Best Iced-Coffee Drinks for Your Waistline

By , SparkPeople Blogger
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. 

How Can You Reduce the Calories in Your Favorite Iced Drink?

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.

The 9 Best, Low Calorie Iced Drinks We Found at Major Chains

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

6 High Calorie Iced Drinks You Should Probably Skip 

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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CECELW 11/28/2020
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ERIN_POSCH 10/1/2020
thanks for sharing Report
But what kind of sweetener is in those sugar-free drinks? Othe type 1's may also want to know. I've been using them since 1975 when I was 12 and newly diagnosed. Some of us are picky about that, even if we did drink Tab. Report
I love iced coffee drinks, but have to save them for a treat and not drink them often. Report
Great article Report
Great artticle Report
I have NEVER had ice coffee. Don't know if I like it or not. Report
Thank you for "saying it all" with this article. This makes it so much easier to navigate ordering at these places and staying on task. Report
I drink mine a home Report
I am a coffee lover !!! Report
Great info
I prefer my coffee hot. Report
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Better yet, make your own. Report
Good info, thanks. Report
Very helpful, thank you! Report
Thanks for sharing Report
I want coffee now Report
You suggest ordering 16oz. drinks, and give 80 calories for the skinny latte with syrup, but a Starbucks grande latte with no syrup (and nonfat milk) is double that. The coffee is put in as a shot of expresso so most of the drink is simply nonfat milk, 160 calories for 2 cups. Report
I generally make my own at home & enjoy them. Report
Need to include carbs. They are the eye openers! Report
thanks Report
I love coffee drinks. Report
There are awesome recipes for making your own healthy iced coffee delight at home!! Report
I make my own pour over coffee at home and add sugar free hazelnut syrup sometimes. A little splenda and I am done, didn't cost me between $3-5 for the privilege! Report
My iced coffee habit was costing me a fortune, so I decided to make my own - make a syrup with no-cal flavoured instant coffee granules, hot water and granulated stevia. I didn't measure it out but it's probably half solid ingredients and half water. Leave to cool, then pour into an ice-cube tray, then freeze. Add a couple of the coffee ice-cubes to a glass of skim milk and let them melt (don't forget to stir after). Voila! Iced latte, with only the calories of the milk. Report
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! Report
I got addicted to DD's Pumpkin iced coffee flavor cause it's either that or Starbucks frap. Rather take the pumpkin :-/. Report
I love the iced coffee from Starbucks and Mcdonalds Report
I see some great alternatives to making your own. Will try this, save calories and money. What could be better? Report
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! Report
my iced coffee never tastes as good as the ones from Starbucks or McDonalds.

I love them! Report
There's a huge range between the various beverages ... I'll be sure to watch what I order. Report
Thank you. Now I know what to order from Dunkin Donuts. Report
Thank you! Report
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! Report
Thank you for this article. Report
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. Report
I much prefer homemade iced coffee, sans sugar.LIke the idea of a small amount choc. syrup! Thanks. Report
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.
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! Report
Hot weather or not...when I drink coffee it is
HOT!!!! Report
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. Report
What how could you leave out Tim Horton's.

Oh forgot companies outside of the USA don't count. Report
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! Report
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. Report
I try to make my own ice coffee. Report
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..... Report
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! Report