New Blended Cold Brew Beverages Now Available at Starbucks
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The blended drinks keep coming!
Starbucks, the creator of the craziest frozen beverages (we’re looking at you unicorn frappuccino), has just launched a new blended beverage, only it’s not the technicolored, sugary concoction you might expect. Promoted as, dare we say, healthy, Starbucks’ new plant-based Protein Blended Cold Brew beverages are now available in two flavors, Almond and Cacao.
So, what are they?
Well, think of a frappuccino that takes the caffeine buzz from cold brew, packs in some plant-based protein, incorporates rich flavors from cacao or almond butter, adds a touch of sweetness from a natural sweetener blend of bananas and dates, and is blended with alternative milk options.
The two flavors vary slightly in ingredients:
Almond: Starbucks cold brew with almond milk, 12 grams of plant-based protein, almond butter, banana date fruit blend, and ice.
Cacao: Starbucks cold brew with coconut milk, 10 grams of plant-based protein, cacao powder, banana date fruit blend, and ice.
The good, the bad, and the spendy…
The Good: They provide a good source of protein without loading in heavy amounts of refined sugar. Plus, they’re vegan and dairy-free, though it’s important to remember that they’re being made in the same area as other drinks that do contain dairy, so cross-contamination is possible.
The Bad: Even though it’s a “natural” source of sugar, these blended beverages still pack a punch of sugar and carbs, ringing in at around 36 total carbs for the cacao flavor and 30 grams for almond. Plus, the protein gives the drink a bit of a grainy texture (though that can be common with protein drinks).
The Spendy: Ordering a grande size of one of these drinks is going to set you back $5.95, a bit of an increase over the grande coffee Frappuccino at $4.25.
Will you give these blended protein drinks a try?
Let us know your thoughts in the comments!