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Starbucks Focuses on Healthy Menu Items

At the beginning of the month, Starbucks announced it would be rolling out a new "Real Food. Simply Delicious" campaign on June 30 to highlight its focus on all-natural ingredients. Starbucks has reformulated 90 percent of its baked goods to make them free of high-fructose corn syrup, artificial flavors, food coloring, and some preservatives. It has also added menu items today: the Strawberry-Banana Vivanno, Blueberry-Oat Bars, Banana-Walnut Bread, and two lunch salads, the Classic Salad and a Farmers Market Salad. To learn more about what you'll find at Starbucks keep reading.

With the exception of the caramel sauce, which the company is working on tweaking, all of Starbucks' food and drink items are free of high-fructose corn syrup, and all of the foods are under 500 calories each. Although I wasn't able to taste everything, I tried the marshmallow bar, several reformulated pastries, and the Vivanno — and there was no noticeable difference in flavor without the high-fructose corn syrup. In fact, the strawberry smoothie is the Vivanno's best incarnation yet.

Will these changes make you more likely to eat food at Starbucks? Which new offerings are you likely to try?

Blueberry Streusel Muffin

Marshmallow Dream Bar

Strawberry-Banana Vivanno Smoothie

Dark Cherry Yogurt Parfait

Farmers Market Salad

Reduced-Fat Very Berry Coffee Cake

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wolfjinx25 wolfjinx25 8 years
John, Thanks for sharing that. It was very helpful. I love Starbucks. I usually get my tall Mocha and a Croissant. I guess next time I'm going to go for the new blueberry muffin and the strawberry smoothie after hitting the gym. lol
shoneyjoe shoneyjoe 8 years
Maybe when Starbucks comes out with a "Real Food. Less Expensive." line, maybe I'll start buying it.
Zulkey Zulkey 8 years
ha ha ashley, are you allowed to say that? when I was an active binge eater I would get a lot of my bad-for-you food at starbucks for some reason.
ashleyamoeba ashleyamoeba 8 years
I love how YumSugar knows more about the new products than I do and I work there. The new coffee cake is great by the way, but most of our pastries are calorie bombs. 500 calories is a lot, especially when a lot of people get horrible drinks to go with it.
jrb1 jrb1 8 years
Many coffee places offer no food options other than pastry or maybe chocolate. I am glad to be able to get other things and the more these items are improved and expanded, the more likely I will be to go there instead of someplace else. I do support my favorite local roaster, but this is not always an option. You can always get a decent coffee at Starbucks. If there is something decent to eat, so much the better.
prencesschris prencesschris 8 years
yay 4 them i guess...when i get their food i don't think about it being healthy or not -if i want healthy i'll make it @ home
Spectra Spectra 8 years
Just because something doesn't have HFCS in it doesn't make it healthy or "good for you". It's still overpriced, processed garbage and I never bought it before and I'll continue to not buy it.
Phil Phil 8 years
I agree with snarkypants. 'All-natural' is fine, but really doesn't mean a whole lot. There's no commitment to organic, local, etc. The foods may get a calorie cut, but what about sugar, sodium, etc.? It's a good start toward making their food offerings more palatable and sensible for a healthy lifestyle, but I'll still give preference to real 'real food'.
snarkypants snarkypants 8 years
just cuz they're natural doesn't mean they're healthy...
filmgirl81 filmgirl81 8 years
I have two friends who are allergic to corn, so imagine how hard it is for them to get by? I think they drink Mexican coke since it has cane sugar in it. And while it's nice that Starbucks has more natural baked goods, they are still quite high in calories.
LaLaLaurie06 LaLaLaurie06 8 years
Don't even get me started on our country's strange dependence on high-fructose corn syrup. I'd try the new Starbucks items. Sometimes I need a muffin to go with my drink!
arcticpuppet arcticpuppet 8 years
the berry coffee cake looks delicious! i'm not a pastry kind of girl, but the new additions to starbucks might be my downfall :]
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