Monday, September 08, 2008

Looking for a breakfast low in calories?

So a friend called me earlier raving about Starbucks new low-fat apple bran muffin. She said it was dee-lish. Now, not having tried it myself, I can't tell you whether it truly is that fabulous or an exaggeration caused by lack of caffeine and a still sleep-addled brain. But based on a quick Internet skim, it appears many folks do like the new muffin.
Either way, I have to give a thumbs-up to the coffee giant for its efforts to lure a more health­-conscious crowd. It recently unveiled five low-calorie breakfast items, ranging from oatmeal and a granola bar to a well-balanced protein plate.
Check it out: The 330-calorie Power Protein Plate contains a hard-boiled egg, peanut butter, a small bagel, grapes, apple slices and cheese. Perfect Oatmeal runs about 140-390 calories depending on the toppings, which include dried fruit, nuts or brown sugar. The previously-mentioned Apple Bran Muffin has 330 calories and 8 fat grams, while the Chewy Fruit & Nut Bar has 250 calories and 10 fat grams. Finally, the multigrain roll is about 280 calories and has 6 grams of fat.
Excellent (rubs hands together with glee).

Now just to make your Monday even sweeter, here are a few more low-cal and SUGAR-FREE breakfast recipes. Hope you enjoy these sucralose-sweetened goodies.

Breakfast Apricot Muffins (150 calories, 6 fat grams)

Apple Pie Oatmeal (200 calories, 3 fat grams)

Dried Cherry and Almond Scones (210 calories, 7 fat grams)

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