A Dietitian’s Guide to Healthy Drinks at Starbucks | You Versus Food | Well+Good

A Dietitian’s Guide to Healthy Drinks at Starbucks | You Versus Food | Well+Good

November 7, 2019 9 By William Morgan


– Was your name spelled
right today at Starbucks?
Probably not.
(light music)
Hi, I’m Tracy Lockwood Beckerman,
I’m a registered
dietician in New York City
and it’s my job to help you figure out
what to eat and why.
It’s morning, you’re tired,
you’re walking down the
street, you’re dragging,
so tired, yawning, uh,
you’re not sure how much
longer you can go on
and then you spot a Starbucks.
The Bucks to the rescue.
Caffeine’s on it’s way but how do you make
the healthiest choices there?
Never fear, Tracy’s here.
Here are my pics for healthy drinks
you can get at Starbucks.
Let’s talk healthy hot drinks.
Hoo, hot!
Hot, hot, hot.
It might not light your fire
but a plain, unsweetened
coffee is going to be
your all around, healthiest coffee option.
It’s low in calories and
has no added fat or sugars.
If you’d like to add
some richness and flavor
to your daily cup, try adding
in a small amount of milk
and add it yourself, to
control the serving size.
Whole milk is generally healthy
to splash into your daily java.
Just remember, too much can
sneak in additional cals
into your day.
Hey Starbucks, time to
get on the oatmeal train.
Think we did a video about that.
If you love the depth of a latte,
give the humble cappuccino a try.
It gives the same indulgent
feel without as much milk.
This will limit the concentration
of milk in your drink.
So you can add a drop of milk of your own
at the end, if you’d like.
And, it’s actually a
lighter alternative to
the oh so popular, almond milk latte.
There’s a latte to like
about the new movie,
a Starbucks is Born.
Starbucks has a wide variety
of unsweetened, hot teas,
perfect to warm you up from the inside.
In addition to being super low calorie,
they can also provide
added health benefits
like antioxidants,
depending on the flavor.
This tea is in the bag.
If you’d like to make your
cappuccino even lighter,
say hello to the Americano.
This drink is prepared using
espresso and hot water.
The water will create a small, foamy layer
adding a lower calorie frost,
then the cappuccino.
Hot tip, if you’re jonesin’ for a coffee
but don’t want a tall, which is 12 ounces,
you can ask for a short,
which is eight ounces,
awesome choice.
Livin’ la vida mocha.
Second, let’s cool things down a bit
and talk cold drinks.
Brrr.
Similar to hot coffee, plain iced coffee
is the healthiest coffee option all around
and for the same reasons.
Hey, didn’t we make a whole
video about the health
bennies of coffee?
Uh yeah we did, check it out over there.
You got it, and Starbucks
also has cold brew,
aka coffee grounds deeped in cool water
instead of brewed with hot water,
which has less acid
than traditional coffee,
so it’s great for those with
belly woes, like acid reflux.
Starbucks does iced teas too.
Stick with unsweetened varieties,
otherwise the sugar content in your drink
will be tea-normous.
I personally love a half
unsweetened green iced tea
and half unsweetened passioned iced tea,
light on the ice.
It’s best for a caffeine
boost with a bit of
passionate tang, filled with
antioxidants like catechins
that help your cells stay healthy.
It is easy being green, tea.
Did someone say frozen?
Because it’s time to
♪ Let it go, let it go ♪
If you gotta have your frap fix,
the coffee frappuccino is
the healthiest frozen drink
Starbucks has to offer.
It contains the fewest
calories and added sugars
when compared to other frappuccinos.
However, frozen drinks are
generally not advisable
because they typically contain added sugar
and refined carbohydrates
but if you really like
to indulge in one, just
order it without the
whipped cream or added sugars and share it
with your friends, okay?
I don’t give a frap if you
don’t have any friends,
just find a way to split your frappuccino.
Ask the barista if you want half.
An important matcha
dispatch from the field,
we’ve heard a ton about the
health benefits of matcha.
Lots of antioxidants, even
more than some coffees.
Super calming, immune
boosting and with a slower
caffeine release so you don’t get jittery.
Have you found your matcha on Tinder?
(laughs)
However, the matcha green tea
blend offered at Starbucks
has a lot of sugar, so
it’s not exactly the best
pick in that department.
Make it better and get
an unsweetened green tea
for the same health benefits,
without any of the sugar.
So there you have it,
you can now navigate the
Starbucks menu like a pro.
See you soon for another episode of
You Verses Food.
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although you may have bean
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I will love you a latte.