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There is a Starbucks where I work and I find myself going almost daily. I do not like black coffee, so I usually wind up with a mocha or some other "wimpy" drink. To cut calories I ask for no whip but I stick with the whole milk for flavor. Anyone else out there have suggestions for cutting calories out of coffee drinks? Or does anyone else have coping strageties or temptation problems with Starbucks?

Mon. Jun 26, 11:52am

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try the hot tea...very minimal calories and lots of h2o!

Monday, June 26, 2006, 12:08 PM

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Order a reg. coffee and put milk in it. It truly cuts down the calories down by a 1/3. But another thing I woudl try is going to somewhere other than starbucks. Starbucks coffee is burnt, which is why it's so hard to make it taste good for under 3.95. Illys coffee is the BEST.

Monday, June 26, 2006, 12:40 PM

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Avoid any drinks that have added syrup, they add about 70 more calories. Exampels would be the mocha valencia (orange syrup) or the minty drinks. Do the mocha drinks have chocolate syrup?

Monday, June 26, 2006, 12:49 PM

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You can probably easily transition to 2 percent or skim milk in a drink. You could have them make it with half whole milk and half skim to start. You can also ask for half the chocolate syrup in a mocha or sugar free syrup in other drinks.

Coffee with steamed milk is another option - it's half coffee, half steamed milk, so it's light and frothy but not too strong. So for the 16 oz size, accounting for the foam, that's actually less than 8 oz of milk (skim = about 90 calories).

Monday, June 26, 2006, 1:07 PM

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Coffee with steamed milk is called Caffe Misto or Cafe Au Lait on the menu.

Check out their nutrition facts online as well. The tall caffe mocha with skim and no whipped cream has 170 calories; with whole milk 240.

Monday, June 26, 2006, 1:10 PM

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the light carmel frapachinno's are awesome!
also the double shot drinks that they sell in the can are awesome i get them and ask for a cup of ice and put it in there to water down the drink a little (140cal)

also ice green tea unsweetened and add a pack of splenda

and if you absolutly need something to eat from there their rice krispie treats are awesome!

Monday, June 26, 2006, 1:14 PM

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hungry girl!

Check out

Lisa (the site's owner/writer/food guru) has a great Starbucks Survival Guide.

Monday, June 26, 2006, 1:34 PM

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I've learned which coffee places have which kinds of sugar-free syrups. At Starbucks it's Vanilla and Hazelnut. Caribou is Vanilla and Caramel. Other places may have other types of sugar-free syrups. My drink of choice is either an Iced Grande Non-Fat Sugar-Free Hazelnut Latte or a (hot) Grande Non-Fat Sugar-Free Vanilla Latte. But as the latte accounts for my one dairy allottment and the caffeine makes me giddy, I only allow them for myself on those days when I work all night.

Monday, June 26, 2006, 2:07 PM

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the Espresso Cappuccino Light, or Coffee Frappuccino Light, are both around 80 cals for a tall w/o whip. The coffee one is sweet enough for me. The mocha and caramel frappuccino light's are around 110 cals, I think. Not bad either.

A tall latte w/ skim and a packet of Splenda is 120 cals, which is what I usually get if I go. My FAVORITE drink is a tall chai tea latte w/ soy milk, which is 190 cals, so I stay away most of the time. The same drink w/ skim is 170 cals, and with whole is 210 cals. If you like the flavor of soy, give that a try. You'll gain protein, and lose 20 cals in 12oz.

Monday, June 26, 2006, 2:41 PM

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caramel frappucino with non-fat milk & no whipped cream. I used to be addicted to mochas before a coworker introduced me to this. A grande is about 180 calories, and there is no sacrifice of taste. I actually prefer it over the mocha.

Monday, June 26, 2006, 3:22 PM

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