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Friday, April 20, 2012

How to order Low Carb at Starbucks

Low Carb Starbucks
Today I decided to do a PSA (Public Service Announcement) about How to Order at Starbucks.  This seems to be a big concern to many people starting out a low carb lifestyle.  Yes, you can still drink Starbucks (or any other coffee place for that matter).  You just need to know what/how to order.  Let's start with what you should not order and that is a Frapp.  I know they are yummy.  I know that they are a great afternoon snack.  However they are from a pre-made powdered mix and so they can't be tailored the way we need them.  An Iced Coffee is just as tasty, just as yummy, just as cold and you can totally have them (or hot flavored for that matter too).

If you can't read Starbucks-ese, my cup in the photo says: SFCD = Sugar Free Cinnamon Dolce, WC = Whipping Cream, IC = Iced Coffee.  So you've decided you want a hot or cold coffee drink.  First thing you do is walk up and ask them what Sugar Free Syrup flavors they have (each Starbucks always carries different SF flavors).  Choose a flavor from the list they tell you.  Then just tell them to make either a hot or cold latte with the Sugar Free syrup and Heavy Cream or Whipping Cream instead of milk.  Tada!  Not hard right?  As a recap: sugar free syrup and heavy cream are your friends.  Enjoy!

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  1. Thank you so much. I have looked on their site and just could not come up with anything I could drink there. I do love a Frapp but an iced coffee would be a great treat.

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  2. I take a reusable bottle with my unsweetened vanilla almond milk in it to starbucks and they use that in my drink for me..and then i just get the sf syrup.

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    1. I always order: Triple Grande, sugar-free vanilla, breve, latte. It's sooo yummy.

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    2. What about drinks with espresso?

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  3. Thanks for the advice. Question though. How much heavy cream is in a medium latte. I ordered a medium hot latte with SF caramel and heavy cream. By the way that was the first time I ever ordered from a Starbucks. I have never drank coffee before. Being on the Adkins diet I was craving something. So I went for the coffee drink. Thanks!

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    1. I'm honestly not sure how much cream they put in a Grande (Medium in Starbucks-ese) latte. I'll have to ask them next time I go. If I had to guess, I'd say 1/3 to 1/2 cup but that is purely a guess.

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    2. Lattes are all milk (with a little espresso). A medium latte made with heavy cream probably has about 14 oz. of heavy cream. Yes, that is almost 2 cups! That has more than 80 grams of fat and 800 calories! That is NOT healthy!!!

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    3. As low carbers we do not count calories, at least most don't. Also, as low carbers that kind of fat is what we are after. The fat in cream is NOT unhealthy as long as it is real cream and not the sugar-sweetened flavored ones.

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    4. I am a low carber and I count calories. I stay under 25 carbs and 1200 calories a day, with ease. I agree - that much cream is not a good idea.

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    5. It's definitely too heavy for an every day drink, but for a once-in-awhile treat (especially when you NEED something decadent... *cough*... we all have those days ;) ), this is a better option than loading up on unhealthy carbs. I just have them add sweet-n-low to the coffee before they ice it, because all their sugar-free options have Sucralose :(

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    6. Many low carbers have diabetes and certainly need to limit BOTH carbs and fat. No person with diabetes or prediabetic should be neglecting serious limitations on fat as well as carbs. Low carb information to be meaningful to many, many people will contain information on fat, as well.

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    7. Not true. I've just essentially reversed my diabetes by not limiting fat but limiting carbs to 20 (only from leafy greens and vegetables). https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dSLf4bzAyOM

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  4. How many carbs would this be?

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    1. Hi Kathy! It's difficult to give you an exact answer as there are different factors at play. The coffee is pretty close to zero. The Sugar Free Syrup is pretty close to zero so your only carb item is the cream. It depends on what size drink you order, how heavy handed your barista, whether your particular Starbucks uses heavy cream or whipping cream and what brand they use. According to fatsecret.com a generic heavy cream is 6.64 net carbs for an entire cup. I would assume any drink you order would have less than a whole cup of cream so basically the highest possible net carbs would be 6.

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  5. Yes! This is the best advice! I do this all the time. You have to make sure they understand what you mean about the heavy whipping cream b/c sometimes they still want to give you milk!

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    1. So true about the heavy cream. Some baristas just don't quite "get it" when you order. I've had them still add milk like normal and then pour a layer of cream on top, as if replacing the whipped cream! LOL

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    2. When I looked at Starbucks nutrition grande ice coffee with 2% milk is 3 carbs.

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  6. You'd have to watch out though, having a whole drink like a latte made with heavy cream would be terribly heavy and unhealthy if consumed in excess wouldn't you think?

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    1. Hi Anon, I'm unsure which portion you would consider unhealthy?
      I'm going to assume the fat since we have all been brought up to believe that fat is bad. Part of the low carb lifestyle is to have higher fat so a latte made with heavy cream is perfect. If you restrict carbs and fat, your body goes into starvation mode and retains itself. It is important that if you are living a low carb lifestyle, that you also live a high fat lifestyle.
      If what you mean by unhealthy is because of cholesterol and other such blood work, there are many studies showing how low carb/high fat actually improves peoples numbers, including my own.
      Here is a little bit of information regarding the low carb/high fat lifestyle to assist. http://www.dietdoctor.com/lchf
      Adapting to eating more fats is usually the most difficult thing for people to get used to and understand so please feel free to contact me if you have any more questions.

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    2. Starvation mode does not occur until a 50% calorie deficit is reached per day. Not from restricting carbs.

      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Minnesota_Starvation_Experiment

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    3. Note she said "fat and carbs". Without those macros you're looking at protein as your only remaining macro, which you shouldn't eat too much of.

      The fat is fine, it's the carbs that are the problem.

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  7. The barista I asked said that I can call the cream brevè because brevè means anything but milk. I think it'd be safe to assume that it could possibly mean half and half too though right? Anyhooo I ordered a venti sugar free cinnamon dolce brevè latte...quite the mouth full :)

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    1. Thanks for the name tip! I've never heard of that before so I'll have to ask my barista next time I go. Starbucks isn't any fun unless you have to say a tongue twister! LOL

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    2. As a barista, if you order something with Breve, you will get half and half. if you specifically want heavy cream, ask for heavy cream.

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    3. That's hysterical.. I've been ordering that a long time and you're right....if someone is in the car with you and are not familiar with this; they are like "wwhhaattt????"
      Any way, so, I always say "Breve". Should I be saying "whipping cream". yes, I have been raised the "look how much fat is in that!" However, I have recently been educated (and lost weight and felt better) on low/no carbs and sugar.

      I hope this is RIGHT!!!!

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    4. I don't go to Starbucks that often but when I do, I order my coffee "...with 30ml unsweetened cream, no milk". That makes it easy to note it down as 1g carb and 100 cals.

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    5. You def want to specify heavy cream, not whipping cream. they make their whipped cream with vanilla syrup, which is high in sugar/carbs. and yeah, breve at Starbucks is half and half.

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    6. breve means short, as in not as much

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  8. Hi there. I usually order a grande sugar-free vanilla latte with breve. At Starbucks, they use half and half for breve. You can expect 20 grams of carbs, 1 gram of sugar, and no fiber in a grande latte breve. The whole milk does have lactose (half and half is part whole milk) which reads as carbs. I still drink them, because I believe that a few carbs that aren't from sugar or grains is okay in moderation.

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    1. Thanks Anon! I usually stick with heavy whipping cream to avoid the carbs in half and half.

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  9. Just an FYI some Starbucks use vanilla syrup to make their whipped cream. At my place it was A LOT. If you drink a lot of Starbucks, it's worth it to ask.

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    1. Hi Anon, Thanks for bringing it to my attention that I didn't mention the whipped cream topping that Starbucks uses.
      Never add the whipped cream topping to your drinks as they are made with sugar. In my post, I'm referring to Heavy Whipping Cream, which is sort of like a thick milk that they would use inside of the drink, in place of milk.

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  10. Thank you for this. My husband really wanted to go to starbucks but I had no clue what to drink. I asked for heavy cream and sugar free syrup in a iced latte and they made it for me. So yummy. I missed starbucks

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  11. If you like espresso, you want an Americano which is a shot of espresso mixed with water. This cuts down on the amount of cream they use because some of the space is taken up by water. (Rather than a latte which is a shot mixed with milk/cream) So I get an Americano (either hot or iced) with cream and SF hazelnut. Perfect!

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  12. Kayla I've been doing this breve latte since i starded my diet .....cmd i have been on it for a month .....i have not.lost a pound!!!:( is there hope for me

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    1. Hi Anon, I have no idea what the rest of your meals look like to be able to say what's going on. I would say that Starbucks should be an occasional treat considering there are lots of artificial sweeteners (you are to restrict yourself to 3 servings per day per Atkins guidelines). Because of the heavy amount of artificial sweeteners and the amount of carbs that are not from veggies or meats, I would say that this drink is NOT for the Induction period (aka first portion of your diet). Also, I've heard that if you order Breve, they are using half and half, which adds carbs. Depending on the size of your drink, if you ordered sugar free syrup, etc you could be drinking 8-15 carbs a day in these drinks alone. While starting Atkins, you should be having approximately 20 net carbs per day with about 15 of those coming from low carb veggies listed on the Induction Foods list. It sounds like you may not be following the plan properly which may be why you aren't seeing any results. I suggest you read the Induction section at Atkins.com to learn what foods you can eat during the first 2 weeks (or however long you'd like to be on Induction). Here is the link to get you started. Best of luck! PS: I have an Induction tag on the right side of the page that will show you all of the recipes that are Induction period (Phase 1 of the diet) friendly! http://www.atkins.com/Program/Phase-1.aspx

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    2. When I started the low carb lifestyle I stayed away from Starbucks for the first week, until cravings passed. no they're gone so its safer to go on occasion. safest drink there is the iced coffee with heavy cream, and add your fake sugar of choice. it's also probably the cheapest drink, so now my wallets on a diet too!

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  13. If I want hot I get a Grande Sugar Free Vanilla Breve Latti

    If want cold I get a Grande Iced Coffee in a Venti cup & add splenda & half and half

    and then giggle at the people using not fat milk... LOL!

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  14. This is awesome!
    thank you for the tip. I just can't wait to visit starbucks again and ask my SF, breve
    Btw, what can you eat from Starbucks, I went there yesterday and I didn't get anything to eat since it's all carb, or at least here in Buenos Aires... any tips?
    thank you!

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    1. Keep in mind that Breve means to use Half & Half, not whipping cream. Half & Half has a bit more carbs than whipping cream, still a low carb alternative but be aware that it is not the lowest carbs possible. There's nothing that I've noticed or heard about that we can eat from Starbucks. I've heard that they have a pre-packaged meal called a Protein Plate but I'm unsure of what is in it to know if it's all low carb.

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    2. The protein plate is a muesli flat bread (has raisins and sunflower seeds in it), about 3 slices of apple, about an ounce of cheese, a hard boiled egg and a packet of PB. Certainly higher in protein than anything else they have (pumpkin loaf..yummm!) but def not low rung Atkins friendly. I've had to avoid Starbucks since my usual is a grande double chocolaty chip frappe.....and I don't like coffee. :)

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  15. I don't follow a low carb lifestyle so I wasn't aware that lowfat milk wouldn't a good choice! I don't think I could make the commitment to change to a whole new lifestyle but I always love to learn new things! Thanks for sharing!

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    1. Hi Anon! It depends on your lifestyle choices as to what would be a good choice. Low carb also means low sugar. Milk has lots of natural sugars. If you aren't watching your carbs and sugars, then lowfat milk is a decent option. It is a commitment to switch to low carb but it is fabulous! We eat lots of bacon, heavy cream in our coffee, steak with butter melted on top, etc. It's a very yummy way of life and I've lost tons of weight doing it!

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  16. Our local Starbucks is awesome! They will make me a homemade Frapp. I have them blend my iced coffee, SF syrup, and whipping cream...tastes just a Frapp!! It's a special request, but most good coffee houses will do it!

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    1. Great idea! My Starbucks always thinks I'm crazy when I request my drinks, making me repeat myself to confirm I'm asking for such nonsense as heavy cream with sugar free syrup. I can't even imagine their faces if I were to ask them to make me a custom Frapp! LOL I just might have to request is next time I'm in the mood for Starbucks!

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    2. They do that to me too Layla. Last time he repeated my order three times. At first he was kind of like "You want what?" lol My favorite has always been a white chocolate mocha latte, always hot. I don't think there's anyway to low-carb it. I just go with iced coffee, SF vanilla syrup, heavy cream and two Splendas.

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  17. I love this, thanks for sharing. Low Carb for life. :)

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    1. Yah! I'm glad you are enjoying such a yummy lifestyle.

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  18. An iced coffee from Starbucks alone has about 15 carbs.

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    1. Hi Anon, I'm unsure as to which version of their iced coffee you are referring to since they have so many different kinds. You are able to customize your iced coffee with Starbucks so you can decide how many carbs you want based on what type of milk/creme you want it, sugar, Splenda or sugar free flavoring, etc. If you are talking about just walking up and only saying "Iced Coffee" to them without specifying what type of customization you want, then I believe they make that with whole milk and sugar as their default ingredients.

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    2. Make sure if you are ordering an iced coffee, you request no classic syrup....they like to sneak that in there. I always order iced coffee, sub SF cinn. dolce with heavy cream. that's about as low carb/sugar free as it gets.:)

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  19. Hi Layla, I just started the low carb lifestyle 4 days ago. I haven't ventured into Starbucks yet but I think when I do I'll take my own whipping cream and add it myself : )

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    1. They do have whipping cream available, however most will charge you extra for getting a special item on top of the crazy price of whatever drink you are ordering. If you don't mind taking your own, then you have control over the amount added as well as the price! Since you are still in the Induction phase of Atkins, you might want to stay clear for a while since you can only have 3 artificial sweeteners a day during Induction and the sugar-free syrups are made with Splenda.

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  20. its unture that "each starbucks has different sf flavors". not true at all. each starbucks is stocked exactly the same to provide for a consistent experience regardless of the store location.

    rookie.

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    1. Except that's not true at all because my local starbucks has more SF options than one about fifteen minutes away.

      Rookie.

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  21. I used to work as a barista at Starbucks and other places. The amount of heavy whipping cream you're talking about here is at LEAST a cup (8 oz).

    Tall, 12 oz, w/ 2 shots of espresso, a SF syrup, the rest cream, that is at least 8 oz of cream in a 12 oz cup, espresso is roughly an ounce per shot, maybe a little more.
    Grande, 16 oz, w/ 2 shots of espresso, a bit more SF syrup and probably at LEAST 10 oz of cream.
    Venti, 20 oz, w/ 3 shots of espresso, more syrup, is going to be more than 10 oz of cream...

    Just something to bear in mind if you are also calorie counting.

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    1. Is that the same for iced coffee vs latte or are they both made the same?

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  22. This is an awful thing to promote. Fat is healthy in moderation, but consuming at least 8oz of whipping cream in a drink is anything but beneficial to your health. You might as well order acute coronary syndrome with your breve latte.

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    1. This is a page advocating the low carb - high fat lifestyle. It is not awful to have this drink as an occasional treat. Please do your research on this type of lifestyle before calling me or anything I'm promoting awful.

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    2. I lost 67 pounds in 8 months on low carb AND yes had this exact drink.......not even as a treat but DAILY. I stopped the low carb lifestyle and went to lowfat. I lost no more weight and ended up right back eating whatever. I have now in the last several months gained 20 pounds back. I just started back on my low carb lifestyle 2 days ago and expecting to start seeing results by this time next week. A low carb high fat lifestyle helped me lose weight, lose pure fat and inches, and reduce to blood sugar levels as well as get my cholesterol in check. Don't knock what you don't understand because this lifestyle has helped many suffering from obesity, blood sugar problems, as well as women with PCOS. I was all three and am much healthier now!

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    3. Fat does NOT cause heart disease! ::::sigh::::: Some people will just never get it and continue to regurgitate the misinformation that we have been lied to about for so many years.

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  23. Starbucks guidelines:
    iced coffee, tea, refreshers are always sweetened with liquid sugar (classic syrup), unless you specifically ask to not have your drink sweetened. Hence the carbs in iced coffee listed on their website. Whipped cream is always sweetened with vanilla syrup when prepared. You can ask for heavy cream, but everyone is correct; "Breve" is half and half. Soy is also sweetened, as is the Chai Latte. If you are a tea drinker, you can get the teas with heavy cream as well. Hope that helps :)

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  24. Thank you for this! I thought I was ordering a good drink for my low carb life and I don't think I have been!!! So when I order a sugar- free breve latte, do they use half and half? I might have just figured out why I have completely stopped losing weight!

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    1. My understanding is that breve is half and half. Switch to Heavy Cream. If it's too thick for you, you can ask for half heavy cream and half water.

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  25. My Starbucks go-to is an iced or hot venti, SF (your choice of flavor) AMERICANO with CREAM and whip cream! Extra SF flavor of course for me :-) An Americano is ESPRESSO plus WATER so thats why I ask for cream cuz that's like the creamer. It's like drinking a latte but w less carbs.
    BREVES are my once a year ultra delicious and rich treat!!

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    1. Beware: I had heard that they use sugar when making their whipped cream topping but have not confirmed.

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  27. How much half and half do they put in a venti? How many carbs would that be? I want to get a drink. It's a black tea with half and half, and sugar free vanilla syrup. How many carbs would that be for a venti? Thanks!

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    1. Hi Anon! I am unsure of the details for Starbucks drinks. You can probably ask a Starbucks Barista or check the Starbucks website for nutritional details. Please be aware that Half and Half is not the lowest carb option, I would recommend Heavy Whipping Cream as a replacement to keep your drink as low carb as possible.

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  28. I always ask for heavy cream...I think they think I'm nuts! The first time I asked for cream he held up the half and half, I said NO HEAVY cream. Gotta really SPECIFY! It's good though!!

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    1. My Starbucks thinks I'm insane too. I don't go in enough for them to remember me so every time (maybe once a month) they give me "the look" when I order.

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  29. Actually- Starbucks frappucinos are made from syrups (which come in "sugar free" as well) The three kinds are regular coffee base, sugar free base, and a cream base. So they in fact, can be modified to be less fattening, and glutinous. Also ice, and whichever flavor you so choose. Sugar free syrups STILL have a modified sweetener in them, which does not make them completely sugar free...I believe it is Splenda- which is just as equally bad, if not worse than regular sugar. BUT...as an partner of Starbucks, i know that the only way you are going to get a coffee that doesn't have a huge affect on your calorie, or carbohydrate count...is to do the "plain coffee" thing. Heavy cream is PACKED FULL of sugars and sodium, as well as a ton of milk fat. Whole milk or nonfat is a more healthier choice when it comes to a Starbucks beverage. Lastly, you are better off ordering the regular sweeteners...it's called moderation. You'll definitely be surprised to find out how much better you feel.

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    1. ACTUALLY, this is a low carb blog advocating the LowCarbHighFat lifestyle. Nothing you said matches anything that this blog is about. Heavy Cream is not packed full of sugars. Whole and non-fat milk are what is packed full of sugars. For this lifestyle, sugar free syrups (yes, meaning made with Splenda, which is a sweetener not a sugar) and heavy cream is the way to go. You'd be surprised at how much better you would feel once you skipped the grains and sugars in your diet too.

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  30. Layla, I love the way you advocate for your site! I used to do low carb, but my husband (and kids) hae totally adopted what some like to call Paleo. It's so akin to low carb, because we eat no grains or white sugars....we do indulge in honey and maple syrup but our pancakes are made from eggs and banana with almond (in a blender)....the first 7 weeks I lost 24lbs, so it works. I say all that to say I also gave up Splenda....that was HARD! but as a mom of 7, hey, I need a treat!! Thanks to you my once/week splurge is a sugar free Breve with heavy cream. I do indulge in the splenda that once/week. I can tell you that I also fast for my mornings and on my Starbucks day, I am almost giddy, and I have that about 1pm. I am often not hungry until 5! Folks do not get how fat makes you full and satiated. Not to mention that I get that amazing coffee/caffeine energy to pep me up. I will continue to enjoy that treat. Thanks for this being able to read this forum. ~anna

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  31. Yum! All this talk about coffee makes me want some! My favorite treat to get right now is 3 shots on ice with either 2 pumps of SF vanilla and a tiny bit (1/2 a pump) of SF caramel and heavy cream (my version of a low carb caramel macchiatto) or I get 2 pumps of SF cinnamon dolce and a pump of SF vanilla and heavy cream. Both are amazing, but the nutritional info does say that shots of espresso do have 1 gram of carb each. I would totally do the same syrup combos in Iced coffee too though. Also-if you want a hot drink-try an americano with SF cinnamon dolce and some heavy cream...AMAZING!
    PS-just to clear up some confusion, as a barista at Starbucks for over 7 years, the recipe standard for making whipped cream DOES have sugar in it (A LOT), however-we know as low carbers to not get that topping. Be sure to say you want heavy whipping cream on top. If the barista is confused-specify the liquid stuff. I've noticed that as paleo has become more popular, more baristas are aware of the fact people use heavy cream as a milk or half and half subsitute. Also, for those of you wondering about how much cream they put into your cup-it does vary by barista, but at one time when we featured the Iced Coffee with Milk beverage, the rule was to put coffee to the first line on the cup and the milk to the second. I don't know the exact amount that is, but you can at least have a visual now. Please know that you can customize your drink anyway you want. As a barista, I have a VERY Specific drink. Who cares if the barista looks at you crazy...it's your money and you should love the way your drink tastes!

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  32. I'm so thankful to a Starbuck's employee 5 years ago who when I asked for something low carb, he knew exactly what to recommend. A sugar-free hazelnut heavy whipping cream latte. This wonderful "dessert" has kept me going on the low carb lifestyle. I went into a Starbucks yesterday where I've never been, and they seemed taken aback by my order. They said no one has ever asked for such a thing before. The real shocker to most is that you can actually drink these and lower your cholesterol and weight, as long as you stay on a low carb plan that is. You would not want to consume the heavy cream drinks if you are eating a high carb diet. You will gain weight.

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  33. Breve at ANY coffee house is half and half. Strange looks and/or questioning the heavy cream come from it even being added to coffee being rare. A previous commenter pointed out the truth, there's at least 1 to 2 cups of cream dependent on the size you get. Starbucks uses, not possibly, but ALWAYS, vanilla syrup in the whipped cream. All coffee shops use regular sugared syrups in their whips, it's standard. Iced coffee and iced teas automatically come with classic sugar syrup, unless you specify otherwise and your barista may not check with you.

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  34. haven't been to Starbucks in a LONG time due to my low-carb lifestyle, but thanks to this info, I now feel confident to give it another try. I also agree, that with more and more people doing low carb, Paleo, Keto and all various forms of low-carb eating, they probably are getting more used to these types of requests. YAY for us. Looking forward to getting myself a treat real soon!

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  35. May I just comment about all of the people who seem to want to argue over how much cream is actually in the cup; or whether or not there is ALWAYS sugar in the cream, whipped or not; or whether or not Splenda is good or Satan incarnate; OR the low carb lifestyle is healthy or fatal. For starters, I don't believe the author of this blog intends to advocate going to Starbucks several times a day or even once every day. I believe she is trying to point out that as a TREAT you can still have a beverage from Starbucks. Apparently she has been doing this for some time and it has not stopped or slowed her progress or I do not believe she would be advocating it. With this and all posts like these we must keep in mind that not all things will work the same for everyone. Your experience may differ. Every single person must experiment and discover what works for them. For the general haters of low carb:Trust me when I say that I have tried EVERY diet ever recommended by man. I have cut calories/fat in all sorts of ways, ratios, levels of exercise, etc, etc. and never lost a pound, spent my days starving and GGGGRRRRUUUUMMMMPPPYYY. With all sorts of tummy issues the whole time. Eating low carb I lose effortlessly, am never hungry, eat more veggies than on my normal non-dieting diet, have little to no tummy problems, maintain a steady healthy blood sugar level, and maintain a comfortable sense of well being and happiness. My energy levels soar, I feel awake and aware and ALIVE. So which is healthier...eating barely nothing, being miserable, and maintaining a weight of 300 pounds or eating a simple, sensible, whole food filled, low carb diet(I eat very very few to no "frankenfoods"), and losing weight with wonderful blood levels and more than enough energy to care for my three children? I appreciate this blog post as I have myself been experimenting at Starbucks to find what I could have and enjoy there. The once-a-month or so treat for me is something I enjoy and I'm excited to try some of the above suggestions to heighten the pleasure of my treat. Drinking a yummy yummy beverage knowing that the scale is still going to be kind to me is like a secret naughty knowledge that I will just smile about while wondering the mall; just me and my Starbucks.

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    1. Bravo!!!!!!!!

      Or should I say breve? ;-)

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    2. Good summary! I like going to Starbucks. But I do it knowing I’m always entering a candy store.

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  36. Does anyone know how many carbs in a decf SF vanilla, heavy whipping cream venti americano? I have lost 55 pounds on this low carb lifestyle and have kept it off for 2 years. I just started drinking this treat, but I am not sure if I'm doing it right? Thank you...

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  37. I'm a Starbucks barista, breve will give you half and half, specify using heaving whipping cream instead of milk because it can get confused with whipped cream. All Starbucks (with exception to the ones in Target, Barnes and Noble, other stores) carry the same sugar free syrups: Cinnamon Dolce, Hazelnut, Vanilla, Caramel and a "skinny" Mocha which does have different nutritional value than the other sugar free syrups. Other great options are iced tea: green, passion fruit and black (unsweetened) and Americanos (shots of espresso with hot water or over ice).

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  38. Thank you so much for this blog, I have nothing to add except a thank you. My friend and I meet once every few months for coffee and a movie, I've come here to search for what I can order. I typically have a white chocolate mocha,I know I can't have that, but now I can try something new. Thank you again. Don't forget "haters gonna hate" keep up the great work!

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  39. Thank you for this information. It is difficult to find good information on the Starbucks website. I am not strictly on the Adkins diet, but generally eat as high protien as possible, I usually get a "skinny" Cinnamon Dolce (lowfat milk/SF Syrup) knowing full well that the milk is the most carb laden item. I didn't even think of heavy cream as an option. I only go maybe 3 times a week, it seems like a lot of people don't understand what moderation is and if they see advice that contradicts the low fat stuff that they're told is the "most healthy" they think you mean "drink a whole carton of whipping cream... While inhaling secondhand smoke and using IV drugs with a community needle".

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  40. I entered a specific drink in the app as grande and it said zero carbs, but the venti says 31 carbs. In your opinion is this coffee low carb safe?

    venti iced coffee
    6 shots of SF hazlenut syrup
    heavy whipping cream
    3 packs of splenda

    How can the grande have 0 carbs and the venti have 31? Is it possible the Starbucks app is wrong? Would that drink I listed be low carb safe?

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  41. Hi Layla,

    I have a quick question for you. I'm on the Induction phase and I noticed you said to eat about 15 carbs in just veggies. I'm curious how this is possible? Atkins says to only eat 2 to 3 cups of salad veggies a day and a cup or two of the other veggies depending on the amount of salad veggies.

    The problem is I don't see how you can get up to 15 carbs a day with just veggies using those guidelines. 3 Cups of Romaine lettuce for me only equal 3 or 4 carbs. 1 cup of peppers equals only 1 to 3 carbs. So on and so on. I'm just curious how you get or got 15 carbs a day in just veggies because I can't get anywhere close. Now if I eat a few huge bowls of salad or other veggies, maybe, but not using mushrooms, celery, lettuce, peppers, onions and etc. Am I missing something here.

    Love your site and thanks for all you do for the low carb community. Keep up the amazing work!

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  42. Oh.My.heaven!
    THANK YOU!
    I live in the Pacific NW and Starbucks is a staple!!!
    Now that I know I can still have my Starbucks treat this makes it more bearable!

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  43. I am a party pooper at Starbucks. I take my coffee black so I always have an Americano. That's it. My friends look at me like I am nuts. Why miss out on all teh good creamy stuff? But I like the hot steaming black coffee. One friend was cutting down on lactose (large amounts messes with her stomach and spikes her blood sugar). She started adding sugar free hazelnut syrup to an Americano and a little heavy cream so her coffee is brown. She LOVES it. Just some more ideas if you are not into lots of milk/cream.

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  44. Is this a thing? Venti (trente 30 oz.?) decaf sugar free Caramel cinnamon Americano 1 shot breve with three Splenda.

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  45. Just pulled into Starbucks to meet a friend for coffee and thought wtf can I have here besides regular coffee, came across this little piece of gold and wanted yo thank you. I also skimmed the comments and the people trying to call you unhealthy and giggled a bit. People LOVE to talk when they don't know what their talking about. Keep it up! You're helping lots of people be healthier!

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  46. Just order a tall breve latte w sf vanilla and you'll be satisfied. I've been on a low to no carb diet for a 2 months and this is my treat. So satifying w/out the guilt.

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  47. How many carbs are in that? I cant seem to find a count. I wont do 800 calories in a sitting. I think in addition to low carb portion control should be learned as well. Too
    many people think low carb means eat as much as I want. So while not counting calories works for some people if we all used portion control we would not have as much of a weight problem.

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  48. I tried the SF Cinnamon Dolce from Starbucks today and it is so good. I recommend to anyone on a low carb diet to try it. It's definitely not something I would have everyday or even every week, but if you need a pick me up or a change I definitely would recommend it.

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  49. I am doing the low carb diet as well as watching calories and making healthier choices etc. Can someone please explain to me why starbucks does not offer a "sugar free" dairy product that's healthy for you? I understand why they cant have unsweetened almond milk (because of the possible nut allergies) but why can't they offer unsweetened soy milk? I was at my breaking point today craving something sweet, so I went to starbucks and ordered the sugar free mocha frapp. I specifically asked the barista if it was 100% sugar free because I can not have sugar and she told me yes. As I was driving down the road it tasted too good to me to be sugar free. I called back and asked if the soy they put into my drink was unsweetened and they said no. They proceeded to tell me that they do not carry unsweetened soy milk. To say the least I was furious. I feel like if a drink is advertised as sugar free (and I ask them if it's sugar free) then they should make it sugar free, rather then just one component of the drink being sugar free. I also asked if I would be able to bring my own soy milk unsweetened and unopened for them to use and they told me it was against their policy. I know I Could make this at home but when you're coming home from work sometimes you need it right then and there lol. I called starbucks corporate office hoping that if I made the suggestion of adding unsweetened soy milk that they might listen but I have not heard back yet. Does anyone else feel this way?

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  50. According to this page, the whipped cream in a Tall latte only has 1 gram of carbs.
    http://nutritiondata.self.com/facts/foods-from-starbucks/9656/2
    I couldn't find anything on the Starbucks site to say one way or the other specifically about it.

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