Starbucks: The New Milkshake Shoppe?

Starbucks Shakes

(Careful, the beverage you are about to enjoy is extremely hot not what you think…)

As I sat in Starbucks earlier today, sipping my boring old Americano I noticed something unusual: Starbucks Coffee is now serving milkshakes!!! Ok, well, milkshakes in disguise...aka the “Frapuccinno®”.

Really folks… icy chocolate, milk, sugar, whipped cream, chocolate syrup?  I’ll be damned if anyone else wouldn’t still call that a milkshake.

As I sat and watched woman after woman walk in for her daily icy sugary caffeine fix, most of them decked out in whipped cream, double chocolate-y drizzle, caramel and what not, I decided to do a little bit of research.

Have these women really switched from their daily cup o’ joe, to a daily (sometimes twice daily) milkshake??

Coffee MilkshakeFor those of you who enjoy the Grande White Chocolate Crème Frapuccinno and other varieties (“no whip please”), you’re downing almost 500 calories, 7 grams of fat, 89 grams of carbs (mostly sugar), and basically zero nutrition.

Even the so-called “light” varieties can contain upwards of 400 calories and 10+ grams of fat. Be a bad girl and add in whipped cream for an additional 130 calories and 12 grams of fat.

Hmmmm...why not just stop by the local Dairy Queen for a small vanilla shake with "only" 420 calories.

It’s really amazing what Starbucks has done here.

Milkshake GirlNo one in their right mind (or with any concern for their waistline) would ever decide to get a milkshake every single day of the year. And yet, Starbucks has managed to convince us that it’s totally acceptable -- especially if we skip the whipped cream, and pass up the urge to buy a delicious-looking pastry from the light-up display case.

Call me old-fashioned, but since when did a caffeine fix involve 400+ calories and 10+ grams of fat??

FrappeSince Starbucks. It seems as though calling it a “frapuccinno®” makes us less guilt-ridden and aware of what we’re really sipping on day after day.  Our favorite daily drinks may sound like gourmet delicacies; but really, they’re just swanky caffeinated milkshakes.

If you want to save yourself an additional 2,800 calories per week (that’s about a pound of fat), revert back to something you can actually drink every day without busting your belly; such as your favorite variety of hot tea or coffee, or an unsweetened iced green tea if you’re in the mood for something refreshing.

For those of you who still just need that sippable dessert, opt for one of these choices instead

COLD BEVERAGES (Without whipped cream, and made with non-fat milk)

Option 1: Tall Light Caramel Frapuccinno (90 calories, 0 g fat, 30 g carbs)

Option 2: Tall Light Coffee Frapuccinno (80 calories, 0 g fat, 20 g carbs)

Option 3: Grande Café Misto (88 cal, 0 g fat, 13 g carbs)

Option 4: Tall Non-fat iced vanilla macchiato (140 cal, 1 g fat, 25 g carbs)

Option 5: Tall Non-fat iced caramel macchiato (140 cal, 1 g fat, 25 g carbs)

Option 6: Tall Iced skinny latte or tall iced coffee (with classic syrup) (60 cal, 0 g fat, 9 g carbs)

HOT BEVERAGES (All without whipped cream):

Option 6: Tall Skinny vanilla latte (hot) (60cal, 0 g fat, 9 g, carbs)

Option 7: Tall Non-fat caffé mocha (hot) (126 cal, 0 g fat, 18 g carbs)

Option 8: Tall Non-fat cappuccino (hot) (60 calories, 0 g fat, 9 g carbs)

Option 9: Tall Vanilla Rooibos Tea latte (hot) (120 cal, 0 g fat, 24 g carbs)

Option 10:Tall Non-fat Café Au Lait (hot) (66 cal, 0 g fat, 10 g carbs

So, there you have it: the “skinny” on the not-so-skinny side of Starbucks: desserts you can sip with a straw!

Moral of the story? If you really wanna bring all the boys to your yard, stop drinking that daily Starbucks "milkshake". Try reverting back to boring old coffee (try it iced!), and notice your wallet staying a little fuller, and your jeans staying a little slimmer in the new year.

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2 thoughts on “Starbucks: The New Milkshake Shoppe?

  1. I am so glad you put this up! I always have a hard time deciding on coffee beverages (not much of a drinker, but enjoy one every once in awhile) because I have no clue which one has the best taste-to-calorie ratio. Now I have a better idea on what to order next time :-]

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