Wednesday, August 13, 2008

New Breakfast Obsession: Banana Chocolate Vivanno


For those of us that work an 8-5 Monday-Friday job, how often do you rush out the door in the morning without eating breakfast? If you’re me, it’s approximately 5 days a week, and the other two days you just sleep through breakfast. But somehow, I do make the time to stop at Starbucks almost every day.

The problem is—those pastries and muffins they sell at Starbucks really don’t appeal to me. They’re just sugar-laden obstacles in the way to getting my Triple Grande Soy Latte. So, basically, I end up drinking my breakfast every morning, and am starving by 10:30.

Starbucks, however, has introduced a new drink that has changed my life. It’s called the Banana Chocolate Vivanno, and it has revolutionized my breakfast routine. The shake combines a whole banana (Fruit! Actual, honest to goodness fruit!), 2% milk (Calcium!), bittersweet cocoa (Chocolate!), fiber powder (Powdered regularity!), and whey protein (Hello, South Beach!). But the best part is, if you ask, they will also blend in a shot of espresso (Caffeine!), making it the most well-rounded and efficient breakfast I’ve ever consumed.

On top of that, this is no uber-sweet and sugary Frappuccino. It’s actually relatively low in fat and calories (5 g/270 calories), especially considering that it works as a meal substitute. And with 6 grams of fiber and 21 grams of protein, it actually keeps you full all morning.

Thank you, Starbucks! You’ve once again earned my love, along with my $5 a day.

9 comments:

Jennifer said...

hhhmmm, I'm not a Starbucks fan, but, I may need to try this.

elizabeth said...

I see this every morning on my trip to Starbucks, but I keep thinking it's going to taste like iced powder. Blah. But I'll trust you...I'll order it tomorrow on your recommendation.

Classy&Sassy said...

Banana and chocolate are best friends. Add in espresso and I'll join the party. And, I don't believe I need to reiterate what an important part of my life fiber is. Nuff said! Great recommendation!

JR said...

Should I be concerned if I leave Starbucks double-fisted with my Venti-skinny-vanilla-with-whip-three-splenda-latte AND this meal in a cup? MUAH!

Angela Chase Loves the Radio said...

Ahhh!! I can't wait to give it a try!

JR said...

I am back, with JR's follow up review...I would have never tried this as when I am not on vacation, hung-over, or trying to prevent a hang over I am caloric conscious. This looked like a nightmare until your review which gave the nutritional value. So, this morning in my rush I forgot to grab my coffee and needed to stop at Starbucks before I made it to work where the only thing stopping me from hurting the people around me is the comfort that my morning latte brings me. While waiting in line and gazing upon the hottest man I have seen in a long time....speaking of things I would grind like a fresh cup of coffee...anyway, I digress....I decide to order this since I hold DallasEats review in such high regard....I did opt for Skim instead of 2% milk and the result was just as pleasing.....I love it, although I would like to see a peanut butter banana version as well....MUAH!

michelle said...

i totally agree with you! i haven't added a shot of espresso before, though. i was tempted (because i really wanted the caffeine) but was a little dubious. chocolate + banana + coffee = ???

but i'll give it a try based on your advice :) my favorite part of the drink is the bittersweet flavor--not overpoweringly sweet at all!

elizabeth said...

I forgot to post my follow up review...I tried it last Thursday. Loved it. Not blah and powdery like I suspected--just the right amount of sweetness. I ordered it again on Friday with a shot of espresso. Loved that too. I ordered it again this morning...I'm sold.

Margie said...

OK. As much as I avoid Starbucks, that sounds great. I guess I'm going to have to try it because there's NOTHING healthy to eat for breakfast in my building downtown.