Last week, I posted about the healthy foods makeover Starbucks gave itself called “real food, simply delicious” (all natural ingredients, whole foods, and as few ingredients as possible). Since then I had the chocolate banana Vivanno smoothie with the espresso shot as a quick lunch. It was delicious. At only 300 calories it wasn’t enough of a lunch for me, but it held me over during my meetings until I was able to get a “second lunch” which was a 200 calorie snack of feta cheese, tomato, and basil salad with whole grain crackers.
A good nutrition tip: if you are busy and don’t really feel hungry but know you need to eat something, go for a light lunch of a few hundred calories then eat a “second lunch” a few hours later when you do feel hungry. This way, you can avoid a low blood sugar energy crash from skipping a meal.
Here’s the run-down on the salads and fruit options Starbucks recently introduced. Make the two salads a meal by adding a whole wheat pita or wrap! Those are easy to keep at work so there’s no excuses for not eating a healthy lunch.
Farmer’s Market Salad
A perfect blend of rich blue cheese, crunchy almonds, tart dried cranberries and sweet apples piled
on a bed of romaine lettuce with all-natural balsamic vinaigrette. 220 calories (300 calories with
A traditional chef salad with hard boiled eggs, grape tomatoes, fresh sliced cucumber, carrots and
Monterey jack cheese on a bed of crisp romaine with all-natural balsamic vinaigrette.
170 calories (250 calories with dressing)
Not just your ordinary fruit cup, this blend of seasonal fruit, including strawberries, kiwi,
blueberries, grapes and mango, is a light and nutritious choice at just 100 calories.
Check out the video I recorded for them, where I give some healthy eating tips for their salads and smoothies.