These keto Starbucks options will let you indulge in your favorite drinks and snacks without any guilt. From reliable keto drinks you can order all year to some secret menu hacks, this guide will help you order with confidence.
Keto Starbucks Options
What can you order at Starbucks while you are on keto? It might seem like the entire restaurant – minus the plain coffee and water – is off-limits.
But that just isn’t true. There are actually quite a few things you can order, and all of them are low-carb. Let’s look at what you can order and what you should avoid.
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Low-Carb Drinks to Order at Starbucks
Always remember to order sugar-free syrups and with as few ingredients as possible. Some teas and drinks are premixed with sugar. Always order unsweetened tea or espresso shots.
Here are some of the most popular year-round Starbucks drink you can order.
1. Iced or Hot Tea
You can always rely on iced black or green tea and hot tea bags. Some people add some heavy cream to their tea with some sugar-free sweeteners like liquid Stevia. Other people prefer to drink their tea straight, with no cream or sugar.
This option will always be low-carb and you can control what you add to it.
2. Black Coffee With Cream
Just like tea, you can also just order a straight black coffee. Understandably, the Pike’s Place coffees are not everyone’s favorite. So if you need to alter your cup of coffee, add some heavy cream and your favorite sweetener.
3. Latte with Sugar-Free Syrup and Unsweetened Milk
You can still get your favorite latte. Avoid seasonal ones because they are made with sugary syrups. However, you can order more basic lattes without getting kicked out of ketosis.
Instead of milk, if you want a dairy-free creamer option, bring your own unsweetened almond milk or unsweetened coconut milk. Starbucks’ almond and coconut milk contains added sugar and is not keto-friendly. Always use sugar-free sweeteners such as their sugar-free vanilla syrup.
4. Iced Coffee With Heavy Whipping Cream
Another drink keto dieters enjoy from Starbucks is the iced coffee mixed with heavy whipping cream. You can also use unsweetened almond or unsweetened coconut milk instead of whipping cream. You’ll need to bring your own unsweetened dairy-free milks as Starbucks’ contains added sugar.
This is a really refreshing option on hot days.
5. Low-Carb Mocha
There are two ways to hack this popular drink and cut out the carbs.
First, substitute the milk for half water and half heavy cream. Then, ask for sugar-free mocha syrup and skip the whipped cream.
Another option is to fake a mocha. Order an Americano with one pump of skinny mocha sauce, then add a splash of heavy cream to it at the bar.
Low-Carb Snacks at Starbucks
There aren’t a ton of low-carb food options at Starbucks, but here are the best ones.
1. Egg Bites
The portable and delicious Sous Vide Egg Bites are incredible and keto-friendly. They are basically just egg whites with red peppers.
2. Bun-Free Sandwich
Order any sandwich on the menu and ask for it without any sauce/dressings.
3. Starbucks Protein Boxes
The safest options in these boxes are nuts, eggs, and cheese. They are a convenient option when you are on the run. Some boxes come with apples and grapes. Both fruits are higher in carbs, so be careful with your carb counts when you eat them.
Salads are tricky. They are often full of carb-filled mix-ins. The most low-carb option is the Grilled Chicken & Cauliflower Tabbouleh Salad and it has 15 grams of net carbs.
Keto Starbucks Secret Menu Options
I love a good hack, don’t you? You can literally make up any kind of drink and your Starbucks barista will make it if they have the ingredients on hand.
The following 5 secret menu options are all low-carb and keto-friendly. Go ahead! Try all of them and pick out your favorite.
1. Keto Starbucks Pink Drink
This drink is crazy popular on Instagram. Here’s how to make it:
- Unsweetened Passion Tango Tea
- 2-3 pumps of sugar-free vanilla syrup
- Heavy or light cream
- Splenda (optional)
2. Matcha Expresso Fusion
This a really pretty green drink and the flavor is unmistakable. To make this drink, ask your barista for:
- Bottom Layer: 1 scoop of matcha powder mixed with water and ice, sweetened with 2-3 pumps of SF vanilla syrup
- Middle Layer: Coconut milk or heavy cream
- Top Layer: One or two espresso shots
3. Iced Keto Macchiato
When you are craving a macchiato, ask your barista for this secret recipe.
- Americano with 3 parts water, 1 part heavy whipping cream, and 2 pumps of SF vanilla syrup mixed together for the base
- Pour the espresso shots over the top
- Decorate it with extra-light caramel drizzle
4. Iced White Tea Drink
For this drink, you can use either unsweetened peach citrus white tea or unsweetened black tea.
- Unsweetened Peach Citrus White Tea or unsweetened black tea
- 3-4 pumps of SF vanilla syrup
- Heavy cream, and no water
5. Keto Faux Frapp
You can have a frappuccino on keto. You just have to hack it a little so it has fewer carbs. Here’s how.
- Ask your barista for a Cold Brew Coffee with heavy cream, and 2 pumps of both SF vanilla and SF cinnamon dolce syrup
- Blend it Frapp style
That’s it! This frap tastes just like the sugary-version!
Keto Starbucks – It Is Possible
You can stick to your keto diet even when you are eating or indulging in a drink from Starbucks. Always track your macros. You can always drink keto diet coffee at home too if you want to completely control what is in it.
It’s so fun to explore new options and try new things. Take any of the suggestions above and see which is your favorite.
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