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So you’ve decided you’re doing the keto diet, a meal plan that restricts your intake of carbs and increases your intake of fats and protein. You might’ve been prepared to make some lifestyle changes in terms of food, but what about when you, say, need a keto-friendly Dunkin Donuts drink order at the drive-thru? Following the keto diet properly means that you’ll probably have to adjust your classic Dunkin order.
No worries, though—there are plenty of items on the Dunkin Donuts menu that are totally keto-friendly — and it’s more than just a simple black coffee (though if that’s your order, no hate!) Here’s exactly how to make sure your coffee is keto, according to expert dietitians Keri Gans, RDN, author of The Small Change Diet, and Vandana Sheth, RDN, author of My Indian Table: Quick & Tasty Vegetarian Recipes. Keep reading.
How To Make Your Dunkin Donuts Order Keto-Friendly
Keep it simple. The key here is to keep it simple when you’re ordering, Gans says. “You need to stick to the basic drinks and forget the fancy ones that have lots of added sugars,” Gans says.
Use milk alternatives. If you don’t like your coffee or tea black, try adding keto-friendly, low-carb, unsweetened options like coconut and almond milk to your order. These don’t contain lactose (a form of sugar) like regular milk, which makes meeting your daily carb intake goals (if that’s what you’re focused on!) a lot easier.
Add shots of flavor. Flavor shots are typically sugar-free and unsweetened, Sheth says. There are at least five to six varieties on the menu that will add flavor without added sugar and have anywhere from five to 20 calories per serving, Sheth explains. “Just remember to ask for flavor shots and not flavor swirls (think: a caramel drizzle), since those contain sugar, Sheth says.
Incorporate a sugar substitute. If you absolutely need sweetness in your coffee drink (same), then you should add a packet or two of Splenda to your order, Gans says. It’s the best option for easing coffee’s bitterness while also remaining low-carb and low-sugar.
Now that you know what kind of changes will make your drink keto-friendly, let's get you some actual order inspo. Keep reading for the absolute best keto-friendly orders from Dunkin Donuts, according to dietitians.
Americano, Hot Or Iced
If your go-to order is an Americano, you’re all set when it comes to keto-friendly drinks—all it contains is espresso and water. Add-ins like heavy cream or sweetener will add a little extra flavor to your beverage, and they don’t contain tons of carbs and are high in fat.
Per large serving: 65 cal, 3 g fat (0 g sat), 3 g carbs, 0 g sugar, 10 mg sodium, 0 g fiber, 1 g protein
Hot Coffee, Black Or With Cream
Nothing beats a classic: a hot, black coffee is the perfect keto-friendly option to order from Dunkin Donuts. Feel free to add heavy cream or a light sweetener for some sweetness and to stunt that bitter coffee taste.
Per large serving: 120 cal, 12 g fat, 2 g carbs, 2 g sugar, 0 g fiber, 2 g protein
Iced Coffee, Black Or With Cream
Prefer a colder option for your keto-friendly Dunkin Donuts order? Grab yourself an iced coffee instead of a hot one. Same nutritional info applies, except the added ice might water down the bitterness of your drink a little bit more. As always, feel free to add some heavy cream or light sweetener to suit your taste buds.
Per large serving: 120 cal, 12 g fat, 2 g carbs, 2 g sugar, 2 g protein
French Vanilla Iced Coffee, Black Or With Cream
If you want to put a twist on your typical iced coffee situation, here’s what you should do: Make it a French vanilla iced coffee instead. Just ask the barista to add a pump or two of the French vanilla flavor shot, which is both unsweetened and sugar-free. Add cream to taste.
Per large serving: 125 cal, 12 g fat, 2 g carbs, 2 g sugar, 2 g protein
Toasted Almond Iced Coffee, Black Or With Cream
Make your iced coffee a new flavor by adding a pump or two of the toasted almond unsweetened flavor shot, then add a little bit of sugar-free sweetener and heavy cream to complete the flavor profile. And yep, it’s both delicious and keto-friendly.
Per large serving: 130 cal, 12 g fat, 2 g carbs, 2 g sugar, 2 g protein
Another way to keep your coffee order simple while still getting all the caffeine you need? Try ordering a shot (or two) of espresso. This way you know the ingredients are super easy to track—it’s literally just…espresso—and you’ll still get the energy boost you need.
Per one-shot serving: 5 cal, 0 g fat , 1 g carbs, 0 g fiber, 1 g sugar, 1 g protein
Cold Brew, Black Or With Cream
Less acidic and more naturally sweet than regular coffee, cold brew is a great option for people on keto everywhere. Have it poured over ice and add a little heavy cream or sugar and boom, you’re fully caffeinated while still sticking with your keto plans.
Per large serving: 120 cal, 12 g fat, 2 g carbs, 0 g fiber, 2 g sugar, 2 g protein
Matcha Latte With Coconut Milk, Iced Or Hot
You can still order a matcha latte from Dunkin Donuts even if you’re following the keto diet. Just make sure you get yours with coconut milk or heavy cream instead of cow’s milk. (And, yep, it’s available both iced and hot.)
Per large serving: 190 cal, 6 g fat, 30 g carbs, 2 g fiber, 6 g sugar, 3 g protein
Iced Green Tea, Unsweetened
Not up for coffee? No worries. Iced, unsweetened green tea has the caffeine you need, minus the bitterness. Plus, yep, it’s totally keto-friendly, since it’s basically just water and herbs. (If you need even more sweetness, feel free to add some Splenda.)
Per large serving: 5 cal, 0 g fat, 0 g carbs, 0 g fiber, 0 g sugar, 1 g protein
Iced Raspberry Tea, Unsweetened
Yep, Dunkin has *all* the keto-friendly tea options for when you hit up the drive through. Want more of a fruity taste for your Dunkin order? The chain has you covered with this unsweetened iced raspberry tea, which will be a real treat for your sweets craving.
Per large serving: 20 cal, 0 g fat, 5 g carbs, 0 g fiber, 0g sugar, 0 g protein
Latte With Coconut Milk, Hot Or Iced
Latte lovers, this one’s for you. You can still order hot and iced lattes while also doing the keto diet. All you have to do is make sure you get yours with coconut milk to ensure that it stays within keto guidelines.
Per large serving: 70 cal, 6 g fat, 4 g carbs, 0 g fiber, 1 g sugar, 1 g protein
Iced Blueberry Tea, Unsweetened
Yep, Dunkin has blueberry-flavored tea on the menu, and it’s totally keto-friendly. Just make sure you get the unsweetened version, but feel free to add some of your own light sugar (like Splenda) in there to taste.
Per large serving: 20 cal, 0 g fat, 5 g carbs, 0 g fiber, 0 g sugar, 0 g protein
Plain Iced Tea, Unsweetened
If you’re the person who always orders iced tea during the summer (or winter...or fall...), this one’s for you. The unsweetened version of Dunkin Donuts’ iced tea is totally keto-friendly since, well, it’s basically just water-soaked herbs (that taste amazing, mind you).
Per large serving: 5 cal, 0 g fat, 2 g carbs, 0 g fiber, 0 g sugar, 0 g protein
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