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The Healthiest Starbucks Beverages and the Worst Ones to Avoid

Let me be straight with you, if you find it very difficult to lose weight you’ll be better off staying off the Starbucks grid until you get control of your shape. If you’re currently working hard to shed those extra pounds through daily fitness training, most of the cold/hot beverages served by this establishment would not be helpful in your desire to be thin again.

I have to first apologize for the title of this article for the appearance of the word “healthiest” in the title, for it should not be taken literally. Starbucks is a well-crafted money making machine, and the intention of the company is to keep you addicted to the foods and drinks sold regardless of your present weight.

Despite what some might call best healthy Starbucks drinks, those lacking in self-control should be weary of the beverages offered. Since I am a fitness trainer and workout on a daily basis, most of my obese clientele enjoy the many drinks served at Starbucks.

Out of a client list of about 200, three quit coming to my training sessions because I suggested they take a break from the lattes offered by this establishment.

I must also confess that I drink Starbucks coffee Frappuccino once or twice every month, and I am well aware of the tremendous fitness workouts needed afterward to eliminate the additional calories.

Brief History of the Starbucks Corporation

Brief History of the Starbucks Corporation

The original Starbucks coffee shop was started in Seattle, in the state of Washington in 1971. The original founders of the Starbucks coffee empire were Jerry Baldwin, Zev Siegl, and Gordon Bowker.

Initially, the company only created and sold roasted whole coffee beans, and the only brewed mocha served was given out as taste sample to clients. [1]

With just six stores under their control, the original founders sold the coffee business in 1987 to a former employee named Howard Schultz who also operated several Il Giornale coffee outlets, which he quickly re-branded with the newly acquired Starbucks name.

The new owner had the magic touch and he grew the Starbucks coffee empire to the huge behemoth it is today, with over 24,000 stores worldwide. It is presently a publicly traded company with an enviable sales record and a healthy share price. [2]

Healthiest Hot/Cold Starbucks Beverages

Every Starbucks location comes with the right magic touch and it is a place where business deals are made, movies created, Ebooks and regular books written, and potential mates interact.

I like the fact that most of the Starbucks locations in my city are well staffed, neat, have good comfortable furniture, and the right type of lighting.

If you have your weight under control, these are the healthy cold/hot Starbucks drinks I would recommend:

1. Caramel Frappuccino Light Blended Coffee

Caramel Frappuccino Light Blended Coffee

If you enjoy the taste of Frappuccino’s but hate the high sugar content, you should try this light version as a viable alternative. A 16-ounce serving of this blended coffee contains just 140 calories with zero fat.

When you consider that the original version contains over 300 calories, this should satisfy your mocha needs without some of the fattening attributes.

You’ll find no saturated or trans-fat in this popular Starbucks mocha. The total sugar content of each cup will be about 29-grams, but only 90-milligrams of caffeine. The sodium content is about 190-milligrams but contains no cholesterol.

2 – Teavana Shaken Iced Passion Tango Tea

Teavana Shaken Iced Passion Tango Tea

If you’re feeling the heat during the hot summer months, the Teavana tango tea will quench your thirst and not load you up with calories. The tea self is derived from the unique blending of apple, lemongrass, and hibiscus.

It is available in both sweetened and unsweetened formulas. In a 16-ounce cup, the sweetened tango tea will come with only 80-calories, while the unsweetened version will have zero.

Both will not contain any trans-fat, cholesterol, or saturated fat. The sugar intake from drinking the sweet Teavana iced tango tea is only 20-grams.

3 – Iced Vanilla Latte – With Nonfat Milk

Iced Vanilla Latte - With Nonfat Milk

If you like caffeine and also would like a tasty espresso made with a blend of vanilla syrup and milk, this iced latte would do just fine. While it is available in four different formulas, the version with the lowest calories is the one made using nonfat milk.

Drinking a 16-ounce cup of nonfat iced vanilla latte will fill you up with only 160 calories, and it contains zero fat or cholesterol. On the other hand, it comes with a good amount of caffeine at 150-milligrams and 20-grams of sugar.

Despite the absence of any type of fat, drinking a cup of the ice vanilla latte that’s made using nonfat milk will deliver into your system 31-grams of carbohydrate, so make the required dietary adjustments with our food consumption on that day.

4 – Starbucks Iced Coffee Blend

Starbucks Iced Coffee Blend

If you like your jolt of morning or afternoon caffeine, consider this iced coffee blend drink with low calories. The sweetened version will come with only 80 calories, while the unsweetened version will only deliver 5 calories.

Both will come with a low sodium content of 10-grams or less. The sweet iced coffee from Starbucks will contain 20-grams of sugar and 20-grams of carbohydrate.

The most surprising fact about this low calorie satisfyingly drink is the caffeine content. The unsweetened version comes with a higher caffeine content than the one containing sugar.

5 – Caffe Americano

Caffe Americano

For those that find it hard to begin the day without a strong caffeine intake, the Caffe Americano is just the right medicine to keep you awake, with each cup containing about 225-milligrams of caffeine.

It is made using a shot of espresso and hot water, and very light cream. It is free of any type of sugar, fat or cholesterol, and the sodium intake is only about 15-grams.

This perfect espresso shot drink contains only 11 calories, but will keep you awake for many hours due to the higher caffeine content. Drink with caution, for this is not the type of drink to consume at night or when you’re seeking peaceful rest.

Unhealthy High-Calorie Starbucks Drinks

Keep in mind that this establishment’s main goal is to keep you coming back for more on a daily basis, so the many concocted drinks are not what I will call healthy for your long term health. The above-listed drinks are those that come with lower calories, but it is not something I would encourage you to consume every day.

The unhealthiest Starbucks drinks are those containing higher calories with massive amounts of sugar. Luckily, Starbucks is one of the many establishments that publish the ingredients used and the calories delivered by each mocha consumed.

Some of the highest calorie Starbucks drinks available for sale in this fast growing establishment are:

1 – Caramelized Honey Frappuccino Blended Beverage

Caramelized Honey Frappuccino Blended Beverage

If you find that you appear skinny and tired of the teasing from friends and co-workers, drinking the caramelized honey Frappuccino will put some weight on you in just a few weeks since each 16-ounce cup delivers a massive 440 calories.

If you care about your waistline, stay away from this drink, as it is highly addictive due to the high sugar content. The saturated fat comes in at about 10-grams, but the cholesterol is 60-milligrams.

If you have any issues with the consumption of too much sodium each cup of this blended beverage will deliver into your system 300-milligrams. Even the version made using nonfat milk is also filled with weight bursting calories at 420.

2 – White Chocolate Mocha

White Chocolate Mocha

If you think the above sweet tasting beverage will alter your hour-glass figure, the next one packs more calories. Do not let the innocent-sounding name fool you, for the white chocolate mocha comes with an unhealthy 470 calories, which is the one made using 2% milk. The version made using whole milk contains 500 calories.

This highly addictive blended chocolate drink is also high in fat and cholesterol, with an unhealthy 250-milligrams of sodium from each cup consumed. It contains zero dietary fiber but delivers 62-grams of carbohydrate, 14-grams of protein, and 59-grams of sugar.

The caffeine intake from each cup is about 150-milligrams. Unless you like doing fitness exercises on a regular basis, consumption of the high-calorie white chocolate mocha will turn anyone into an obese mess within just a few months.

3 – Double Chocolaty Chip Blended Frappuccino

Double Chocolaty Chip Blended Frappuccino

This is another waist-bursting beverage from that highly beloved establishment. Even while asking for 2% milk each cup will still deliver over 400 calories into your system. The fat content of this drink is high, so are the sugar and cholesterol contents.

While it is good for those that like less caffeine with only 15-milligrams, the sodium and carbohydrate intake from just one cup will not do your health any good. This is a Starbucks drink that should come with true labeling that says “highly addictive and fattening”.

Which Starbucks Drink is Healthier for You?

The list of some of the healthiest and low-fat Starbucks drinks is far from complete. There are dozens of Starbucks healthy drinks and high-calorie drinks you can order, and I am sure they’re busy experimenting with newer flavors to get you addicted.

I am a regular visitor to my local Starbucks, and I try not to buy anything, but to write invoices, study, and conduct meetings. As a fitness expert, I have learned to see through the camouflaged clothing people wear to hide all the obesity.

While an occasional cup of mocha from Starbucks will not alter your shape in any significant way, the many drinks sold by this company are highly addictive. This is just like getting “high”, for some will get very addicted while others will leave it alone

My simple suggestion about which Starbucks drink is better for you will be based on your current weight. If you’re obese and lack the willpower to exercise on a regular basis, the introduction of any Starbucks drink into your system will not be helpful.

The drinks are created in the laboratory by brilliant scientists and their main goal is to keep you coming back for more and more, on a daily basis. From all the clients I have worked with in the past, most experienced faster weight loss after giving up Starbucks drinks and exercising on a regular basis.

Just keep in mind that Starbucks is like any commercial establishment, their main goal is to make as much money as possible, and it is up to the consumer to decide if the ingredients in the various drinks and foods sold by this company will cause you to gain weight or not.

I am an independent observer and have given you my own personal opinion. Eat and drink all you want from this firm, but use common sense even when ordering from the low-calorie Starbucks drinks menu.

Brad Wellington

I am more of a fitness buff and more into reviews of products that can help you stay within shape. I currently work as an addiction help specialist. To get some of my quitting addiction tips subscribe to the bog post. You can leave your comments at the end of each article.
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