With a home office yet to be completed with usable Internet, I've spent my fair share of time at coffee shops recently. Usually, I work straight through a meal time, meaning I need to find something dietitian approved within the confines of Starbucks. Sure, a blueberry muffin looks nice, but it will also cost you 460 calories and 22 grams of fat. A healthy sounding zucchini walnut muffin? 490 calories. Not so much. Healthy options do exist in Starbucks! Here are my top dietitian approved healthy choices and snack combinations for food and drink, all under 350 calories each:
- Starbucks Perfect Oatmeal: 140 calories
- Banana: 90-140 calories depending on size
- Fruit Cup: 100 calories
- Greek Yogurt Honey Parfait: 290 calories
- Spinach, Roasted Tomato, Feta and Egg White Wrap: 280 calories
- Multigrain Bagel: 320 calories
- Black coffee: 0 calories
- Cafe latte with skim milk: 100 calories
Combinations for a balanced meal
- Multigrain bagel + fruit: One bagel is enough for two people! Save half of the bagel for later and eat the other half with a fruit cup.
- Oatmeal + banana: Feel full with the complex carbs and protein from oatmeal but balanced with a serving of fruit.
- Spinach wrap + fruit: A spinach wrap is a great option for a little protein and fiber. Pair with fruit for a good lunch option.
- Greek yogurt and honey + banana: Greek yogurt is packed with protein so you'll stay full. Have a banana for fiber and you've got yourself a pretty good breakfast!
- Black coffee with 1 pump flavoring or skim latte: Skip the mixed dessert drinks. While I obsess over PSL every fall at Starbucks, I've come to realize, I don't actually miss the whipped cream and milk. Instead, I save money and fat by asking for the pumpkin spice flavoring added to house coffee.
What do you eat at your Starbucks 'office'?
Dietitian Nutritionist. My husband Chris and I create food and beverage photos, videos, stopmotions and recipes. And they're really cool.