Monthly Archives: October 2016

How To Order Almost Anything Vegan At Starbucks

Starbucks is so good that it’s almost a commodity, but don’t worry because in this article I’m going to tell you how to order almost anything from Starbucks in vegan form — even their smoothies! 

Let’s start off with the things you want to avoid

1. Whipped Cream All frapppuccinos come with whipped cream and most flavored lattes come with whipped cream. It’s always safe to say hold the whip.

2. Dairy Milks All drinks besides teas and refreshers come with dairy milk. Always order your drinks with either Soy, Coconut or Almond milk.

3. Caramel Drizzle Note that the caramel drinks themselves aren’t non vegan, only the caramel drizzle topping. This is because the syrup base inside the drink is dairy free while the drizzle topped on the drink is not. 

4. Cinnamon Dolce Topping Again, note that the cinnamon dolce latte can be made vegan. The syrup in the drink itself is dairy free, just hold the cinnamon topping and whip.

5. Protein Powder All smoothies come with whole milk and protein powder, replacing that dairy with plant based milk is a must but just don’t forget to hold the protein powder (Made with Milk) later in the article I’ll tell you how to substitute protein powder without even telling a difference!

6. White Mocha No matter how much you customize this drink, it can not be made vegan because the base of the drink (white mocha sauce) contains dairy. 

7. Pumpkin Spice As great as it is, there is no possible way to order this vegan. Alike the White Mocha — It’s sauce base contains dairy as well. 

8. Java Chips Unlike Starbucks mocha sauce, the chocolate chips they serve contain milk. If you’re looking for a chocolatey coffee fix — Mocha with your choice of plant based milk is the way to go! It still comes with shots of espresso.

9. Pastries There are no vegan options in the pastry case besides plain bagels.
Now that we’ve gone over what to avoid, let’s get to the good part

Lattes To make lattes vegan order with plant based milk and remember to avoid the items above.

Frappuccinos By default all frappuccinos come with dairy milk. Order your frapp with no whip. Avoid Caramel Drizzle, Choco Chips, Pumpkin Spice Topping, Pumpkin Spice Frappuccinos, Cinnamon Dolce Powder and White Mocha. Don’t order your frappuccino light or it will come with dairy. 

Smoothies To make your Starbucks smoothie vegan, order with plant based milk of your choice and hold the protein powder. Instead of protein powder — ask for extra ice, either one extra pump mocha OR extra strawberry according to the choice of smoothie  ordered.

Undertows Undertows are part of the secret menu at Starbucks. It’s A double shot of espresso in a short cup with two pumps of flavored syrup and in this case, soy almond or coconut milk! Try the afghotto shot instead of espresso for a sweeter taste.

Teas & Refreshers All plain teas and refreshers are vegan by default. Be careful not to confuse flavored tea lattes with hot tea (bags) or iced tea.
Vegan Ready To Eat Items Oatmeal, Fruit Cup, Apple Juice, Nut Mix, Potato Chips, Sweet Potato Chips, Salt & Vinegar Chips, Hippeas Chips, Kale Chips, Thats It Fruit Bars, Bottled “smoothies” and sparkling canned refreshers.
Vegan Ingredients At Starbucks

  • Soy, Almond and Coconut milk
  • Matcha Powder
  • Most Syrups: vanilla, caramel, cinnamon dolce, hazelnut, peppermint and mocha
  • Mocha drizzle
  • Vanilla bean 
  • Peppermint topping
  • Cinnamon (not dolce) topping
  • Refresher and Tea fruit inclusions 

Note that the iced chai and chai tea lattes in Starbucks U.S. contain Honey

    My Favorite Vegan Drinks

    • Matcha soy latte hot or iced
    • Chocolate banana smoothie no protein powder with extra ice, double blended and one extra pump of mocha
    • Strawberry Acai Refresher with coconut milk 
    • Mocha frappuccino with soy and no whip
    • Caramel frappuccino with soy, no caramel drizzle and no whip
    •  Iced Carmel macciato with soy and no caramel drizzle
    • Cold Milk made with soy and Mocha sauce
    • Vanilla Bean frappuccino made with soy, no whip and Mocha Sauce In the Cup 

    Holiday Drinks

    • Peppermint Mocha soy, almond or coconut milk with no whip (yes the chocolate curls are vegan, too!)
    • Chestnut Praline your choice of plant based milk and no whip (topping is vegan too)
    • Joy Tea
    • Holiday Flat White soy, almond or coconut milk 
    • Hot Chocolate soy, almond or coconut milk with no whip

    — Gingerbread Lattes have been discontinued


    Horrors of the Fur Industry: wear something not someone

    Fall and Winter can be our favorite time of the year with all the nice weather and seasonal festivities. We all know that  with that — comes lots of cute coats, boots and sweaters but did you ever think of what violence can lurk inside your closet?  Watching celebrities like Rihanna and Kim Kardashian strut in their expensive fur coats may seem glamorous to you because you may not imagine animals being electrocuted, starved and brutally beaten to death. 

    Shockingly, this is the reality more than 50 billion animals face each year just for fur products alone. This includes not only rabbits, minks, chinchillas, foxes and cows but even cats and dogs. Yes, your “authentic” fur coat could be and probably is partially made out of dog. This is because China is the largest fur export in the world.

    Fur Production Is Cruel Out of all these animals, 85% of them killed for fur are held captive in fur farms. In fur farms these animals will be kept in tight, dirty cages with no room to move and even stuffed with other animals of the same species until they will be eventually skinned alive for fashion.

    One Billion rabbits are killed each year for fur coats, interior decor, fly fishing items and even craft trims. Meanwhile, In China 2 Billion cats are killed each year for their fur. These innocent animals are either hung, electrocuted, beaten with pipes or skinned alive. 1/3 of animals killed for fur in the U.S are killed by crushing crates. This procedure is done by trapping the animal and applying 90 pounds of pressure, crushing the animal until they slowly suffocate internally. All of this horrible violence and animal abuse is for FASHION. 

    Please avoid all cruelty products like leather, animal fur, wool (sheared wool isnt any different, it’s part of skinned sheep too) uggs, fur trimmings in coats and suede. All these items can be replaced with a faux version of the same quality.