Thursday, April 17, 2014
You don't care but this is how I order my Starbucks Drinks
Maybe Starbucks has a Frappuccino base that is made with Stevia but it is not at all locations. I want to see that label. Maybe that base does not have sugar. Maybe they once used Stevia and then changed the recipe without re-training the staff. Maybe it is an urban myth. Maybe the cows will come home wearing Keds. Until I see it, I will be skeptical. Until I see the sugar free label for myself, I will continue to order my drinks as follows:
"Venti Coffee Frap with a shot of espresso; NO base, NO sugar, NO whip, three packets Splenda, blended twice (twice is because without the base, the ice needs an extra round in the blender)
"Trenta Ice Coffee half-caff, NO Classic (which contains sugar and is put in all the iced coffee unless you request they leave it out), no sweetener, slight room for milk." - I like to add my own milk so I can control the amount and type. (I can also add my own Splenda or leave it out). Some shops don't carry the Trenta size. Then I order a Venti.
Grande half-caff, no sweetener, leave room for milk."
Up until this January I was caffeine free. Caffeine always gave me palpitations. I was caffeine free for about 4 years. Perhaps it was simply excess caffeine that caused it before because I have found that a couple of cups of coffee a day have been fine as long as I do not have them late in the day or evening. If I were to have a Quattro Expresso over ice you could expect me to bounce off the walls.
I do not order the light Frap anymore. That was made with skim milk and regular fraps with whole milk. It is an occasionally indulgence. If it helps keep me cool and out of the ice cream this Florida spring and summer then it is fine with me for now. If I start going out of my way for it (another term for craving) then I will have them make it with skim milk.
I like the coffee at Panera better but there isn't a Panera where I work.
At home recipe:
8 oz sugar free coconut almond milk, 1/8 cup sugar free coconut milk (if I have any on hand), 1 shot hot espresso OR 1/2 cup strong hot coffee, ice cubes -I use 10; splenda if desired: blend until ice is no longer chunky and drink can pour without too much clumping.
This whole post is about doing what I need to do today to maintain food integrity without insanity. If you visit a chain of any type regularly - what (if anything) do you do to be aware of what exactly is in your drink or food? If you don't do anything at all, tell us why. There isn't a wrong answer. We are all traveling this road together - just wearing different shoes.