I can often be accused of being dense. There are just some things I don’t pay attention to. I’m off dreaming, or, as my dad says, I’m off in la la land. Once, in the quad at lunch in high school, I found myself singing the words to “Too Close” by Next at the top of my lungs until I was politely told to stop by my good friend Di. Who would’ve thought those lyrics were so nasty? Suffice it to say, this is a personality trait that I’m stuck with and I constantly have moments that make me feel like I’ve learned nothing in these 28 years.
So, it came as no surprise when I got addicted to Starbucks’ Power Protein Plates in 2008 and I didn’t realize the magnificent “duh” quotient (of, you know, making my own, for heaven’s sake) until, literally, last Friday. I don’t even want to discuss the amount of money I’ve wasted on novelty and convenience and unnecessary (though recyclable) packaging.
I just want to give you data.
Starbucks’ Power Protein Plate
Total calories: 370
Homemade Power Protein Plate
Total calories: 401
The reason the PPP (I’m not going to lie, sometimes I want that to stand for Peter Piper Pizza) is the ideal breakfast for me is three-fold.
1) It is wildly convenient to eat on the way to work and at my desk.
2) Its sweetness comes from bits of fruit and not traditional breakfasty sources which, for some reason, I don’t like. At all.
3) It gives me 1/3 of my protein for the day. That’s good for someone who doesn’t eat a whole lot of meat.
I also like that you can switch out the type of cheese, among other things. No one wants to burn out on cheese. That would be the saddest thing ever.