Monday, July 20, 2009

Pssst! Free pastry at Starbucks on July 21!

If you haven't heard, Starbucks wants you to have a free pastry tomorrow!*

I hesitate to spread this around, lest (more) hordes of people beat me to my neighborhood Starbucks tomorrow morning (I am planning on going before 6 a.m., on the way to the Y), but I kind of doubt that a post on my little blog is going to affect the coffee traffic in Everett. And I want to reward anyone who happens to read my blog with some free sugar to go along with his or her purchased caffeine.

In anticipation of my treat, I have been scouring the nutrition information on the Starbucks website to analyze which pastry I would most prefer. I can tell you that my favorite, the various scones, are amongst the highest in calories (my beloved cinnamon scone is almost 500 calories! and the others are in the 400's). The muffins and such are pretty much in the 300-350 ranges. And anything lowfat has maybe 20 calories less than its "regular" counterpart.

I know all this already, which is why I am not a pastry regular. I am planning on having my treat for breakfast, along with cooked egg whites (for protein) and salsa (on the eggs, not the pastry). It's still going to be a very high calorie breakfast, but I'm okay with that, on this "special"** occasion.

I still haven't decided what to get; I realize my selection is going to be limited by what they have in stock, so there's no point in getting my heart set on something. I am hoping, if I do get there within an hour of their opening time, to have at least some selection, and not be stuck with a doughnut*** or a bagel.****

Other than that, I'm just going to play it by ear. At least, hopefully, my early morning will allow me enough time for an extra 10 or 15 minutes on the elliptical, to help counteract the extra calories I'm planning to ingest!

*With the purchase of a beverage, from opening to 10:30 a.m., or while supplies last, which I am quite sure will be well before 10:30.

**Special because it's free.

***Although I love doughnuts, it burns me that Starbucks charges like $1.50 for one (even though it would be free tomorrow), when you can get the most delicious doughnuts at a doughnut shop (or grocery store) for about 50 cents!

****In which case, I probably wouldn't even bother. I want to spend my empty carb calories on something delicious!

1 comment:

lifestudent said...

Since its free, and a "special" occasion ... shouldnt you be looking at the menu for the pastry HIGHEST in fat and calories? If you are going to splurge, might as well do it big time ;)