So, as I was pulling up to get my latte this morning, the baristas were handing out samples of their new refreshers. I thought it tasted pretty good. I didn't feel like I was pouring straight cane syrup down my throat. I've been looking at the reviews and ingredients online, and it is honestly starting to look better than my daily latte and they come in VIA. They have a lower carb load than my latte and would be much more wallet friendly. Also, as I am low on energy (full time student and mom, and wife to a military man that is always TDY) I tend to reach for coffee a lot, which leaves me feeling dehydrated and nauseated. The refreshers being mostly water would be less likely to do that, and because of their lower carb status, would make me less likely to crave sugar in the afternoon.
Can anyone think of a reason that these would not be a good coffee replacement? I thought that erythritol, a sugar alcohol used in it, would be an issue, but it doesn't have nasty side effects and starves out the bacteria that cause dental carries.
Has anyone seen anything else on these? Obviously, I'm not going to be downing them like water, but for the points in my day when I need a little bump, is there any reason this isn't better than a latte?
Why wouldn't you just make them at home minus the sweeteners? All you'd need is a muddler and a tall glass. Heck, you could make a whole pitcher of them for what one of these would cost, lol.
It's basically a mojito minus the cane syrup & rum.
I just googled it, they sound like a reasonable indulgence, not to be made a habit out of, but I do not see the harm. I am not a paleo purist, so as long as most of your diet is in check enjoy one, in fact I might even give them a try myself. I reccomend rooiboos tea at starbucks too, no caffine, fruity, delicious, and yes...paleo too.
Ok. There is a LOT of misinformation on this one- if y'all want to keep snapping at things to discount their 'paleo purity' I'm really wondering what kind of good info I'm getting from this resource. I'm new to paleo- but I've been handcrafting Starbucks for a long time. Paleo options are everywhere. Starbucks isn't a magical place where everything is specifically catered to you- but yes you can build your own paleo treat. Refreshers are the first drink to ever get me off drinking a regular cup of coffee. They are super hydrating (especially if u ask the barista to make them with green -or black- tea instead of water). "hand crafted" refreshers are made with water, fruit ( berries or lime), and added green coffee extract shaken over ice. Green coffee extract comes from pre-roasted coffee beans. You might say it comes from the most primal state of coffee. There is stevia added to the green coffee extract concentrate but otherwise no added sugar or sweeteners. It has low calorie content, high antioxidant (even more when u add the tea options), and similar caffeine content per ounce as traditional cup of joe. No venom. Its not as perfectly pure as your own dug well water - but I'm happy to make it my guilt free preference.
I work at Starbucks...there is PLENTY of sugar in the refreshers. When you look at the grande, for example, just visualize about 4 teaspoons of white sugar. Worth it?
The buzz words tell you that 'pure cane sugar' and 'natural caffeine' make this drink a good choice, but...Domino's is pure cane sugar, and Refreshers' caffeine is added, just like Coca-Cola. The whole 'natural' green coffee extract is a huge mask for the chemical extraction of caffeine from these beans. Also, there isn't that much caffeine in a refresher: only slightly more than tea. When you get 'energized,' probably a significant portion of that energy is coming from the sugar.
If you want the berry/lime flavor but don't want to suck down the 'pure cane sugar,' get an unsweetened iced tea and ask for the berries or limes to be shaken with your tea. OR, if you need the caffeine, just get an Americano - delicious, smooth, and guaranteed to be scalding hot. We'll hand you the heavy whipping cream if you ask for it.
Edited to add: A grande latte made with breve (half and half) will run you about the same amount of sugar (milk sugars), but at least you'll have significant milk fat to help blunt the glycemic affects. In my mind, this is why the latte (if it must be a latte or a refresher) is the superior choice.
Funny you should mention this.. I literally never, until last week, drink any sugar at all period. I sometimes drink a stevia sweetened soda and its good.
Anyway it was hot and my daughter gave me a can of the Green Coffee Refresher in the red can. I was super thirsty and it was low sugar and low calories and I've always figured green coffee must be very very high in antioxidants if espresso has so many after all its put through.
It was DELICIOUS.
Erythritol is perfectly safe in my opinion.
Not Paleo, but you already know that :)
i just got nikkis coconut butter( with many flavors such as hazlenut brownie, vanilla cake batter), i have little mini containers (about 2-3) tablespoons it will hold, and just carry that in my purse, and stevia packets, and portion it out for when Im on the go..thats the best option for me right now
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