Starbucks’ Holiday Turkey Panini Actually Packs A Ton Of Protein

Look past the gingerbread loaves and eggnog lattes, and you’ll actually find tons of Starbucks foods packed with a hell of a lot of protein this time of year. TG, right? A peppermint mocha is delish, but you know you’ll still be starving in 30 minutes.

“Unlike simple carbs—protein plays a big role in satiety,” says Torey Armul, registered dietitian nutritionist. “It digests slowly, so it provides longer-lasting energy and satisfies hunger longer than sweet treats.”

Sonya Angelone, registered dietician nutritionist, recommends aiming to squeeze in 20 to 30 grams of protein per meal, and about half that amount for a snack (10 to 15 grams).

So go ahead, treat yourself to that caramel brulée latte, but pair it with these high-protein Starbucks menu items while you’re at it:

1. Egg and Cheese Protein Box

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This bento-like container pairs two cage-free eggs with a full cup of fruit, multigrain muesli bread, and a honey peanut-butter spread. And at 23 grams of protein, it makes for a solid breakfast option.

Per serving: 460 cal, 24 g fat, 40 g carbs, 5 g fiber, 21 g sugar, 23 g protein.

2. Spinach, Feta & Cage-Free Egg White Breakfast Wrap

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Cage-free egg whites, spinach, feta cheese, and tomatoes rolled in a whole-wheat wrap? Yes, please. At 19 grams of protein, this tasty wrap is a great morning pick.

Per serving: 290 cal, 10 g fat, 33 g carbs, 6 g fiber, 4 g sugar, 19 g protein.

3. Holiday Turkey Panini

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If a turkey breast panini topped with cranberry-herb stuffing and turkey gravy doesn’t get you in the holiday spirit, then I don’t know what will. And the “handheld turkey dinner” is worth noting at 30 grams of protein.

Per serving: 540 cal, 13 g fat, 74 g carbs, 4 g fiber, 11 g sugar, 30 g protein.

4. Sous Vide Egg White Bites With Red Pepper

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Cage-free eggs whites prepared using a fancy French technique known as “sous vide”—which involves vacuum-sealing food and cooking it in temperature-controlled water—are topped with Monterey Jack cheese, spinach, and fire-roasted red peppers for the perfect snack. FYI: It contains 13 grams of protein.

Per serving: 170 cal, 7 g fat, 13 g carbs, 1 g fiber, 2 g sugar, 13 g protein.

5. Chicken & Quinoa Protein Bowl with Black Beans and Greens

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I finally remembered to take a picture of this salad! 🥗 Chicken & Quinoa Protein Bowl with Black Beans and Greens 🥗 Oh my heaven, I love this salad. It's pretty expensive for Starbucks food (almost 8 dollars) but it's about as much as I would personally spend on any salad at the mall I work at. This salad comes with chicken, quinoa, spring mix, tomatoes, black beans, fire grilled corn, jicama, and cotija cheese and the dressing is an amazing tomato chile vinaigrette. It's a crunchy, savoury, spicy, smoky, sweet and lively salad that's good to the last bite. Just trust me, it's THAT good. #starbucksreview #starbucksfood #starbucksfoodreview #foodreview #salad #starbuckssalad #starbucksproteinbowl #starbucksproteinbox #starbucks #chicken #quinoa #review

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I finally remembered to take a picture of this salad! 🥗 Chicken & Quinoa Protein Bowl with Black Beans and Greens 🥗 Oh my heaven, I love this salad. It's pretty expensive for Starbucks food (almost 8 dollars) but it's about as much as I would personally spend on any salad at the mall I work at. This salad comes with chicken, quinoa, spring mix, tomatoes, black beans, fire grilled corn, jicama, and cotija cheese and the dressing is an amazing tomato chile vinaigrette. It's a crunchy, savoury, spicy, smoky, sweet and lively salad that's good to the last bite. Just trust me, it's THAT good. #starbucksreview #starbucksfood #starbucksfoodreview #foodreview #salad #starbuckssalad #starbucksproteinbowl #starbucksproteinbox #starbucks #chicken #quinoa #review

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I finally remembered to take a picture of this salad! 🥗 Chicken & Quinoa Protein Bowl with Black Beans and Greens 🥗 Oh my heaven, I love this salad. It's pretty expensive for Starbucks food (almost 8 dollars) but it's about as much as I would personally spend on any salad at the mall I work at. This salad comes with chicken, quinoa, spring mix, tomatoes, black beans, fire grilled corn, jicama, and cotija cheese and the dressing is an amazing tomato chile vinaigrette. It's a crunchy, savoury, spicy, smoky, sweet and lively salad that's good to the last bite. Just trust me, it's THAT good. #starbucksreview #starbucksfood #starbucksfoodreview #foodreview #salad #starbuckssalad #starbucksproteinbowl #starbucksproteinbox #starbucks #chicken #quinoa #review

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The name says it all. Choose this when you’re looking for a quick lunch to go with that latte. It includes grilled chicken tossed with a chili vinaigrette and mixed with fresh greens, tomatoes, roasted corn, black beans, and jicama. This meal (which contains 27 grams of protein) is a great option when you need a healthy meal on-the-fly.

Per serving: 420 cal, 17 g fat, 42 g carbs, 9 g fiber, 11 g sugar, 27 g protein.

6. Smoked Turkey Protein Box

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I mean, can you really go wrong with these boxes? This one boasts 35 grams of protein in its turkey sandwich with Swiss cheese, pickled peppers, a cream-cheese spread and lettuce on flatbread. Plus, it includes nutritious carrot sticks and apple slices on the side.

Per serving: 570 cal, 23 g fat, 54 g carbs, 7 g fiber, 20 g sugar, 35 g protein.

7. Chicken Wrap Protein Box

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Can’t get enough of these adorable, portion-controlled meals? Check out this tortilla wrap with chicken, chili-lime slaw, and a peanut coconut sauce. It’s contains 30 grams of protein.

Per serving: 690 cal, 31 g fat, 77 g carbs, 6 g fiber, 0 g sugar, 30 g protein.

8. Almond Protein Blended Cold Brew

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And you thought Starbucks blended drinks (read: calorie-laden) were best ignored. This drink is made with almond milk, plant-based protein, almond butter, and ice, and sweetened with a banana and date fruit blend. At 12 grams of protein, it’s a solid snack choice. If you prefer chocolate, then go for its Cacao Protein Blended Cold Brew brother, which packs 250 calories and 10 grams of protein.

Per serving: 270 cal, 12 g fat, 30 g carbs, 4 g fiber, 22 g sugar, 12 g protein.

9. RXBARs

Starbucks locations also carry some healthy snacks you can find at the register, including RXBARs. The whole food protein bars are made with simple ingredients (egg whites, fruits, and nuts) and no added sugars, and contain 12 grams of protein per bar.

Per serving: 200 cal, 7 g fat, 25 g carbs, 15 g of sugar, 5 g fiber, 12 g protein.

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