Are you on a Keto diet and have been wondering whether Starbucks drinks are suited to keep you on track? You can order yourself a keto drink, and this article highlights some of the most popular variations, and the best way to order a keto drink at Starbucks.
When on a keto diet (or any other form of diet for that matter), the last place you want to walk into is an environment that could potentially tempt you to cheat or go astray. Having been on keto diet before, one of my biggest challenges was giving up my daily iced coffee from Starbucks. The discovery that I could modify my order to fit my keto diet needs came as quite the delight, and my coffee did not have to be flavorless, bitter, or drab. So, what are the best keto drinks at Starbucks and how should you order them? Below is a breakdown of some of my favorites.
With the keto diet, you are essentially looking to consume foods that are low in carbs but high in fat. You are also looking to consume loads of protein, veggies, dairy, nuts, and all that good stuff. For this reason, it can get a little confusing when choosing a drink since you have to know what it contains. Below is a detailed list of some of the most common keto drinks at Starbucks and how to order them.
- Keto Iced Coffee
This coffee drink is pretty simple. Regular iced coffee contains espresso, 2% milk, classic syrup (or any other flavored syrup), and ice. To get a keto iced coffee, ask your barista for a plain grande iced coffee and have the milk substituted with almond or any other nut milk. Also, remember to ask for no classic syrup, but if you want the drink to be sweet, ask for a pump or two of sugar-free vanilla syrup and ice. Since it is an iced drink, be sure to ask for a cup that is a size larger.
- Keto Iced Shaken Espresso
Also a pretty simple drink, this keto coffee is great for a hot day. It comes with multiple flavor profiles which include creaminess, sweetness, and a bold caffeine kick. When ordering this drink, ask for an iced shaken espresso and have regular milk replaced with nut milk of your choice. Have the classic syrup scraped or replaced with a sugar-free syrup such as vanilla or hazelnut syrup if you want your drink sweet. Bear in mind, however, that flavored syrup will add a layer of flavor to the drink.
- Keto Cafe Latte
This keto coffee drink is a favorite among people who like a classic hot latte. A regular caffe latte has a good amount of milk in it, so you have to modify your order to have less milk and fewer carbs from the sugar. To order a keto cafe latte, ask for a caffe latte with ¾ water and ¼ cream, and have the classic syrup excluded. You can sweeten the drink using sugar-free vanilla syrup, or using a packet or two of Whole Earth.
- Keto London Fog
A regular London fog is a pleasantly sweet and creamy drink that has a velvet consistency. It, however, comes with significant quantities of carbs. To order a Keto London Fog, ask the barista for a black tea brew with no milk. Have the milk replaced with heavy cream, half and half, or any other substitute that is low on the carb count. Finally, replace the classic syrup with sugar-free vanilla syrup which is sweet and flavorful but low on carbs.
- Keto Espresso Macchiato
This drink is a personal favorite. I like just how big a caffeine punch it packs in only a couple of sips. With a keto espresso macchiato, you get two shots of espresso, and instead of having 2% milk added to the drink, you can replace it with heavy cream or half and half. To sweeten it, you can use two packets of Whole Earth or a couple of pumps of sugar-free vanilla syrup. If the order sounds too long, just ask for a keto espresso macchiato with heavy cream and sugar-free vanilla syrup.
- Keto Blonde Vanilla Latte
Just like the espresso macchiato, the Keto blonde vanilla latte comes with an extra kick of caffeine. Regular blonde vanilla latte is made by combining 2% milk, blonde espresso, and vanilla syrup. To order this drink at Starbucks, ask the barista for a keto blonde vanilla latte and have the 2% milk replaced with almond milk or heavy cream, then ask for sugar-free vanilla syrup, or two or three packets of Whole Earth depending on how sweet you want it to get.
- Keto Iced Flat White
This drink is excellent for people who like their beverages creamy – but without the milk. It is a pretty simple drink that is made from espresso, cream, and ice. When making an order for a keto iced flat white, ask for an iced flat white espresso, and ask the barista to replace the 2% milk with almond milk or with heavy cream.
- Keto Frappuccino
We all love a good frappuccino, but a regular one is just not ideal for a keto diet. It is made from espresso, 2% milk, granulated sugar, xanthan gum, or pectin which keeps the frappuccino from separating. To get a keto frappe, ask the barista for an espresso with heavy cream, sugar-free vanilla syrup, and lite ice. Get it double-blended to make it a frappuccino.
- Keto Pink Drink
If coffee is not exactly, well, your cup of tea, consider getting a refresher drink with tea. The Keto Pink Drink is an excellent choice as it is very flavorful and refreshing. It is made from tea, passion, heavy cream, vanilla syrup, and ice. To order it, request an unsweetened passion tango tea and have the milk replaced with heavy cream. The drink will go well with 2 or 3 pumps of sugar-free vanilla syrup and ice. For this drink, ask for lite ice as it works best.
In the section below, we try to elaborately respond to frequently asked questions regarding several keto drinks at Starbucks. We begin with;
One of the first things you need to identify is the kind of tea you want; a chai latte, tea frappuccino, tea refresher, and so on. Second, you need to know what size cup you want to have your drink in, as well as whether you want syrup with or without sugar. Other additions you need to consider are modifications such as nut milk in place of regular milk, or half and half, heavy cream, and other similar variations. When you have decided, ask for your drink in the right sequence. For instance, to order a keto iced matcha green tea latte, ask the barista for a tea latte with heavy cream or nut milk instead of 2% milk, and with matcha green powder. Replace the vanilla syrup with sugar-free vanilla syrup and ask for ice as well.
Yes, you can order a keto cappuccino at Starbucks. Since, however, it is made with 2% milk, you will need to replace it with soy, almond, or coconut milk to make it a keto drink. Also, be sure to ask for sugar-free syrup.
When ordering a keto coffee at Starbucks, there are two things you need to remember to address; milk and sugar. Your drink will become keto-friendly if you replace 2% milk with heavy cream, half and half, or nut milk. Also, ask for sugar-free vanilla or hazelnut syrup.
Unlike making an order to an actual barista, making a keto drink order on the Starbucks app can be a bit tricky. You need to know exactly what you want since the app does not have much that is specific to keto orders. Thankfully, it allows for lots of customizations. On the app, select the kind of drink you want; latte, frappe, refresher, etc, and make modifications that suit your diet. Be sure to replace 2% milk with nut milk or alternatives like heavy cream or half and half, and be sure to deselect the classic syrup which has sugar. To sweeten your drink, you can opt for sugar-free flavored syrup such as vanilla or hazelnut, or you can go for a couple of packets of Whole Earth.
Even though keto diets can be somewhat restrictive, you do not necessarily have to give up everything you like to have on a regular. Starbucks drinks are something of a staple and, thanks to the wide array of modifications you can make to your favorite drinks, you can always have your caffeine fix when you need to. Take as much time as you want to research and experiment as long as you do not veer off your diet.