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9 Best Starbucks Smoothies to Start Your Day

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Starbucks offers a delicious range of smoothies that are the perfect balance of indulgence and freshness, making them the perfect way to start the day. As we walk you through our top selections from Starbucks’ smoothie menu, your morning routine will be elevated. Every sip is a voyage of flavor and vigor, from the colorful and nutrient-dense Berry Protein Smoothie to the creamy and tropical Mango Dragonfruit Smoothie. Starbucks has created the ideal smoothie for you, whether you’re a fruit lover in need of a taste explosion or an exercise enthusiast looking for a protein boost. Come explore the best options that will delight your taste buds and give you a refreshing energy boost to start the day.


Strawberry Blended Lemonade

Strawberry Blended Lemonade
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The Strawberry Blended Lemonade is a delicious, light, refreshing beverage of icy goodness. It’s made with authentic strawberry purée sauce and lemonade, as well as a little of Starbucks’ famous Creme Frappuccino Syrup. Blended all together, this smooth concoction is the perfect solution to a hot, sweaty summer day. Like most Starbucks options, you can always add things to the drink to make it your own. I particularly enjoyed a splash of raspberry syrup to complete the flavor profile to my liking. So don’t be afraid to ask – your barista wants to make sure you have an experience that brings you back.


Orange Mango Smoothie

Orange Mango Smoothie
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Made with protein powder and a whole banana, the Orange Mango Smoothie from Starbucks is a healthy option that’s remarkably delicious and incredibly refreshing. No matter what time of year it is, the smoothie option is good. The smoothie is made with Starbucks protein powder, orange mango purée, a banana, and a dash of milk. The purée is the primary form of liquid in the smoothie, which makes milk less critical to the overall concoction. I’ve come to realize that Starbucks has perfected the art of delicious smoothies that taste real (because they are) and aren’t too sweet. It is a true masterpiece. 


Chocolate Smoothie

Chocolate Smoothie
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You’ll still find a banana in the Chocolate Smoothie from Starbucks, but the rest of this drink is slightly different. It has milk and protein powder, of course. But instead of any fruit or purées, it’s got a couple of pumps of rich dark chocolate sauce. It’s still not too sweet, though. Considering it uses dark chocolate sauce, it is not nearly as sweet as you might expect when you see it. But it is delicious. And it’s got that protein powder, which makes it almost an energy drink. It could be an excellent post-workout smoothie or a meal replacement if you’re really feeling adventurous. 

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Berry Forest Smoothie

Berry Forest Smoothie
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Now, if you haven’t heard, Starbucks has a reasonably extensive secret menu. It’s secret in the sense that you have to be a diehard Starbucks fan to know about these particular items. But that’s why we’re here; to help you learn all about the special drinks you need to try. The Berry Forest Smoothie begins with the Strawberry Créme Frappuccino. Instead of adding milk, have the barista throw some passion tea in there. Next, you want to ask for a little bit of raspberry syrup and whatever freeze-dried berries they might have lying around. Blend it all up, and you’ve got yourself a berry good day.


Berry Vanilla Smoothie

Berry Vanilla Smoothie
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Another secret menu item that your Starbucks barista will gladly whip up for you is the Berry Vanilla Smoothie. You may have to read them the ingredients, but you can rest assured that they’ll mix up something delicious and delightful with the proper prompting. You can start with the classic Vanilla Bean Créme Frappuccino. Ask your barista to throw in a little coconut milk, a couple of scoops of those freeze-dried berries, and a banana. Blend that up and top it with whipped cream for good measure. I think this is possibly one of the most refreshing Starbucks secret menu options out there.


Cinnamon Dolce Smoothie

Cinnamon Dolce Smoothie
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I’ve talked about many delicious, refreshing smoothies that you can find at Starbucks. Quite a few are on the secret menu that we all know and love. But are you ready for the most delicious of the secret menu smoothies? It’s called the Cinnamon Dolce Smoothie. Basically, it’s a Chocolate Smoothie with Cinnamon Dolce Syrup and Vanilla Bean Powder instead of Mocha Sauce. If you want a little caffeine kick to it, try ordering the Coffee Frappuccino and ask the barista to add Cinnamon Dolce Syrup and Vanilla Bean Powder to that. Whichever way you go, you’re not going to want to miss out on this delicious beverage!


Pumpkin Smoothie

Pumpkin Smoothie
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Now, I know what you’re thinking: pumpkin season is over; why would I want a Pumpkin Smoothie from Starbucks? Well, to put it simply, it’s a life-changing experience that you’ll regret missing for all of eternity. Or something like that. The Pumpkin Smoothie is a little different than what you might be picturing. You’ll want to ask your barista to blend up milk, a banana, and the protein powder they usually use in smoothies. Then comes the magic: add about six pumps of Pumpkin Spice sauce. Dry not to guzzle it down as you enjoy the sweet, sweet flavor.

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Strawberry Smoothie

Strawberry Smoothie
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The Strawberry Smoothie starts with Starbucks’s same delightful strawberry purée for the Strawberry Créme Frappuccino. That makes this particular smoothie a little bit sweeter than some of their other menu items. Your barista blends the smoothie to perfection by adding protein powder and a banana, plus a little milk and ice. It deserves serving with a dollop of whipped cream on top. The Strawberry Smoothie from Starbucks is one of the more delightful strawberry smoothies that you can find out there today. It offers a crisp, ripe strawberry taste and a dash of protein that makes you feel healthy and strong.  


Very Berry-Licious Smoothie

Very Berry-Licious Smoothie
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Back to berry goodness, allow me to introduce you to the Very Berry-Licious Smoothie. This refreshing treat is healthy and still tastes delicious. If you want, you can ask your barista to use their Evolution Fresh Organic Vital Berry juice as the base for this creamy smoothie. Ask your barista to add a little bit of milk, a few scoops of berries, and orange slices if those are available. Next, have them toss in a whole banana. Then blend it until it’s easy to sip through a straw as you stroll down the sidewalk in the best mood you’ve been in for years. If you want to make it memorable, have the barista put a little whipped cream on top. Yum!

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Written by Brian Nagele

Brian attended West Virginia University, then started his career in the IT industry before following his passion for marketing and hospitality. He has over 20 years experience in the restaurant and bar industry.

As a former restaurant owner, he knows about running a food business and loves to eat and enjoy cocktails on a regular basis. He constantly travels to new cities tasting and reviewing the most popular spots.

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