Figuring out Starbucks nutrition facts and weighing out your healthy options can be a challenge, especially when you’re dragging in there half asleep and thinking is hard enough already. Want to learn a few healthy swaps that you can grab even in your caffeine-craving zombie state? Let’s check out our menus and try tour best to ignore those glass pastry cases altogether!
How to choose a healthy snack at Starbucks!
Hi, my name is Emmy, and I am a coffeholic. I can’t go a day without my morning cup of joe and my afternoon caffeine pick-me-up! Maybe it’s horrible, but I just can’t give up the divine taste of a good cup of coffee! If you’re like me, and Starbucks is a daily source of joy for you, these Starbucks coffee nutrition tips can really help steer you in the right direction when you walk in and smell the coffee.
Let’s jump in head first with the most obvious Starbucks nutrition question… What drinks can I order??
If you’re wanting to stay on track with your weight loss or muscle building goals, you’ll want to adhere to these rules as much as possible.
DITCH THE SUGAR!
I know that you guys probably already realize that pouring spoonfuls of cream and sugar into your coffee is probably not the healthiest addition, but Starbucks and many other coffee shops find tricky ways to sneak sugars in your cup undetected, which kinda blows the whole healthy drink concept!
What to watch out for: any added syrups, flavors, sugars, or milk products!!
That’s right, don’t be fooled by that Skinny Frappe title… as a former barista, I know that there is sugar in the frappe base no matter what flavor you add to it!
Milk has a good bit of sugar in it naturally, and surprisingly, skim milk has more that 2%! If you must add dairy milk, limit it to a creamer. Ask for a splash of 2% in your americano instead of half and half.
Starbucks now has coconut milk as an option, but be careful! One cup (8 ounces) hd 8 grams of sugar. It’s less that the 12 grams in their soy milk, and coconut milk does have some health benefits, but make sure to limit your portion size to just a bit as a creamer!
Fake a latte!!
If you can’t bare the thought of parting with your foamy latte, try this trick!! This will be our healthy coffee beverage option for our Starbucks nutrition requirements.
How to order:
Ask for an “amerimisto,” or if you don’t want to sound pretentious, an americano with steamed milk. This is where I usually swap the dairy for a bit of steamed coconut milk! It makes the bitter espresso and water just a bit sweet, and adds that foam on top that we all love in our lattes! It’s the best of both worlds.
The drink that absolutely surpasses our Starbucks nutrition test with flying colors is the green tea! I love cooling off with a big iced green tea on a hot summer day, or warming up with a piping hot green tea in the winter time!
How to order:
My go-to is the iced green tea, because it’s great as a pre workout. Here’s what to say!
Ask the barista for an iced Venti no water, no classic green tea. If you prefer a weaker tea, skip the no water part, but DEFINITELY don’t forget to say no classic! Otherwise they will pump your healthy, zero calorie, antioxidant-rich drink with loads of sugary syrup! That is NOT what you are going for, now is it?
My go-to Starbucks snack is the Protein Box! Skip the sugary yogurts and the pastries and go for this convenient little package. Inside, you’ll find a natural peanut butter pack, some fresh grapes and apple slices, two wedges of cheese (a perfect serving size), a round multigrain bread, and a boiled egg with salt and pepper (egg benefits are awesome!). The balance of this light meal is great, because it has your healthy fats, amino acids, vitamins, carbohydrates, and of course, your protein! Yay for Starbucks food nutrition!
So next time you’re looking at Starbucks nutrition facts and find your eyes glazing over, just remember these simple picks that will have you happily caffeinated, without cheating on your goals!
Enjoy your coffee and keep living that fit life, babes!