New Lean and Healthy Options at Starbucks

Starbucks has recently updated their menu by adding three new healthy salad bowls: Hearty Veggie and Brown Rice (430 calories), Chicken and Greens Caesar (340 calories), and Chicken and Black Bean (360 calories). They’re healthy, fresh, and have a gourmet feel because the salads include kale, butternut squash, jicama, brown rice, or quinoa.

My favorite is the Chicken and Black Bean salad because it includes quinoa (seriously, what other chain offers quinoa?), jicama, and a zesty chili dressing. The salad is filling and doesn’t have that boring taste like most lunch salads. I was also pleasantly surprised to learn that it’s under $7.

They’re a great option for those of us who are on the go. Starbucks has even updated my favorite oatmeal by providing steel cut oats.

Listen, they’re not perfect. They include some preservatives to maintain freshness and the chicken is processed (the Chicken and Black Bean is the least processed option- another reason why I love it). Overall, it’s a better option than most other chains and I applaud Starbucks for trying to provide healthier alternatives to their sugar-filled frappuccinos, cake pops, and yogurt parfaits.

What do you think? Have you tried these salads yet?

Source: Starbucks

  • eileen

    omg i just tried the zesty chicken and black bean , i love it !!

    • I had this for lunch too! So glad you like it – I love them!

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