Starbucks' Food Menu Just Expanded For Spring, And Includes Gluten-Free & Vegan Options
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If you're stopping into Starbucks for your morning caffeine kick, you now have one more reason to start your day with a balanced breakfast. The coffee giant is expanding its menu this Spring, offering new gluten-free and vegan breakfast treats. According to a press release, Starbucks' new food options are available in all U.S. locations as of Tuesday, March 21 — so those heading in for their weekly caramel macchiato shouldn't be surprised by a couple scrumptious additions glistening under the counter's display glass.

In response to the changing tastes of consumers and as a nod to the hottest current food trends Sbux has altered the Spring menu, including more fresh fruits and veggies. As someone who is addicted to avocado in all forms (including emoji form), I couldn't be happier to see that the organic avocado spread is now available in all markets nationwide.

The Seattle-based company is also stepping up to cater to those with dietary restrictions. With the gluten-free market expanding rapidly, and celiac disease affecting at least 3 million Americans nationwide, Starbucks' first certified gluten-free breakfast sandwich couldn't come at a better time. Sbux fans can expect a classic breakfast offering with flavorful cherrywood-smoked Canadian bacon, an egg patty and melted white cheddar cheese sandwiched in between a gluten-free ciabatta roll and served warm.

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To avoid cross-contamination, Starbucks ensures that the sandwich is "prepared in a certified gluten-free environment and sealed into its own oven-safe parchment bag." The bread is made from a blend of rice, buckwheat, corn, and cassava flours, and given a nutty texture and extra protein boost with the addition of poppy seed, sunflower seed, quinoa seed, and golden millet seed.

For those looking for a healthful breakfast option, Sbux's latest vegan-friendly bagel may fit the bill. The sprouted grain bagel, topped with whole grain oats, flax seed, and sunflower seeds will join the bagel line up. Sprouted grains have become a popular alternative to white and wheat flours, and are considered a "living food." The process of soaking the grains in a contained environment is thought to make them easier to digest (though they do naturally contain gluten protein, so it's definitely not for those with a gluten-intolerance). Add a dollop of the vegan avocado spread on the nutty bagel and you've got yourself a wholesome yet tasty snack that won't weight you down.

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In addition to the bakery options, customers can expect two new fruit-filled yogurt parfaits: the bright and tangy Lemon Chiffon Yogurt, with layers of vanilla yogurt and lemon curd, and the Berry Trio Yogurt, with layers of strawberries, blueberries, raspberries and the crunch of honey oat granola weaved through vanilla yogurt. New desserts such as a peanut butter cup cookie (that's right — it's a peanut butter cookie with a peanut butter cup inside!) and fun parrot-shaped vanilla cake pops are hitting shelves across the U.S. as well. Lighter fare and iced coffees are perfect for the changing seasons, — if only this weather would start acting like spring already and get warmer!