Continuing my Starbucks kick armed with new information and new product choices, I decided to try the protein plate after a particularly difficult day at the gym. After all, since protein helps repair muscles post-exercise, this product seemed perfect for me. What exactly comprises this assortment of goodies, you may ask? One $4.95 package contains a cage-free hard-boiled egg, a mini whole wheat bagel with a packet of peanut butter, a couple pieces of white cheddar cheese, apple slices, and a bunch of grapes, all for a satisfying 330 calories.
But how does it taste? The grapes were fresh and the apple slices surprisingly crisp (this is a packaged good, after all). The egg was not overdone (a problem I often find with other pre-cooked, packaged eggs), and the bagel with peanut butter was good as well, if a little dry.
The Starbucks Power Protein Plate also provides 16 grams of total fat (25% of the RDA - no doubt due to the peanut butter and cheese), 4.5 grams of that is saturated fat (22% of the RDA), 67% of the RDA for cholesterol (200 mg), 22% of the RDA for sodium (540 mg), 16 grams of protein and 35 grams of carbohydrates which includes 20% of the RDA for fiber (5 grams) and 16 grams of protein. In addition, each plate provides a full 25% of the daily RDA for calcium.
Oui - I recommend Starbucks Oatmeal instead of this protein plate if you are watching your dietary intake. It will fill you up, but it really is high in saturated fat and cholesterol (from the egg). If I were to make any changes, I would include low-fat cheese, and do something using egg whites instead - perhaps a small omlette.