If you’ve been following me for awhile you would know that this isn’t the first time I’m writing about Starbucks. But hey if you are, no worries, Click here to read all about it! Between then and now, Starbucks and added in many new stuff on their food section, so they are no longer just about burgers and pastries. Hurray! This brings us back to the question:
Is there anything you can eat over here in Starbucks that doesn’t vastly destroy your calorie and macros?
YES! Definitely YES!
Gone are the days when you’ll only see these and wonder hard to yourself: WHAT CAN I EAT? WHAT CAN I EAT?!?!?!?! If you were to head to Starbuck’s website now, you’ll see this:
Starbucks has entered the grain bowl bandwagon! This means that if you’re someone who heavily rely on Starbucks for meetings, you no longer have to worry about not being able to find healthier choices anymore! I mean yes, the previously recommended Egg white wrap is good, but you and I know that more varieties = more choices right?
Without further ado, let me introduce you to the newest addition to Starbucks!
Contestant Number ONE: Roast Chicken & Soba Bowl with Sesame Dressing
For our friendly noodle fans, this soba noodle combination allows you to enjoy a good mix of vegetables, noodles and some proteins! If you ask me, this was good looking, but felt too normal.
Contestant Number TWO: Roast Chicken & Quinoa bowl with Lemon Dressing
This grain bowl was made with quinoa, roast chicken, carrot, zucchini, raisin, corn and sundried tomato tossed with a tantalizing lemon dressing. I like how this bowl had a wholesome amount of colors, but what really caught my attention was the lemon dressing – yum!
Contestant Number THREE: Cajun Prawns & Barley Bowl with Cajun Dressing
This grain bowl was made with cajun prawns, broccoli, cauliflower, sweet potato, cherry tomatoes and barley topped with a tangy Cajun dressing. What caught my attention really was the prawns. Don’t know about you, but chicken is a staple everywhere, and prawns were in my opinion more tasty compared to chicken. Then again, I’m a fan of Har Gow so what can I say? =p Apart from that, the main carb in this bowl is BARLEY, an option not often used in mainstream carbs except for dessert bowls.
So what’s a food review if you don’t do a taste test right?
As you could guess from my captions above, I had a go with Cajun Prawns and while the other two looks just as appetizing, I did not regret my choice.
Can we just take a moment of our time to appreciate the beauty of the packaging please? I love that the packaging was like that, but what made me like it even more was it’s functionality.
The sauce was packaged outside of the ingredients to keep ingredients fresh. So even if the sauce were to leak, it wouldn’t leak into the ingredients, causing you to eat calories you could have avoided (by being more careful when you’re transporting your bowl!)
At first glance, the ingredients are relatively plain aside from the prawns – they looked like steam vegetables that were added into a bowl, because they are. Haha! But for our health conscious friends, this is super useful because we can now control the amount of dressing we want on our food. Goodbye unnecessary calories!
In terms of ingredients, the barley and vegetables taste like steamed or boiled vegetables with no extra seasoning. For me, the cajun dressing was a little heavier towards the oily side, so I only used half of the dressing sauce. However, the prawns were amazing. It was like love at first bite, and if you’re a fan of prawns you’ll know what I mean. So that naturally became the highlight of my meal!
If grain bowl is not your thing, Starbucks has other healthy options available too! As written in this post earlier, I’ve highlighted some of them in the post over here.
Cost Per Serving: $$
Dining Category: Cafe
Customer Service: 4/5
Estimated Macros: Flexible
Disclaimer: Non-sponsored post.
Okay I can hear you! You’re bugging me to give out the giveaway details, so here goes!
I’m going to be flat out honest about it. I wanted to pay for facebook/IG ads to gain some exposure for my social media and myself. After all, any businessman will know that exposure equates to lead generation, therefore better chances of gaining sales.
BUT I figured that if I’m going to spend, I might as well spend on you guys right? So here’s what’s going to happen:
I’m going to choose 3 lucky winners who will each receive a $10 Starbucks card so that you can try out Starbuck’s grain bowl, or treat yourself to some awesome coffee! All you need to do is this:
You just have to like/subscribe to one of the accounts, but your chances of winning MULTIPLIES according to how many accounts you follow
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Step THREE: Tag two friends you would like to hang out at Starbucks either on my Facebook or Instagram post!
IT’S THAT SIMPLE! This giveaway will be closed on 15th July 2018, 23:59pm! Chosen winners will be directly connected via their email or social media platforms. Start tagging away now!