Fast Times: Reduced-Fat Turkey Bacon with Egg Whites on English Muffin

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Yes, that really is the name of the sandwich.

I am not a Starbucks person--I am a Dunkin' Donuts person all the way. If you've never had a Dunkin' Donuts coffe, you are really missing out on something delicious, and I really think Starbucks' coffee is terrible, unless you go for the lattes and mochas and other things with whips and toppings that mask the actual flavor of the coffee. However the food at Starbucks is another matter altogether, and I have had great luck with their snacks and sandwiches.

In need of a quick breakfast on-the-go I decided to give the Starbucks Reduced Fat Turkey Bacon with Egg Whites on an English Muffin a whirl. The display sandwich looked promising, so my hopes were high.

On the plus side, the sandwich is served on a truly delicious whole-wheat English muffin. The muffin has a lot of flavor and good texture -- seeds and whole grains are visible, and they make chewing just a little more fun. I think there may even be a touch of honey in there.

The egg white portion of the sandwich is pre-made, so it is nothing to write home about, but it is large enough to meet the edges of the muffin, and the texture is soft rather than rubbery so even if it doesn't taste incredible, it's not unpleasant to eat.

The turkey bacon is--well, it's friggin' turkey bacon. Turkey bacon is never going to be as awesome as regular bacon, but fitting into the pants I already own is pretty awesome, so I often opt for it. Unfortunately there isn't quite enough turkey bacon on this sandwich--I got about half as much turkey bacon as I did sandwich, and the non-turkey bacon bites were very bland.

The addition of a bit of reduced-fat cheddar cheese and a "butter flavor" spread added enough flavor overall to keep this sammy on my "I'd order it again" list. I actually think that if I brought this home, added a thick slice of tomato, some arugula or spinach and a couple of dashes of hot sauce, I could have a really great hangover cure on my hands.

The ultimate verdict? The taste isn't amazing, but the quality muffin bumps it up above your average breakfast muffin sandwich. The nutritional content is decent--320 calories, 7 grams of fat, 18 grams of protein, and 3 grams of dietary fiber--and the price tag is not overly expensive at $2.95. I think it's worth a stop at Starbucks, as long as you avoid the coffee.



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Jencie Fajardo
Jencie Fajardo

I do believe you! People would like to hang on to red rice yeast for lowering the unneeded volume of cholesterol as well as handling its components

Allie Herzog
Allie Herzog

The "low fat" breakfast wrap at Starbucks IS a great hangover cure on-the-go. Try it next time!

Bruce R
Bruce R

Man, that looks like shite.  An Egg McMuffin has fewer calories (300), and the McMuffin is cheaper.  So, in conclusion, the McMuffin looks better, tastes better, is cheaper, and is lower in calories.  How does your ass feel about that?

Dave Abed
Dave Abed

I'm sticking to my egg and cheese VitaSandwich, only 150 calories!

Katharine Shilcutt
Katharine Shilcutt

The photo looks dreadful, but I do trust your tastebuds. I'd just have to close my eyes while eating it.  :D

Christina Uticone
Christina Uticone

Disagree with looks and tastes, so my ass feels pretty good about the 20 extra calories.

Ed T.
Ed T.

The ones I get tend to look better. Also, they taste OK. Not *great*, mind you, but OK.

Bruce R
Bruce R

Seriously?  Despite cutting corners with inferior low-fat substitutes, your sandwich ends up higher in calories than the prototype from the fount of culinary evil known as McDonald's. Why? I bet there's a ton of sugar in the English muffin from Starbucks. Sugar bad.

Christina Uticone
Christina Uticone

Yeah, I didn't have a Starbucks in my home town either. (See: Dunkin Donuts.) I'm not sure if I remember McDonald's being  betterbecause it really used to be, or because my tastes matured, or a combo. I love a McD's burger/fries for a hangover now and then but their breakfast offerings are nauseating.

lucky_bamboo
lucky_bamboo

I agree - the McD's fried eggs are gross.  I live in a small town, and McD is our only option (we don't even have a Starbucks), so we sometimes go there in a pinch.  What we do is sub out the scrambled egg that they use on biscuit sandwiches for the nasty fried one on the McMuffin.  It probably doesn't hurt the nutritional value at all, and greatly improves the product.

Christina Uticone
Christina Uticone

Yes, seriously. I find Egg McMuffins repulsive. I purposely didn't compare it nutritionally to the MM because I don't like them, and on its own the Starbucks sandwich isn't *that* terrible. Would I go out of my way for it? No. If a Starbucks was across the street from a McDs would I chose Starbucks? Yes. Although I might get my coffee from McD's afterward.

Starbucks: Total carbs: 43 g. Dietary fiber: 3 g. Sugars: 6 g.

EMM: Total carbs: 30 g. Dietary fiber: 2 g. Sugars: 3 g.

I can live with three extra grams of sugar in exchange for a WAY better muffin, and an egg product that is better in texture.

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