Starbucks' Viral Secret Rainbow Menu Is Healthier than Any Frappuccino

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Planning to get an afternoon pick-me-up at Starbucks? You now have a literal rainbow of drinks to choose from, thanks to "secret" menu items.  

Passionfruit, orange, matcha or strawberry — no matter which flavor tickles your taste buds, there's a colorful drink to whet your whistle this summer. ROYGBIV never looked so good, Instagramming these bad boys isn't optional. 

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The good news: They're actually healthier than Frappuccinos — a grande Mocha Frappuccino contains 400 calories when made with 2% milk. Meanwhile, all of the drinks below are under 300 calories if you opt for a Grande or a smaller order.

(Note: The drinks are not listed online because they are off-the-menu creations, and Starbucks has not evaluated Mic's calorie estimations. Fruit not included because you probably aren't fishing those soggy pieces out of your drink anyway. If you are, yay fruit.)  

The bad news: These drinks aren't listed on the menu. If you try to order a tall "Purple Drink," your barista might not know what you're asking for. List out the ingredients to your barista if you want your own colorful beverage — but no promises that Starbucks will spell your name right.

Read on for exactly how to order the Purple, Pink, Orange, and Green Drinks. 

How to order the Purple Drink

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Ingredients:
• Teavana Passionfruit iced tea
• Soy milk
• Vanilla syrup
• Freeze-dried blackberries

Total calories: 
Passion Iced Tea is 120 calories, a top off of soy milk is around 200 calories, and one pump of vanilla syrup adds 20 calories. Order a grande and your drink will clock in around 340 calories. 


How to order the Pink Drink

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Ingredients: 
• Strawberry Acai Refresher made with coconut milk instead of water
• Freeze-dried strawberries or blackberries 

Total Calories:
A Strawberry Acai Refresher is 90 calories, and a topping of coconut milk is roughly 90 calories. Order a grande and your drink will probably clock in around 180 calories. 


How to order the Orange Drink

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Ingredients:

• Orange mango juice
• 2 scoops vanilla bean powder  
• Topped off with coconut milk, shaken with ice
• Black Tea with matcha and coconut milk

Total Calories:
Orange mango juice contains an estimated 120 calories, two scoops of vanilla pean powder is 60 calories, and a topping of coconut milk is roughly 80 calories. Order a grande and your drink will be around 260 calories


How to order the Green Drink

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Ingredients:
• Black tea with matcha
• Coconut milk
• Freeze-dried strawberries 

Nutrition: 
Black tea is 80 calories, matcha blend contains an estimated 0 calories, and coconut milk is roughly 80 calories. Order a grande and your drink will be around 160 calories. 

Read more:
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Alex Orlov

Alex is a food staff writer. She can be reached at aorlov@mic.com.

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