Healthier Starbucks/Dunkin’ Options For Your Daily Routine

Are you the type of person that can’t function in the morning without going on your Starbucks or Dunkin’ Donuts run? You just don’t want to be spoken to until you glug down that piping hot coffee that always burns your tongue. You think you would learn to wait for it to cool down by now, but ain’t nobody got time for that.

Well, at least being from New York, this is the definition of most people that I know.

I think this stems from our parents generation, who would wake up at crazy early hours of the morning with the only thing on their mind being the coffee they were going to stop for on their way to work in the city. They would work all day and come home in time to take care of cooking their kids dinner. How could they get through the day without their caffeine high? What a lot of people don’t know is that caffeine is actually considered a drug. Why? Simply because it stimulates your central nervous system.

Does that mean caffeine is bad for you? No, not necessarily. For the most part, studies show that caffeine is safe unless taken in extremely high doses.

That is good for us, right? This means we can enjoy our morning coffee without debilitating our body. Yes, but not with the drinks that these coffee places are famous for.  For example, one of the most popular drinks at Starbucks, the Caramel Frappuccino. Before I knew any better, this was my go to order. Now, having looked into it, I have parted ways with this tasty drink.

A medium Caramel Frappuccino, or so called “grande”, will run up about 420 calories. It will cover just under 25% of your recommended daily fat and carbohydrates, along with 66 grams of sugar. That is more than DOUBLE the amount of sugar you should consume in one day. Talk about diabetes…

Oh, so we are supposed to drink plain coffee with nothing in it? That is too bland I can’t give up my Nutella Frappuccino. No, otherwise I wouldn’t be writing this blog. To save everyone from obesity, I have created a list of great tasting healthier options for the caffeine lovers:


  1. Iced Skinny Vanilla Latte – Grande – 80 Calories

  2. Iced Skinny Caramel Macchiato – Grande – 140 Calories

  3. Caffe Americano – Grande – 15 Calories

  4. Non-Fat Green Tea Latte – Grande – 190 Calories

  5. Non-Fat Caffe Mocha(Hold the Whip) – Grande – 250 Calories

  6. Iced Coffee with Skim Milk – Grande – 100 Calories

  7. Caramel Frappuccino Light – Grande – 150 Calories

  8. Iced Passion Tango Tea – Grande – 45 Calories


*Numbers 1 through 6 can all be replicated at other places like Dunkin’ Donuts, but make sure they give you skim milk instead of whole milk and leave out the “skinny”. Unless you just want to confuse the workers and have them look at you in shock.

Like I have said in my last post and will stick to in all of my posts, a healthy lifestyle is created by simple, healthier changes that you can make in your everyday life.