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Does anyone know......

Is a Skim Latte (Nonfat) Latte the same calories as the newly-advertised Skinny Lattes? Are they the same thing if you don't get the flavoring?

thanks.

 

Edited Feb 03 2008 06:51 by nycgirl
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i didn't know they weren't different but i'll have to check it out.  i think the flavoring is typically what adds the calories and the fat?  i always get skim milk in it... i know the main concern here is calories, but i don't think the extra fat is going to do me any good either :O
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I don't know, but when I ordered a tall skinny yesterday and was watching them make it they used soy milk. Mentally, I didn't like it as much :) I was thinking next time to get one made of nonfat instead. I suppose the biggest bonanza for me is the whole idea of ordering a "tall" versus grande or venti. That difference alone is more than the difference between nonfat or soy so I guess it comes mostly down to taste preference.
Original Post by elaineg29:

I don't know, but when I ordered a tall skinny yesterday and was watching them make it they used soy milk. Mentally, I didn't like it as much :) I was thinking next time to get one made of nonfat instead. I suppose the biggest bonanza for me is the whole idea of ordering a "tall" versus grande or venti. That difference alone is more than the difference between nonfat or soy so I guess it comes mostly down to taste preference.

They aren't supposed to use soy milk unless you ask for it. 

The skinny latte is the same as a 'nonfat' or 'skim' latte.  They will also add a flavor, which would be sugar free.  It's a marketing gimmick.

I have been drinking these a little too often (my caffeine habit appears to be back with a vengeance).  I think the milk they use is skim, and the syrups they use to flavor them are artificially sweetened. 

Edited to add: I forgot to mention I was talking about the skinny lattes.  And I don't mind the caramel kind.

The new tall skinny lattes are 90 calories vs. the ones they used to make with 1% milk at around 140. The flavorings are a diet additive so they don't add calories. I tried a few of the flavors and they're pretty horrible. I like my lattes plain. I believe they're made with a low cal skim milk. It doesn't have a soy flavor at all to me. I could be wrong though.


Thanks for the info. I drink them a little too often too but it is my treat on those busy hectic days.

 It's funny cause Starbucks has a sign posted indicating that the Skinny Latte is 130 calories but Calorie Counter lists the grande non-fat latte at 168. Not that 38 calories is going to make or break my diet - just was confused about what the difference was.

The only thing that changed is that Starbucks added some new sugar free syrups.

 Whereas I used to have to get a non-fat no whip mocha for 220 calories, I can now get the skinny (only change is the syrup) for 130 calories.

 The espresso is only around 5 or 10 calories, so most of the calories are healthy skim milk calories :)

I always get a tall non-fat sugar free vanilla latte which is about 90 calories.  I don't know if they are the same.  The sugar free syrup (Torani's) is 0 calories, I also make my own here at home with almond breeze unsweetened vanilla and it's delicious! ..and only 39 calories!
I LOVE the vanilla skinny latte. They are the perfect size and so delicious! I think they taste great!
mmm CARAMEL is better than VANILLA I think. I used to always get vanilla till i tried caramel.




skinny latte = skim milk and sugar free syrup
skim / non-fat latte = also skim milk, but sugared syrup
The "skinny" lattes have fewer calories b/c 0 calorie syrup replaces some of the milk which has calories of course.  "Skinny" latte is actually a horrible term from the barista's point of view but marketing wise people like it.  A non-fat latte is just a latte made with non-fat milk.  People sometimes call this a skinny latte.  Starbucks knows everyone wants healthier options and introduced more sugar free syrups and calls nonfat lattes with sugar free syrup "skinny" lattes.  Anyway I can't stand fake sugar so as low cal as I'll go is non-fat latte with 1 raw sugar.
I ordered a "skinny Latte" the other day as opposed to my usual Tall non-fat, sugar-free vanilla latte (a mouthful!).   The skinny definitely had less liquid and more foam.  Not sure if this was a mistake or the recipe for a "skinny" uses less milk than a tall.

Hopefully someone from Starbucks will weigh in
I just got a venti skinny vanilla latte this morning. Thiis is what starbucks says it is...

Serving Size 20 fl. oz.

Amt Per Serving
Calories 160
Fat Calories 5
Total Fat (g) 0
Saturated Fat (g)  0
Trans Fat (g) 0
Cholesterol (mg)  10
Sodium (mg) 210
Total Carbohydrates (g) 24
Fiber (g)  0
Sugars (g) 22
Protein (g) 15
Vitamin A 20%
Vitamin C 0%
Calcium 50%
Iron 0%
Caffeine (mg) 150
I've worked at a Starbucks for over four years and still do, right in the midst of the "skinny latte" phenomenon.

A nonfat latte is NOT the same as a skinny latte.

A normal, run of the mill Starbucks latte is made with 2% milk (a more recent change, until last fall, it was always whole milk unless otherwise requested), a dollop of foam on top, and possibly some syrup inside. Many promotional lattes or special drinks (Pumpkin Spice, Cinnamon Dolce, Mocha, White Mocha, to name a few) also have whipped cream on top. Syrup in the drink is the major source of calories. Other milk options for

A nonfat latte is the same as above, except it is prepared with nonfat/skim milk. The syrup used is the same, and it will include whipped cream on those promotional beverages I mentioned.

A skinny latte is made with nonfat milk, a sugar-free syrup (vanilla, hazelnut, cinnamon dolce, caramel, or mocha), and no whipped cream. All Starbucks sugar free syrups are fat and calorie free except sugar free mocha, which has a nominal calorie content. The 90/130/160 calorie values (for a tall, grande, and venti, respectively) come from the calorie values in the milk used - Nonfat milk is only  fat free as the name would suggest, it is not calorie-free.

As for the person who received soy milk in his or her skinny latte, I am not sure where your Starbucks is located, but the barista who prepared your drink was incorrect in including soy milk in your drink.

And to the person whose drink was foamier - your skinny latte should not contain any more foam than any other latte. Your barista probably did not "hold back the foam" when pouring the milk into your beverage as he or she should have. Most Starbucks baristas prepare drinks according to standard, but unfortunately some do have their own ways of doing things, which is the source of any errors that were made in preparing your drink.

Hope I cleared some things up :)

AFITCHBARBIE -- Thank you so much for explaining all this. Whoever thought a cup of coffee would be so complicated! LOL. I knew if I waited long enough someone with 'inside information' would respond! Thanks again. ~ Sue

 

 

I really appreciate this breakdown of lattes. I've currently been very frustrated with explaining the calories in the lattes I've been ordering and consequently have nearly sworn then off entirely. I don't go to Starbucks because they're too far away but I'm going to ask about the sugar-free syrups in my skinny latte. I also didn't realize the difference in calories between and tall and a large. I like to keep it under 100 since I consider it a sort of snack, not a meal replacement. And I don't get it caffeinated because I just love the flavor and the warmth (I live in Utah and it is so cold and snowy here right now!)

Anyway, so thanks to AFITCHBARBIE for breaking it down!
I gotta say I love the new 'skinny' thing, simply because it's much easier to say "Triple Skinny Cinnamon Dolce" than it is to say "Non-fat-sugar-free-no-whip-triple Cinnamon Dolce" (;
Original Post by le_tigre:

I gotta say I love the new 'skinny' thing, simply because it's much easier to say "Triple Skinny Cinnamon Dolce" than it is to say "Non-fat-sugar-free-no-whip-triple Cinnamon Dolce" (;

 

mmm. i have no idea what you just said but it does sound good!
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Apostrophes should not be used for ordinary plurals.  The word is "lattes" and not "latte's."

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Apostrophes should not be used for ordinary plurals.  The word is "lattes" and not "latte's."

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