We have some great news for you! What would you say if we told you that with each sip from that trademark white and green cup, your favorite coffeehouse, Starbucks, has been secretly making efforts to make you look prettier? Surprised? Well, we thought so.
We love Starbucks because it understands us and meets our needs. When we feel low, it’s there, sitting in the big cup saying nothing, yet comforting us like a good friend. When we hang out with our friends, it adds excitement (thanks to the caffeine rush) to our conversations, and when you can’t figure out where to go for a first date, rest assured, Starbucks won’t let you down. It’s not just a coffeehouse—it’s an emotion—a connection that only Starbucks loyal fans would comprehend.
The premium coffeehouse has hooked up with expert nutritionist, Sarah Bond, to make our daily coffee fix healthy. Bond has her own web site, Live Eat Learn, which is all about healthy eating. Together with Starbucks, they formulated a few drinks with nutrients that will enhance our skin, and essentially make us more attractive.
Here are the drinks you must try next time you visit Starbucks.
Iced Skinny Mocha
Spring and summer will be here soon, so this could be your new go-to drink next season. “This drink has a nice balance of healthy macros and high nutrients, at 90 calories and one gram of fat, this drink provides 7 grams of protein, 15% daily value of calcium, and 45% daily value of iron,” says nutritionist Sarah Bond. Protein is actually good for the hair, skin and nails, while iron fights hair loss and brings a healthy glow to the skin. Bond assures that the drink is a nice balance between sweet taste and healthy.
Along with decadent coffee varieties, Starbucks prepares healthy teas as well. It has an array of tea choices to choose from like green tea and black tea, with flavors like chamomile and mint. Green and black tea are rich in antioxidants that eliminate free radicals and prevent premature aging. On the other hand, chamomile calms the skin and reduces inflammation and redness, while spearmint can reduce acne.
Green Tea Crème Frappuccino
As the name suggests, this drink could be the new best friend of those who are health-conscious. High in calories and fat, the Green Tea Creme Frappuccino is also rich in vitamins A and C, and calcium, too. Vitamin A keeps the skin firm and moisturized, while vitamin C boosts the immune system to keep you healthy and glowing. Calcium is known to be be good for teeth, but it’s also great for skin as it helps in its regeneration and retains moisture. However, if you skin is prone to acne, then replace the frappuccino with a green tea latte and add coconut milk to it.
Sarah Bond recommends to drink the smoothies as they are loaded with vitamins and minerals. She also says that that the orange-mango smoothie is high in vitamins A and C. Starbucks also has a new selection of Evolution Fresh Cold-Pressed Juice Smoothies on its menu. These juices are made of 100% pressed juice and non-fat Greek yogurt. The yogurt has probiotics which supposedly reduce inflammation in the stomach, which in turn reduces acne breakouts. In addition, the various vitamins and minerals contained in the fruits and greens of these smoothies help boost collagen, remove toxins, and improves complexion.
Matcha is another healthy drink from Starbucks. This green tea flavored drink is rich in antioxidants, theanine, and chlorophyll. What makes this drink more special is the Japanese green tea used in it. Healthy and exotic, Matcha promises to fight cancer, keep us alert, help lose weight, and give a robust glow to the skin.
Secret Tip: Unexpected Starbucks Beauty Product
Did you know that the napkins from Starbucks are really good at absorbing oil? Cosmetic chemists and beauty bloggers vouch for it. Yes, they are that good! According to experts, any absorbent fiber can soak up oil, so there is no reason why a Starbucks napkin wouldn’t work. Although the type of fibers used to make a Starbucks napkin are still unknown, they are good enough wipe the oily sheen off your face.
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Nutritionist Sarah Bond, http://www.liveeatlearn.com/