Food News: Fast Casuals Want To Get You In Shape

McDonald’s may have made national headlines by taking a turn to the healthy direction with the launch of their Fruit and Maple Oatmeal, but they’re not the only industry giant trying to take advantage of the trend toward healthiest breakfast and lunch options. Here’s a look at some of the new menu items spotted in popular fast casuals.

Einstein Brothers Bagels has recently launched an advertising campaign for their Bagel Thin Singles, which come in three flavors (Regular, Honey Wheat, Everything) and top out at 225 calories with light cream cheese schmear. Meanwhile, the Denver-based fast casual chain is also offering a new “Bagel Thin Panini” featuring Bacon, Egg whites and Cheese. The limited time offer comes in at 400 calories and 20 grams of fat (11 saturated). Finally, select markets (such as Salt Lake City) are also featuring a new and lighter Bagel Dog made with an Aidells Chicken Apple Sausage. It rounds out the new offerings at 290 calories and 13 grams of fat (4 saturated).

Einstein Brothers Bagel Thin Panini

Over at Panera, a new salad is being offered. Jack may not being able to talk Thai (and neither, apparently, can Gaylord Focker) but the popular St. Louis-based cafe is offering a Thai Chopped Chicken Salad. Sounds yummy:

Sometimes really great food can take you on a journey. With just one bite of our new Thai Chopped Chicken Salad, you’re halfway across the world. It’s layered with tender, all-natural chicken, Thai spiced cashews and fire-roasted vegetables, with hints of lime and cilantro. Tossed in our Thai Chili Vinaigrette and finished with a peanut sauce, it’s like heading to Thailand for lunch, without the passport.

The salad, with dressing, clocks in at 390 calories and 15 grams of fat (3.5 saturated).

Finally, Starbucks is promoting a new line of breakfast sandwiches, including a Reduced-Fat Turkey Bacon with Egg Whites on English Muffin. 320 calories, 7 grams of fat, and 2 grams of saturated fat.

So, what say you? Any of these options looking enticing enough to pass up a Chick-fil-A Spicy Biscuit or McDonald’s McGriddle?

10 comments on “Food News: Fast Casuals Want To Get You In Shape

  1. Aimee says:

    Looks interesting, but are they gonna charge me the same price for a less-filling bagel?

  2. Annie Benson says:

    I would totally eat the hell out out that thai salad.

  3. sophia says:

    WTF. WTF!!!!

    I am very, very annoyed by that bagel thin. WTF! I would rather just eat half a bagel…it’ll be the same quantity anyway!

    I want my damn fat, dense, cream-cheese-filled bagel.

  4. Shannon says:

    Since I cannot seem to pass up any junk food lately, these all appeal to me and my better judgement. Everyone of them do except the Thai salad. I’ve only had anything Thai inspired once, and that was all it took for me to decide that Thai food isn’t for me.

  5. JC says:

    I work at Panera…the salad is pretty good, but just that. It’s very one-note, regrettably. There is never the sweetness that you want to compliment the salad, and the edamame blend, while nice for the soybeans themselves, results in a rather toothy mix of carrots and red peppers that add texture, but no real flavor to the salad. Due to the chicken’s salty notes, it ends up being rather bland and unsatisfying, rather than full bodied. I suggest asking for the Asian dressing as well, as it would add a sweet note that the chili dressing, which has a nice spice, but a bland flavor, is lacking. I say this after working for the company for 4 years, and slowly seeing standards and food quality decline as the company grows. 🙁 It makes me sad.

  6. Chuck says:

    To most people it would seem logical, but to someone versed in nutrition, they know that all the nutrients of an egg are found in the yolk and that egg yolks actually have positive effects on cholesterol. So just using the egg whites is pretty nutritionally void. Just a thought!

  7. Robert says:

    I had the Thai Chopped Chicken Salad today. Pretty good, I plan on getting it again.

  8. That pic even looks bad. No thanks.

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