However if you are going to break down for that quick caffeine fix, here are a couple of tips to make it a slightly healthier choice.
1) Skip the Whip
Toppings like chocolate drizzle and whip cream belong on a sundae not your drink. Cut some of the sugar and calories by skipping the whip and drizzles on top. It'll still be plenty sweet and have all the coffee goodness you were looking for. If you still want a little chocolate or spice, try shaking a little coco powder or cinnamon from the side bar on top instead. A nutrition student in my office suggested adding cinnamon on my iced coffee one day and I have to say I loved it!
2) Ask for 1/2 Sweet or No Base
Most of the calories in iced coffees and drinks comes from the base or liquid sugar they add in. Often it's quite a bit and if you can still tolerate your drink with 1/2 or none of the sweetener you will save yourself a lot of sugar. Most regular sized iced coffees sold with liquid sugar in them have anywhere from 3-5 packets of sugar inside.
3) Mind Your Portion Size
Just because the larger size is a better price doesn't make it a good deal for your health. If you can savor your drink and still be happy with a smaller size it can make a big difference in you intake.
4) Ask about dairy alternatives
Some frozen drinks like iced cappuccinos and iced coffees use cream in their standard recipe. A lot of stores will allow you to substitute in other options like low fat milk or soy milk if they have it. This small change will save you quite a few grams of fat as well as calories.
This isn't going to make your drink perfect but it will certainly improve it. Just remember these drinks are a treat and be sure to keep hydrated with lots of water this summer season!