Most fast-food restaurants aren’t known for their healthy breakfast offerings. But sometimes you’re on the road in the morning – and you’re hungry. Breakfast really is the most important meal of the day, so skipping it’s not an option. Is there a way to have a healthy fast-fast food breakfast that won’t make your hands greasy and leave you feeling guilty? Fortunately, there are ways to limit the damage.
Stay Away From “Deluxe” Breakfasts
If it says “deluxe”, stay away. McDonald’s Deluxe Breakfast with pancakes, sausage, scrambled eggs, pancakes, bacon, and a biscuit is going to set you back almost 800 calories. Its okay to eat more early in the day, but this is overkill. A better option is to order the Egg McMuffin with 300 calories or the yogurt parfait, which will set you back only 180 calories. Enjoy it with a cup of hot McDonald’s coffee, and you can start the day satisfied.
Have a Healthy Fast-Food Breakfast at Starbucks
Head to Starbucks, but don’t be tempted by the muffins or coffee cake. Enjoy their healthier breakfast options instead – such as their “perfect oatmeal” (140 calories), chewy fruit and nut bar (250 calories), or their Spinach Roasted Tomato, Feta & Egg Wrap. (240 calories). They also offer a Starbucks power protein plate that has 330 calories. Just don’t wash it down with a Frappuccino. Choose a skinny latte instead.
Eggs Are Your Best Friend
For a healthy fast-food breakfast, think eggs. Most fast-food restaurants have some form of egg they can put on a sandwich. Get it on an English muffin, not a high-calorie biscuit. Dunkin Doughnuts has an Egg White Veggie Flatbread Sandwich and an Egg White Turkey Sausage Flatbread Sandwich that are both under 300 calories.
Subway has the competition beat when it comes to low-calorie options. They offer a Western, Egg White & Cheese Muffin Melt that has 160 calories and 4 grams of fat. You can also order a custom-made breakfast wrap made from the vegetables of your choice.
How to Have a Healthy Fast-Food Breakfast: The Bottom Line?
Of course, it’s best to prepare breakfast yourself since many of these options are still high in sodium, but, in a pinch, you can still enjoy a relatively healthy fast-food breakfast.
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