Saturday, September 15, 2012

It Was Only a Matter of Time: The Starbucks Diet


Jared Fogle dropped 245 pounds eating Subway sandwiches in the 90's.  Some random chick lost weight eating only Taco Bell drive thru fare.  Now a 68-year old Virginia librarian claims she has lost 85 pounds over the past two years getting her meals from Starbucks.

Here is a sample of Christine Hall's daily diet.  

She usually starts the day with oatmeal and a black coffee (140 calories)  while her lunch and dinners consists of either a bistro box - a selection of cheese, bread and meats - or a panini which  total around 220-460 calories.

It only makes sense that someone get her daily sustenance Starbucks considering it's a daily ritual for so many of us.  While I am not an advocate of subsisting solely on one food provider, I have done my own version of the Starbucks diet (or Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf), particularly when traveling. 

While covering, the Rangers/Giants World Series in San Francisco in 2010, I lived on Starbucks.  I was so busy that I didn't have time to eat.  I would get coffee and breakfast and pick up some snacks for later in the day.  Dinner would typically be at the Ballpark.  Many of "food" receipts on work-related trips still come from Starbucks whenever I travel for work.


You can get decent, healthy fare at the coffee emporium.  Starbucks also makes a wonderful effort to avoid artificial flavors, trans fats and high-fructose corn syrup (AKA the Devil).

Starbucks Foods & Drinks That Are A Good Caloric Bargain
  • Oatmeal - nix the brown sugar, add some cinnamon, a few nuts and raisins
  • Spinach & Feta Wrap  - I LOVE this. An excellent breakfast or lunch option w/ some fruit
  • Veggie Bistro Box - these seem to vary by location but are, in general, great choices
  • Fruit Cup - these can be a little tired looking at times but are good when fresh
  • Banana 
  • Dried Fruit and Roasted Nut Packs - an excellent snack choice. Very satiating when you're going to be on the go all day.
  • Unsweetened Iced Green Tea - an antioxidant packed pick-me-up
  • Skinny drinks - don't do sugar bomb drinks! They add 100's of calories. Go Skinny
  • Plain coffee - I've really given up the whoopy-do drinks (lattes, etc.). I enjoy plain drip w/ skim milk and some cinnamon, no sweetener. 

What To Avoid At Starbucks:
  • Scones - I LOVE them. LOVE. They are 450-calorie sugar and fat bombs. Make them a treat.
  • Muffins - 350 calories versions of the scones
  • Cookies - I love that Outrageous Oatmeal Cookie.  It's a treat.  A 390-calorie treat.
You can always access Starbucks nutrition information online or get a brochure in-store. 


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