8 Must-Haves for DIY Starbucks Drinks

Apr 5 2017
Question@2x Hi Hungry Girl,

I'm Starbucks obsessed, but I'd prefer to save cash and calories by making my own coffee drinks at home. What are some go-to products I should stock up on?

Coffee Crazy
Answer@2x Hi Coffee Crazy,

Great idea! No need to spend tons of money on high-calorie coffee drinks when you can make your own delicious, low-calorie versions! But first, you need the right ingredients. Let's get brewin'...

Coffee Beans or K-Cups

Brewing your own coffee isn't hard! Just pick up some ground coffee beans, break out the coffee maker, and let the fun begin. If you have a machine with a timer, set it to brew before your alarm goes off in the morning. When you wake up, your coffee will be ready to go! Buy flavored coffee, or make your own. How? Sprinkle cinnamon or pumpkin pie spice directly into your coffee grinds -- the flavor really comes through! If you're making coffee for one and prefer a more convenient method, get yourself a Keurig machine (a.k.a. single-cup coffee maker) and stock up on K-Cups. Amazon sells so many options!

Instant Coffee

When it comes to iced or blended coffee, instant coffee is a must. This way, your chilly beverage won't get watered down, which happens when you add ice cubes to hot coffee. Starbucks VIA is the best by far! (It comes in many varieties; make sure to get the calorie-free kinds.) Regular instant coffee works too, but it doesn't taste quite as amazing.

Low-Calorie Milk or Creamer

My favorite creamy coffee add-in is unsweetened vanilla almond milk like Unsweetened Vanilla Almond Breeze. Only 30 calories for a full cup! Occasionally, I'll add Coffee-mate Sugar Free French Vanilla powdered creamer; it's not all natural, but a little goes a loooong way, and the flavor really can't be beat! If you're looking for a natural creamer (dairy or non-dairy), Coffee-mate's Natural Bliss line is terrific. Just remember to use a measuring spoon so the calories don't get out of hand.

Natural No-Calorie Sweetener

Forget sugar... There are so many all-natural sweeteners on the market that are completely calorie-free! Truvia and SweetLeaf packets are always near my coffee maker. I also keep some in my purse, for when I'm out and about. And if you prefer pure stevia, go for the liquid kind. SweetLeaf's line is great and even comes in flavors! Get it here.

Extracts

Flavored extracts are completely underrated when it comes to coffee drinks... They're easy to find and virtually calorie-free! Jazz up your java with extracts like vanilla, hazelnut, coconut, maple, and peppermint. Just don't add all at once! And use them sparingly; just a drop or two is plenty.

Unsweetened Cocoa Powder

Make it a mocha! Chocolate and coffee go so well together, and this stuff is the perfect way to add chocolatey flavor without a lot of calories. An entire tablespoon has around 20 calories. For a more intense hit of chocolate, look for unsweetened dark cocoa powder.

Ice, Ice, Baby!

If you're a fan of iced coffee and blended java drinks, good ice is a must! I prefer crushed ice. And here's a fun trick: Freeze leftover coffee in an ice cube tray, and you'll never have to worry about watered-down iced coffee. Yay!

Light Whipped Topping

Make an average cup of joe more festive by adding a mini mountain of whipped topping! Check out Skinny Truwhip and So Delicious Dairy Free CocoWhip! Light. Both are all-natural, which I love, and they taste great.

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