Low sugar menu options for your coffee shop fix

26 September, 2023 / words by IALH Editorial Team

We all love a trip to the coffee shop on our break or for that weekend treat after your pilates class. It’s a ritual for so many of us and something we don’t even think about. But one thing you might want to consider is how much sugar your usual order contains

Matcha latte

Matcha has taken off in a big way recently and there’s plenty of ways to drink it. Most coffee shops sell it iced or hot. Now the iced options tend to contain more sugar than a hot one but if you need a sweet fix to counter the earthy taste, go for a sugar-free one.


Quite obviously one of the healthiest choices on the menu given it’s an espresso and nothing else. But the rich coffee first thing in the morning will put a spring in your step.

Unsweetened ice tea

Black shaken iced tea and iced passion tea (if they offer it) are both good choices, with basically no sugar.

Chai tea

It feels like chai tea had its moment a while ago, but if you still love that silky warming tea then forgo any sweeteners (personally we don’t think it needs them anyway) and you’ve got a healthy drink.

If your fave drink isn’t on this list, then there’s another way around it. Sub out the sugar and syrups from your Iced Brown Sugar Oatmilk Shaken Espresso or Iced Caramel Macchiato to bring the calories and sugar levels down.

Order with no whole milk and try skimmed instead, or almond, soya and oat milk are good dairy free alternatives – just be mindful some coffee shops still charge a premium for dairy-free options while others don’t.

The syrups are where the sugar content is usually so go for sugar-free ones or ditch all together. If you want that sweet addition, then ask for a light drizzle of caramel instead and add extra ice.

When you order any kind of frappe there’s a choice of whipped cream, again this adds lots of saturated fats to your drink. Try a layer of cold foam instead – you won’t regret it!


IALH Editorial Team


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