What Nutritionists Order At Starbucks

We asked nurtitionists how they stay caffeinated at the popular coffee chain.

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What Nutritionists Order At Starbucks

Ever wonder how nutrition pros get their caffeine fix? Registered dietitians from across the county share their go-to orders when they stop in to Starbucks.

Caffe Latte

Amy Gorin, MS, RDN, owner of Amy Gorin Nutrition in the New York City area asks her barista for a latte. "My go-to order is pretty simple: I order a tall caffe latte made with 2 percent milk! I often order coffee drinks as part of a snack (usually with a piece of fruit), and so I like to get filling nutrients with them. This drink is made simply with steamed milk and espresso — and with 10 grams of protein, it sticks with me!"

Melissa Halas-Liang, dietitian at MelissasHealthyLiving.com also opts for a latte. "I usually get a medium-size half decaf soy latte" says Halas-Liang. "It's my kind of sweet and serves as a treat and gives me a boost without too much caffeine or extra calories. If I'm on the road and need a small meal, I'll get the same latte mentioned, a Siggi’s yogurt and a banana. It's enough of a protein and carb boost to serve as a meal when driving."


"After spending last summer in Italy, we became hooked on a little espresso we'd make each morning — so much so, we bought our own Italian Bialetti Moka Express for home," confesses Chris Mohr, PhD, RD of Mohr Results, Inc. "It makes a tiny espresso, which we water down a bit but then didn't know what to order at a coffee shop because it's not quite a drip coffee. I had a conversation with a barista and learned that a 'short Americano' is the same as what we were drinking and it's now become our go-to."

Pineapple Black Tea Infusion

"I’m a big tea drinker," says Toby Amidor, MS, RD award-winning nutrition expert and Wall Street Journal best-selling cookbook author of The Healthy Meal Prep Cookbook. Amidor’s go-to thirst quencher is an unsweetened venti pineapple black tea infusion with lots of ice. "If I’m in need of a snack, I’ll grab their egg white and red pepper sous vide egg bites for 170 calories, 7 grams of fat and 13 grams of both protein and carbs which helps curb hunger until I can sit down and eat my next well-balanced meal."

Cold Brew with Caramel

Jenna A. Bell, PhD, RD of Pollock Communications considers various factors when it comes to her coffee. "Honestly, I make my own perfect cup at home. If I’m traveling, sure, I’ll have a cold brew with caramel or a grande, triple, caramel latte. But I’m a realistic RD — meaning that I consider cost too! Daily drips at Starbucks doesn’t scale. And leaving the house without caffeine? That’s just crazy."

2% Cappucino

Abbie Gellman, chef, RD, and owner of Culinary Nutrition Cuisine requests a classic coffee drink without any added sugar. "At Starbucks, I always order a grande cappuccino with 2% milk. I like the equal ratio of espresso, steamed milk, and frothed milk, which gives it a structure as I drink it — foam on top, milky espresso at the bottom. I prefer using 2% milk because it is imparts a rich, milky flavor with less saturated fat. I'm more of a savory girl, so I never add sugar or syrups to my beverages."

Spinach, Feta and Cage Free Egg White Breakfast Wrap

Some nutritionist rely on Starbucks for a meal on-the-go. "I actually always seek out Starbucks when I’m in an airport or unfamiliar city and need a quick bite" says Natalie Rizzo, MS, RD, author of The No-Brainer Nutrition Guide For Every Runner. "I love their spinach, feta and egg white wrap anytime of the day because it has 19 grams of protein, which keeps me full, and less than 300 calories. In other words, it fills me up without weighing me down, making it my go-to order!"

Decaf Almond Milk Mocha

Bonnie Taub-Dix, RDN is the creator of BetterThanDieting.com and author of Read It Before You Eat It - Taking You from Label to Table. Her drink of choice includes a decaf coffee with almond milk. "I’m in a chocolate kind of mood, I’ll add one pump of mocha. I also know I can always find a KIND bar to accompany my coffee to provide the trifecta of protein, carbs and healthy fats to deliciously keep me feeling satisfied."