Starbucks has been a go to favorite of mine for a number of years now. It’s even part of our Christmas traditions. My personal favorite is a Grande Skinny Vanilla Latte. I found out if you use the term “skinny” they know to make it with all low fat or sugar free items – so sugar free vanilla syrup and fat free milk, etc. I know it isn’t a good money saving strategy to spend on coffee – but if it stops me from indulging in a $25 blouse and indulge instead in a $4 coffee? Well, that’s a choice I make sometimes.
I also like the steamers at Starbucks for the kids. They are $1.25 and are warmed up whole or 2% milk (at kid temperature) with their choice of syrups to flavor it. It tastes good, is much healthier than a soda, and is a treat for special occasions - after sledding, during girls day, whatnot.
Recently, Starbucks came out with Bistro Boxes – basically boxed lunches (or dinners) that are available for purchase right along with your coffee or just on their own. I tried them out at as a part of a campaign for Mom Central and chose:
- Egg Salad Sandwich $4.95
- Protein Box $6.95
I really want to try two others – Sesame Noodle Bistro Box and Chipotle Chicken Wrap Bistro Box – but both looked a little difficult to eat in the car and I was in the middle of errands when I stopped at Starbucks.
I was satisfied with my Bistro Boxes, but wasn’t overwhelmed. The egg sandwich was tasty, but very ordinary. I was pleased that the bread was very fresh and had a hearty texture.
The Protein Bistro Box impressed me because the hard boiled egg was cage free which has become important to me, but otherwise was apple slices, a handful of grapes, two small slices of cheese and a biscuit. The bisquit was very good – raisin and nuts with honey peanut butter to spread on it. Again, this box was tasty, but pretty ordinary too.
I actually think this “ordinariness” would work to my advantage with my kids. The protein Bistro Box in particular would be easily accepted by them, is healthy, and would be a very good alternative to fast food options when we are on the road. Plus most Starbucks have drive-throughs so we wouldn’t have to go in like some other healthier option places like Souper Salad, etc.
I thought these were a little pricey, but if you are looking for a ready made healthy option and forgot to pack a lunch, these Bistro Boxes may be something you want to consider.
**I wrote this review while participating in a campaign by Mom Central Consulting on behalf of Starbucks Bistro Boxes and received a gift card to facilitate my review and thank me for taking the time to participate.