The Starbucks Spinach, Roasted Tomato, Feta & Egg Wrap is currently the lowest calorie option listed under their breakfast menu, so I decided to try it out. But instead of breakfast, I had it for lunch one day when I was while I was there working. This sandwich is made with a whole wheat wrap stuffed with an egg white patty, spinach and feta cheese (just as the name implies).
I don't usually buy egg sandwiches, but this proved to be very well engineered. There was nothing oozing or running out of the wrap, the texture was firm and moist, and some kind of sauce (or maybe it was the feta), provided a flavorful kick. And, the sandwich is quite satisfying enough for an albeit small lunch.
But, as with most food options at these types of places, the nutrition facts weren't the greatest. Each sandwich only has 280 calories, 32% of the daily value for fiber and 19 grams of protein, but also 18% of the DV for saturated fat and 48% of the DV for sodium.
Fall is here! Do you want to know how I know that? No, it's not because my calendar told me so. It's because Edy's Pumpkin Frozen Dairy Dessert and Celestial Seasonings Sugar Cookie Sleigh Ride Tea are back on the shelves! Plus, the talented Starbucks baristas are already whipping up the seasonal Pumpkin Spice Latte.
To get the most bang for your nutritional buck, specialize your drink as a Tall Nonfat Pumpkin Spice Latte with no Whipped Cream. In this respect, your comforting fall treat will contain 200 calories, no fat but still 37 grams of sugar (ouch!), 11 grams of protein and 40% of the daily value forcalcium. Here's the trick to reducing the sugar and calories a little more ... special order. Since Starbucks has yet to offer a sugar free version of their seasonal latte, ask for half of the pumps of that sugary pumpkin syrup (I promise you won't miss it).
Coffee - it's what's for breakfast ... and for a mid-morning snack, mid-afternoon pick me up, and post-dinner treat. People drink so much coffee that I sometimes wonder whether they would save time by just inserting a coffee IV (kidding, of course)! I'll admit, I too enjoy this warm, infinitely modifiable beverage, sometimes with milk and other times with cinnamon and Splenda.
I often find myself at Starbucks indulging in the Starbucks Power Protein Plate, Perfect Oatmeal, or Breakfast Sandwich, and I like to have something warm to go with my meal. I find Starbucks coffee to have a bitter, burned taste, which is why I switched to the Starbucks Caffe Americano. Freshly brewed with each order, this drink is a simple combination of espresso and hot water (it's not as strange as it sounds - after all, coffee has a lot of water in it as well). The taste is smooth and rich without being too overpowering. Plus, if you want it stronger, you can order an extra shot, and if you want it weaker, just order it in a cup one size bigger and get it with extra water.
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.
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.
Starbucks is notorious for their ridiculously high calorie snacks and baked goods that beckon you from a glass case while you innocently order your Tall Skinny Latte. I'm usually pretty good at fending off those temptations, but recently I decided to give in when I glanced over and found the words "reduced-fat" not once, but twice in the name of one of their creations. The Reduced-Fat Turkey Bacon, Cholesterol-Free Egg, Reduced-Fat White Cheddar Breakfast Sandwich is as almost as much of a mouthful to say as the majority of Starbucks' drinks!
When I first unwrapped it, I was a little disappointed with its appearance. It didn't really look like what I remembered seeing in the glass case. In fact, it was much more egg-dominated than the name suggests. It is served warm ("oven-toasted") on a multigrain English muffin but ven after taking a few bites, the bacon was hard to find. The cheese, however, was gooey and had a strong flavor, which is uncommon in a reduced-fat cheese. While I'm not a huge fan of egg, I actually enjoyed the cheese/egg combo, possibly because the hearty English muffin balanced out the eggy flavor. Although there wasn't nearly enough turkey bacon, I enjoyed this sandwich and it filled me up for longer than my usual cereal and soymilk breakfast preference.