How to Healthify Your Starbucks: Food Edition

By Lauren Shaber August 20, 2015

In case you missed the part 1 cheat guide to everyone’s favorite go-to, Starbucks. It’s a must read. Check it out here!

This is the part 2 guide to eating healthy at Starbucks, whether it be a cake pop or a breakfast sandwich that strikes your fancy- we have the tips for doing it on the low (cal!) 

Healthify Your Starbucks: Food Edition

Honestly, I try to avoid the baked goods. Many are high in fat and sodium. I leave these for the times that I want to indulge. If I had to choose, I would go for the Blueberry Yogurt Muffin with Honey. Yum!

Yogurt and Fruit
Any of the parfaits are good options, but I particularly like the Greek Yogurt with Honey Parfait. I also almost always get the seasonal fruit blend. I know it’s expensive, but fresh fruit is so delish and goes with everything.

Hot Breakfast
My FAVORITE food item from Starbs is the Spinach & Feta Breakfast Wrap. If I’m eating here, this is what I’ll have. I’d also recommend the Reduced-Fat Turkey Bacon Breakfast Sandwich… mmmm.

Starbucks Petites
These are definitely not the healthiest item on the menu, so you probably want to avoid those too. However, if you want a sweet treat, these are great to get because they’re pre-portioned for you. In my opinion, the Birthday Cake Pop is the best. Enjoy!

Bistro Boxes
These are great options to get and you can’t really go wrong. There are three options right now: Cheese & Fruit Bistro Box, Chicken & Hummus Bistro Box, and Protein Bistro Box. All have heathy options and are the perfect size. Eat up, buttercup!

Sandwiches, Paninis & Salads
I’m not a huge fan of the sandwiches & salads here since they’re so expensive for what you get, but they do have a couple of healthier items. Try the Hearty Veggie & Brown Rice Salad or the Zesty Chicken and Black Bean Salad.

Evolution Harvest
I love what Starbucks has done by introducing these bars. They’re part of the Evolution Fresh line, which means you can’t really go wrong. My favorite is the Almond Cocoa Bar, but all are healthy and have pretty good ingredient lists.

I’ve noticed that Starbucks has started to have more snack-y items available, in little bins by the lines and at the registers. There’s actually a couple good options here too. I haven’t personally tried them, but the That’s It Fruit Bars and Peter Rabbit Organics look like tasty snacks. Also, I saw they just started selling Justin’s Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups. These are a great option if you want to indulge but still want to have something a bit healthier.

Hopefully this helps keep you on track when you’re on the go or working from the coffee shop!

What’s your go-to meal when you’re on the go?
Looking for more ways to healthify your Starbucks? I posted a mini Healthify Your Starbucks: Drinks edition, but I’ll definitely do a more thorough post like this if you’re interested. Let me know in the comments if you want something like that!

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