Thursday, April 17, 2014

You don't care but this is how I order my Starbucks Drinks

Don't believe it when someone tells you something is sugar free. Ask to read the label on the product. The other day a barrista at Starbucks told me the light base used in their Light Frappuccino was sweetened with Stevia, not sugar. I said I wanted to see the label. First two ingredients on the LIGHT base were sugar and corn syrup (which is cheaper sugar). The barrista was blown away, (no, not killed), He was blown away-shocked because his managerhad  told him it was made with Stevia and he just never read the label before my request.

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:

Coffee Frappuccino:
"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)

Iced Coffee:
"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.

Hot Coffee:
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.



Kitty said...

I do ask questions about things and specify how I want it. I often look up stuff before I get there to see how something is made and what the ingredients are.

I occasionally get a double chocolate chip frappucino at Starbucks (I'm talking about once every 2 or 3 months) and typically order it with nonfat milk and no whip.

I don't have any allergies to food or things that I absolutely can't eat. Most of the time I just try to make the best choice.

There was a soup I used to order at Chili's and its nutritional info shows that if you get a cup of it then it has 0g trans fat. But, it said if you ordered the bowl it had 1g of trans fat. So, I don't order that soup at all any more.

Vickie said...

My youngest can't have caffeine. I had similar experience at Starbucks in first level of Macy's in the Loop/Chicago. That employee was shocked too. And don't forget the restaurant where the wait staff did not know the steamed veggies were cooked in sugar water . . .