Throughout my undergraduate years I worked as a barista at the Starbucks across the street from my college—and I honestly enjoyed almost every minute of it. I came from a small town and always thought Starbucks was the peak of sophistication, so when I moved to the city for school, I was so excited to land the job.
Nearly a decade later and I still hold fond memories of my time there—I met some of my best college friends at Starbucks and every time I order a beverage I think fondly of my experience.
All that to say, when my editor asked me to drink a frappuccino every single day for a week and to report back on what happened, I thought it would be a walk in the park. In my early twenties, having a frappuccino (or two…) everyday was just a part of my lifestyle and I thought swapping my morning espresso with a sugary sweet beverage would be akin to reliving those carefree days, and, well, it was, until it wasn’t.
Here’s what happened when I indulged in a Starbucks frappuccino every day for a week—let’s just say it definitely wasn’t as fun as it sounds.
I was so excited to start this challenge. I haven’t had a frappuccino in years, usually opting for an iced americano instead, so I excitedly ordered one of my old favorites: a caramel frappuccino with soy milk. To be honest, I sort of forgot just how sugary sweet they are and while I definitely enjoyed every last sip, I made a mental note to get it half sweet and with no whipped cream moving forward.
I also made the mistake of looking up the calories in a frappuccino and kind of wish I didn’t—a grande caramel frappuccino with soy milk and regular whipped cream is nearly 400 calories! I’m trying to eat around 1,500 calories per day at the moment so this takes quite a chunk out of what I can eat during the day!
Today I decided to go a little lighter and get a soy, half sweet, green tea frappuccino with no whipped cream. It was definitely more manageable than the ultra sweet coffee milkshake I went for the day before—I guess my taste has changed since my Starbucks barista days.
By the third day, I had grown accustomed to getting a little afternoon pick me up and really looked forward to my trip out to Starbucks. That said, I also noticed that drinking a syrup-heavy beverage made me crave more sweets. I actually picked up a chocolate chip cookie along with my frappuccino to bring home and snack on later in the day.
By today I was really longing for a regular iced coffee—I usually eat pretty clean and my body has definitely not retained the same ability to metabolize sugary drinks as it did when I was in college. I felt sluggish and heavy as I headed out to Starbucks and opted for a soy, half sweet coffee frappuccino, but even as I attempted to go lighter on the sugar, I still ended up ordering a pack of French Madeleines to go with it.
I won’t lie here—I’m pretty happy this is my last day having a frappuccino in place of my regular coffee. I love a sweet indulgence from time to time, but drinking one every day definitely took the allure out of the beverage. I also don’t love the fact that it seemed to draw out further sugar cravings. I’m definitely looking forward to my regular black iced coffee tomorrow—and won’t be indulging in any other sugary treats for the next little while!