If Starbucks – or any other coffee shop – is part of your daily ritual, it can make or break all of your health and fitness goals in one to-go cup. Sure, their drinks are delish and addictive, but they can also be loaded with added sugars. Does that mean you have to boycott your coffee fix? Or, say goodbye to the one pleasure that gets you through the day? Au contraire. Keep reading for five easy ways to make your Starbucks order healthier.
If you want to stay fit, you might think the best thing to do is avoid full-fat and opt for skinny options. But while you might lower your fat intake, you increase your sugar intake. And when excess sugar isn’t used up, guess what? It gets stored as fat in the body. So, consider embracing fat and limiting sugar.
Keep your coffee simple
Coffee, in and of itself, is practically a zero calorie beverage. But most people aren’t huge fans of black coffee, as is evident from the empty milk carafes sitting on the bar. But to tszuj up your coffee, we tend to load up with real or artificial sweeteners, and skim milk.
But remember to keep the fat, with whole milk or plant-based options. (Fat helps you feel fuller longer, and also supports healthy brain function.) Leave out white processed sugar or syrups. Instad, try honey or raw cane sugar instead.
Stick to basic espresso beverages
When it comes to espresso beverages, look at them as a treat rather than your entire day’s source of hydration. In other words, avoid grande, venti and anything bigger. Instead, enjoy a tall cappuccino or latte.
And by opting for full-fat milk options, you’ll enjoy a satisfying, flavorful drink, without all the bells and whistles.
Give teas a try
Mint Majesty tea might not be as glamorous as a big peppermint mocha. But teas have their own expressive flavor profile alone with health benefits and yes – zero calories. If you miss milk, try a Tea au lait (half tea and half steamed milk). One yummy option is Earl Grey tea along with steamed almond milk.
Avoid creative, seasonal drinks
You may remember the Unicorn Frappuccino that came out last year. It was a colorful concoction which, if you order a grande, gives you a whopping 59 grams of sugar. The American Heart Association (AHA) recommends no more than 25 grams of sugar per day.
Now, Starbucks is offering a Hazelnut Mocha Coconutmilk Macchiato. A grande serves up 26 grams of sugar, giving you yet again more sugar than the recommended daily requirement.
So, just pass on these Starbucks fads and stick to the tried-and-true basics.
Blend ice teas
Frappuccinos and smoothies are pretty tasty, but they’re also a sugar high. So, if you prefer a smooth, blended drink, ask the barista to blend your favorite ice tea. Even if you include some syrup, it will still be a far cry from any Frappuccino or smoothie you could order.