WORST Summer Drinks at Starbucks (Plus 3 that are Good)


This store could be a delight for many but also possibly a bit confusing for some people. Have you ever been to a cafe or other similar store and wondered what’s GOOD, what’s BAD, what should I order (and why), what big idea should be into or know about? Wouldn’t you like to have some INFORMATION regarding what to order or what you may need to stay away from in terms of calorie count and possibly taste. Yes, people may have different taste preferences, however in terms of your health, the calorie counts and overall nutritional value provided DO NOT LIE!! What we eat and drink can also be linked to obesity and the World Health Organization has acknowledged the increase in obesity over the years and also the fact that 65% of the world’s population are located in countries where people die from being overweight rather than being underweight [1]. Hence, there is a big health concern regarding what we consume, including certain summer drinks at our favourite stores.


Thus, sit back and enjoy the information provided regarding the WORST summer drinks at Starbucks and I’ll also throw in information about 3 Starbucks drinks you can try or continue to enjoy. Let’s start with the drinks that may not be quite good for you in terms of calorie count and nutritional value… These are referred to as “the bad”:

1. The High Sugar Drinks. Yep!!! You probably expected this to be an issue.

Well, of course it is!

Drinks that we consume can be appealing because these drinks taste so good. Let’s face it … some of the marketing strategies used to make sure that the drinks taste yummy is the inclusion of high quantities of sugar. Examples of Starbucks drinks high in sugar include some of the he Frappucino drinks. An example is the Mocha Cookie Crumble Frappuccino with a whooping 480 calories. Quite a pack of calories in this popular summer drink. Well … don’t get me wrong, there could be some better Frappuccino options available with a lot less calories. Another Frapuccino drink you should beware of with its high sugar and also fat content is the Tazo Green Tea Blended Creme Frappuccino which has as much as 430 calories or the Tazo Chai Frappuccino Creme Blend.

No, do not let the GREEN TEA association of the Tazo Frappuccino fool you.

This drink, with it’s tempting green colour as the next hype of summer, can contain as much sugar as a typical can of soda. This is certainly NOT ideal!!! Instead, seek a Tazo Iced Green Tea which contains no calories. Also, drinks that contain syrups are most likely high in sugar as well. Most of these calories are empty calories. Hence, as MUCH as is feasibly, it is BEST to stay away from the drinks that have high sugar content. Others have noted these layered sugar drinks too and referred to them as sugar bombs [2]. In addition to doing nothing for YOUR WAISTLINE, sugar could also be linked to inflammation and chronic pain.


2. The High Fat Drinks. Just like sugar, there are non-healthy fats which could add calories but no value. Also, there could be incidents of chronic pain and inflammation around the joints from food items like margarine [3] as a result of the trans or hydrogenated fats and if certain Starbucks drinks contain similar unhealthy fats, its best you STAY AWAY from these drinks. These fats are also not forgiving in terms of calorie count. Imagine filing up your recommended daily calorie range with a single drink from Starbucks!!!

No, this is certainly not ideal!

So, stay away from high calorie drinks like the high fat options at Starbucks. Some of these high fat drinks have calories counts that can be comparable with burgers such as a typical Big Mac burger. Incredible, right!!! Indeed, you do not want to be drinking a Big Mac or a double cheeseburger. As another example, the Double Chocolaty Chip Frappuccino can contain as high as 520 calories and as much as 23 grams of fat! WOW!! Some of these unhealthy drinks have so much fat content that you could actually taste or feel the fat as you sip the drink. I KNOW … not a flattery thought! The gooey contents of some of these high fat drinks may taste good when passing your taste palette but can provide serious health implications when the body digests or tries to digest these food items. So, seek drinks with reduced fat and calorie counts.

3. Drinks With Added Milk. It may make the drink taste creamier. However, drinks with added milk could increase the calorie count of the drink and you REALLY have to think about whether you do need to add in the milk or leave it OUT and possibly have a more nutritious drink. Too much milk could just take you overboard and pushing the recommended calorie guidelines. Some of the summer-themed Frappuccino drinks like the Strawberry Frappuccino drink may be loaded with whipped cream and milk. This is a bad idea as you heap on added calories with no or little nutritional value. If you crave the strawberry flavour of summer, you could ditch this Frappuccino and settle for a rich strawberry smoothie instead. REMEMBER, you’re what you eat and if you pack on the whipped cream in these drinks, you could begin to feel like whipped cream at the end of the day …. sluggish and totally out of sorts.

So, my friend … chose to pack on the nutrients instead with a healthy dose of strawberries, bananas and possibly a touch of protein powder to boost your energy and vitality throughout the day. You get the beautiful berry colour of the Strawberry Frappuccino and a great taste without the hefty load of useless calories!

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Now, that we have become somewhat overwhelmed with the sugary and high fat or milky drinks mentioned previously, let’s look at “the good”:

  1. Shaken Iced Passion Tango Tea. This tea has zero calories. Can you believe it? Good stuff!!! You’ll also notice that alternatives to the low nutrient Frappuccinos include a variety of teas. Thus, keep this option handy when choosing what to order at Starbucks.
  2. Iced Americano Drink. With about 10 calories per drink, the iced Americano Starbucks drink is a divine way to cool down and relax. You get a refreshing drink without the added baggage of unneeded calories. What could be better than that?
  3. Iced Skinny Latte. This drink comes with about 70 calories. What more can I say? Healthier, light and definitely aligned with summer!

Do you know that you can take back your power and control, especially over the not so nutritionally recommended drinks that Starbucks has to offer?

One way to do this is to seek ways to reduce the quantities of sugar, fat and milk that some of these drinks normally contain. Most stores acknowledge that people want HEALTHIER options and make allowances or provisions for this as well by creating drink alternatives. For example, asking for skimmed varieties could reduce the overall calorie count in the drink. Thus, do not be AFRAID to ask for a healthier option of a particular drink. Where such healthier options may not immediately exist, enough people asking for an alternative may provoke the company to actually create one … You have MORE POWER than you think.

So keep seeking those healthier alternatives at STARBUCKS and we’ll probably see additional, healthier drinks introduced on the menu! The healthier the options on the Starbucks menu are, the less likely that your body will suffer from inflammation and other chronic conditions. Being knowledgeable about superfoods that lead to increased overall health [4] could also assist you in making healthier selections when ordering drinks at Starbucks.

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Summer is a time to have fun and let loose a little …. still it does not mean that we should go overboard with high sugar, high fat or high milk contents. Additional ways to make your Starbuck drink selections healthier include passing on certain ingredients entirely. For example, pass on the whipped cream and do not seek an alternative. Omit the sugar entirely by asking for an unsweetened version of the drink. Yes to non-fat, no whipped cream, no sugar drinks … and your health will most likely thank you for it! Sometimes, the worst drinks for your waistline at Starbucks could actually be considered to be liquefied desserts. NOW …. THINK about this for a minute … doesn’t that put a whole other spin on things when you think about the drinks in this perspective. Hold this though when you’re about to order your next Starbucks summer drink and it might help keep you on the straight and healthy path!

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Rick Kaselj, MS

[1] World Health Organization – Obesity and Overweight
[2] Sugar Shock: Starbucks Seasonal Drinks Are Calorie Bombs!
[3] The Superfoods News Daily
[4] 101 Superfoods That Stop Your Joint Pain & Inflammation