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How to Keep Keto at Starbucks

Let’s face it: Ordering out on the keto diet(even for something as simple as coffee) can be more than challenging. Is that really low-carb? How about sugar-free? Where exactly does the chocolate flavor come from? And, yes, this even includes popular fast-food places like Starbucks, where the overwhelming number of drink and food options on the menu can make ordering complicated.

Luckily, Instagram has become the go-to resource for keto dieters who just can’t quit their daily Starbucks habit. Users of the social platform are sharing their secret keto-approved orders under the #ketostarbuckshashtag. Here, experts share the keto-approved Starbucks orders you should keep in mind so you can get your caffeine fix without jeopardizing your ketosis. (Then peep these other keto-friendly drinks that’ll keep you in ketosis when you’re not at the ‘bucks.)

If You Just *Can’t* Do Black Coffee

Let’s get one thing straight: Black coffee (whether it’s espresso, cold brew, iced coffee, or traditional drip) is entirely keto-friendly. But if you can’t tolerate the bitter taste or are looking for something a little sweeter to jump-start your morning, ditch the venti frappuccino and opt for a refreshing tall Caffè Americano Coffee instead, recommends licensed integrative nutritionist Kelly Boyer.

“I always order a hot tall Caffè Americano Coffee at Starbucks, but ask to have it served in a venti iced-coffee cup with ice, and with about an inch of room at the top,” says Boyer. Then add heavy cream, cinnamon, and nutmeg to your cup yourself, since it’ll save you money and steer you away from artificial sweeteners that are not keto-approved, she says. (She calls it a “Snickerdoodle Shake.”) Still not sweet enough? You can add stevia, which is allowed on the keto diet.

If You Want Something Instagram-able

Even the Instagram-famous pink drink can get the keto treatment. Try ordering the drink with passion iced tea, sugar-free vanilla syrup, heavy whipping cream, and some ice, suggests Urvashi Pitre, author of The Keto Instant Pot Cookbook: Ketogenic Diet Pressure Cookers Made Easy and Fast. And to get that frozen texture you crave, just ask your barista to blend this beverage like a frappuccino.

If You Need a Sub for Bulletproof Coffee

If your keto day always starts with buttery Bulletproof coffee, a plain black coffee just won’t do. Pitre loves to order this bulletproof stand-in when she’s fasting: Ask your barista for Grande Espresso Coffee over ice with some heavy whipping cream and two pumps of sugar-free cinnamon dolce syrup.

If You Need a Sub for Bulletproof Coffee

If your keto day always starts with buttery Bulletproof coffee, a plain black coffee just won’t do. Pitre loves to order this bulletproof stand-in when she’s fasting: Ask your barista for Grande Espresso Coffee over ice with some heavy whipping cream and two pumps of sugar-free cinnamon dolce syrup.

If You Need a Snack

Starbucks protein boxes also can be a keto-safe snack at Starbucks, but registered dietitian Haley Hughes recommends only eating the nuts, eggs, and cheese items inside. Fruits like apples and grapes are often included in the Eggs & Cheese and Cheese & Fruit variants of the boxes, but they are high in carbohydrates, she says. (You can definitely add it to the list of best healthy packaged keto snacks you can buy.)

If You Need a Filling Lunch or Dinner

Salad choices at Starbucks can be a bit tricky since there’s an array of tempting bowls that offer hearty greens and protein. However, Thompson suggests that the Chicken & Greens Caesar Salad Bowl is the best keto-friendly option on the Starbucks menu, with only 10 grams of carbs in total.

This article originally appeared on Shape.com

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