bottle from a local supermarket that are 100 calories/3 grams fat/11 grams sugar).
 
McDonald's McCafe' Medium Iced Nonfat Latte with Sugar-free Vanilla Syrup
Calories – 50
Fat – 0 grams
Sugars – 6 grams
 
Dunkin' Donuts Medium Iced Hazelnut Coffee with Skim Milk
Calories – 20
Fat – 0 grams
Sugars – 2 grams
 
Dunkin' Donuts Medium Iced Roast Coffee with Skim Milk and Splenda
Calories – 40
Fat – 0 grams
Sugars – 2 grams
 
Panera Large Iced Vanilla Latte with Skim Milk and Sugar Free Vanilla Syrup
Calories – 140
Fat – 0 grams
Sugars – 18 grams
 
Panera Large Iced Cappuccino with Skim Milk
Calories – 80
Fat – 0 grams
Sugar – 11 grams
 
Burger King Seattle's Best Medium Cold-brew Vanilla Latte with Skim Milk
Calories – 90
Fat – 0 grams
Sugars – 26 grams

 
Here are some higher calorie options that it would be best to skip unless you select the smallest size, request skim milk, and hold the whipped or chocolate toppings.

Starbucks Grande Java Chip Frappuccino
Calories – 460
Fat – 19 grams
Sugars – 55 grams
 
McDonald's McCafe' Large Iced Caramel Mocha
Calories – 390
Fat – 14 grams
Sugars – 48 grams
 
Dunkin' Donuts Large Caramel Turtle Iced Latte
Calories – 450
Fat – 12 grams
Sugars – 67 grams
 
Cold Stone Creamery "Gotta Have It" Iced Raspberry Truffle Mocha Latte
Calories – 520
Fat – 19 grams
Sugars – 71 grams
 
Baskin Robbins Large Iced Cappy Mocha Blast
Calories – 610
Fat – 10 grams
Sugars – 86 grams
 
Seattle's Best Large Cold-Brewed Marble Mocha
Calories – 540
Fat - 23 grams
Sugars – 68 grams
 

Do you select iced coffee to keep cool or other cold options? What is your favorite cold drink to enjoy on hot summer days?
 


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  • 70
    I blend a cup of coffee brewed hours ago, add one or two scoops of protein powder, blend it, poured it in my thermos, and freeze it. Sometimes I blend steel-cut oats already made and/or fruit (and sometimes vegetables) for some complex carbs. Perhaps I add chia seeds for healthy fat. I bring the frozen mix to work (ironically I work at a fast casual restaurant, where high-calorie fare is served) and drink it for lunch. Way more filling (and nutritious, as far as a combo of protein, fiber, and healthy fats goes) than a fast food or chain coffeehouse frozen/iced coffee drink! - 5/16/2014   9:58:37 PM
  • 69
    I got addicted to DD's Pumpkin iced coffee flavor cause it's either that or Starbucks frap. Rather take the pumpkin :-/. - 12/27/2013   9:09:11 AM
  • 68
    I love the iced coffee from Starbucks and Mcdonalds - 10/12/2013   3:13:22 PM
  • LLOYDE041908
    67
    I see some great alternatives to making your own. Will try this, save calories and money. What could be better? - 5/5/2013   10:46:00 AM
  • 66
    I very seldom have a chance to go to Starbuck's but it's a treat to get a Light Frappuccino in Caramel or Chia Creme flavors. So nice on a hot day... or any day! - 4/18/2013   12:15:39 PM
  • 65
    my iced coffee never tastes as good as the ones from Starbucks or McDonalds.

    I love them! - 4/9/2013   9:40:26 PM
  • 64
    There's a huge range between the various beverages ... I'll be sure to watch what I order. - 4/9/2013   3:24:48 PM
  • JGMARIE80
    63
    Thank you. Now I know what to order from Dunkin Donuts. - 3/11/2013   8:45:41 PM
  • 62
    Thank you! - 2/11/2013   11:32:39 PM
  • 61
    I have a Frappé Shaker from Greece that I make my own frappé with coffee, 1 tsp of sugar and water then shake like crazy add skim or dairy free milk and ice! - 9/12/2012   9:42:51 AM
  • 60
    Thank you for this article. - 9/12/2012   8:47:53 AM
  • 59
    this article gave me an idea...I jumped up to make my own iced coffee: 1 drop orange flavoring, 1 drop vanilla flavoring, 1 tsp. honey, 1/4 cup instant nonfat dry milk, dash of cinnamon. It was delish! Oh...and nearly left out... coffee, about a cup. - 9/6/2012   4:28:51 PM
  • FOX2566
    58
    I much prefer homemade iced coffee, sans sugar.LIke the idea of a small amount choc. syrup! Thanks. - 9/3/2012   8:54:27 PM
  • 57
    These are great ideas. There are so many of us who just like this little treat. Good thing it doesn't have to cost lots and lots of calories.
    - 8/26/2012   9:40:31 PM
  • FOCUSED12960
    56
    I love a really good iced latte with skim milk. I always carry stevia and a tiny squeeze bottle of organic pure vanilla (or almond) extract. It easily fits in my purse or backpack. That way I can add my own 0 calorie sweetener and flavor. Cheaper and healthier too! - 8/20/2012   12:53:06 PM
  • 55
    Hot weather or not...when I drink coffee it is
    HOT!!!! - 8/15/2012   9:38:53 PM
  • 54
    i always have left over brewed coffee which i filter then save in a large pitcher in the fridge. it is always on hand to make my own iced coffee at home for myself and guests and they love it.
    i will even use a bit of left over espresso for that added punch coffee lovers love! i used half and half cream or 5% cream into and lots of crushed ice. if some one wants to add sweetener or sugar that is their choice. i used pure vanilla extract - never artificial flavors, - it is soooooooo good and really cheap.
    but if i am stuck i will run into a mickie d's and get their plain iced coffee - no vanilla syrup (yuck) and have them put cream not milk in it. also very good - and next to no calories. - 8/15/2012   11:20:08 AM
  • ALICOTTER
    53
    What how could you leave out Tim Horton's.

    Oh forgot companies outside of the USA don't count. - 8/14/2012   5:00:28 PM
  • 52
    I make my own iced coffee at home using Natalie Dee's cold brew method. I use sugar free syrups and low fat soy milk most of the time instead of water & half and half, but still a nice light way to get my daily caffeine! - 8/14/2012   1:02:50 PM
  • 51
    I make my own decaf French vanilla iced coffee with 1% milk and Sweet and Low. That way I know what's in it! I have gotten "decaf" at DD too many times that wasn't and had trouble sleeping. - 8/14/2012   11:06:31 AM
  • 50
    I try to make my own ice coffee. - 8/14/2012   9:21:34 AM
  • 49
    Huh. How about a home brewed organic, shade-grown, fair trade cup of coffee (cooled or iced) with a splash of whole milk...? Much less expensive, and much better for you and the environment and the people who grew the coffee beans..... - 8/14/2012   6:45:56 AM
  • 48
    I like mine carbonated! I brew up some extra strong coffee in the morning. After it has cooled, or I put some in the refrigerator, I fill a glass half full of coffee and ice, one tablespoon of any liquid creamer, then top off with club soda. YUM! - 8/14/2012   2:24:20 AM
  • EGMFROMGA
    47
    I make my own Ice coffee. I make a picture some sugar free creamer and coffee and sometimes I add a shot of my light chocolate soy milk for that mocha feel. usually less calories and definitely save some bucks doing that. - 8/12/2012   7:34:15 PM
  • JENAE954
    46
    Love my coffee cocoa slushy! Home made, low in calories, filling, tastes better than any store bought coffee drinks. - 8/12/2012   12:37:41 PM
  • 45
    My favorite iced coffee is the Caramel Frappe at McDonald's. On their website, it totals over 650 calories! WTF?! Well, I haven't had one in over two years b/c I was breastfeeding my little one. Now, I'm going to figure out how to make a healthy alternative at home! :) - 8/12/2012   3:43:15 AM
  • 44
    I drink New Orleans Cold Brew ice coffee concentrate like it's my job. 1 part coffee concentrate, 2 parts water, 1 part skim milk, LOTS OF ICE! Maybe a squirt of sugar-free hershey's syrup if I'm feeling fancy! I drink iced coffee year round. - 8/9/2012   7:27:25 PM
  • 43
    Favorite iced coffee drink...a cup of dark brewed coffee (I do a quad shot of decaf espresso, but coffee works fine), put in the freezer for 3 hours...till just iced over on top and sides. Put that and one scoop of muscle milk cookies and creme protein powder in the blender...lactose free, 16 g protein, 9 g carbohydrates, 6 g fat . This has become my every-afternoon, I-need-something-sweet-right-now snack. - 8/8/2012   3:29:24 PM
  • 42
    I like my coffee hot, but I have been drinking my morning coffee with a teaspoon full of Hershey's syrup about 18 calories and a few ounces of milk. (calories depend on what kind of milk in the fridge) Well worth it and even for whole milk Way less calories then most of these restaurant choices. My tracker says 56 calories with 2 oz whole milk - 8/8/2012   2:48:33 PM
  • 41
    When I want to treat myself, I get a 16oz white chocolate americano, with a the splash of half and half. Hot or cold, that drink is about 90-100 calories where I get it (at a gourmet coffee shop, not Starbucks). I used to get white chocolate mocha's as my drink, but the milk is just too heavy for many anymore... and it packs on a lot calories. Like I said though, it's a treat. I usually just drink lots of water on a hot day.
    I'm gonna have to try what a previous poster said they do for ice coffee with their Keurig. I've been wondering how to do that on my own, as I find the iced coffee k-cups they sell to taste artificial. - 8/8/2012   2:46:41 PM
  • 40
    I worry that pushing artificial sweeteners will do more harm than good. I just make my own and use stevia if I want something sweeter. The artificial sweeteners are said to make you crave more sweets as well they can have detrimental health affects in the long run. - 8/8/2012   2:20:31 PM
  • 39
    Caribou Northern Lite Caramel or Vanilla Cooler, small (not really at 463 g), no whip (lite whip adds 25 calories). This is a frozen drink.
    Calories - 90
    Fat - 2
    Sugar - 11 - 8/8/2012   8:19:39 AM
  • 38
    When preparing to make my own iced coffee, I freeze leftover coffee in ice trays, then the iced coffee doesn't get watered down by the ice. When you don't have the trays prepared, you just need to strengthen the coffee, so that the iced coffee doesn't get too watered down. Just a couple of my tips.
    McDonald's is a good choice with the sugar-free syrup. sometimes it's great and sometimes it's way too sweet. I guess it totally depends on who makes it! That is why I like making my own...it's always my way!! :) - 8/7/2012   6:06:41 PM
  • 37
    I have been making my own iced coffee since I got into drinking it, which is only about 3 years ago. I am fortunate to have access to a gourmet market that has incredible coffee that is reasonably priced. It is Fairway Market; unfortunately their stores are only in the NYC area, but if you are close to one you should check it out. They have a large selection of flavored coffees. I get the coconut coffee beans, grind them at home, make a hot pot of coffee, and put it in the fridge to cool down. So much cheaper and better than Starbucks or Dunkin!! As a plus, I used to drink my coffee with cream (never with sugar), but thanks to a challenge on one of my Spark teams earlier this year, I now drink it black. Very low calorie. - 8/7/2012   5:43:09 PM
  • 36
    I make my own frozen coffee!! We have been frinking it for a few weeks at the YMCA. I start with a large cup of Ice, (which ever cup I am going to drink the coffe out of) 8 oz cold coffee, 1 truvia, 1/2 scoop vanilla whey protien powder, 1/2 scoop chocolate whey protien powder. Whill in the blender for about a minute on ice chopper and you have an Incredible frozen frapichino!! the protien is a bonus!!!! 120 calories enjoy!!! - 8/7/2012   3:52:39 PM
  • 35
    I would rather not live without my java chip frappuccino! What I typically order is the venti (24 oz) light version (no whip, skim milk). I throw it in my blender, add fiber and a scoop of chocolate protein powder and use it as a meal replacement drink. I know it's a poor excuse for a true meal replacement, but I've lost 99.4 lbs so far and have been able to enjoy my favorite treat the whole time :) - 8/7/2012   3:15:31 PM
  • QUILTMOM7
    34
    I too make my own iced coffee. Brew a cup of coffee from my Keurig. Pour it over large cup of ice. Add 1T of International Delight Fat Free vanilla and 1 cup skim milk. Delicious!! ...and less than 100 calories. - 8/7/2012   1:43:05 PM
  • 33
    Wondering why, if we should order the smallest size, you have listed medium and large sizes here. - 8/7/2012   1:33:31 PM
  • ELEKTRAONFIRE
    32
    I make my own. A shot of espresso, a dash of flavour syrup (perhaps a tablespoon), ice cubes and fat free milk to fill the glass. Pure bliss. - 8/7/2012   1:25:42 PM
  • 31
    never thought about making my own iced coffee...HMMM...thanks for the great ideas! - 8/7/2012   1:22:36 PM
  • 30
    I've made my own at home with the decaf instant granules (1 t), 1 heaping t fiber powder (clear and natural), 1/2 T Hershey's syrup with calcium and 1 1/2 C skim (fat free) milk. It is wonderful. I don't like McD, something chemically tasting about the chocolate syrup or whip topping, I'm not sure. I've tried DD a couple times and just can't get a taste for it. Homemade is cheaper and better. I don't do it all the time anyway. I mostly do it because I need the protein and sugar after a workout. But it sure does taste good, too.

    rumbamel - 8/7/2012   9:58:55 AM
  • 29
    I typically make my own...I use a 16 oz water bottle half full of leftover coffee, add a couple packets of sweetner (of choice) and or some sugar free syrup. Freeze the bottle and then top off with skim milk in the morning. Help to keep my lunch cool in my lunchbox (in my locker) and when I shake it well around lunchtime, make a delicious, affordable treat! - 8/7/2012   9:52:50 AM
  • 28
    Many years ago, when I was in Europe with my husband, I saw a small jar of instant coffee with a free shaker attached. You put in a spoonful of instant coffee, a couple of ice cubes and cold water. (I sweeten it with Stevia). Close the container and shake like crazy. Drink. The shaking causes a foam to form on top and it's pretty good with 0 calories. You could add milk or half and half but I don't even though I use cream in my hot coffee. - 8/7/2012   9:20:25 AM
  • 27
    WOW the calorie content of some of these iced coffee is terrible..
    I make my own, only 30 calories cause I use Almond milk unsweetened & Splenda with brewed flavored coffee. - 8/7/2012   9:13:24 AM
  • 26
    memo to self. drink less starbucks. - 8/7/2012   7:33:04 AM
  • 25
    I don't drink fancy coffee drinks, just plain, black coffee for me. Maybe a shot of Bailey's Irish Cream or Kahlua - 8/7/2012   7:25:51 AM
  • BELLE4014
    24
    I don't drink coffee (I prefer tea) but my husband does. He likes to go to Starbucks but after I have him read your article, I am sure he will make his flavored coffee at home! - 8/7/2012   6:37:26 AM
  • 23
    I make it at home by putting cold coffee, a packet of sf Swiss miss hot cocoa mix, and a cup of ice in a blender. So good and guilt-free! - 8/7/2012   6:28:33 AM
  • 22
    I like the iced drinks from Starbucks but I can't do the skinny ones cause it uses milk, so I get the iced lattes with soy and never the largest size. - 8/7/2012   3:31:26 AM
  • 21
    Yes I've been making my own at home. And yes, I've been enjoying them a great deal on these hot days.
    -- I blend in International Delight 1/2 gal. Iced Coffee...sweet & creamy coffeehouse drink. (1 cup = 150 cal. 2.5g fat, 23g sugar 4g protein) So I have to be careful NOT to drink my calories!
    I add 1 cup brewed coffee, chilled, + some milk & water. Place all in 1 qt bottle filled w/ ice. - 8/7/2012   2:12:26 AM

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