We’ve recently begun a low carbohydrate and low sugar lifestyle. We’ve been doing it for about two months now. We each had good reasons to finally just do it.
It’s not always easy, sometimes we get cravings or sometimes we are in situations where it gets hard to choose something low-carb, low sugar. Overall, though, we are making really good progress and I’m proud of us!
My husband and I are both drink lovers. We can really appreciate a fine beverage. For us, drinks have always been a satisfying way to treat ourselves. We’ve considered them desserts on many occasions. Needless to say, we are fans of the major coffee houses — Peet’s, Starbucks, and we have a special place in our heart for Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf. Why? Mostly because they have all these yummy coffee combination drinks.
Since our low carbohydrate/low sugar lifestyle change, we’ve been missing some of our Starbucks favorites. I’ve been finding myself googling all the nutritional content of the Starbucks drink that I’m craving only to have my smile turned upside down.
But then I found Low Carb Layla: How to order Low Carb at Starbucks.
In her post, she suggested something I’d never heard of — substituting the milk for heavy whipping cream. She also suggests opting for the sugar free syrups that they have. How come I never thought of that? Well, it’s because I didn’t know that you could customize a Starbucks drink so much. And maybe if I did know that, I wouldn’t even know where the heck to begin my customizing or how to order (you know Starbuck speak). This is why the Low Carb Layla post was so helpful to me.
I took her suggestions and asked for my first customized Starbucks order. I warned the barista that I was trying something new. I asked for a Grande Sugar Free Cinnamon Dolce Latte with Heavy Whipping Cream instead of milk and whip cream on the top. I reiterated that I meant heavy whipping cream and not whip cream. The cashier was like, “so basically you’re getting a skinny cinnamon dolce latte, right?” To which I was like, “uhhhh, I don’t know, this is new for me, is that what I’m getting?” I think she probably needed to know what the heck to type into her cash box. Whateva! As long as I got Sugar Free in there and Heavy Whipping Cream in there, I’m easy! [probably not anymore with my customized personalized special starred starbucks order] :).
So, this is what the Iced Grande Sugar Free Cinnamon Dolce Latte with Heavy Whipping Cream no whip on top looks like:
What I learned for next time – go with a Tall because the heavy cream really does make it heavy. I couldn’t finish the Grande. Another reason to get a Tall over a Grande is that the aim is to keep carbs low; a grande is still low at about 6 carbs per 1 oz of heavy cream, but if you’re watching your carbohydrate intake then you’d feel better with a Tall. Another thing – because the cream was so heavy, I think that it overtook the coffee flavor. Next time I’d go with double shot in the tall to make sure I get that roasted coffee bean flavor I love so much.
The thing I really liked about this drink was that it was a robust filling drink. Yeah, it didn’t have that Frappucino texture but it was also a nice change to a basic no frills iced coffee (which I what I normally have to get my thrills these days).