The 9 Healthiest Coffee Drinks and Smoothies

By , Stepfanie Romine, Staff Writer
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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KATHRYNGC 12/30/2020
44 grams (11 tsp) of sugar is healthy? Think I will continue not going to those places. Report
RACHAEL2020 12/26/2020
McDonald's vanilla latte with low fat milk and no sweeteners. Report
CHERYLHURT 10/21/2020
Great Report
ERIN_POSCH 10/11/2020
thanks for sharing Report
SUNSET09 9/19/2020
I’m not a coffee drinker and glad to see Smoothie King made the list, SparkFriends. Thanx Report
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PATRICIA-CR 8/17/2020
OH, these are my downfalls. I just want to drink them all day long. Report
SNUZYQ2 6/23/2020
It’s good to know what’s in those drinks. Thank you for sharing! Report
SHAYNE139 6/17/2020
Starbucks, tall cold brew, black. Why mess with perfection? For a real treat try a Nitro brew Report
CPARKERNC 6/17/2020
Some of those sugar-free flavors are sugar alcohols which can promote diarrhea! Report
PASQUALE51 6/17/2020
Most of these sugar free syrups contain aspartame. It is really bad!! Report
LISAMARIE2015 6/17/2020
Wonder if still true 7 years later? 🤔 Report
ETHELMERZ 6/17/2020
This information is seven years old, could use an update...... Report
DXTECH 6/17/2020
DD caramel swirl iced coffee is my favorite.
Will have to try the Mcd's French vanilla one. Report
METAFUKARI 6/17/2020
prefer non-flavored coffee but once in a while at a joint i will have an iced coffee~ Report
LIS193 6/17/2020
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TCANNO 6/17/2020
I don't take sugar in any coffee as I hate the taste with it
GETULLY 6/12/2020
I think this is funny since I do not get sweetened or flavored coffee. Straight coffee, iced coffee, or a latte. I want the flavor of coffee not the other junk. Report
MNABOY 4/8/2020
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MNABOY 4/8/2020
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REDROBIN47 3/13/2020
Good information. Thank you. Report
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Everything has sugar-free flavorings - what about a plain latte with skim milk or whole milk. How does that stack up? I drink black coffee at home but when on the road I get a latte for driving. It keeps me going and I do not get hungry. Report
Thanks but I'll have my regular boring coffee Report
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Drinking calories Report
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This is great information to know. Report
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Not entirely accurate, many more options out there for few calories. Report
Starbucks Grande (medium) Nitro Cold Brew with Sweet Cream - 80 calories. Report
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Thanks for the great ideas, maybe I can mix it up from time to time!!!! Report
Cold-frozen coffees is one of my all time favorite drinks. Thanks, so good to know. Report
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August 2018 my Starbucks area recently had a mocha protein drink of some sort, basically it used a syrup but I told barista I didn't want a syrup and she offered stevia - three thing of stevia got it up to a manageable taste. It also used plain coffee instead of expresso, which was the first coffee I'd had since starting on chemo. So I was pleasantly surprised. It's not an every day drink for me, but it helped give me some energy and electrolytes the day I was there shopping at the grocery store where that Starbucks kiosk was located. I will check on the nutrients later. Report
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I'm 100% a Starbucks girl Report
... have never had an iced coffee... will try one the next time i order... thanks for the info... Report
Not a big iced coffee fan Report
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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. Report
I don’t drink these but, if I did, the sugar grams on some of them are atrocious! Report
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. Report
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