Starbucks is a must-visit coffee shop stop for many people when they need their latte fix or their caffeine jolt. But along with a wide selection of coffee and tea drinks, Starbucks has an impressive array of food options to enjoy with your cup of Joe. Sure, they have some classic coffee shop staples like croissants, muffins, and other pastries that, while delicious, wouldn’t necessarily be considered a healthy choice by many standards. But among the cookies, cake pops, and other sweet treats, there are some healthy Starbucks food gems that can help people sneak in some necessary nutrition while they are grabbing their “Starbies.”
Although there is a sea of healthy Starbucks food options available, here are 11 of the healthiest Starbucks food menu picks that this dietitian is happy to enjoy along with my hot soy latte. And when you’re finished reviewing the healthiest Starbucks food orders, be sure to also check out The Best Starbucks Breakfast Order for Weight Loss, Says Dietitian.
The fiber and antioxidants that Starbucks’ Rolled & Steel Cut Oatmeal provides can serve many people well, and the tasty additions of the fruit and nuts add even more nutrients into the mix. Skip the added brown sugar, and instead enjoy it with dried fruit and nuts for a dish that is chock-full of whole grain goodness.
These egg bites are made with veggies like kale and portabella mushrooms, cage free eggs, and real cheese. With 15 grams of protein per serving, they can be a quality addition to your breakfast or snack.
Cheese and fruit is the quintessential healthy food pair that checks a slew of key boxes, including providing protein, fat, fiber, and healthy carbs. What’s especially great about this Starbucks Protein Box are the additions of olive oil and sea-salt crackers, which adds a much-needed, satisfying crunch into the mix.
While this option is relatively higher in calories and fat when compared with other Starbucks food choices, it does contain 13 grams of fiber and 15 grams of plant-based proteins. The falafel-inspired chickpea bites are surprisingly satisfying, and the fresh veggie additions help people meet their veggie needs—which we all can use.
Turkey bacon and cage-free egg whites paired with reduced-fat white cheddar cheese on a wheat English muffin makes for a sandwich with less than 250 calories per serving. Pair it with some fruit and, of course, your favorite coffee for a balanced meal.
This vegetarian, high-protein sandwich is made with roasted tomatoes, mozzarella, spinach, and basil pesto. The real focaccia bread may not be the healthiest carb option out there, but is sure is delicious.
Sometimes, the simplest options from Starbucks are also the best, including their string cheese. This is an ideal grab-and-go snack, especially when paired with a carbohydrate source for a balanced snack. Cheese is a natural source of protein, which according to research, allows people feel satisfied after eating it and helps to avoid those annoying hunger pangs later in the day.
Starbucks also carries That’s It bars, which are made with dried fruit and no added sugar. Also, they are free from the top allergens, naturally sweet, and help me meet my fruit intake goals without having to slice open an orange or wash a bunch of berries. Drying fruit concentrates the content of polyphenols (plant compounds), and therefore, antioxidant activity in the final product too. And consumption of dried fruit is associated with higher diet quality and greater intake of under-consumed nutrients, according to NHANES data.
While eating the entire bag of dark chocolate covered espresso beans isn’t ideal, having some from Starbucks as a one-off sweet treat can help people get their caffeine boost, along with additional copper, magnesium, and plant compounds. Eating dark chocolate is linked to positive heart health outcomes, and it can satisfy a sweet tooth to boot.
A snack made with real fruits and nuts is always a winning combo. This grab-and-go snack option from Starbucks is perfect for people who need a satisfying snack ASAP. You will find these right by the cash register, so be sure to snag a bag on your way out the door (but pay for it first!).