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).
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?