Coffee House Drinks that aren't Terrible for our Blood Sugars

I go to Starbucks at least once a week. It wasn’t always this way. Flashback to eight Christmases ago when I received $125 worth of Starbucks gift-cards from various family members and coworkers.

As much as I love fancy caffeinated drinks, many fancy coffee house drinks are way too sweet for my liking, even the artificially sweetened versions. Plus, there’s the whole “loaded with carbs and not cheap” factors. Also, between you and me, I think pumpkin spiced lattes are disgusting.

5 coffee beverages that won't spike blood glucose levels

Still, I’ve discovered some pretty tasty drinks that don’t mess with my blood sugars all that much - here are 5 drinks I stick with.

  1. Regular coffee/tea. Old school, easy to figure out carbs/bolus.
  2. Starbucks shaken green or passion iced teas, unsweetened. No carbs (the website includes carb count for only the sweetened iced teas) and super tasty. The trenti goes a long way and at a somewhat decent price.
  3. Starbucks Cappuccino - skim or 2%, 12 grams of carbs for a grande.
  4. Regular chai tea - Not the “special” chai tea that’s 30 plus grams of carbs and loaded with gross syrup. I’m talking asking for a regular chai tea bag served with steamed milk. My local Starbucks makes me a large mug complete with two chai tea bags and steamed low-fat milk. I add 1 packet of “sugar in the raw” and sprinkle cinnamon and nutmeg from the cream and sugar station. It costs $2.60 and includes free refills of hot water.
  5. Flat White - Espresso shots with frothed milk, 18 grams of carbs in a grande. Pricey, but worth the cost as a special treat. I stick with the decaf after 12pm.

Most coffee houses let you order the drink the way you want, as in unsweetened, artificially sweetened, type of milk used - including plant based. Speak up and tell them how you want your drink. Also, I require insulin when I drink coffee/coffee drinks - that’s what I require for my diabetes and everyone is different. My endocrinologist is fine with me drinking coffee/coffee drinks as long as I cover them with insulin.

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