Starbucks is one of my favorite places to stop when I’m on a road trip, but I had no idea how much sodium its meals and drinks had until I did my research.
Now that I’ve examined its menu, I can confidently say which menu items are great low-sodium options.
The best low-sodium drinks and meals at Starbucks are:
- Iced Teas (5-180mg)
- Cold Brew Coffee (10-390mg)
- Shaken Espresso (0-105mg)
- Hot Chocolate (105-330mg)
- Hot/Iced Lattes (50-340mg)
- Strawberry Overnight Grains (15mg)
- Frappuccinos (80mg-160mg)
- Starbucks Refreshers (10-125mg)
- Dipped Madeleines (100mg)
- Berry Trio Parfait (125mg)
- Rolled & Steel Cut Oatmeal (140mg)
- Egg Bites – Select Varieties (340-470mg)
- Eggs & Cheddar Protein Box (470mg)
- Baked Goods – Select Varieties (95-490mg)
To help you find a low-sodium menu item from Starbucks that you’ll enjoy, I’ve laid out all the meal options and drink flavors that will help you reduce your sodium intake. I’ve also explained how to customize your order to lower your sodium intake even further.
Is Starbucks High In Sodium?
No, Starbucks is not high in sodium. It has more menu items that are low in sodium (less than 500mg) than menu items that are high in sodium (greater than 700mg).
There are still menu items at Starbucks that contain a lot of sodium, but most of its menu items have low to moderate amounts of sodium. This makes it a great fast food option for those trying to lower their sodium intake.
Other fast food restaurants that are good options for low-sodium meals are:
What Is Considered Low-Sodium at Starbucks?
Menu items that are considered low in sodium at Starbucks are those that have less than 500mg of sodium per serving. This recommendation is based on the recommended amount of sodium per day of 2300mg per day for healthy adults or 1200 to 1500mg for those trying to reduce their sodium consumption.
If you’re having three meals per day (as most people do), then based on the daily recommendation of 1200 to 1500mg of sodium when trying to lower your sodium intake, each meal should have between 400 to 500mg of sodium.
If one of your meals is higher than 500mg of sodium, your other meals of the day would have to contain even less sodium for you to meet the daily recommendation of 1200 to 1500mg.
Considering that many foods naturally contain sodium, it could be difficult to stay within the daily recommendation if you’re overdoing it in one meal.
- Related Article: How Much Sodium Is A Low-Sodium Diet?
A FeastGood Nutrition Coach can help you design a low sodium meal plan and diet that works for you.
Tips To Reduce Sodium at Starbucks
Although most items at Starbucks are considered low in sodium, if you want to reduce your sodium intake further, you should do the following:
- Order a smaller size drink
- Opt for tea-based drinks
- Skip the baked goods
Order a Smaller Size Drink
To reduce your sodium intake further at Starbucks, order a tall (small) or a grande (medium) rather than a venti (large) or a trenta (extra-large).
A venti Hot Chocolate, for example, has 200mg of sodium, while the tall has 105mg. A trenta Salted Caramel Cream Cold Brew Coffee has 390mg of sodium, while the tall has 230mg.
You can still get your Starbucks fix but save potentially hundreds of milligrams of sodium just by ordering a smaller drink.
Opt for Tea-Based Drinks
Another tip is to order tea-based like regular tea, iced tea, and refreshers over coffee-based drinks like lattes and frappuccinos.
For example, a grande Matcha Tea Latte has 120mg of sodium, while a grande Matcha Lemonade only has 15mg of sodium. You can reduce your sodium consumption by hundreds of milligrams by ordering a different type of drink that still has some similar flavors.
Skip the Baked Goods
If you want food rather than a drink from Starbucks it’s best to avoid the baked goods and opt for egg bites, overnight grains, oatmeal, or protein boxes instead.
One serving of a baked good like the Ham & Swiss Croissant (one 102g piece) has close to 500mg of sodium. But one serving (340g) of the Kale & Mushroom Egg Bites has 340mg of sodium, saving you 160mg of sodium.
Low-Sodium Meals & Drinks At Starbucks: 14 Options
This list consists of Starbucks signature meals and drinks, so it doesn’t include basic items like regular coffee, Americanos, or hot tea. But all of these options will also be low in sodium as they naturally are sodium-free.
1. Iced Teas
Starbucks’ Iced Teas are a low-sodium menu option with only 5 to 30mg of sodium per serving, depending on the flavor and size you order.
Although an iced tea won’t keep you full, it’s perfect for an afternoon energy boost on a hot day.
|Passion Tango Tea Lemonade||5mg||10mg||15mg||20mg|
|Passion Tango Tea||5mg||10mg||15mg||20mg|
|Green Tea Lemonade||5mg||10mg||15mg||20mg|
|Black Tea Lemonade||5mg||10mg||15mg||20mg|
|Peach Green Tea||15mg||20mg||25mg||30mg|
|Peach Green Tea Lemonade||15mg||20mg||25mg||30mg|
2. Cold Brew Coffees
Another low-sodium option from Starbucks is its cold brew coffees, which have between 10 to 390mg of sodium, depending on the flavor and size you choose.
The lowest sodium flavor is the plain cold brew with no added flavor, which has up to 25mg of sodium.
The highest is the salted caramel with 390mg. As a rule of thumb, anything that has “salted” in the title is probably high in sodium.
|Plain Cold Brew||10mg||15mg||20mg||25mg|
|Vanilla Sweet Cream||20mg||25mg||35mg||45mg|
|Salted Caramel Cream||230mg||300mg||350mg||390mg|
3. Shaken Espresso
Starbucks’ shaken espresso is also low in sodium and perfect for those cold coffee lovers who need a caffeine boost. The shaken espresso has between 0 to 105mg of sodium, making it an excellent option for those trying to reduce their sodium intake.
I highly recommend the Brown Sugar Oatmilk flavor – it seriously tastes amazing.
|Plain Shaken Espresso||0mg||0mg||0mg|
|Toasted Vanilla Oatmilk||45mg||60mg||85mg|
|Brown Sugar Oatmilk||90mg||115mg||180mg|
|Chocolate Almond Milk||55mg||80mg||105mg|
4. Hot Chocolate
If you’re looking for a caffeine-free low-sodium drink from Starbucks, Hot Chocolate is the way to go, ranging from 105 to 330mg of sodium.
I would pair a tall-size hot chocolate (105mg) with the chocolate-dipped madeleine (100mg) for a sweet treat with only 205mg of sodium in total.
|White Hot Chocolate||200mg||260mg||330mg|
5. Hot/Iced Lattes
All Starbucks latte flavors and sizes are low in sodium, with between 50 to 340mg, depending on the flavor and size you choose.
Grabbing a latte to start your day or as an afternoon caffeine boost won’t skyrocket your sodium intake. But if you’re pairing it with food, you should ensure the combo of latte and food isn’t too high in sodium (ideally < 500mg).
|Apple Crisp Oatmilk (Macchiato)||170mg||230mg||340mg|
|White Chocolate Mocha||150mg||200mg||280mg|
|London Fog Tea Latte||50mg||70mg||100mg|
|Chai Tea Latte||80mg||110mg||160mg|
|Matcha Tea Latte||90mg||120mg||180mg|
6. Strawberry Overnight Grains
Starbucks’ Strawberry Overnight Grains are its version of overnight oatmeal, which is a fantastic option for those reducing their sodium intake because it only has 15mg per 155g serving.
These overnight grains are a great low-sodium grab-and-go breakfast option that also tastes good. The Strawberry Overnight Grains contain oatmeal and strawberries with coconut and almonds for some added texture.
Frappuccinos are frozen blended drinks with caffeine, flavor, and ice. They are typically topped with whipped cream. They are definitely a dessert-style coffee, but they’re also low enough in sodium to be considered a low-sodium option.
All flavors and sizes of frappuccinos are low in sodium, with between 160mg and 380mg of sodium.
|Mocha Cookie Crumble||200mg||270mg||360mg|
|Caramel Ribbon Crunch||200mg||280mg||380mg|
8. Starbucks Refreshers
Starbucks Refreshers are another low-sodium option with between 10 to 125mg of sodium, depending on the flavor and size you order.
A refresher is a cold drink that contains fruit juice and green coffee extract for a hint of caffeine. Green coffee extract is coffee that has been extracted from unroasted green coffee beans, which have less caffeine than regular coffee beans.
|Mango Dragonfruit Lemonade||10mg||15mg||20mg||25mg|
|Strawberry Acai Lemonade||10mg||15mg||20mg||25mg|
Starbucks’ plain madeleines and chocolate-dipped madeleines have 120mg and 100mg of sodium, respectively, making them low-sodium options for those looking for a sweet treat to curb their sweet tooth.
The madeleines would pair well with a coffee for an afternoon pick-me-up or as a morning snack to hold you over until lunchtime.
10. Berry Trio Parfait
The Berry Trio Parfait from Starbucks is a great breakfast or snack option with only 125mg of sodium per serving (164g container). This parfait has 14 grams of protein to help curb cravings and keep you full until your next meal or snack.
The Berry Trio Parfait contains creamy nonfat vanilla yogurt, a mixed berry compote, and granola for some texture.
11. Rolled & Steel Cut Oatmeal
Another low-sodium option from Starbucks is the Rolled & Steel Cut Oatmeal, which only has 140mg per 100g serving of oatmeal.
The oatmeal is a great breakfast option with 7 grams of fiber and 8 grams of protein to help keep you full for longer.
It also tastes great because it’s served with dried fruit, a nut medley, and brown sugar that help to enhance its flavor.
12. Egg Bites
Starbucks’ egg bites, particularly the Kale & Mushroom Egg Bites and Egg White & Roasted Red Pepper Egg Bites, are low-sodium options for those looking for a quick protein boost.
|Kale & Mushroom Egg Bites||340mg|
|Egg White & Roasted Red Pepper Egg Bites||470mg|
13. Eggs & Cheddar Protein Box
One exciting low-sodium option from Starbucks is the Eggs & Cheddar Protein Box, jam-packed with protein-rich ingredients to help you meet your protein goals and keep you full for longer.
I love that this box has less than 500mg of sodium (470mg), making it a low-sodium option that contains tons of nutrients, which is rare in a fast-food restaurant.
14. Baked Goods
If you’re in the mood for a baked good but want to keep your sodium intake low, you’re in luck because 14 of Starbucks’ baked goods are low in sodium. Starbucks baked goods range from 95 to 490mg of sodium.
|Petite Vanilla Bean Scone||95mg|
|Lime Frosted Coconut Bar||200mg|
|Double Chocolate Brownie||220mg|
|Cinnamon Coffee Cake||270mg|
|Iced Lemon Loaf||300mg|
|Pumpkin Cream Cheese Muffins||430mg|
|Ham & Swiss Croissant||490mg|
Meals To Avoid
The meals to avoid at Starbucks are those with more than 1000mg of sodium because this is a very high sodium intake for a single food item.
Surprisingly, Starbucks doesn’t have any menu items that are extremely high in sodium. This is rare, considering most fast food restaurants have many menu items with over 1500mg of sodium (especially Burger King).
- Less than 500mg = low sodium
- 500mg – 750mg = average
- 751mg – 1000mg = high sodium
- 1001mg – 1500mg = very high sodium
- Greater than 1500mg = extremely high sodium
The meals and drinks to avoid at Starbucks when trying to watch your sodium intake are:
- Crispy Grilled Cheese on Sourdough (1040mg)
- Bacon, Sausage & Egg Wrap (1090mg)
- Turkey, Provolone & Pesto on Ciabatta (1190mg)
- Ham & Swiss on Baguette (1210mg)
Frequently Asked Questions
How Much Sodium Is in a Starbucks Latte?
Lattes from Starbucks range from 50 to 340mg of sodium across all flavors and sizes. The lowest sodium flavor is a regular caffe late, and the highest sodium flavor is apple crisp oatmilk macchiato.
How Much Sodium Is in a Starbucks Frappuccino?
Frappuccinos from Starbucks range from 160 to 380mg of sodium depending on the size and flavor. The flavors with the least amount of sodium are the caffe latte and regular caramel, and the flavor with the highest amount of sodium is the caramel ribbon crunch.
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About The Author
Amanda Parker is an author, nutrition coach, and Certified Naturopath. She works with bodybuilders, Olympic weightlifters, and powerlifters to increase performance through nutrition and lifestyle coaching.