In last week’s “Is it really healthy?” post I took a look at Starbucks Protein Bistro Box. It turned out to be not quite as healthy as it deceivingly appears. In response to that post, reader "SimplySundance" commented to ask whether or not Starbucks Oatmeal is a healthy meal choice. Good question! Let’s find out.
[image via Starbucks.com]
Here’s a quick look!
Nutrition Facts for Starbucks “Perfect Oatmeal”
So far, so good. I’d place this in the “healthy” category. However, ingredient information is not provided on their website, which as we know is just as important as the nutrition facts. So, if you ever find yourself at a Starbucks, about to order their oatmeal, I’d recommend glancing over the ingredients to make sure their are no crazy additives or preservatives that would quickly take this from “healthy” to “DO NOT eat that!”
Nutritional Facts for Starbucks “Nut Medley Oatmeal Topping”
This looks OK to me. All-natural nuts without an excessive amounts of added salt are always a healthy option. But again, double check the ingredients to make sure there are no sneaky “unhealthy” added ingredients here!
Nutrition Facts for Starbucks “Dried Fruit Oatmeal Topping”
At a first glance, this doesn’t look too terrible because the calories are fairly low and there’s not much else to it besides sugar. But, that’s the problem. Dried fruit tends to be high in sugar, and 1 serving of this has 20 grams, which is a high amount to consume in one sitting, especially for anyone trying to cut back on their daily sugar intake. Also, it’d be hard to imagine that their are no preservatives in this. So again, double check the ingredients! (Can’t stress that enough!)
Nutrition Facts for Starbucks “Brown Sugar Oatmeal Topping”
This looks pretty OK too. But if you’re trying to keep it really healthy I wouldn’t recommend adding this to your oatmeal because, it has no real nutritional value. Why add 13 grams of pointless, non-nutritive sugar to your daily intake? Instead, have an apple or banana, which will offer you lots of essential vitamins and minerals!
Overall (without knowing specific ingredient information), Starbucks Oatmeal turns out to be a pretty healthy option. I’ll always recommend making your own oatmeal over purchasing it from somewhere like Starbucks, but when you’re in a pinch, this probably isn’t a bad option. Even including all of the toppings, you’d end up with a total of 390 calories for one serving. However, I wouldn’t recommend indulging in all of them, mostly because you’d end up with an excessive amount of sugar. Instead, I would recommend buying an apple or a banana (which, I’m pretty sure they sell at most Starbucks) and adding that to the oatmeal instead!