The latte is a coffeehouse classic, traditionally made using espresso and steamed whole milk with a light topping of foam. If for any reason, you don't want it with whole milk, you can typically substitute 2 percent, fat-free or soy milk. Because coffeehouse lattes are handcrafted, the exact amount of calories varies based on the specific recipe. The size you get is another determining factor. You can also often customize the flavor to your liking. Stick with a smaller size if you're worried about excess calories.
Rethinking Your Morning Latte
A typical 8-ounce soy milk latte contains around 90 calories with 20 calories from fat, no saturated fat and no cholesterol. A 12-ounce soy milk latte generally has about 130 calories with 35 calories from fat, about .59 grams of saturated fat and no cholesterol. Keep in mind that an 8-ounce whole milk latte contains about 110 calories with 50 calories from fat, 3.5 grams of saturated fat and 20 milligrams of cholesterol. Eating foods that contain saturated fats and cholesterol can raise the level of cholesterol in your blood, increasing your risk of heart disease and stroke.
Adding flavorings, such as caramel or chocolate, to your latte can increase the calorie content. Some coffeehouses offer "light" versions that use low-calorie sweeteners. If you want the flavor without the calories, opt for sugar-free flavor shots.