You’re late for work – and hungry. So before starting your busy day, you pull up to the “golden arches” for a fast-food breakfast. As you hungrily devour the menu, the first thing that catches your eye is the McSkillet breakfast burrito with sausage. Sounds tasty – but is it healthy?
McDonald’s McSkillet Burrito with Sausage: What’s in this Breakfast Burrito?
This monster breakfast meal consists of sausage, potatoes with onions, peppers, eggs, and two different types of cheese (cheddar Jack and American cheese), and salsa roja nestled tightly into a flour tortilla. According to breakfast burrito lovers, it wins points for taste.
The Nutritional Facts about the McSkillet Burrito with Sausage
At 610 calories per 84 ounce burrito, this isn’t a breakfast to eat often if you’re watching your weight – or if you’re at high risk for heart disease. How much fat does this wrap hide within its flour tortilla? A whopping 36 grams of total fat with 14 grams of saturated fat. Your cardiologist would disapprove – especially when you told him about the 1390 milligrams of sodium in every McSkillet breakfast burrito. Add to that 410 milligrams of cholesterol, and you have a very heart-unfriendly sandwich – to say the least.
It’s not low in carbs either at 44 grams of total carbs and only 3 grams of fiber. Fortunately, you can console yourself with the fact you’re getting some vitamin A, C, calcium, and iron – but not enough to make up for the calories and fat. On the plus side, it has 27 grams of muscle-building protein.
Try These McDonald’s Breakfast Options Instead
Use the McSkillet burrito with sausage as a splurge – on a day when you plan on limiting calories, fat, and sodium for the rest of the day. A better option for a healthy fast food breakfast is to get a breakfast burrito without cheese or one without sausage. This trims off about half the calories and fat. If you’re not set on a breakfast burrito, the Egg McMuffin is another “skinny” option. With only 300 calories, the McMuffin gives you 18 grams of protein and 2/3 less total fat than the McSkillet burrito with sausage. If you hold the cheese, you can reduce the fat by another 3.5 grams. Not an awful way to start the morning – especially if you’re in a hurry.
The Bottom Line?
The McSkillet burrito with sausage isn’t an ideal fast-food breakfast – unless you’re out for a splurge. Go for the breakfast burritos sans sausage or cheese or pick-up an Egg McMuffin instead ‘” and save your arteries.