Eating Out Healthy: Starbucks Breakfast Sandwich Reduced Fat Turkey Bacon With Egg Whites
Posted Jan 27 2011 9:42pm
The other day after dropping my husband off at the airport on one of those early morning runs that I dread (I am so NOT a morning person), I was at Starbucks to buy yet another Vivanno smoothie, when I realized I was craving something more substantial.
Starbucks' new Artisan Breakfast and English Muffin breakfast sandwiches had cau ght my eye the other day when I was in the store, as I noticed that some of them had reduced fat labels and egg whites. I decided to give the Reduced-Fat Turkey Bacon with Egg Whites on an English Muffin breakfast sandwich a try.
Now mind you, I was never a breakfast sandwich type. When I crave eggs beyond the usual egg white sandwiches and added protein in salads, I like to treat myself to a good omelet out every now and then. But today was the day to see if a sandwich-sized egg meal could be satisfying enough as well as healthy enough.
Fairly quickly after ordering, I was handed a hot paper bag that contained my Reduced-Fat Turkey Bacon with Egg Whites on an English Muffin breakfast sandwich. The heat held up while I drove
back to my home office even on a cooler morning. I took my first bite and immediately I was blown away by the delicious taste.
The white cheddar gave the egg whites some nice flavor (I love cheese with eggs in moderation anyway). I also adore turkey bacon, and really appreciated the fact it was used--it's hard to get turkey bacon when eating out. The only downside was that I suspected it wasn't as light as my Jennie-O Extra Lean Turkey Bacon I buy on my own. I also liked the multigrain english muffin used to house the breakfast sandwich.
All in all, the Starbucks Reduced-Fat Turkey Bacon with Egg Whites on an English Muffin breakfast sandwich is a a delicious, quick meal. But is it healthy?
According to Starbucks' website, I was relieved to discover that the sandwich is just 320 calories, and 7 grams of fat (just 2 saturated). The fiber is a little light at 3 grams, could be higher. The protein is a satisfying, stay-with-you-for-awhile 18 grams.
But be careful, all Starbucks breakfast sandwiches are not created equal when it comes to being a healthy option. There are two Artisan Breakfast sandwiches which are about the same in calories, but have a whopping 18 grams of fat apiece. Plus, the imitation Egg McMuffin sandwich is about 500 calories and even fattier at 28 grams. Pretty cool that my own taste buds helped me avoid these waistline busters and pick out the healthiest sandwich!
While it is a breakfast sandwich, my local Starbucks told me that as long as they didn't run out, you can order the Reduced-Fat Turkey Bacon with Egg Whites on an English Muffin breakfast sandwich any time of day--which is what I did again for lunch today. And at $2.95 each, it also won't dent your wallet!
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Please note that I do not have an affiliation with any of the companies featured in this post--they are simply products I am personally familiar with--no samples were supplied. The views expressed are my opinion only and you should decide, along with your healthcare professionals, on the appropriateness for your personal use.