Starbucks is a power to be reckoned with, with over 22 billion dollars in revenue worldwide and about a 40% market share of the coffee chain business. Starbucks has many Instagram-worthy options, ranging from the limited-edition Unicorn Drink to the iconic Caramel Macchiato, and the deluge of mermaid logos on social media just serves to push the brand further.
However, these desires can lead to problems because the higher calorie and sugar content of these delectably sweet drinks aren’t always the best for our health. Starbucks openly states the calorie counts for most of its drinks on their menu, but they do not emphasize that these amounts are reasonably simple to adjust. We’ve found methods to be a little more health-conscious when we’re indulging by substituting sugar-free syrup or skipping the whipped cream.
So what are our options here to order a healthier Starbucks drink?
Mocha/Caramel Light Frappuccino:
When ordering your favourite frappuccino, remember that portion control is vital, even in drinks. Begin by ordering the smallest size available. You can always add espresso, but we can all do without the additional sugar.
Substitutes, in addition to lower amounts, are your best friend when it comes to this milkshake/coffee mix. Starbucks’ default milk is 2%; thus, you’re losing your valuable calorie intake unless you specify your preferences.
Finally, avoid using the whip. While it’s attractive, whipped cream is more of a garnish than a need. It doesn’t change the taste much, but it does add calories.
Starbucks provides four dairy-free milk options: soy, oat, almond, and coconut. When ordering your Frappuccino, request that the barista use plant-based milk of your choice instead of the standard 2 per cent. Then, for a dairy-free dessert, leave out the whip.
It’s important to remember that some of the syrups and toppings used in Frappuccinos include dairy. The caramel sauce and chocolate shavings, for example, are made with milk. If you’re unsure, consult with your barista.
And if you’ve been feeling left out of the holiday cup festivities, Starbucks has you covered with their first non-dairy holiday drink. Sugar cookie syrup, blonde espresso roast, and almond milk make the Iced Sugar Cookie Almond Milk Latte.
Custom The Number Of Syrup Pumps:
Starbucks sells eight syrups all year, including classic, which sweetens without adding taste, and cinnamon dolce, which is the key flavouring in the chain’s iconic Cinnamon Dolce Latte. While one syrup pump is only 20 calories and 5 grams of sugar, you rarely get just one pump in your drink. The average pump count is four, which means your ordinary drink is swirled with more sugar than five Oreos or half a McDonald’s McFlurry. However, if you can’t live without peppermint syrup in your peppermint mocha this winter, consider some of these inventive ways to change the syrup level of your drink.
The two simplest methods to order a healthy Starbucks drink are to request a customized number of pumps and the sugar-free version of your preferred syrup.
Unsweetened Iced Tea:
Iced tea can deceive you with the added sugars and syrups that are frequently used as sweeteners, but by asking for an unsweetened version, you can still enjoy that refreshing, fruity flavour without the overbearing sweetness and unnecessary sugar.
Plus, just by selecting iced tea, you’ve already won. Consider this: ice takes up space and increases volume without adding calories or fat. Consider doing more with less.
While Starbucks does not serve certified vegan beverages in their cafes, it is easy to enjoy vegan pleasure without risk. Choose from soy, oat, almond, or coconut milk for your Frappuccino. Keep the whipped cream and any dairy-based toppings, such as caramel drizzle or chocolate chips, to a minimum. Many of the sauces, including white mocha, smoked butterscotch, and pumpkin spice, include dairy.
Caramel, vanilla, hazelnut, and sugar cookie syrups are examples of non-animal-derived syrups.
Get Rid Of The Drizzle:
Is a Starbucks Frappuccino possible without the company’s signature mocha or caramel drizzle over whipped cream? We believe so, and given that the mocha drizzle adds 5 calories and 1 gram of sugar, and the caramel adds 15 calories and 2 grams of sugar, these fairly tasteless additions don’t seem worth it. If you have fantastic lighting, keep the whip and drizzle, and when you’re done taking pictures, brush them off with your spoon.