Breakfast at Starbucks

October 8, 2008 at 1:11 pm 1 comment

I have tried two of Starbucks’ new five healthy breakfast options: the protein plate and the oatmeal.  I love the protein plate.  It’s compact and filling, covering all the nutritional bases for a reasonable 330 calories (with the peanut butter).

Wanting something a little lighter, though, I recently sampled the oatmeal.  It was only 140 calories, with 4g fiber, so it fit the bill.  When I ordered, the barista asked if I wanted nuts, fruit or brown sugar… or all three.  I decided to go with all three.  Yowsa!  The “extras” are more calories than the oatmeal!  Both the walnuts and the dried fruit are 100 calories each, and the brown sugar is 50 calories.  Suddenly, my 140-calorie morning meal jumped to 390 calories.  Thankfully, I’m a label reader, so I checked the nutrition stats before pouring anything extra in my bowl.  I decided to save the extras for later when I wanted a snack.  My only quarrel with Starbucks on this is that their nutritional pamphlet, which advises customers that the oatmeal is 140 calories, doesn’t indicate that the calories do not include sides.  The calories are printed on the front and the back of the mix-in packets, but if you didn’t read them – or if someone else prepared your oatmeal for you – you might not realize that you’d added 250 calories to your meal.

Instead of using the high-cal accompaniments, I took advantage of the coffee bar additions and mixed in some Splenda, cinnamon, and nutmeg.  Then, when I got to work, I mixed in an acai energy packet for another 23 calories.  It gave the oatmeal a yummy fruity flavor while not ruining my calorie count for the day.

All in all, the oatmeal was a great clean-eating fast food choice.

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  • 1. Juliet  |  October 25, 2008 at 8:52 pm

    Thanks for the useful starbucks review. I’ve been meaning to go try their breakfast options..

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