Starbucks Menu Nutrition

Starbucks Menu Nutrition

starbucks menu nutrition, kandee johnsonAll things considered, Starbucks menu nutrition is not too bad! If you’re like me – trying to eat healthy, considering calories and sugar and fat and all that stuff, you could do a lot worse than Starbucks. Most fast food has terrible nutritional value, and is just not good for you.

When we say “nutrition,” we generally mean the nutritional value of a food or a drink, which is a consideration of the good versus the bad. For instance, oatmeal has a fairly high carb content, but it’s packed with so much stuff that’s great for you it’s considered to be a “superfood.” Which means if you avoided oatmeal just because it has carbs, you’d be forfeiting the benefits of one of nature’s greatest nutritional values.

So when we say that Starbucks menu nutrition is not too bad, that’s what we’re talking about – its benefits weighed against its drawbacks. And with that in mind, let’s look at what we at consider some of the most nutritional choices on the Starbucks menu.

Zesty Chicken and Black Bean Salad Bowl

Grilled chicken, black beans, roasted corn, jicama, tomatoes, feta, spring greens and quinoa. Side of mild chili vinaigrette.

Nutrition Facts Per Serving (269 g)
Calories 360 Calories from Fat 130
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 15g 23%
Saturated Fat 2.5g 12%
Trans Fat 0g
Cholesterol 30mg 10%
Sodium 840mg 35%
Total Carbohydrate 38g 13%
Dietary Fiber 8g 32%
Sugars 9g
Protein 14g

What’s so great about this dish? A lot.

  • It’s naturally low-fat (high-fat foods that are processed into low-fat are not good)
  • It’s naturally low-calorie, most of the carbs are good carbs (complex carbs) – in other words, their nutritional value is worth the carb load
  • Beans are a good source of protein & fiber, and include lots of valuable vitamins & minerals
  • Chicken is a great protein source
  • Quinoa is officially a “superfood”

There’s a lot to love in this dish. We hereby declare this ranks #1 on our Official Starbucks Menu Nutrition Ranking System! Okay, that’s not a real thing, but who cares – it’s a good choice!

Hearty Veggie and Brown Rice Salad Bowl

Roasted and tossed butternut squash, kale, beets, red cabbage, garden peas, broccoli florets, and roasted tomatoes served on brown rice. Side of lemon tahini dressing.

Nutrition Facts Per Serving (315 g)
Calories 430 Calories from Fat 200
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 22g 34%
Saturated Fat 3g 15%
Trans Fat 0g
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 640mg 27%
Total Carbohydrate 50g 17%
Dietary Fiber 8g 32%
Sugars 8g
Protein 10g

This one is a great choice for you vegetarians & vegan-style eaters. While there’s no meat in this dish, there’s still a great deal of good nutrition packed in there. The squash is a great vegetable with tons of vitamins; the kale, beets, and cabbage are all packed with antioxidants as well as many vitamins (kale is a great source of the hard-to-find vitamin K, and is also considered to be a superfood); the brown rice is a good carb (and brown is always better than white); low sugar & decent protein for a vegetarian choice. Most of the carb load in this dish is complex carbs, even though it’s a little high because of the rice. But still, as “fast food” choices go, this is a great one.

Chicken Santa Fe on Ancient Grain Flatbread

Grilled chicken breast, pepper Jack cheese, bell peppers, and sour cream green-chile spread layered on a rich, nutty hearth-baked ancient grain flatbread sandwich.

Nutrition Facts Per Serving (153 g)
Calories 370 Calories from Fat 130
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 15g 23%
Saturated Fat 6g 30%
Trans Fat 0g
Cholesterol 70mg 23%
Sodium 850mg 35%
Total Carbohydrate 32g 11%
Dietary Fiber 2g 8%
Sugars 1g
Protein 21g

Check out this sandwich with only 370 calories! We admit, it is a “light” choice for a meal, but lunch doesn’t have to leave you stuffed to the point of misery to be a great lunch, does it? Fairly low carbs (mostly from the bread), very low sugar, and a good amount of protein. You’re not going to ruin your healthy-eating record on this delicious sandwich.

So that gives us 3 great choices if we find ourselves having to do a quick lunch at Starbucks. There are several other decent choices on the Starbucks menu, but you can make your own decisions there. We think these 3 are your best picks, and they’re good choices on any day.

Stay healthy, and enjoy the benefits of good Starbucks menu nutrition!

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