Having a Starbucks on every corner can be a big help when you’re looking to chow down on something familiar, but sadly many of the options aren’t the best for you health-wise. There are, however, some hidden nutritional gems, and we’re here to let you know how to spot them!
Starbucks everywhere have taken to stocking the shelves in front of the registers with these nutritious bars. It’s understandable you may be in the habit of averting your eyes from the impulse-buy area, but you don’t have to when these healthy snacks are at your fingertips. The bars are made entirely of natural ingredients, packed with dried fruits and nuts and are under 200 calories per serving. And they come in a variety of flavours, such as Cranberry Almond, Pomegranate Blueberry Pistachio and Fruit & Nut Delight, so your options certainly aren’t limited.
Although store-bought bagels are never the absolute best option because of their high levels of additives and preservatives, Starbucks’ multi-grain bagel is certainly the best of the bunch. It contains healthy grains such as barley, millet and oats, as well as flaxseeds and sunflower seeds. It rings in at 300 calories and provides you with 24 per cent of your daily requirement of dietary fibre. So all in all, not a bad option! Plus, you put the condiments on yourself, so you can apply as much or as little as you desire. Choose from butter, jam, light cream cheese or herb and garlic cream cheese.
To achieve the most balanced meal possible at Starbucks, opt for a bistro box. They are built to last for longer periods of time, so they do contain additives that aren’t optimal, but on the whole, they provide you with a well-balanced lunch or dinner. The Chicken & Hummus Bistro Box combines seasoned chicken breast strips, hummus, whole-wheat pita pieces and chopped vegetables. Or if you need something extra filling, try the Protein Box, which holds a hard-boiled egg, cheddar cheese slices, multi-grain muesli bread, a peanut butter packet, grapes and apple slices. There’s also a Cheese & Fruit option, a Salumi & Cheese variety and a Chipotle Chicken Wraps box.
If you’re stopping by Starbucks in the morning — or simply craving breakfast food later in the day — there are some healthy breakfast sandwiches for you to choose from. The Spinach & Feta Wrap is particularly good. It combines crumbled feta, shredded spinach and chopped sun-dried tomato in a whole-wheat wrap. It’s just 290 calories and gives you 24 per cent of your daily requirement of dietary fibre. In need of something a little meatier? Try the Turkey Bacon & White Cheddar Classic Breakfast Sandwich. It features three strips of reduced-fat turkey bacon, a square of cheddar cheese and an egg white patty on a whole-wheat English muffin for 320 calories.
Sometimes you need a sweet treat. And if you’re trying to keep yourself away from the sugary drinks and towers of whipped cream, the yogourt parfaits are an excellent substitute. Select from their Greek Yogourt with Honey Parfait, Peach Raspberry Yogourt Parfait or Strawberry Blueberry Yogourt Parfait. They all combine fruit, granola and plain yogourt for around 300 calories and are absolutely delectable. Consider your sweet tooth officially satisfied!