Smoothies At Starbucks

By on May 3, 2017

Starbucks customers visit Starbucks regularly for a number of different reasons. From their tasty bakery items to their deliciously pressed brews, people find themselves visiting Starbucks time and time again. There is just something about that place that gets you hooked! It may be the caffeine addiction that keeps us going back, but no one will really ever know what it is. It definitely varies on a person by person basis, so we can’t pinpoint just one thing. Come on, who could with how many different varieties and options Starbucks offers their customers?

A lot of people don’t come to realize on their own that Starbucks even serves smoothies. It tends to go right over their heads. It’s understandable, though, not every average coffee shop has that desired smoothie enjoying option for you. Starbucks does, though and that rocks! Because not only are they a great, refreshing beverage, but they are also pretty good for you, too!

What is a smoothie?

The dictionary describes a smoothie as a thick, smooth drink made from pureed fruit with milk, yogurt or ice cream.

Nowadays it is more commonly seen that smoothies are made with yogurts. Whether it’s greek on regular yogurt depends on the individual or business’s preference.

How does Starbucks make their smoothies?

Starbucks definitely steps outside the traditional box of smoothie making. Although they have the textures and flavors figured out, they create the smoothie a little bit differently than most others make theirs. What sets Starbucks smoothies apart from your average smoothie is that it isn’t quite as sweet. Their smoothies are not great for satisfying someone with a huge sweet tooth. They are definitely more played down and they really focus on the fruity flavors, without overwhelming their customers with unhealthy sugars added in.

Starbucks always uses one whole banana in their smoothies. Some smoothies are made with fresh bananas while others are made with frozen bananas. Although the flavor will be much brighter with fresh bananas, you won’t usually notice a difference if your barista uses the frozen bananas available to them. If anything, the only noticeable outcome is that frozen bananas create a thicker texture to the smoothie.

Starbucks adds up to two scoops of protein powder into all of their smoothies. This addition is one of the main reasons that Starbucks smoothies are less sweet than the average smoothie. Protein powder has a very powerful flavor and although it’s not really noticeable when you are consuming your beverage, it can lessen the sweetness of the drink overall. Starbucks uses their own brand of whey and fiber protein mix powder. It has 1g of fiber per every scoop. So that means every smoothie has about 2g of fiber from the protein powder alone. You can request to put protein powder in many other drinks besides smoothies, as well.

Are Starbucks smoothies safe for the lactose intolerant or people with food allergies?

The answer is no, not really, unless you tweak your order. That is not always a guarantee either. Even though you can substitute the milk in smoothies, you cannot take the small amounts of milk out of the protein powder. However, you are more than welcome to ask your barista to avoid putting any protein powder into your smoothie.

Starbucks puts a disclaimer on their website under all of their smoothies:

We cannot guarantee that any of our products are free from allergens (including dairy, eggs, soy, tree nuts, wheat and others) as we use shared equipment to store, prepare and serve them.”

What are the milk options for Starbucks smoothies?

  • %2 milk
  • 1% milk
  • Whole milk
  • Nonfat milk
  • Soy milk
  • Almond milk

What kinds of smoothies does Starbucks offer?

Starbucks smoothie options just keep growing and growing. They have added a whole new line of smoothies alongside of their original smoothies.

Let’s start off with the originals:

(All nutrition content was found on

Orange Mango Smoothie

A whole banana is blended with all natural orange mango juice. Milk, greek yogurt and their whey protein mix powder is added with ice. The orange mango juice is unsweetened and yet it tastes as good as ever!  Since this smoothie is not very sweet on it’s own, you can always add some of the sweeteners there are at Starbucks, or add the sweetener of your preference.

It is made with 2% milk unless it is requested otherwise by the customer.

Calories 270 Calories from Fat 15
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 1.5g 2%
Saturated Fat 0.5g 2%
Trans Fat 0g
Cholesterol 5mg 2%
Sodium 0mg 0%
Total Carbohydrate 53g 18%
Dietary Fiber 6g 24%
Sugars 37g
Protein 16g

Strawberry Smoothie

Strawberry smoothies are an amazing blessing to this earth and if you ever order a smoothie from Starbucks you should try this one! It’s everything that is good about smoothies in this world.

A whole banana is mixed with a strawberry puree base, milk and whey/fiber protein mixture. They use the same puree in this as they do in their strawberries and creme frappuccino, which is also extremely delicious.

This smoothie is also made with 2% milk unless otherwise requested by the customer.

Calories 300 Calories from Fat 15
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 2g 3%
Saturated Fat 1g 5%
Trans Fat 0g
Cholesterol 5mg 2%
Sodium 130mg 5%
Total Carbohydrate 60g 20%
Dietary Fiber 7g 28%
Sugars 41g
Protein 16g

Chocolate Smoothie

Yep, you read that right! Starbucks offers a delicious chocolate smoothie for those hot days where you just aren’t digging the whole super fruity vibe.

Starbucks take one whole banana and blends it with mocha flavored sauce, whey protein and milk.

They will also use 2% milk unless otherwise requested by the customer. This smoothie has the most protein, but on the downside it has more calories than the previously listed smoothies. Feel free to ask your barista to add a shot or two of espresso to this smoothie. Not only will you get a jolt of energy you need, but you will also add richness to the flavor of the smoothie. Sounds good, doesn’t it?

Calories 320 Calories from Fat 45
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 5g 8%
Saturated Fat 3g 15%
Trans Fat 0g
Cholesterol 15mg 5%
Sodium 170mg 7%
Total Carbohydrate 53g 18%
Dietary Fiber 8g 32%
Sugars 34g
Protein 20g

Now that you have had a glance at the original smoothies Starbucks offers, we can move on to their newer line of Evolution Fresh Smoothies. These smoothies are made from their cold press Evolution Fresh brand juices. These are juices made from all natural resources with no added sugars or preservatives. They also use Dannon nonfat greek yogurt in these smoothies.

The nutritional value for these smoothies is not offered on the website.

Evolution Fresh Strawberry Banana Smoothie

Apple, banana and nonfat greek yogurt are added to Starbucks already delicious strawberry smoothie to create this masterpiece.

Evolution Fresh Sweet Greens Smoothie

Green veggie juice is combined with mango, banana and nonfat greek yogurt to give you this awesome smoothie. It is so refreshing!

Evolution Fresh Mango Carrot Smoothie

Mango and carrot are fused together in this smoothie alongside nonfat greek yogurt. Yum!

Strawberry Blended Lemonade

Okay, so technically this isn’t a smoothie, but it definitely comes close! Some say it is the perfect mix between a frappuccino and a smoothie. It does not have any dairy in it whatsoever, so it’s perfect if you are aiming to be lactose free in your smoothie endeavors.

Starbucks makes this drink by mixing lemonade and strawberry puree. They then thicken it and add some sweetness with their frappuccino creme base.

Starbucks also shows you how to make a coffee smoothie at home on their website. This is the perfect recipe for coffee and smoothie lovers alike.

Coffee Smoothie (Serving Size: 1)

Ingredients You Will Need:

  • ¾ cup low-fat vanilla frozen yogurt
  • ¼ cup cold non-fat milk
  • 1 packet of any brand of instant coffee
  • 1 whole banana
  • 1 cup ice

Directions To Create:

Add frozen yogurt, milk, one whole banana, and ice to blender. Blend well and pour into desired container or glass. Enjoy!

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