How to do Keto at Starbucks

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If you’ve decided to limit your carb intake and adopt a ketogenic diet, you might be thinking to start giving up coffee shops as well. Though it’s true that coffee shops serve mostly sweetened caffeine, rest assured that you don’t have to completely stop visiting coffee shops. As the keto diet program is progressively becoming a trend in the health and fitness scene, more food industries are also trying to make their products as keto-friendly as possible—this includes Starbucks. There are ways to enjoy Starbucks and keep your ketogenic lifestyle if you know what type of coffee to order.  In this article, we’ll guide you on what Starbuck drinks to order without compromising your ketogenic diet.

Do The Keto Starbucks: Few Reminders When Ordering

Substitute other milk-based products with heavy cream

A ketogenic diet usually involves lowering carbohydrates and increasing fat intake. Heavy cream has high levels of fat compared to other milk-based products or almond milk.

Never hesitate to ask

If you’re not sure what to order, ask a Starbuck barista. You’re probably not the first person to ask about a ketogenic drink and they’ll be happy to share what they know. Also, they get custom orders all the time so don’t be shy asking for customized drinks. 

Be careful with basic drinks

Unlike espresso and americano, you can order them as a basic drink because these drinks naturally contain low levels of calories in general. But besides these drinks, most of Starbucks iced teas and coffees are pre-sweetened with various sugary syrups unless you ask the barista to modify your order.

Replace artificial sugars with spice bars

Instead of artificial sweeteners, opt for spice shakers. Selection usually includes pumpkin spice, cocoa powder, nutmeg, and cinnamon. Stevia packets are available in most Starbuck shops and a great substitute for artificial sugars. If you’re doubtful on Starbuck sweeteners, you can bring your own sugars.

Keto, Starbucks, And Caffeine

It will also help to know what to order exactly. Enlisted below are 10 suggested custom orders to meet your ketogenic needs.

1. Iced cinnamon refresher

Carbohydrates in iced coffees usually accumulate when sugars and milk are poured in the beverage.  To lower carbohydrates, you’ll need to ask the barista for an unsweetened version of iced coffee. Then ask to add three pumps of sugar-free cinnamon and vanilla, a heavy cream, and top it with cinnamon powder sprinkled. Carbohydrates in one serving are about 2g.

2. Keto-friendly pink drink

Also called “Strawberry Acai Starbucks”, it usually consists of sweetened tart mixed with tea, coconut milk, and sugars.  To make the beverage keto-friendly, ask for a sugar-free iced strawberry green tea or unsweetened passion tango iced tea and add 2 pumps of sugar-free vanilla syrup, dried strawberries, and top it with heavy whip cream. One serving should at least have 2g of calories.

3. Faux frap

A frap base isn’t recommended for keto dieters because it’s usually loaded with carbs. However, you can enjoy this caffeinated beverage without worrying about carbs through simple hacks. Ask for an iced coffee (sugar-free) then add heavy cream on top instead of the usual 2 pumps of sugar-free vanilla syrup and milk. Finally, ask the barista to blend the beverage frappucino style.

Another option for a keto-friendly frappuccino is to ask the barista for a double blended iced coffee then add 3 pumps of sugar-free syrup of your choice than a heavy whip cream. Total carbohydrates in one serving are 2g.

4. White drink

A typical Starbucks white coffee is creamy and has a milkshake feel to it when tasted. A keto Starbucks version of this caffeinated drink is less sweet with a green tea taste but less strong than strawberry pink drink. To transform it into a keto drink, ask for a peach white tea then add 2 to 3 pumps of sugar-free vanilla syrup and heavy whip cream. Total carbs in one serving are 2g.

5. Iced blonde cold foam

It’s essentially an iced espresso with milk. To order a ketogenic of it, just ask for iced blonde cold foam with heavy cream and no added sugar. This drink has more carbohydrates than any of the items listed here, about 9g of calories per order, but nevertheless, it’s still keto-friendly.

6. Freshly brewed coffee

Starbucks is originally known for its freshly brewed coffees.

Health professionals would agree that the healthiest and most keto-friendly type of coffee is those that are brewed and no added sugar. It only has 5 to 10g of total calories with zero carbohydrate content. You don’t need to give special instruction for this one, just ask for a freshly brewed coffee.

7. Americano

It’s another type of coffee with no or little amount of sugar added to it. A regular order of Americano coffee contains a total of 5g of calories and 1g of carbohydrates. Ask the barista to add more water if you prefer a coffee with an extra boost of caffeine or less water if you prefer a stronger and richer taste.

To reduce its bitter taste, some versions may include adding it with heavy cream and sugar-free syrup of your choice or add little amounts of stevia.

8. Chai brewed tea

When placing an order for this type of drink, make sure to specifically mention chai brewed tea because there are other types of chai that are pre-sweetened.  Ask the barista to add heavy cream and a small pump of cinnamon dolce (sugar-free) and top it with few sprinkles of cinnamon powder. The total carbohydrate for one serving is 2g.

9. Skinny Mocha

Ask the barista for an unsweetened version of skinny mocha then add half water and half heavy whip cream. One serving should at least contain 2g of carbohydrates.

10. Caffe Misto with heavy cream

It’s also called café au lait—a typical order of Caffe Misto usually includes steamed milk and freshly brewed coffee. To make it into a ketogenic caffeine drink, you’ll need to ask the barista to add heavy cream instead of steamed milk. Another version is a mix of half hot water and half heavy cream, depending on your preferred taste.

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