What is it that one thing you look out for first thing in the morning to start your day properly, in the midst of the day amid non-stop work to give you that so-needed break and in the evening to relax after the taxing day? If the answer to all these queries is “coffee” or some other drink that you swear by, Starbucks is your go-to rescue point. But, then again, you have to keep count on the calorie and sugar content as being a diabetic, you can’t overdo these things.
So I’ve compiled a list of Starbucks drinks are ideal for diabetics to drink any time of the day to satiate their temptations without compromising on their diets, calories and sugar intake. Just remember to avoid sweeteners and buy only those which fall in the lower calorie bracket and contain less amount of sugar.
1. Starbucks Iced Coffee
Having iced coffee cold and brown means you are having it devoid of sugar or even Stevia. The ingredients comprise ice, classic syrup (sugar, natural flavors, citric acid, water, potassium sorbate) and brewed coffee. You may add a bit of almond, coconut or soy milk to change the flavor. A serving of 16 fl oz contains 80 calories but no fat. The sodium and carbohydrate content is 10 mg and 20 g respectively while the caffeine and sugar content is 165 mg and 20 g respectively.
2. Starbucks Classic Chai Tea Latte –
Have this drink without the added sweetener and see the difference!
It is made from milk, chai tea concentrate (An infusion of water, cardamom, ginger, cloves, star anise, black tea, black pepper, cinnamon, natural flavors), ice, sugar, ginger juice, honey. A serving of 16 fl oz contains 240 calories. It has a small amount of saturated fat and cholesterol too in addition to sodium, carbs, protein, and sugars. The caffeine amount is 95 mg.
3. Teavana Shaken Ice Passion Tango Tea
Have the unsweetened version of this drink.
The ingredients consist of an infusion of water, citric acid, cinnamon, licorice root, fruit juice extract, hibiscus flowers, natural flowers, apple, and lemongrass. It also contains ice and liquid cane sugar (water, cane sugar, potassium sorbate, Turbinado cane sugar, natural flavor and citric acid. Serving size of 16 fl oz contains 45 calories, 10 mg sodium, 11 g carbs and no caffeine.
4. Jamaica Blue Mountain Clover Starbucks Reserve
This ageless drink has enormous health benefits and gives you a surge of energy. A specialty in this alley is the Jamaica Blue Mountain Clover Starbucks Reserve and a 16 fl oz serving contains 10 calories, 10 mg sodium, 1 g protein, and no sugars or carbs but a caffeine content of 380 mg.
5. Very Berry Hibiscus Starbucks Refreshers
The berries give a sweet flavor while the green coffee gives the caffeinated boost. The ingredients consist of ice, water, berry refresher base [water, white grape juice concentrate, green coffee extract, erythritol, Rebaudioside A, sugar, natural flavor, citric acid, ascorbic acid (Vitamin C)] and freeze-dried blackberries. A serving of 16 fl oz has 70 calories, 15 mg sodium, 17 g carbs, 1 g protein, 45 mg caffeine, 14 g sugars, little dietary fiber but no fat.
6. Starbucks Iced Blonde Vanilla Latte
This smooth drink with a subtle sweetness contains ice, brewed espresso, milk and vanilla syrup [water, potassium sorbate, sugar, natural flavors, citric acid]. Just skip the sugar or added sweeteners to create the magic drink. A 16 fl oz serving has 180 calories containing 4.5 g fat, 20 mg cholesterol, 110 mg sodium, 25 g sugars, 27 g carbs, 8 g protein, and 170 mg caffeine.
7. Whole Milk Cappuccino
Go for the whole milk than the skim or low-fat variety for the nutrients. You may preferably opt for soy, almond, coconut milk also. A special variety is a Blonde cappuccino which is smooth and with a layer of thick foam. The velvety, frothy foam and luxurious texture come with a cool, crispy undercurrent. It is made from milk and brewed espresso. Serving size of 16 fl oz has 120 calories with a total fat of 4 g, cholesterol 15 mg, sodium 100 mg, carbs 12 g, sugars 10 g, proteins 8 g and caffeine 170 mg.
8. Teavana Pineapple Berry Blue Iced Tea
This bottled tea is just perfect for long trips and even short ones. It is juicy, herbal and vibrant being made of herbal tea infusion [green Rooibos, water, and Hibiscus], natural flavors, sugar and citric acid. It is just the ideal blend with the tropical flavors of hibiscus and citrus to make your day! A serving size of 14.5 fl oz contains 90 calories, 10 mg sodium, 22 g carbs, 21 g sugars but no caffeine, fat or cholesterol.
9. Starbucks Strawberry Pink Drink
This strawberry acai refresher beverage with the twang of passion fruit combines with creamy coconut milk. This refreshing and fruity drink is made of ice, coconut milk, strawberry acai base and freeze dried strawberries. A serving of 16 fl oz of this drink contains 140 calories and total fat of 2.5 g. The amounts of carbs, fiber, sugar, protein, and caffeine are 27 g, 2 g, 24 g, 1 g and 45 mg respectively.
10. Starbucks Violet Drink
This pretty drink consists of blackberries, creamy coconut milk, and tart hibiscus flower and is the ideal guilt-free dessert. The ingredients are ice, coconut milk, berry refresher base and freeze dried blackberries. One serving of 16 fl oz of this drink accounts for 110 calories and contains 3 g total fat, 22 g carbs, 1 g fiber, 19 g sugar and 45 mg caffeine.
11. Starbucks Iced Peppermint Mocha
This cold drink from Starbucks is the signature espresso roast, milk, mocha-flavored sauce and peppermint-flavored syrup over ice which is topped with chocolate curls and sweet whipped cream. Avoid the chocolate curls and go for almond milk and just one pump of the syrup and it is ideal for diabetics. The main constituents are milk, ice, mocha sauce, peppermint syrup, brewed espresso, whipped cream, and dark chocolate curls.
12. Caffe Latte – This classic caffe latte is just that simple drink you are looking for at times. The 12 oz almond version is equally foamy as the original but contains much fewer calories.
13. Starbucks Caffe Americano
It is just a combination of water and espresso – the espresso shots are topped with hot water to form a light layer of cream to give the perfect richness, nuance, and depth to your cup. If you like it more strong, just ask for some more shots. A serving of 16 fl oz contains 15 calories but no fat or cholesterol. The sodium content is 10 mg while the total carbs are 2 g with no sugar but 225 mg of caffeine.
14. Cinnamon Dolce Latte
The classic espresso is mixed with freshly steamed milk and cinnamon dolce flavored syrup and topped with cinnamon dolce topping and sweetened whipped cream to create this treat. The ingredients are milk, cinnamon dolce syrup, brewed espresso, cinnamon dolce topping and whipped cream. A 16 fl oz serving of this drink contains 41 g sugar, 13 g fat, 44 g carbs, 12 g protein and 150 mg caffeine.
15. Iced Passion TangoTM Tea
This tea is a blend of lemongrass, hibiscus and apple perfectly sweetened and shaken with ice by hand. This vibrant tea is infused with the passion color. The main ingredients are ice, an infusion of [Hibiscus flowers, natural flavors, apple, lemongrass, water, citric acid, cinnamon, licorice root, and fruit juice extract] and liquid cane sugar [water, cane sugar, potassium sorbate, Turbinado cane sugar, natural flavor and citric acid]. A 16 fl oz serving contains 45 calories, no caffeine, no fat, no cholesterol and just 11 g sugar.
16. Iced Green Tea
The green tea is blended with lemongrass, mint and lemon verbena, shaken with ice and sweetened perfectly.
Ask for the no sugar version.
It is refreshing with a light flavor. It consists of ice, an infusion of [blend of green teas, lemon verbena, natural flavor, water, spearmint, lemongrass] and liquid cane sugar. 16 fl oz serving of this tea contains 45 calories, no fat, no cholesterol, 10 mg sodium, 11 g carbs, no fiber, no protein, 11 g sugar, and 25 mg caffeine.
17. Clover Brewed Pike Place Roast
This well-rounded medium-roasted coffee has subtle notes of cocoa and toasted nuts. A serving of 16 fl oz has 10 calories, no fat, no cholesterol, 10 mg sodium, no carbs, no sugar, 1 g protein, and 375 mg caffeine.
18. Blonde Roast
This lightly roasted coffee is mellow, soft and flavored. You can have it with milk, sugar or flavor it with caramel, vanilla or hazelnut. It can be had on its own too. A serving of 16 fl oz contains 5 calories with no fat, no cholesterol, 10 mg sodium, no carbs, no sugar, 1 g protein, and 360 mg caffeine.
19. Nitro Cold Brew
This small-batch cold brew is slowly steeped to give a superb taste and infused with nitrogen, it gives a sweet flavor even without sugar and is creamy and velvety. It is perfection personified. A 16 fl oz contains 5 calories, 10 mg sodium, 280 mg caffeine and nothing else.
20. Iced Starbucks Blonde Caffe Americano
The espresso shots are topped with water and served over ice. This cup is just too smooth, too creamy, ideally nuanced and subtly sweet. If you want it strong, ask for extra shots each equipped with 85 mg caffeine. It contains ice, brewed espresso, and water. Each serving of 16 fl oz contains 15 calories, 15 mg sodium, 2 g carbs, 1 g protein and 255 mg caffeine and nothing else.
21. Iced Starbucks Blonde Caramel Cloud Machhiato (Contains eggs)
This Starbucks drink is airy and light with layers of fluffy foam with espresso cascading down. It is vanilla flavored with a drizzle of caramel served over ice. The ingredients include ice, milk, vanilla syrup, brewed espresso, caramel sauce and cloud powder. A serving of 16 fl oz contains 170 calories, 4 g fat, 15 mg cholesterol, 115 mg sodium, 28 carbs, 24 g sugars, 5 g protein and 170 mg caffeine.
22. Comfort Brewed Wellness Tea
This herbal infusion is made perfect with ginger, lemon, licorice root, fennel, and soothing mint. The infusion consists of water, orange peel, lemon verbena, rooibos, fennel, peppermint, lemon essence oil, ginger, chamomile, spearmint, licorice root, natural flavor and orange oil. It contains no calories, fat, cholesterol, carbs, sugar or caffeine.
23. Emperor’s Clouds & Mist
This sweet, green tea is slightly smoky and soft and is cultivated at a height of 3500 feet under the mist and clouds and is the epitome of taste. It contains water and green tea. A 16 fl oz serving has no calories, fat, cholesterol, sodium, carbs, sugars or proteins but just 16 mg caffeine.
24. Jade Citrus Mint Brewed Tea
This tea contains green tea, lemongrass, lemon verbena and traces of spearmint to give the refreshing, bright citrus feel. A serving of 16 fl oz contains no calories, fat, cholesterol, sodium, carbs, sugars, protein but just 40 mg caffeine.
25. Mint Majesty
This Starbucks drink is a blend of a pinch of lemon verbena and mint giving the refreshing flavor. This caffeine-free herbal tea contains water, peppermint leaves, spearmint leaves, and lemon verbena. It is a zero-calorie, zero caffeine drink containing no sugar, fat, cholesterol, sodium, fiber or protein.
26. Starbucks Peach Tranquility
This Starbucks drink is a blend of peach, chamomile blossoms, apple pieces, rose hips, peach pieces, candied pineapple, artificial flavoring, and lemon verbena. This relaxing herbal tea is another zero calories, zero sugar, zero fat, zero caffeine drink.
27. Rev-Up Brewed Wellness Tea
This Starbucks drink contains oolong, black and green tea which are enlivened with tropical mango pieces and passion fruit. It is a blend of the three teas with water, apple pieces, marigold petals, candied mango pieces, and natural flavor.
28. Royal English Breakfast Tea
This infusion of water and blend of black teas reveals the intricacies of the high-grown full leaves and adds elegance and royal feel to your breakfast menu. A 16 fl oz serving has no calories, fat, cholesterol, sodium, carbs, fiber, sugars, protein but only 40 mg caffeine.
29. Teavana Chai Tea – This Starbucks drink is prepared infusing black tea with warm clove, cinnamon, star anise, cardamom, black pepper, and ginger notes and gives a distinct, bold flavor with the cardamom essence. A 16 fl oz serving has no calories, fat, cholesterol, sodium, carbs, fiber, sugars, protein but only 40 mg caffeine.
30. Earl Grey Tea
This tea is an infusion of black tea, lavender flowers, water, and Bergamot essence. There is a subtle flavor of citrus lemon and lavender along with Bergamot. This aroma tea has no calories, fat, cholesterol, sodium, carbs, fiber, sugars, protein but only 40 mg caffeine in a 16 fl oz serving.