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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.
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 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.
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.
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
Technically speaking, Bullet Proof is both a brand, founded by Dave Asprey, which sells everything from coffee to bio-hacking tools, as well as a specific coffee recipe. But to un-complicate it for you, the term “bulletproof coffee” is used loosely to describe basically any combination of coffee blended with fat. And it’s awesome.
In this post I am going to drill down and simplify every ingredient that goes into my recipe to make it simple and easy to understand!
Before I go any further I should add that I am not a nutritionist, I am certified in a total of 0 health courses, and I think everyone should just do what feels good for them. My accreditation in this topic is as strong only as the fact that I have read all of Dave Asprey’s books, seen him talk live and chuck bottles of Brain Octane Oil at a crowd of people at PaleoFX 2017 (it happened), and have drank the stuff for years now. That being said, for this post and all of my future health related posts, I am simply sharing what I have found through research, trial and error and lots of cups of coffee. 😊
I started drinking bulletproof coffee about 2 years ago. My first recipe was simply any black coffee, almond milk, and coconut oil, and I will give you guys the most basic, super simple recipe that absolutely does the trick, below. BUT, I also wanted to share my extra, supercharged bulletproof latte recipe as well, to show you just how over the top you can get with your morning joe (LOL) and inspire you to get creative with it. My recipe changes all the time, but this is the one I go to most commonly.
You can do a quick google search and get as science-y or bio-hacky as you like, but for me, bulletproof coffee makes me feel really good and keeps me full all morning. It slows the release of caffeine in your system so you don’t feel the anxious, jittery feeling and crash that can come with caffeine. Plus, its quick and easy with little to no clean up, I can drink it while I’m working or driving, and I get to pack in a bunch of extra nutrients that I wouldn’t normally get otherwise. While I could do a separate blog post on each of these ingredients below (nerd), I’ll give you the fly-over of each and explain why I include them in my coffee.
Why Bulletproof Coffee: I use the Bullet Proof brand black coffee created by Dave Asprey. It is mold and toxin free and is the best source of coffee I have found. Yes, mold and toxins. In your coffee. Its common and it can give me brain fog, so I go for the BP brand coffee when I can because I know the source and that it is clean. (For more information on this super sexy topic of mold and toxins, you can read here https://blog.bulletproof.com/why-mycotoxins-are-kryptonite/).
I use the K-cups because it is easy and I am a one cup kind of gal most days, but you can buy the coffee in any form.
Why Brain Octane Oil: The name makes it sound intense, but put simply Brain Octane oil is found in small quantities in coconut oil, and helps enhance mental and physical energy. How? As soon as you consume it it is rapidly absorbed in the body as a source for fuel and helps increase the ketone levels in your body. More about ketones/ ketosis in another post….
Alternatively, you can use coconut oil. Its high in healthy fats, makes your coffee frothy, and does the trick too. Plus you probably have it already!
Why ghee: Ghee is just clarified butter that preserves the best parts of the butter, meaning it is high in vitamins and works for people with casein or lactose sensitives, like me! It’s also great for digestion and fighting inflammation.
That’s it! That’s all you need for the basic BP coffee recipe. Now on to the over the top stuff…
Why Collagen: Collagen turns you into a mermaid. Just kidding, but basically. It really does change your hair, skin and nails, and helps them grow and become glowier (not a word). It doesn’t grow you a fin but it helps you out with pretty much every other good quality I imagine a mermaid to have. I have been using it for about 6-9 months and I have noticed such a difference both inside and outside, as it also helps with digestion as well. Most of us are missing collagen in our modern diet, so I find it worthwhile to add it in. Plus it has zero taste and it is high in protein. I was not joking when I said it is the bomb!
Why Ashwaganda: Have you heard of apoptogenic herbs? I just started reading and trying them this year and I am hooked on phonics. More to come on that, but all you need to know for now is that Ashwaganda falls into this family and it helps manage stress and hormone levels in the body, which has endless benefits.
Why Cinnamon: Cinnamon is like that kid you kind of knew from school when you were little that you run into when you’re and adult and you start talking to them and realize how cool they are and wonder why you were never best friends. Following? Okay, what I’m trying to say is that cinnamon is a common spice that is overlooked for its health benefits. Cinnamon not only makes recipes sweet without adding sugar, but it also helps stabilize blood sugar, is anti-inflammatory, and has a long list of other health benefits. Read more here if you want to get more acquainted.
Why Almond Milk: In my opinion, almond milk doesn’t have a ton of health benefits. It’s just a great substitute for dairy as I am intolerant, and it makes the coffee into more of a latte by creating foam. It adds a vanilla-y taste as well which is nice. I use Califia farms unsweetened vanilla or whatever other flavor I have in my fridge.
Basic Bulletproof Coffee Ingredients:
1 cup of black coffee
1 teaspoon to 1 tablespoon of Brain Octane Oil or coconut oil (start with 1 teaspoon and work your way up to ease your digestion into it. Just trust me on this one.)
1 teaspoon of ghee
Basic Bulletproof Coffee Directions:
Brew coffee and pour into blender cup
Add Brain Octane Oil (or coconut oil)
Blend for 30 seconds.
You should see a foamy/frothy top form. Yep it’s that simple. Pour into a mug or thermos and enjoy!
All ingredients listed in the basic recipe above, plus:
1 scoop of Vital Proteins Collagen Peptides
1 teaspoon of ashwaganda
½ teaspoon of cinnamon
1 splash of almond milk
Supercharged Bulletproof Coffee Directions:
Heat almond milk however you prefer (microwave, stove top) and pour into blender cup
Brew coffee and pour into blender cup
Add Brain Octane Oil (or coconut oil), ghee, cinnamon, collagen, and ashwaganda
Blend for 30 seconds. You should see a foamy/frothy top form. Pour into a mug or thermos and enjoy!
Lately, I have been pouring mine into a thermos and drinking it throughout the morning. It is so full of good stuff, it’s basically my breakfast and really keeps me full until lunch or a mid-morning snack.
I hope you like this recipe and have fun trying different combinations and seeing what you like! Please comment below with any questions as well as recipe combos you come up with. If you do make the recipe, tag me on Instagram or Facebook with your pictures!
Enjoy xo Sauce