So, you’re a Starbucks girly. Me too! If you’re a newly expecting mom you’re probably trying to figure out how you’re going to kick your coffee habit for the next 9 months. Well, I’ve got some good news for you. You don’t have to! There are plenty of non-caffeinated drinks at Starbucks that are perfectly safe for pregnancy.
You can have a little caffeine daily (discuss exact amounts with your doctor!) but you still might find yourself looking for a caffeine-free choice every now and then, which is exactly when this guide will come in handy.
Wait, I can’t have caffeine?
Pregnancy is an extraordinary journey that brings about quite a few changes in a woman’s life, including dietary restrictions. One of the restrictions I was always most worried about; limiting my caffeine intake! I love my morning coffee and the occasional Diet Coke. What can I say?
While caffeine is generally considered safe in moderation (200 mg/day), excessive consumption may have adverse effects on both the mother and the developing baby.
Caffeine, a naturally occurring stimulant found in coffee, tea, and other beverages, can cross the placenta and affect your developing baby. High caffeine intake has been linked to an increased risk of miscarriage, preterm birth, low birth weight, and developmental delays. Moreover, caffeine can also lead to sleep disturbances and dehydration in pregnant women.
Fortunately, there are numerous non-caffeinated alternatives that can provide hydration, flavor, and enjoyment without the stimulating effects of caffeine. These beverages offer pregnant women a wide range of options to satisfy their cravings and stay hydrated throughout their pregnancy journey.
13 of the Best Non-Caffeinated Drinks at Starbucks
Decaf Iced Coffee
How to Order: Hi, can I please get a Grande decaf iced coffee with (milk of choice) and (syrup of choice)?
Starting off really simple here… just make your go-to coffee order decaf! Keep in mind, decaf coffee does still have a small amount of caffeine in it. At 25 mg in a Grande, it is well below the typical recommended daily max of 200 mg.
Calories and Nutrition Dependent on milk & syrups, 25 mg of caffeine in a Grande
Decaf Caramel Macchiato
How to Order: Hi, can I please get a Grande Decaf Caramel Macchiato?
That’s right, you can also get your favorite espresso-based drinks decaf! That includes everything from your beloved caramel macchiato to a skinny vanilla latte.
Decaf White Mocha with Cold Foam – My Favorite Decaf Order!
How to Order: Hi, can I please get a Grande Decaf White Mocha with Cold Foam?
I am a sucker for a sweet but still coffee-leaning iced drink. This drink is perfectly creamy and you honestly won’t notice it’s decaf.
You can add a caramel drizzle if you’re feeling extra, it takes the drink to a whole new level!
Caramel Ribbon Crunch Crème Frappuccino
How to Order: Hi, can I please get a Grande Caramel Ribbon Crunch Crème Frappuccino?
You can get a caffeine-free version of the classic Frappuccino by ordering a “cream frappuccino”. These are made with flavored syrups, milk, and ice. These are perfect for mamas craving a creamy and icy treat.
The Caramel Ribbon Crunch flavor satisfies my coffee craving the best.
Strawberry Crème Frappuccino
How to Order: Hi, can I please get a Grande Strawberry Crème Frappuccino?
Another cream frappuccino option, the Strawberry Crème blends together ice, milk, and strawberry puree. The sweetness of strawberries with this creamy and indulgent blended beverage is hard to beat. It comes with whipped cream, so be sure to specify if you want that or not.
This is also a great drink for any little ones tagging along on your Starbucks trips!
Peach Tranquility Tea
How to Order: Hi, can I please get a Grande Peach Tranquility Tea?
Starbucks offers a variety of herbal tea options such as Mint Majesty, Peach Tranquility, and Passion Tango. Simply ask for a cup of your preferred herbal tea, hot or iced. You can also add sugar or milk depending on your tea preferences.
My favorite is the Peach Tranquility Tea with flavors of peach, candied pineapple, chamomile blossoms, lemon verbena, and rose hips.
Keep in mind, if you order this tea iced it will take some time for them to brew it and then put it over ice to cool.
Strawberry Açaí Refresher
How to Order: Hi, can I please get a Grande Strawberry Açaí Refresher?
The fruit-infused refreshers are the best thirst-quenching option for hot summer days! My favorite is the Strawberry Açaí Refresher which has passion fruit and açaí flavors along with real strawberry pieces.
Hack; to make this drink even sweeter you can sub out the water base for peach or apple juice!
100 calories, 21g sugar, 0g fat, and 45 mg of caffeine in a Grande
Iced Passion Tango Tea Lemonade
How to Order: Hi, can I please get a Grande Iced Passion Tango Tea Lemonade?
A tangy and sweet combination of Passion Tango Tea and lemonade served over ice, this drink offers a burst of refreshing flavors. It is a popular option even for those who aren’t particularly looking for a non-caffeinated drink.
Bonus, it’s pretty low in calories too!
Iced Black Tea Lemonade
How to Order: Hi, can I please get a Grande Iced Black Tea Lemonade?
Okay, this is basically just an Arnold Palmer but that doesn’t mean it isn’t dang delicious! They shake up their sweetened black tea with refreshing lemonade to create this tasty treat.
50 calories, 11g sugar, 0g fat, and 25 mg of caffeine in a Grande
London Fog Tea Latte
How to Order: Hi, can I please get a Grande London Fog?
This classic tea has subtle hints of lavender and vanilla and is topped with frothy milk. It’s the perfect way to warm up on a gloomy day.
This tea does have a bit more caffeine than the other options on this list but is still well below the recommended daily limit.
180 calories, 29g sugar, 4g fat, and 40 mg of caffeine in a Grande
Vanilla Crème Steamer
How to Order: Hi, can I please get a Grande Vanilla Crème Steamer?
The steamers are like sipping on a cloud of warm frothy milk and vanilla. Think of an espresso latte… without any of the espresso.
I prefer the Vanilla Créme but you can also get a plain milk steamer and add any syrups flavors to it you like.
Caramel Apple Spice
How to Order: Hi, can I please get a Grande Caramel Apple Spice?
If you’re pregnant during the fall, I highly recommend considering making this your drink of choice. It is steamed apple juice with cinnamon syrup topped with whipped cream and caramel drizzle, it tastes just like an apple cider you’d get at the pumpkin patch.
How to Order: Hi, can I please get a Grande Hot Chocolate?
Indulge in a comforting cup of hot chocolate made with steamed milk and rich cocoa. You can add whipped cream or flavored syrups for extra delight.
Personally, I am a fan of Peppermint Hot Chocolate year-round.
As you can see, pregnancy doesn’t mean you have to miss out on your Starbucks favorites! From herbal teas to fruity infusions and creamy delights, there are plenty of non-caffeinated drinks at Starbucks to suit every palate.
However, make sure to discuss your caffeine intake with your care provider so that you can set a daily limit together! Every pregnancy is different.
Frequently Asked Questions
What drink at Starbucks does not have caffeine in it?
Here are a few drinks at Starbucks with 0 mg of caffeine; Caramel Apple Spice, Iced Passion Tango Tea Lemonade, Caramel Ribbon Crunch Crème Frappuccino, and the Vanilla Crème Steamer.
What are the best decaffeinated drinks at Starbucks?
The BEST decaf drink at Starbucks is a Decaf White Mocha with Cold Foam. Other popular options with no caffeine are the Caramel Apple Spice and the Iced Passion Tango Tea Lemonade.
Do Frappuccinos have caffeine?
Most Frappuccinos do have caffeine due to their coffee base. However, you can request a créme base frappuccino if you are looking for a non-caffeinated drink.
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