You guys know the drill by now, right? Ex-barista, Starbucks addict, blah blah. So I’m always interested in the latest news from the Bux.
Last week, they launched a menu of new, healthier breakfast options: lower in fat, higher in fiber, lower in calories. And it’s about time. Because seriously, it was impossible to find anything even semi-reasonable to eat at Starbucks. When I worked there, I used to keep an eye on nutrition info, and oh boy.
Jeff Pettit says he likes Starbucks’ food — but not the high calorie count of some items. “I won’t touch the doughnuts or scones,” he says, noting he checked online and found one scone was close to 500 calories.
Starbucks has heard from lots of customers like these. On its mystarbucksidea.com website, better-for-you food is a top request, says Sarah Osmer, director of health and wellness.
So these days, healthier options are available, although it’s still impossible to find anything that isn’t horribly overpriced. (The yogurt and granola is good, if a little borderline, calorie-wise, but isn’t it like four bucks? Yikes.) Nonetheless, there have been desperate hours when Starbucks is all there is, and I’m glad they now have the low-calorie oatmeal and the protein pack and so forth, even if my standard breakfast these days is a Grape Nuts/Bran Buds mixture (thumbs up, by the way). Weetabix was excited too, and tried the oatmeal this week:
On its own, the oatmeal has almost zero flavor, which is pretty much your stereotypical oatmeal, right there. I used all of the brown sugar packet and about half of the dried fruit and it was pretty palatable. I wouldn’t call it Perfect Oatmeal, but its neither the best nor the worst oatmeal I’ve ever eaten in my life. Is it worth $2.45? Well, it’s better for you than an Egg McMuffin, which is about the same price, so you make the call.
There are also a ton of comments at Starbucks Gossip, as per usual. So, have you tried the new, healthier menu? Do you care that it exists? What do you think?
According to USA Today, “This sounds groundbreaking. If it works, it will influence the whole industry.” I for one would love to see healthier fast food options out there, and if this becomes a trend? Sounds good to me. Not because OBESITY CRISIS OMG, obviously, but because I think people should have information and choices—and lots of different options when their supply of Grape Nuts runs out. Is this an oppressive worldview? I hope not.
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