Starbucks Breakfast Menu
The Starbucks breakfast menu is something you’re probably a little familiar with; at least, if you’re alive and breathing! Most of us have stopped by the ubiquitous Starbucks once or twice at breakfast time, at the very least – every day for many of us! And there’s nothing wrong with Starbucks! I don’t mind saying that I often grab an Americano from Starbucks to kick-start my morning. But in case the Starbucks breakfast menu has somehow slipped past you, let’s check it out a little!
Starbucks Breakfast Nutrition
Starbucks is never empty – at least, not the ones I’ve been to. But breakfast time is for sure the busiest. And there are reasons for that busy-ness besides coffee! They offer many different food options to start your day; and while some are healthy and amazing for you, others aren’t so much. Let’s look at several specific items you can order from your friendly neighborhood Starbucks breakfast menu, and how they shake out in the healthy-or-not ratings.
Starbucks Breakfast Sandwiches
We’ll start with the breakfast sandwiches. As a whole, Starbucks breakfast sandwiches are pretty okay. They’re not that high in calories, which might mean it won’t really last all that long, but it just depends on your metabolism & how fast you get hungry after a fairly light breakfast. Here is a short list of some Starbucks breakfast sandwiches & what we think about their nutritional value:
Bacon & Gouda Breakfast Sandwich
“Sizzling Applewood smoked bacon, melty aged Gouda and a parmesan frittata are layered on an artisan roll for extra smoky breakfast goodness.”
30 g carbs
18 g fat
0 g fiber
15 g protein
Not bad if it’s the only thing you eat! Pretty high carbs, and ZERO fiber, which is not great. We would call this one “pretty good.” On its own, at least. Note: we’re not talking taste here – most of the stuff on Starbucks breakfast menu is pretty dang good. This is just the nutritional value we’re talking about in this article.
Double-Smoked Bacon, Cheddar, and Egg Sandwich
“Thick-cut bacon is slow-smoked for ten hours over hardwood, then stacked with a fluffy egg patty topped with creamy melted slice of sharp cheddar cheese on our signature croissant bun. It’s double double delicious delicious.”
44 g carbs
32 g fat
1 g fiber
21 g protein
One little measly gram of fiber is hardly worth mentioning, since the carbs are still at a whopping 44 grams! Which means a net of 43 carbs, and that’s a lot. Protein is decent, but the calories are topping out at 540! That’s kind of a lot for a breakfast sandwich, especially if that’s not the only thing you order. We’re gonna rate this one as “not great.”
Reduced-Fat Turkey Bacon Breakfast Sandwich
“Sizzling reduced fat turkey bacon and wholesome cage free egg whites are paired with the rich creaminess of melted, reduced fat white cheddar cheese on organic wheat English muffin. So good, and surprisingly only 230 calories.”
28 g carbs
6 g fat
2 g fiber
13 g protein
Net carbs are a total of 26 grams, so that’s much better! Low fat number of only 6 grams helps the calorie count stay down at 230! This is a good choice, because the calorie count is so low you could actually order more (like maybe oatmeal?!) and still stay below 500 calories. Generally, most recent studies seem to conclude that fat content is not as worrisome as they used to think (it changes all the time, right?). But often a lower fat choice will also be a lower calorie choice. Just make sure there’s not a bunch of sugar added to make up for the lack of taste! In this case, we’re going to say that as far as Starbucks breakfast sandwiches, this one is a “great choice!”
Sausage & Cheddar Breakfast Sandwich
“A Southern-style sausage patty, fluffy eggs and aged Cheddar cheese are served on a perfectly toasty English muffin. An iconic breakfast sandwich that reminds you why you love breakfast.”
41 g carbs
28 g fat
1 g fiber
15 g protein
Well, you may love the taste, but not the calories. 500 is kind of a lot, seeing that it’s only 1 item. Half of those calories are from fat, because sausage is a very fatty meat, generally speaking. No fiber to speak of, and kind of low in protein, compared to the amount of calories. We have to rate this choice as “not so great.”
There are more Starbucks breakfast sandwiches than these, but this is a good idea of what’s on their menu. Remember, these very squishy ratings we’re giving these items are how they compare to each other. Compared to a lot of breakfast restaurants you could choose, these are all great options!
Starbucks is pretty trendy of course (in case you didn’t notice!), so they stay on top of current health trends and preferences pretty well. You can make some good breakfast decisions there, and get you some caffeine to go with it! But be careful when you start adding what you might think of as Starbucks healthy drinks – what you think is healthy and what actually is might be two different things! We’ll get into Starbucks drinks nutrition in another article, so click around on this site & find out more!
You could do worse than the Starbucks breakfast menu, so when you’re on the run & don’t have time for much, grab something healthy at your local Starbucks!