Every Friday Mr W and I start the morning at Starbucks. I can’t tell you when it started, but far before we were married we would meet there before work. Thing is, I don’t have to tell you it can be tricky to know what to order that’s both tasty and low in sugar.
Also, the names on a coffee shop menu can be confusing. Did you know a Caffe Misto is just brewed coffee with steamed milk? Sounds so much cooler.
I change my order every so often. I get stuck on the same one for months, and yearn for something exciting and different. These are the five orders I typically rotate between:
# 1 Americano with Steamed Soy Milk
Why not a latte? Americano’s are espresso + water. A latte is espresso + milk. If you are trying to be mindful of your carbohydrate intake, you want to go for the Amerciano to eliminate the carbs from the milk. A little bit of steamed soy milk gives it a new flavor but much less milk.
#2 Orange Spiced Iced Coffee
I know it sounds crazy. But it’s pretty fun. You want to be sure to order this unsweetened. It’s iced coffee with cinnamon and orange served over ice. You can sweeten it with Splenda on your own.
#3 Americano with Steamed NonFat Milk and Sugar-Free Cinnamon Dolce Syrup
Yeah that’s a mouthful! Most good orders are, right? I imagine this is just a seasonal beverage, as with most of the holiday flavored drinks. This same drink could be ordered with any sugar-free syrup (caramel perhaps?)
#4 Americano with Sugar-Free Chocolate Syrup
This is my current drink of choice. It was my order in college and I forgot about it until recently. I don’t put any creamer, splenda or anything else in it. It has a hint of sweet chocolate flavor with plenty of my coffee love! I imagine you are getting the idea that Americanos are a great way to start and play with flavors from there.
#5 Iced Starbucks Double Shot with Soy Milk & Sugar Free Vanilla
This is my “Special Occasion” drink order. It’s really a glorified ice coffee. The soy milk provides the most amount of calories and carbohydrates, which makes it occasional, but between the ice and the espresso it’s not a terrible order. This could also be ordered with skim milk. Or Iced Coffee with Skim Milk and Sugar-Free Vanilla, it’s a very close runner up for me : )
Also, never underestimate a great hot or iced tea order! My personal favorite is the Passion Iced Tea (unsweetened). You can add sweetener. It does not contain caffeine which is great if you are wanting something decaf, but remember that in case you are wanting a pick me up.
I hope this helps narrow the menu down to some great options! Comment below with your favorite drink orders!