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?
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."
Made me smile. :)
You can add heavy whipping cream to any drink that they make. I get a Misto which is half coffee and half steamed heavy cream.
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!
I usually get coffee black. But sometimes I will get a large coffee: 3/4 coffee, 1/4 heavy whipping cream. They will then ask you "you want the REAL cream just poured in there plain and cold?" Yep.
I avoid anything that has a name or requires a mixture.