Ordering at restaurants while eating healthy can be tricky. I always ask a ton of questions before ordering, and I feel like it’s a little overboard sometimes–but I want to know what is in my food and drinks! Ordering healthy Starbucks drinks is getting a little easier today thanks to this guide for what to order at Starbucks on the 21 Day Fix and other nutrition plans.
21 Day Fix Facebook Group
Guys, having our Facebook group for 21 Day Fix support is so amazing. There are 21 day fix bloggers and additional admin (who have lost 50+ pounds on the Fix–so they KNOW what they’re talking about!) answering questions, helping you make informed decisions, and sharing recipes. In addition to a ton of help from the admin, there is help from over 10k members–including one amazing Starbucks barista named Katy, who helped me with the drink list in this post.
I like knowing what my favorite order requires in terms of 21 Day Fix containers and with regard to artificial sweeteners. Then I can make a more informed decision at the counter…or I can skip it altogether if I know I won’t have room for it in my day!
What To Order At Starbucks On The 21 Day Fix
One of the main points that Autumn preaches on the 21 Day Fix is that you don’t have to eat only certain foods. Of course there is one thing that we avoid that will come into play here: artificial sweeteners – this is a big one!
The 21 Day Fix is unique because it guides you to make smart choices on a daily basis. Eventually it becomes second nature and there in lies the real success with the 21 Day Fix. I’ve loved turning the Fix into a healthy lifestyle, and things like this list of what to order at Starbucks on the 21 Day Fix are a must to keep me on track. These are my favorite healthy drinks at Starbucks.
How to Order a Healthy Starbucks Drink
You should know right off the bat that the Starbucks Stevia option isn’t your best choice. Yes, it’s Stevia–but it’s got Erythritol in it. As of 6/20/2018, Starbucks uses a product from Whole Earth Sweetener called Nature Sweet that contains Erythritol, Fructose, Chicory Root Fiber, Stevia Leaf Extract, Monk Fruit Extract. If you’d like to know more about erythritol and if you’re comfortable with it in your foods, head over and read my post about artificial sweeteners.
Know that while avoiding artificial sweeteners or on the 21 Day Fix, low cal and sugar free options are not the ones you’re looking for. Even if it has more calories, you want the most unprocessed sugar or Stevia you can find.
How Can I Make my Starbucks Drink Healthier?
The best thing you can do for your Starbucks drink is bring 100% Stevia with you and add it to your drink. I haven’t gone into the varieties of milk available at Starbucks, but it’s worth mentioning that most of them are they’re sweetened–which means more sugar.
The bottom line here is that you should be informed about what you’re ordering at Starbucks, and it shouldn’t be an every day habit. Go to Starbucks, choose your healthy drink wisely, and enjoy a sweet treat. I am not saying don’t go, and I’m not speaking negatively about Starbucks.
Which Size Starbucks Should I Order?
Food for thought that I read in a Starbucks forum:
The only difference between a Grande and Venti in hot coffee beverages is the amount of milk. You are getting the same amount of espresso in both so you might as well cut out the extra milk (and calories) by sticking with the Grande when it comes to the caffeine kick!
Ask the barista about the differences between drink sizes, it might help you make a decision about your order! Personally, the only drink sizes I consider are tall and grande, unless it’s an unsweetened coffee or green tea.
Healthy Drinks to Order at Starbucks on the 21 Day Fix
I’m recommending drinks that have 5g of real sugar or less for a Grande, unless otherwise noted. I am not looking at calories, and I am not considering any skinny beverages, as they have artificial sweeteners.
- Iced or Hot Green Tea, no sweetener (this can be extended to any tea). Also, to ensure there is absolutely no extra sugar in your drink, make sure to say “unsweetened” when you order it.
- Black Coffee or Tea, Iced or Hot (0g sugar)
- Shaken teas: Specifically order “unsweetened” because they come with sweetener in them (cane sugar)
- Caffe Americano (0g sugar): Shots of espresso and water
- Iced Caffe Latte with Almond Milk (3g sugar): Espresso with milk over ice
- Cappuccino with Almond Milk (5g sugar)
- Unsweetened Iced Coffee (0g sugar)
- Red Eye: Shot of espresso in coffee (0g sugar)
Tips for Ordering Healthy Starbucks Drinks
Here are what you’re looking for to help you order at Starbucks on the 21 Day Fix:
- Something made fresh. Avoid anything that is prepackaged (except for water). Opt for more of the fresh made items, this includes drinks! Something made at the counter while you wait is going to be a lot easier to track and customize than a prepackaged drink.
- Ask for less flavor. This doesn’t mean no flavor–I get that you’re probably going to Starbucks for a treat. For example, 2 tablespoons (about 3 pumps) of Starbucks caramel syrup has 21 grams of sugar in it. 2 tablespoons of Toffeenut has 16 grams of sugar. For reference, a tall Toffeenut latte has 3 pumps of syrup (24 grams of sugar), a grande has 4 (32 grams of sugar, and a venti has 5 (40 grams of sugar). It’s ok to ask for a half or a quarter pump of syrup, but see below for an even better option.
- Don’t forget the sodium. A tall iced coffee with 3 pumps of syrup has about 187 mg of sodium from the syrup. See below for a no sodium option.
- Use your own flavors! SweetLeaf Stevia drops come in SO many flavors. You can pretty much make your drink anything you want it to be with those. They even have mini 1.7oz bottles that fit right into your purse. SweetLeaf is my favorite brand because it contains only Stevia–no sugar and no sodium.