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?