Starbucks Drink Swaps: HOLIDAY EDITION!

HEY SQUADIES! 

Who’s ready for LEANIFIED Starbucks drinks, holiday edition?! That’s right, today I have for you 3 new LEAN Starbucks drink recipes you can enjoy throughout the holidays without all the sugar and calories! 

Typically, Starbucks holiday drinks tend to contain high amounts of sugars, fats and carbs. A single grande sized drink can contain as much or MORE calories than an average meal! This leansane fact means that drinking ONE drink is almost equivalent to eating a whole meal! If you are on your lean journey and/or are trying to get in shape, having these drinks often or on a regular basis can and will throw off your overall calorie intake, therefore making it difficult for you to get the results you want! Most importantly, these drinks contain a ton of EMPTY calories, meaning there is little to no nutritional value in them at all, yet you are intaking a large amount of calories. You will still FEEL hungry, so why DRINK so many calories that are going to leave you feeling hungry when you can eat a whole meal for the same calorie intake?! This is especially important to pay attention to throughout the holidays. It is the time of year when most of us have 1 or 2 more whoopsies than usual and indulge in some good food with family and friends, which is perfectly fine once in a while – we all need that balance! But when we add these drinks into the picture, plus the typical extra calories we are having already – the idea of gaining some extra weight over the holidays becomes a reality! The good news? Since Starbucks is super flexible in the drinks they can make, we can take the yummy flavours you all know and love and create a drink just as tasty with A LOT less of the bad stuff! 

The most important factors to take into account when making a lean drink is fat, carb and sugar content as well as overall calories. Let’s take a look at 3 of Starbucks holiday drinks:

Toasted White Mocha

Protein:15g
Carbs: 57g
Fat: 15g
Sugar: 56g
Fiber: 0 g
Calories: 420 cals

Peppermint Mocha:

Protein: 13g
Carbs: 63g
Fat: 15g
Sugar: 54g
Fiber: 4g
Calories: 440 Cals

Caramel Brûlée Latte:

Protein: 13g
Carbs: 70g 
Fat: 13g
Sugar: 47g
Fiber: 0g
Overall calories: 450 cals

All these drinks contain HUGE amounts of carbs, fats, and sugars! It is true, not all carbs fats and sugars are bad for you, but in this case, they ARE! These calories all come from processed sources and are no good! The most concerning thing here is definitely the sugar content. Typically, anything with over 12g of sugar is considered too high, yet these drinks have almost 4 times that amount! Now lets look at the leanified version of these drinks:

Toasted White Mocha

Protein: 2g
Carbs: 16g → save 41g!
Fat 5.5g → save 9.5g!
Sugar:13g → save 43g!
Fiber : 1g
Calories: 125 cals → save 295 cals!

Peppermint Mocha

Protein: 1g
Carbs: 14g → save 49g! 
Fat: 3g → save 12g!
Sugar: 12g → save 42g!
Fiber: 1g
Calories: 100 cals → save 340 cals!

Caramel Brûlée Iced Latte (cold brew)

Protein: 0g
Carbs: 10g → save 60g! 
Fat: 4g → save 9g!
Sugar: 9g → save 40g!
Fiber: 0g
Calories: 80 cals → save 370 cals!

As you can see, by making the switch to LEAN drinks, you can save between 300 – 400 calories per drink! Wondering how to order these drinks?! Check out my youtube video for the FULL recipe and how to order! (recipes included in the description box for your convenience!)