4 Things to Know About Starbucks' Pink Drink
1. It's not thick like a strawberry Frappuccino... It's lighter and super fruity! The drink is actually a spin on the Strawberry Acai Refreshers Beverage, which is lightly caffeinated with green coffee extract. But instead of water, the Pink Drink is made with coconut milk. It's like a drinkable pink Starburst!
2. It features freeze-dried fruit, something we love here at Hungryland. The Pink Drink is made with either freeze-dried strawberries or freeze-dried blackberries, both fantastic. Unlike traditional dried fruit (think raisins), freeze-dried fruit isn't shriveled and dense; it's light and airy! (It's also MUCH lower in calories than dried fruit.) On it's own, it's a crispy snack. In drinks, freeze-dried fruit softens and packs a major flavor punch!
3. A Grande Pink Drink contains less than 150 calories! According to the official stats, a 16-oz. Pink Drink has 140 calories, 2.5g fat (2.5g sat. fat), 60mg sodium, 27g carbs, 1g fiber, 24g sugars, and 1g protein (SmartPoints® value 8*). We did the math, and a Tall will run you around 105 calories, while a Venti has roughly 210 calories.
4. You can make a super-low-calorie version at home that we think tastes even better than the original... Here's how!
Entire recipe: 50 calories, 2g total fat (2g sat. fat), 9mg sodium, 6.5g carbs, 1.5g fiber, 5g sugars, <0.5g protein
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5 minutes or less
Half a packet of Crystal Light with Caffeine Wild Strawberry sugar-free powdered drink mix
1/2 cup (4 oz.) unsweetened coconut milk beverage (like the kind by So Delicious)
1 cup (about 8) ice cubes
1/4 cup freeze-dried strawberries
Optional toppings: light whipped topping, cinnamon
Pour about half of the drink mix packet into a tall glass.
Add 1/2 cup (4 oz.) cold water, and stir to dissolve.
Add coconut milk, ice, and freeze-dried fruit. Stir until cold and well mixed.
MAKES 1 SERVING
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