The Best Milk Options for Your Coffee

Find out how different milks change the calories in your coffee.

Coffee shops and cafes feature dozens of drinks—from lattes and au laits to flat whites—promising an extra boost of caffeine, a major sugar rush, or a decadent treat with added foam, whipped cream, sprinkles, and drizzles, all of which can quickly add up to more calories and extra pounds than you bargained for. The good news is you don’t have to give up coffee completely to enjoy a rich brew. Refer to these Oz-approved secret menu hacks and follow this guide to pick the best milk for your coffee.

Almond Milk

Almond milk is a light and nutty option for a traditional 12-ounce latte and brings your beverage to just 80 calories per serving.


Watch: Dr. Oz Clears Up the Confusion About Almond Milk

Coconut Milk

Another popular dairy-free option, coconut milk is a great substitute for half-and-half due to its rich texture and consistency. When added to a 12-ounce latte, you'll get a creamy drink that's only 110 calories per serving.

Skim MIlk

If you prefer dairy milk, you can add skim milk to a 12-ounce latte, and it'll only be 100 calories per serving.

Soy Milk

A staple for the nondairy crowd, soy milk pairs well with a latte, giving it a creamy texture for 130 calories per 12-ounce serving.

Whole Milk

Rich and creamy, a whole-milk latte is about 180 calories per 12-ounce serving.

2% Milk

For a low-fat option, you can add 2% milk to a 12-ounce latte, bringing your beverage to 150 calories per serving. 

Print this handy milk guide and refer to it before you place your next coffee order!

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