We all know that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. And guess what, you can find a choice of six breakfast pairings at Starbucks for $3.95 within the U.S which is nice for those of us who want fast and cheaper. Starbucks in't my thrid place, it's my office, a perk for being a blogger.
You save as much as $1.20 when you buy the pairing versus as individual items. And, even though these are "breakfast" foods, the pairings are available all day long. And read to the end because I'm giving away some Starbucks gift cards. Oh yeah!
Before I get into the six choices. Here's some tidbits that can help you with some dietary preferences:
For any of the four breakfast sandwiches, you can request that they take out the cheese, egg, or meat. You'll still be charged the $3.95 but at least you can cut down on fats.
You can ask them to cut the sandwich in half so you can eat like half for breakfast, and eat the other half for a snack later in the day or for breakfast the next day.
You can eat the sandwich open face by just removing one half of the bread. This will cut down calories and the carbs.
All the nutritional info I list is in my county of San Mateo, CA. Double check the information for your city. There shouldn't be any difference, but again, double check. The nutritional info does list the ingredients, and almost all of those ingredients are recognizable items. It's still processed food, but it's not as sinful as it could be, at least in my humble opinion.
And now for your six choices:
* Tall Latte with Starbucks Perfect Oatmeal: The Oatmeal is made by Quaker and we love Quaker. For toppings you get to choose brown sugar, dried fruit, and a nut medley. The oatmeal is pretty much stuff you can make at home but if you're in a hurry, Starbucks is a good place to grab the oat goodness. Nutritional info in San Mateo.
* Tall Latte with Reduced-fat Cinnamon Swirl Coffee Cake. Now, in my opinion, you should not be starting your day off with cake. However, again, these six pairings are available all day long, so if you want to eat some cake as an afternoon snack treat on one of your "free" days or split a piece with a friend, then go for it. Nutritional info in San Mateo: 300 calories, 6g Fat, 53g Carbs, 4g Protein.
* Tall brewed coffee with the Artisan Bacon Sandwich: Smoked bacon, Gouda, and Parmesan egg frittata on hand-shaped artisan roll. Nutritional Info in San Mateo: 380 calories, 20g Fat, 31g Carbs, 19g Protein.
* Tall brewed coffee with the Artisan Ham Sandwich: Black Forest Ham, Mild Cheddar, and Parmesan egg frittata on hand-shaped artisan roll. Nutritional Info in San Mateo: 370 calories, 16g Fat, 32g Carbs, 23g Protein. Of the four sandwiches, this one was my favorite because it tasted good and it has the best overall balance of calories, fat, carbs and protein.
* Tall brewed coffee with the Sausage Breakfast Sandwich which I like to call the Star-BuckMuffin because it's pretty much Starbucks version of McDonald's Sausage Egg McMuffin: Sausage, egg, and mild Cheddar on an English muffin. Nutritional Info in San Mateo: 500 calories, 29g Fat, 42g Carbs, 20g Protein.
* Tall brewed coffee with the Reduced-Fat Turkey Bacon Breakfast Sandwich: Reduced-fat turkey bacon, cholesterol-free egg, and reduced-fat aged white cheddar on a multi-grain English muffin. Nutritional Info in San Mateo: 390 calories, 12g Fat, 46g Carbs, 22g Protein.
And now that I've gotten you drooling and curious over these breakfast pairings, three of you will be lucky winners of a $5 Starbucks gift card so you can try one of these pairings. I will randomly pick the three winners. Available to US residents only because the pairings are available only in the US.
You can only enter once. Doors are open until Friday 3/20/09 at midnight PST. I'll announce the winners on Monday 3/23. Please leave a valid email so I can contact you. And yes indeedy, I believe in karma so your email will stay between you and I.
To enter, in comments, tell me what your favorite Starbucks drink is, what you normally like to enjoy. My favorite drink is an iced coffee with a dabble of soy milk and one packet of raw sugar.