Tuesday, May 26, 2015

What's wrong with this picture?

I happened into a Starbucks today (imagine that) and saw this Flourless Chewy Chocolate Cookie in their case. Scanning the little signs that contain nutritional information that are placed in front of all their foods, it appeared this choice offered the fewest calories of everything in there. At 170 calories, could this be good for you?

This cookie has fewer calories than their Hearty Blueberry Whole Grain Oatmeal (220 calories) their Michigan Cherry Oat Bar (240 calories), their Wheat Spinach Savory Foldover (250 calories), and their Chicken & Hummus Bistro Box (270 calories).

It has far fewer calories than their healthy sounding Edamame Hummus Wrap (490 calories) and smokes the Double-Smoked Bacon, Cheddar & Egg Sandwich (540 calories) which offers the most calories on their food menu.

The only items on their food menu that have few calories are any items that are roughly the size of a silver dollar (Petite Vanilla Bean Scone at 120 calories or the Chocolate Cake Pop at 140) or their Classic Whole-Grain Oatmeal (160 calories before adding the brown sugar, dried fruit, and nut medley toppings which could add up to 250 additional calories ).

This makes me feel a whole lot better about my 130 calorie Double Tall Soy Latte habit. Just saying.

Good for you might be a stretch but it has 2g of fiber, 2g protein, and 15% of your recommended daily allowance of iron. (I'm definitely going to eat one of these babies before my next blood donation!) And, chocolate which, as you know, is definitely good for you.

So let this be a lesson to you: Things are not always as they appear. And, when in doubt, eat cookies for breakfast. (I guess that's two lessons but what the heck. The second one is one the house.)

(More information here.)

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