Dietitian’s Guide: Healthy Options at Starbucks
Navigating the menu for healthy food & drink selections at Starbucks (or any coffee shop) can be overwhelming, but we’re to make it easy for you.
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- Unsweetened black coffee or tea. Feel free to add a splash of milk to break up the bitter taste
- Unsweetened latte or cappuccino with any milk
- Unsweetened Chai Tea Latte
- Nitro Cold Brew, plain or with unsweetened milk
- Nitro Cold Brew… with sweet cream! A grande has only 4 grams of added sugar, which is peanuts compared to other sweet beverages at SB with 4-10x that much sugar
- Unsweetened Green Tea
- If you MUST have sweetener, order a short (8 ounces) or specify a half pump of syrup
- Avoid sugar-free sweeteners, they can trigger cravings for more sugar later in the day
- If you’re sensitive to caffeine or having trouble sleeping, order decaf after 1 pm
- While matcha has health benefits, the matcha latte at Starbucks is sweetened. Opt for a green tea, which has the same antioxidant benefits without the sugar
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- Spinach and Feta Egg White Wrap
- Egg Sous Vide Bites with a piece of fruit or Classic Oatmeal
- Reduced Fat Turkey and Cheese Sandwich- I’m normally not a reduced fat fan but this tastes pretty good, and still boasts a good nutrition profile compared to other options.
- Avoid the baked goods- even if they seem healthy (i.e, banana nut muffin or blueberry scone), it’s still dessert in disguise
- The Blueberry Oatmeal has agave added, which is still a sugar. You’re better off ordering the Classic Oatmeal and adding in your own fruit (like a banana from the counter)
- Any protein bistro box: Grilled Chicken and Hummus; Egg and Cheese (V); PB & Jam (V); Cheese and Fruit (V); and for bigger meals, Southwest Chicken Wrap Box.
- Turkey Basil Pesto Panini
- Chicken Quinoa Protein Bowl
- Tomato & Mozzarella Panini (V)
- Siggi’s Yogurt
- Moon Cheese
- String Cheese
- KIND Bars
- Perfect Bars
- Turkey Jerky
- Hippeas (Chickpea Puffs!)
- That’s It Bars
- For optimal nutrition, energy, and blood sugar balance, include at least 10 grams of protein with your snack (i.e, eat the Hippeas with string cheese or nuts; fruit with Siggi’s yogurt)
And there ya have it! A quick run down of some healthy options at Starbucks (or any other coffee shop you frequent!)
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Kait Richardson is a registered dietitian nutritionist in Orlando, FL. She is a partner at a private practice, Nutrition Awareness, where she helps frustrated yo-yo dieters reach their health goals using 1:1 nutrition coaching. She is the co-host of the Nutrition Awareness Podcast.