Ever since chain restaurants in New York were required to post nutritional information, I have found myself wondering about the stats at my everyday eateries. As a certified Starbucks-a-holic, I was especially curious about the data on those massive cookies and whipped cream-laden drinks. Thankfully, just as I go the shock of my life courtesy of Starbucks.com, they introduced new healthier options - and I was all over the Starbucks Perfect Oatmeal - yes they called it "perfect". So sure of themselves they were - so how could I not give it a try.
I must say that they deserve the bragging rights. I was very impressed with the warm, comforting cup of oatmeal offered with a selection of toppings, including a nut medley, dried fruits, and brown sugar, all for just $2.45. I chose the dried fruit - one of my favorite things to add to my own homemade oatmeal, and I must say that this was just as good.
The nutritional stats for the Starbucks Perfect Oatmeal are pretty impressive as well. For a mere 140 calories per 38 gram container, you get 4 grams of fiber (16% of the RDA), 5 grams of protein, 25% of the RDA for Vitamin A, 10% of the daily calcium recommendation, and 50% of recommended iron, with only 2.5 grams of total fat (0.5 grams of that being saturated fat) and 105 mg of sodium.
Oatmeal has been touted as have heart healthy benefits, and Starbucks did a good job at providing a nutritious, healthy, portable, warming treat, all for about the same price as a grande coffee. I'll take it to go!