Celebrate spring with these new vegan Starbucks drinks. They’re perfect to drive away the winter blues and sniffles and bring some sunshine into your life.
Iced Golden Ginger Vegan Starbucks Drink
The first new drink is the Iced Golden Ginger Drink. This is described as a “sunny” blend of pineapple, turmeric, and ginger, blended with coconut milk.
Coconut milk is one of our all-time favorite foods and it pairs really well with tropical pineapple. The sweet, rich flavor of the coconut milk is sure to complement the fiery ginger in this new drink from Starbucks. Plus these ingredients are filled with health benefits that can boost your body.
Ginger and turmeric are amazing immune boosters and pineapples are loaded with vitamins and minerals. Not only will this drink taste good, but it will also boost your immune system too. It’s the perfect accompaniment to the vegan diet.
Iced Pineapple Matcha Drink
The other new vegan drink from Starbucks is an Iced Pineapple Matcha Drink, which proclaims itself as a perfect blend of pineapple and matcha with a hint of coconut.
Pineapple, matcha, and coconut all in the same drink? Matcha has long been renowned amongst vegans and non-vegans alike as a tea that can focus the mind and help you get that project finished.
Perhaps try this drink the next time you pass through a Starbucks on your way to work?
Other vegan Starbucks drinks
Starbucks offers other dairy-free options such as soy, coconut milk, and almond milk in all its coffees and lattes. You can ask your barista to replace normal dairy milk with any of the above plant-based milk options.
Be sure to ask him or her to hold off any other animal products such as whipped cream or whey protein. Aim for staple products such as their coffees or lattes instead of smoothies that may contain non-vegan ingredients in things like cinnamon dolce topping or java chips.
Oddly, Starbucks is still one of the few coffee shops that charge extra for plant-based milk. This has caused a great deal of frustration nationwide as people are forced to pay extra for something that they don’t see as an extra but as a replacement. The vegan community is currently placing pressure on Starbucks to remove the “vegan tax” so hopefully there’ll be good news soon!
Our vegan thoughts
We love the fact that coconut milk is a feature of these drinks and not a dairy alternative. We feel that this is a great step in the right direction towards making plant-based options more accessible to all. It also provides more variety to those who may be restricted to what they can and can’t eat due to dairy intolerances.
By making drinks that not only taste good but also benefit your health and environment, more people will be open to adopting a “flexitarian diet” or to at least including more plant-based products into their foods. This is a win-win situation for everyone!
We’re looking forward to trying these new vegan alternatives to the Starbucks family this coming spring.