Walking into Starbucks can be a very frustrating experience if you're new to a low carb diet.
First question that pops into your head as you step into the store, is well: What am I going to order?!
It's quite scary as we all know Starbucks likes to hide sugar in everything they have. But, worry no more, here's a run down for the best low-carb drinks you can order at Starbucks without worrying about your waistline.
For real. Whatever the level of one’s coffee snobery, Starbucks has good coffee and the employees are good at keeping it freshly brewed. So if you can stand it, order it.
Plain espresso, like coffee, has no Carbs. Comes in single (one shot, 1 oz.), double (two shots, 2 oz.), triple etc. You can add anything to these that you would a regular coffee. The flavor is much stronger, obviously, as the coffee is concentrated.
Straight up espresso is only for the highly committed people who actually like it, those in a hurry who don’t want to dawdle over a 16 oz cup, and, of course, the pretentious.
It’s espresso and steamed Milk with a bit of milk foam on top. A tall made with whole milk has 14 carbs and 180 calories, grande 18 carbs and 220 calories, venti 23 carbs and 290 calories.
You can check their Nutrition Information Card for more info.
Includes vanilla, caramel, cinnamon dulce, and hazelnut. The carbs and calories are the same as the regular latte. Be sure you specify that you don’t want skim milk because that is the default for skinny lattes. It can be watery and has more carbs than whole milk.
A skinny latte with sugar free mocha sauce. A great choice for chocolate lovers and a personal favorite. The skinny mocha actually has a few grams of dietary fiber, so it brings the net carbs down to 11 for a tall, grande 14 carbs, venti 18 carbs. Again, specify you want whole milk instead of skim.
More info here.
Cappuccino is just espresso and milk foam. If you like it wetter, it also has a little steamed milk in it. You can have it plain or you can add sugar free syrup to it. There is something so comforting about a foamy cappuccino.
Opt for the Nonfat Milk for this one. More Nutrition Information here.
Since it's basically just coffee, you won't have to worry about the calories or the carbs. You can add any sugar free syrups you want to this. You can also add heavy cream or half and half.
More Nutrition Information here.
Coffee with Heavy Whipping Cream
Heavy cream has
- Pro-tip: Don’t order it with heavy cream because it can be confused with “heavy on the cream” which refers to half-and-half. It wouldn’t be a tragedy if you got half-and-half as it, too, is low on carbs, but be sure to say “heavy whipping cream” to avoid confusion.
Tea and Other
If you're a tea lover, Starbucks will be a pretty great experience for you, without damaging your low-carb diet.
Starbucks has a lot of great hot tea flavors. Drink it as is or add a little sweetener or sugar free syrup to it.
These obviously have no carbs and you can sweeten them with artificial sweetener.
Includes London Fog, Chai Latte, etc. These are definitely not keto but there are options. Instead of a London Fog, order an Earl Grey hot tea with heavy whipping cream and sugar free vanilla.
For chai lovers, order a hot chai tea with heavy whipping cream and sugar free vanilla and/or sugar free mocha (you can add nutmeg and cinnamon powder on the condiment bar).
- Pro-tip: You can add anything to your tea that you can to your coffee. Just remember that fruity teas (e.g. Passion Tea, Wild Sweet Orange) are highly acidic and will curdle the milk. Stick with black teas when mixing a concoction.
Can be ordered with sugar free mocha, sugar free vanilla, and whole milk. The carb and calorie content is the same as the latte.
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