Whole30 at Starbucks

So guys we all know that sugar is as sly as the devil and lurks EVERYWHERE. You would think that things like tea and coffee would be safe from the treacherous reaches of sugar, unless you are manually including them.


To help all of us in our fight against sugar as well as unnecessary additives in our teas and coffees, especially when on the go, I have compiled some necessary nuggets of information when ordering a beverage at Starbucks.


-So first off, basic black coffee (hot) or iced (make sure to say “unsweetened” when verbally ordering and to check your customization when ordering via mobile) is generally safe. You can go for any of the three roasts starbs has on hand. My personal fav is the blonde roast.

-Now if you don’t want just plain coffee, you can step up your game by ordering an Americano which is shots of espresso and water! I again recommend the blonde Americano…it just tastes smoother in my mind haha. This can also be ordered iced!

-Also important to note that the regular Starbucks Cold Brew and the Nitro Cold Brew have no sugar! Just remember to say no to the cream!

-Other drinks that involve coffee that can be considered compliant: espresso, doppio

***also to be noted the almond milk and coconut milk at Starbucks have sugar in the ingredients sadly


-So I just recently learned that any Iced Teas that are “Shaken” are sweetened so avoid those but there’s a BUT if you keep reading

-Also not all hot teas are compliant, so please note the following:

  • Compliant:
    • Comfort Wellness Tea
    • Emperor’s Cloud & Mist Green Tea
    • Jade Citrus Mint Green Tea
    • Organic Jade Citrus Mint Brewed Tea
    • Mint Majesty Herbal Brewed Tea
    • Royal English Breakfast Tea
    • Earl Grey Brewed Tea
    • Organic Chai Tea
  • Not Compliant (have sugar or other crap) :
    • Citrus Defender Tea
    • Defense Wellness Tea
    • Passion Tango Herbal Tea
    • Peach Tranquility Tea
    • Rev Up Wellness Brewed Tea
    • Youthberry White Tea

**This list is not all inclusive, but its a starting point

-Iced Teas can be made compliant if you say unsweetened or subtract the liquid cane sugar in the customization screen in the mobile order.  Examples include teas that can be made unsweetened and are compliant:

  • Black Tea (Iced)
  • Green Tea (Iced)
  • White Tea (Iced)
  • Passion Tango Tea (Iced)
  • Pineapple Black Tea (Iced)
  • Peach Citrus White Tea (Iced)
  • Strawberry Green Tea (Iced)


Hope this helps! I will be updating this list periodically

UPDATED 9/14/2018


Published by SimpleEasyWhole

Hi my name is Gabby, 28 and I work full-time as an accountant and I got my MBA part time while still working. I have always been one busy bee, even before graduate school. Post-undergrad, I worked at a public accounting firm AND was studying for my CPA. My first year post grad, working crazy hours and trying to pass a beast of exam, took a toll on my body, my mental capacity and brain power. I started the Whole30 journey in January 2016 and fell in love with how I felt. But let me tell you it took some adjustments like setting aside time to meal prep and realizing I may not be able to a make a certain recipe because I just don't have the time due to studying or busy season. A lot has changed since then, I've switched jobs and passed my exam, but one thing stays consistent...I stilllove to cook efficiently. I've yearned all my life to have that "I am sexy" confidence and with healthy eating and exercise, I'm getting there. I started this blog to help others who are in a similar position as me, who want to become the best version of themselves but with realistic expectations. For the busy moms, for the students, and for overworked accountant, these are my stories and recipes on how to live a simple easy whole life.

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