It can be difficult at times to maintain a plant smart, vegan diet when going to restaurants. Starbucks, the international coffee chain, is one of the more unassuming places that you would expect to have trouble maintaining your vegan diet. I think the reason for this stems from the simple fact that coffee in its purest form is a plant-based food source. It is not the simple black coffee that we struggle with, but the larger reality that many of us do not just enjoy a black cup of joe. Rather, once we begin exploring lattes, Frappuccino’s, and other mixed drinks found on the rather large menu, we begin to notice how little ingredients used here and there go against our vegan lifestyles. While it isn’t too difficult to have a vegan Starbucks outing with a little bit of educating beforehand, as identified in our article, The Best Vegan Starbucks Options to Keep You Plant Smart, we have also put together a little list of definite no-no’s for when you visit Starbucks next here for your convenience.
It is hard to deny that modern man loves coffee. I personally have become a fan of coffee substitutes since I stopped drinking “regular” coffee, but I have keenly noticed the increase in popularity of the major corporate coffee chain: Starbucks. I’ve started thinking about the best choices available for those of us working day in and day out to live a plant smart lifestyle, yet for those of you who still want coffee from Starbucks to be an occasional hard-to-resist treat. As it turns out, Starbucks is an unexpected minefield for those wanting to only eat (and drink) vegan.
I’d be the first admit, it is not always easy to achieve this. With so many product options at a major coffeehouse like Starbucks, it is easy to understand why you could become overwhelmed by the choices, and not really know what ingredients may be incorporated into your drink!
The simplest choices are sometimes the easiest to acknowledge as being vegan Starbucks options. A black coffee or tea are always going to be safe options, but I think we would all agree, few people go to Starbucks just for a really simple drink like this. As a result, it can be most beneficial for you to be aware of the best vegan Starbucks options available to you before even stepping foot inside this place of business.
Coffee has been the notorious drink of hard working folks who have struggled to fully wake up in the morning. We all know this. What you may not know is that caffeinated coffee can have many negative effects on your overall health. Of course, if you drink in moderation or as an occasional treat, you will not likely experience any long term negative effects (if any at all!). I personally have made the complete switch to coffee substitutes as a favorable alternative to coffee because of the negative impact caffeine addiction was having on my mind and body for many years. I realized this especially on days when I would have headaches and feel jittery when I didn't have a cup or two. I grew to learn about the consequences of this type of "unspoken" addiction, and knew that I had to quit the drink for good.
Of course, as with many things in life, quitting was a struggle at times. I initially worked to lower the amount of coffee I drank each day, but eventually found that if I would drink 1 cup of coffee, it would lead to a slippery slope of wanting to drink more!
This experience is fundamentally the nature of addiction - to have this craving that is difficult to suppress without caving into the demand of your body. The decision to quit completely has positively impacted my health as was made in conjunction with my movement towards a plant-based, plant-smart diet.
Since I have been drinking coffee substitutes regularly, I thought I would share with you 4 great coffee alternatives you may have never heard about before and would like to try. These are, of course, products I have used and wouldn't recommend without enjoying the taste and getting some pleasure out of them.