Order This: 8 Lower-Calorie Dunkin’ Drinks
Rhode Islanders sure do love their coffee, but if you’re cutting calories, what’s the best Dunkin’ drink to run on?
Hot. Iced. Decaf. Dark roast. Extra cream with two sugars. It doesn’t matter what time you drive by Dunkin,’ (and as Rhode Islanders know, you can’t get very far without seeing one on almost every corner), there is sure to be a line in the drive through.
Without thinking about caloric intake, saturated fats, cholesterol, sodium and more, you order your go-to coffee for the ultimate caffeine boost. Whatever you run on, here’s some alternative lower-calorie coffee options if you are cutting out excess calories this holiday season.
All nutritional information can be found here and is based off of the small size option.
Americano is made by mixing espresso shots with hot water, giving it a similar strength but different flavor from black coffee. The strength of an Americano varies with the number of shots of espresso and the amount of water added – in this case, Dunkin’ combines two shots of espresso with hot water creating a rich, robust drink. Or, make it iced. Whichever way you like it, will only set you back 5 calories.
If you need a strong caffeine fix, this is the way to go. These espressos are balanced with sweet caramel and bittersweet chocolate for a smooth and bold flavor, and a single shot with no added sugar is only 5 calories.
If you’re looking for something other than coffee but are needing a pick-me-up, unsweetened tea is your best bet. It’s 5 calories and is at least 25 percent reduced in calories and sugar compared to a sweetened iced tea of the same size.
Start with the basics. A regular hot coffee is simple and keeps the saturated fats, cholesterol and more to a minimum. Plus, it’s only 5 calories. Add almond milk at 15 calories total, skim milk at 15 calories, whole milk at 20 calories and cream at 60 calories. Add sugar if you prefer, but keep it to a minimum.
The espresso beans are ground, brewed and then blended with steamed milk. This beverage has a thick layer of creamy foam. Choose from skim milk for only 45 calories or whole milk for 80 calories. The milk in this drink provide extra protein and calcium, too.
Macchiatos contain two shots of espresso layered in between creamy milk and milk foam. Whether you choose hot or iced, Dunkins’ macchiatos made with skim milk are served at 50 calories each.
It’s the newest coffee craze; Dunkin’ steeps 100 percent Arabica beans in cold water for twelve hours to slowly extract all the flavor into this brew. By itself, at only 5 calories, it is reduced by 25 percent in calories, saturated fat, fat, sodium and sugar compared to cold brew coffee with cream and sugar at 130 calories. (Adding cream only makes the drink 60 calories).
Dunkin’ just recently launched an exclusive menu featuring handcrafted drinks including the Shakerato. It is a bold beverage with two shots of sweetened espresso, swirled to create a cold foam layer. This frozen specialty drink is just about 70 calories.
And we would be amiss if we didn’t jot down the highest caloric drink offered at Dunkin.’ The gingerbread s’mores swirl frozen coffee with cream (size large!) will set you back 1,170 calories, 40 total grams of fat, 290 milligrams of sodium and more. If it’s your favorite on the menu, well, we aren’t judging!