Can’t stop going to Starbucks? Worried about your diet? Who here is a coffee addict? Raise your hands! Well a friend of mine is addicted to Starbucks because she says it helps her with work. Does coffee really do that to you? Does it really make you more productive? That’s the reason why she’s semi-dependent and running on coffee fuel. I accompany her every breakfast but I rarely order because one, I find it too pricey for a cup of joe and two, it isn’t really healthy to drink a cup full of sugar filled frappucino everyday don’t you think? While I do have a couple of favorites from Starbucks when I feel like going there, I thought of listing down drinks you can order that will not ruin your diet.
Especially to people who are struggling to lose weight but can’t keep off Starbucks premises 🙂
Starbucks Drinks That Won’t Ruin Your Diet
1. Hot coffee and tea
Tea and coffee are without a doubt the healthiest thing available, as well as the most budget friendly and figure friendly of the lot. That said, be aware of all the calories of the add-ins such as cream, milk, and sugar. There is always a bold coffee pick, a mild pick, and at peak hours decaf and blonde roast are brewed. My blood type is coffee, so most of the time I drink a grande pick coffee with no room for dairy.
2. Iced tea
This drink is zero calories, is super refreshing, and is healthy. If you want it to be a lightly sweetened you can add your own truvia or ask for 1 pump of sugar-free vanilla.
3. Iced coffee
The base iced coffee is sweetened and comes with milk, but I would recommend you ask for it unsweetened without milk and add in your own add-ins. “I would like a ___sized, unsweetened, no milk, iced coffee.”
4. Espresso or Americano
An Americano is espresso with hot water added to it. There are a few more calories in an Americano than there is in a cup of coffee (20 vs. 5), but it is worth the calories if you like strong coffee. This drink is available over ice if you are in the mood for an iced coffee when it is not available during the winter months.
5. Americano misto or café misto
A misto is half coffee or half americano and half steamed milk. I tell all of my friends and family to order a misto instead of a latte because it is less expensive, it has less calories, and because they taste better. A grande, non-fat, café misto (made with coffee) is 60 calories and I would estimate that an Americano misto with non-fat milk is 80 calories. If this is too boring for you, order your misto with one of the sugar-free syrups (sugar-free caramel, sugar-free vanilla, sugar-free hazelnut, sugar-free cinnamon dolce, and skinny mocha). My favorite misto is a grande, non-fat, sugar-free caramel, bold coffee misto. This drink is usually about a dollar less than a latte.
6. A chai tea latte
If I was a betting women, I would wager than most of the ladies reading this drink chai tea lattes and consider it a necessary vice. There is a healthy way to get your chai fix that is not on the menu. Order it like this,“can I please have a grande, sugar-free vanilla, non-fat, chai tea tea bag, custom tea latte”. This little trick will make your drink be about 60 calories and it will taste amazing.
7. Order a skinny syrup latte or a non-fat latte
On the latte spectrum, this is the healthiest option. A latte is espresso and non-fat milk and a skinny syrup latte is a latte with sugar-free flavored syrup. The only lattes flavors that are available skinny (non-fat milk, sugar-free): sugar-free caramel, sugar -free vanilla, sugar-free hazelnut, sugar-free cinnamon dolce, and skinny mocha. All of these drinks are good options if you need to quell your sweet tooth.
8. Bone dry cappuccino
A cappuccino has the same ingredients as a latte, but is less milk and more foam. A dry cappuccino is made with only foam and espresso, no milk. It feels like a cup of air and I would only recommend you try if you are a fan of coffee. I must warn you, it is one of the least economical drinks because most of it is air.
9. Make it One Pump
When ordering a custom flavored drink. You can still retain the flavor by saying to put in a pump of syrup. This will give you a stronger and more bitter coffee flavor but there’s still a special taste to it. If you find it too bitter for your liking, request an additional packet of Splenda.
Half pump mocha half pump raspberry! Simple sweet and easy!
Hey! Do you have a special custom drink at Starbucks? 🙂
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