I was standing in line at Starbucks yesterday and broke into the cold sweats trying to avoid staring longingly at the Nanaimo bars and Chocolate covered – well –

So I went online and did some research for all of us. Here is my research on how to still enjoy the seasons treats but keep those calories in check.


Ok your worst offenders are Eggnog latte – 370 calories in a reg Tall and 350 in a non-fat tall! It seems the chickens of the world are seeking revenge for taking their eggs. Not cool guys- not cool.

Another holiday shocker was the Salted Caramel Mocha – 330 calories with 13 g of fat so even if you take off the Whip (-70) and lower the milk to skim (-30) you took all the fun away and are left with 230 calories of blech.

New drinks this year: Chestnut Praline Latte

Espresso, steamed milk, and flavors of caramelized chestnuts and spices. Topped with whipped cream and spiced praline crumbs.

Also the regular crew of Holiday Drinks are back…

Peppermint Mocha

Caramel Brulee Latte

Gingerbread Latte

YUM! All approx 160 calories in a short/ non-fat milk/ with whip..worth it!

All approx 440 – 500 calories in a Grande /2%/ with whip…skip it!

Tip number 1- If you don’t care about Whip cream (cuz you are an alien from another planet..) Skip it and save approx 70 calories.

Secondly every milk percentage you drop (from Whole to 2% to Non-fat) you save 30 calories in a tall 50 calories in a Grande. So use the lightest milk that you still enjoy.

Tip number 3 – If you want a Caramel Mocha latte and force yourself to order a black coffee you ain’t doing yourself any favors. Order the Caramel Mocha but use your reason – 1x week – Ok! 7x a week – not so great!

But there are actually quite a few doable drinks..

5 Starbucks Drinks Under 200 Calories

5. Skinny Vanilla Latte is 100 cal (yah but ughh gross.)

4. Non- fat Caramel Machiatto is 140 cal (getting better..)

3. Soy Tazo Chai Tea Latte (yummmmmmyyyyyy) 180 calories

2. Any of the drinks (mocha with whip, caramel macchiato, flavored latte, salted caramel mocha with whip) in the “short” size (not advertised but they have them, just ask) are just under or just over the 200 calorie mark. Although you look like a 5 year old walking around with a ‘short’ drink it is usually enough to satiate cravings for something yummy.

1. Any regular coffee, tea americano, espresso (this is a Duh but hey, I wanted to be throughout) 0-15 calories


So I reviewed mostly only the Holiday Treats:

Cranberry bliss bar – 340 calories Fat – 19g– I can see where it gets it ‘bliss’ from.

Frosted Snowman Cookie – 390 calories 22g fat — eat enough of these and you will look like a Snowman in no time.

Peppermint Brownie Cake Pop 170 calories, Fat 8g — Ok this one isn’t too bad.

Nanaimo Bar -290cal – Fat 17 g — Swim to Nanaimo and you will burn this off..

Gingerbread Loaf – 440cal – Fat 14 g—what is this craziness about?? I figured the word ‘ginger’ was in there so it couldn’t be all that bad..

As far as the treats go I was hard pressed to find anything remotely appropriate for a healthy diet. Some of the baked goods topped 500 calories which is 1/3-ish of your total daily calories and the equivalent of an entire hour of hard exercise. So not worth it.

5 Starbucks Treats Under 300 Calories

5. Chocolate Caramel Pretzel 230cal Fat 9 g

4. Petit Vanilla Scone 140 cal Fat 5

3. All Cakepops are between 140 Cal and 180 cal



I had to cut the list short – according to Starbucks own nutritional info these are the only items that are under 300 calories.

Hope you enjoyed this!

Keep your mind focused on the real point of the holiday season (which is of course, presents) and think about that you may very well be working off the excess treats

of today for the next 6 months – so choose wisely!