Between the rain and therefore a shorter walk combined with the appealing, yet unwanted protein shake powder at my desk my lunch options were slim today. And, I’m trying to lose weight (when am I not?) so the deli downstairs was off limits too- the plantains and meatloaf at the hot food bar were too tempting, not to mention the spinach pie that was whispering my name. I needed something that told me the (caloric) damage up front so I could plan out the rest of my day.
So I ducked into the Starbucks around the corner and checked out the Bistro Box options I see there every morning. Say what you will about Starbucks, but I am a fan. I even have the mobile card app on my phone. I feel like the Jetsons paying for my coffee with the scan of a phone…Anyway as I was saying, everything I’ve ever tried there from breakfast sandwiches, to egg salad to those apple fritters has been tasty. There are a few boxes to choose from; I opted for the chipotle chicken wraps.
I got back to my desk and opened up the clear box looking to see what treasures I would find. There were 3 whole wheat wraps, sliced chicken breast on a bed of Romaine lettuce, triangles of pepper Jack cheese, avocado studded salsa, a cool cilantro-lime slaw and even a square of dark chocolate for dessert. In fact the only thing missing was a little fork for the slaw.
Individually, every item was very fresh and flavorful and they really came together to create a delicious lunch. The slaw was crisp and I could detect the notes of lime. It was creamy without being drenched in dressing, but it could have used a touch of salt. The chicken was moist, smokey from being grilled and cut into these strips that tucked nicely into the wrap. Pepper Jack is one of my favorites and it was piquant paired well with the chicken. The salsa was surprisingly good. It was like a little container of Christmas! I wasn’t sure that the avocado was going to hold up to that much acidity but the acid kept the avocado from turning brown and the avocado added a smooth texture to the salsa. I was so excited about my lunch and the subsequent pictures I was taking that I angled the wrap towards me and a spray of salsa squirted onto my shirt. This was also the one day I chose beige instead of black.
This particular Bistro Box was 380 calories, 15 grams of fat, 6 grams of fiber and 26 grams of protein. Having something pre-portioned with the nutritional facts already on it makes me feel more in control of my meal. But, don’t take my word for it, go try a bistro box, just make sure to have a fork or spoon (or a spork!) to scrape up all the slaw and salsa. Enjoy!