Starbucks Fall Drinks: Here’s How Many Calories Are in Starbucks Seasonal Drinks
You know fall is upon us when the temperature drops just below a heat wave, the wind starts to make more regular appearances, and the smell of pumpkin spice wafts through the air — so long as you’re walking past a Starbucks. Every year, the coffee shop chain helps transition our endless summer mindsets into the changing season with the released of its coveted fall drinks. But, while they might smell like something heavenly, they aren’t exactly good for you. In fact, they’re high in calories and chock full of unhealthy ingredients like sugar, saturated fat, and more.
That said, no one wants to be a Debbie downer — especially around the holidays (fall is a holiday, guys!). So while Starbucks fall drinks aren’t exactly the healthiest things your taste buds have ever experienced, there are ways to skim of some of their bad auras. Keep reading to for how many calories are in a pumpkin spice latte, salted caramel mocha, and pumpkin spice chai latte. Since it’s the season of treats, we’ve also added ways to make your favorite Starbucks fall drinks healthier.
How many calories are in Starbucks fall drinks
Fall is in the air this time of year at Starbucks. From pumpkin-flavored treats and eats to the cult-favorite pumpkin spice latte, there are a variety of festive items on the menu. Curious to know what Starbucks fall drinks are on this year’s lineup? We share the details, plus how many calories are in each (and how to make them healthier), below.
Pumpkin Spice Latte
When it comes to pumpkin spice lattes, Starbucks is the mothership. Every year, the coffee chain kicks off the fall season with the return of its cult-favorite “PSL” (as loyal customers call it) and everyone goes into sweater weather mode.
And while there are some health benefits to pumpkin spice, the pumpkin spice latte at Starbucks isn’t exactly a wellness trend. In fact, a grande-sized Starbucks pumpkin spice latte with 2% milk and whipped cream amounts to 380 calories, eight grams of saturated fat, and a whopping 50 grams of sugar — yikes!
If you’re looking for a way to make a Starbucks pumpkin spice latte healthier without sacrificing the flavor, you’ll want to go down a size or two, change the milk to almond, and hold the whipped cream. A tall PSL with almond milk and no whip amount to 180 calories with no saturated fat and 28 grams of sugar.
Salted Caramel Mocha
Looking for another must-try fall drink? The salted caramel mocha puts the sweater in sweater weather. That said, it’s probably one of the most unhealthy Starbucks fall drinks available. A grande salted caramel mocha made with 2% milk and whipped cream amounts to 470 calories, ten grams of saturated fat, and 59 grams of sugar.
To make this popular drink a little less sugary and fattening, try going down a size, changing the milk to a non-dairy option, and skipping with whipped cream (which comes with caramel drizzle). A tall salted caramel mocha comes out to 220 calories, 1.5 grams of saturated fat, and 33 grams of sugar.
Pumpkin Spice Chai Latte
If coffee isn’t your thing, the pumpkin spice chai latte at Starbucks will sure get you in the spirit of the season. Luckily, it’s one of the better Starbucks fall drinks and comes without whipped cream, aka less saturated fat. However, 310 calories for a grande pumpkin spice chai with 2% milk is a lot. Instead, ask for a tall and swap the milk for almond milk. Doing so will get your drink to 180 calories with no saturated fat and 35 grams of sugar (versus 58 in a grande with milk).
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