Today we are doing another round of Healthy Options at Starbucks. I pretty much modify everything at Starbucks and never just order it ‘as is’ … so some of these are a bit complicated. However, I promise you your barista has heard worse. Plus, as long as you smile when you order it, they never seem to mind 🙂
Chai Tea Latte: Did you know that the one from concentrate weighs in at 240 calories just for a grande? No thanks. Next time you want one, try getting any one of the tea bags instead with steamed almond milk and either sugar-free vanilla syrup or a packet of Stevia.
Here’s what to say: “Grande Chai Tea (the tea bag not the concentrate– say that) with Sugar Free Vanilla and steamed almond milk” then you can add stevia if you need it…. or cinnamon, that makes it really yummy!
Sugar-Free Latte: There are so many options with this one. Choose a milk (I like Almond) and a sugar free syrup (my favorites are vanilla and mocha). If you’re someone who does enjoy the taste of coffee, you can further reduce the calories in your drink by adding an extra shot of espresso, or asking for the shots to be pulled “long” (meaning more water is put through the beans, leaving less room for milk in your cup).
Heres an example of what you would say:
“Triple long, grande, sugar-free vanilla, almond milk latte”
Iced Americano: These practically have zero calories… well they have 12 according to Starbucks, but I mean come on. Here’s the newest concoction I learned from Brittany Dawn Fitness:
Grande Iced Americano, Un-sweetened, with 2 Pumps of SF Vanilla and 2 Pumps of SF Mocha. Add extra stevia if you need it.
Iced Skinny Mocha with One Pump Toffee Nut: Unfortunately there isn’t an option for sugar-free toffee nut, but oh well, one pump isn’t going to kill you. If you don’t like the taste of coffee than order it as I titled it above. BUT if you do love the taste of coffee (like me) and don’t need as much milk, order a Cold Brew Coffee with Sugar-Free Mocha, 1 pump of Toffee Nut, and a splash of soy milk. YUM.
Passion Tango Tea: Everyone remembers the ‘pink drink’ craze? Well heres a way to make it even healthier. Order a Venti un-sweetened iced passion tango tea with a few splashes of coconut milk and 1 stevia packet. So yummy and thirst quenching.
Skinny Peppermint Mocha: This is by far my favorite thing to order around Christmas time. For non-coffee lovers, over as is. For coffee lovers- order it as a Grande Misto with SF Peppermint and SF Mocha with steamed milk of choice. This basically just means there is less steamed milk in it and more coffee.
Pumpkin Spice Misto: Okay so unfortunately Starbucks does not have a SF pumpkin spice option… and lets be honest, no ones giving that one up. So order it this way instead and save yourself almost 40 grams of sugar!! It’s seriously just as good… plus think how quickly that extra 40 grams of sugar adds up if you’re ordering this every day! eep.
Grande Caffe Misto with Almond Milk , 1 pump of Pumpkin Spice with 1 pump of Sugar-Free Cinnamon Dolce and two packets of stevia.
Okay and now for the most complicated one….
The Blendicano: Okay this sounds really weird- but most baristas have heard of it by now. What you’re doing is having them blend up your drink so that its more like a frapaccino consistency but for like 25 calories instead of like 500… ya.
Here’s what to say:
Grande Iced double espresso with SF Vanilla and Coconut Milk, no base, blended. (stevia optional)
Or if you really need caffeine, order a venti quad espresso instead of a Grande Double. I used to get the Venti (see below) but can’t have quite that much now that I’m preggers, so I get the Grande.
Reduced-Fat Turkey Bacon Breakfast Sandwich: English Muffin with an egg white patty, turkey bacon, and reduced fat-white cheddar cheese.
230 calories, 6g fat, 560mg sodium, 28g carbs, 2g fiber, 3g sugars, 13g protein
Spinach & Feta Breakfast Wrap: Egg White and Veggie Wrap with Feta cheese. Substitute spinach and picante for the feta cheese for an even healthier (and still tasty) alternative.
290 calories, 10g fat, 830mg sodium (with feta), 33g carbs, 6g fiber, 4g sugars, 19g protein
Classic Whole-Grain Oatmeal: If you like oatmeal, this is a great option! However, the nutritional information is for JUST the oatmeal, not all the packets of extra stuff they give you. If you add all the stuff they give you it adds up to 410 cals! eep. Thats a lot for a bowl of oatmeal.
Take my advice and keep it plain- add in two packets or Stevia and cinnamon and ask the barista to make if they can make it with steamed almond milk instead of hot water. This only gets you an extra 25 cals or so and tastes SO much better.
160 calories, 2.5g fat, 0mg sodium, 28g carbs, 4g fiber, 0g sugars, 5g protein
Bare Baked Cinnamon Apple Chips- you can eat the entire bag for only about 176 cals. Best part- they don’t have any hidden ingredients- it’s just apples and cinnamon, yet it tastes like a treat.
this is my ‘I’m stuck in traffic for the next 55 minutes and need to munch on something so I don’t get major road rage’ lol.
Petite Vanilla Bean Scone: Craving some dessert or need something to soak up the 4 shots of espresso? Most of the baked goods at Starbucks rack up a TON of calories- but this one is actually pretty good! Only 120 calories and 4.5g of fat in the whole scone.
Bistro Box: This ones great for people who follow a paleo or whole30 diet. Just skip out on the bread and you’re golden!
Hope y’all enjoy these ‘skinny’ options as much as I do!
Let me know what you’re favorite Starbucks drink is down below 🙂