The Starbucks ‘pink drink’ is blowing up the internet this summer. Understandably, as the it is super photogenic and probably tastes like candy, considering its packed with sugar.
The good news is if you want something just as pretty without all the sugar, you can have your pink tea and drink it too!
I usually love making my coffee at home so I can add adaptogens and other ingredients that I love, but whether I’m getting coffee with a friend or in the mood for one of these drinks, its nice to have a couple different (relatively) healthy Starbucks orders up my sleeve.
A healthier Starbucks “pink drink” which I will share more about below!
In the last couple of years Starbucks has made an effort to include alternative milk options that are non-dairy and non-soy, which is great if you are like me and try to steer clear of those ingredients most of the time.
I did some snooping around on the internet and found the ingredient lists for both their coconut milk and almond milk, which are the two milk bases I order in my drinks at Starbucks.
I found that the almond milk has a better ingredient list than the coconut milk, as it does not have carrageenan in it. The majority of the time I try to avoid products with carrageenan in it as it is thought to be inflammatory to the body and it’s effects are not yet fully known, and I don’t know about you but I don’t want to be a part of an experiment. 😳🙊🙅🏼 In addition, there is also sugar and some other processed ingredients in these lists. Here are the ingredients for each:
Almond milk ingredients: Almond milk (filtered water, almonds), sugar, tricalcium phosphate, sunflower lecithin, sea salt, xanthan gum, guar gum, vitamin A palmitate, and vitamin D2 (ergocalciferol).
Coconut milk ingredients: Water, coconut cream, cane sugar, tricalcium phosphate, coconut water concentrate, natural flavors, sea salt, carrageenan, gellan gum, corn dextrin, xanthan gum, guar gum, vitamin A palmitate, vitamin d2.
When you realize that all you need for almond milk is almonds and water and coconuts and water for coconut milk, you can see how these ingredients are not super clean and are things I personally try to avoid consuming on the reg. You could opt to bring/use your own creamer or almond milk if you wanted. That being said, I think it is just good to be aware of these things and then make decisions! I try not to get hung up on it and just have it once in a while.
Here are my 3 favorite healthier summer Starbucks drinks and how to order them:
When you need a kick in the face ☕️💥
How to order: Cold brew with almond milk. Easy! If you didn’t get your eight hours or want a preworkout pick me up, order this. Cold brew is intense, and I legit can’t drink this after 12:00 in the afternoon because I will not be able to fall asleep at night. Granted, I am sensitive to caffeine, but still, just a heads up. Cold brew to me tastes better and more smooth than coffee and the splash of almond milk makes it creamy and adds a little sweetness to it. The only macro nutrients/calories in this come from the splash of almond milk which should be under 50 calories. You could of course not add any almond milk it would be 0 calories, and pure caffeine.
2. When you want to say “this tastes like a strawberry milkshake”
The first time we tried this my sister actually that. This order is a little longer so I would copy and paste it into your notes in your phone to help you order it: unsweetened passion tango tea with coconut milk and no sweetener. I first saw this pink Starbucks drink on Brittany Dawn Fitness Instagram account and had to try it for myself, and this is definitely a good one to know about when you want something light and not so coffee-like, especially for the summer. The unsweetened iced tea has 0 calories so again here the only calories come from the coconut milk, so it should be somewhere under 30, depending on how much your barista puts in there. You could add your own stevia if you want it more sweet as well!
Here it is again: Venti unsweetened passion tango tea with coconut milk and no sweetener.
3. When you want the Starbucks ‘pink drink’ above but are doing Whole30 and have to settle
Or not, this good regardless. I am in the middle of doing a Whole30 so the Starbucks coconut milk is not an option for about 25 more days, so I’ve simply been ordering an unsweetened passion tango tea, iced, with no sweetener. Does the trick!
I hope these quick ideas of healthier alternatives you can order at Starbucks are helpful for when you are on the go or just want something different! Let me know in the comments what your favorite drink to order is and tag me in your drinks if you post them on Instagram or Facebook.
Thanks for reading, Saucey. xo