Obviously, most things in Starbucks are not paleo. A quick Google search finds food options at Starbucks that can be considered paleo if eaten occasionally (e.g. bananas, roasted nuts), but not much info. on their drinks (other than simple teas). Recognizing that many paleo folks still allow for coffee (and some, milk), what are reasonable drink options at Starbucks?
Americano (espresso + water)
Latte (whole milk) w/cinnamon
Unsweetened iced tea
The flavored syrups are not paleo, considering they're heavily processed and made with sugar. (Anyone know about their cacao mix for mochas and hot chocolates?)
I thought this was funny...I just ordered a small coffee with heavy whipping cream at my public library and the older woman who made my drink said "I like to call this naughty cream, because it's full of fat and so yummy." She then said my request was something she never hears and when I told her I was on a high fat diet she said "Well that just sounds delicious."
Blarf. I work there and I am sick of any and all beverages EXCEPT the iced decaf willow coffee (have to ask for it on the rare clover machine). Delicious, like honey. Pinch of stevia, nutmeg, and cream and it is just divine.
Otherwise. Everything is fake garbage. EVERYTHING. (non-organic milk = nipple pus).
Funny that you get weird looks-- I worked at Starbucks in college (late 90s) when low carb was all the rage and people asked for breve lattes (latte made with cream) all the time. I can't do dairy at all so I either get a plain Americano, or if I know ahead of time I'm going to coffee I bring a little container with some coconut milk in it and throw it in there. It's a little weird, but yummy!
Luckily here in Modesto, CA we have an AMAZING local coffee shop called The Serrano Social Club. They offer almond milk and you don't even have the option of "flavors" because the coffee is just. that. good. :-D
I get a large iced coffee (last week they asked if i meant the venti or the new trenta size and I explained that the trenta size is bigger than the average human stomach) or four shots over ice. I use the raw sugar and some half and half (after reading this post I'll be switching to heavy cream!) and ask them to shake it up because the sugar settles on the bottom. This morning I got a banana. I used to get the almonds for breakfast but they've cut the size in half and put the roasted almonds in the back behind the glazed almonds. Go america. I much prefer coffee from whole foods... cheaper too and organic.
REAL iced-coffee! Cold-pressed, it is very different from iced-coffee served at 95%+ of the coffee shops. Hard to find a coffee shop that makes and sells it, but if you find a place that carries the real deal, you have found a great coffee shop!
Regular places just use their regular coffee that has been brewed hot and add ice to it, lame. Cold-pressed is steeping coffee in room-temp or cold water for extended time (like 8-16hrs). It lowers the acidity, making the coffee naturally sweeter. Also, changes the chemical profile of the coffee because it is never heated. Packs a hell of a caffeine punch too-much stronger than espresso or regular coffee. Tastes so much smoother and just wonderful compared to any regular coffee or even the smoothest espresso.
So, not that easily found but it is delicious! I've moved and now can't find any places near me that sell it.
They have a number of sugar free syrPus, if you are just wanting something to tickle your sweet buds. They come at a heavy price to your gut and are decidedly un paleo. Don't know about the cocoa, although back in the day I must admit it tasted pretty authentic.
Also, the black iced tea is NOT the Tazo Black Tea that they sell in the boxes at the store. It is actually an iced tea blend that you can only buy in huge Starbucks sized bags online. It is a mix of black tea with a bit of bergamot in it. It's divine.
I drink my coffee black as well, but I put cinnamon in it-- most cafes (including Starbucks) have cinnamon (and sometimes nutmeg) over near their sugar/dairy/napkins station, and they both give the coffee a nice little kick.
I carry unsweetened cocoa powder in my purse to add to a black coffee. It cuts the bitterness of plain black. I wish there was a way to carry coconut milk packets around! And the cocoa powder at the sugar/cream bar tastes sweet so I've avoided it. (whole30 thing)
"Iced Venti Unsweetened Breve Starbucks Doubleshot."
It's 5-6 shots of espresso shaken over ice with a splash of half and half. I get it without syrup and add in a few drops of stevia, splenda, or whatever (yes, this is a "cheat" for me). Make sure you tell them you only want a splash of dairy or they will treat the 1/2 & 1/2 or Heavy Cream as normal milk and pour in way too much.
This is a legacy drink and really just am amped up Iced Americano, but they normally don't charge you for the extra shots if you order it by name, and it actually comes out cold since they shake it over ice whereas I normally find the Iced Americanos to be lukewarm at best.