Starbucks turned 40 this week, and while you might want to go out and celebrate Starbucks' birthday with a treat, we're here to tell you what to not order. Most of us know that we should avoid the sugary, full-fat and Trenta-sized drinks at Starbucks, but what about when that tall skinny vanilla latte or cup of hot tea is just begging to be paired with a scone or a reduced-fat coffee cake? While a splurge is good for the diet and soul every now and again, you definitely want it to be the exception not the norm. You'll also want to avoid these Starbucks goodies that sound harmless enough (and look uber delicious in the case) but pack quite the caloric punch – and not in a good way.
Worst Foods to Eat at Starbucks
1. Banana Nut Loaf. It has bananas and nuts so it has to be good for your right? Wrong. With 490 calories and 19 grams of fat, trust us, this is not how you want to start your healthy morning. Your nutrition would be much better off with an actual banana and a small handful of walnuts.
2. Raspberry Scone. With a similar nutrition profile to the Banana Nut Loaf, this innocent-sounding scone has 500 calories and 26 grams of fat, 15 grams of which are saturated. Avoid!
3. Zucchini Walnut Muffin. This muffin also masquerades as seeming healthier than it actually is. Just one muffin has 490 calories, 28 grams of fat and a whopping 28 grams of sugar.
4. Sausage, Egg & Cheese on English Muffin. Complete with savory sausage, egg and cheddar cheese on an English muffin, this one is more apt to fill you up more than a baked good, but you'll pay the nutritional price. This breakfast clocks in at 500 calories, 28 grams of fat, 62 percent of your daily recommended cholesterol and 44 percent of your sodium. Not exactly heart-friendly...
5. Fruit, Nut & Cheese Artisan Snack Plate. One of Starbucks new happy hour options, this plate features sliced apples, dried sweetened cranberries and almonds, with Brie, Gouda and white Cheddar cheese and a whole-wheat sesame cracker. Doesn't seem that bad does it? Well, with 460 calories, 29 grams of fat – 11 of which are saturated – this is almost half of your fat for the day. Even when you share it with a friend, it's a splurge.
With Starbucks turning 40 this year and rocking a new logo, we can only hope that the popular coffee chain adds a few more calorie-friendly and nutritional options to its menu!
Jennipher Walters is the CEO and co-founder of the healthy living websites FitBottomedGirls.com and FitBottomedMamas.com. A certified personal trainer, lifestyle and weight management coach and group exercise instructor, she also holds an MA in health journalism and regularly writes about all things fitness and wellness for various online publications.