Best Fast Food Choices for a Healthy Breakfast on the Run
A healthy breakfast can be found at fast food restaurants, according to an article published in the new March edition of Health magazine.
The article features a list of the top ten fast food breakfast items which qualify as a healthy breakfast. Surprisingly, even notorious health offenders such as McDonnald's, Dunkin' Donuts and IHOP made the cut.
Nutritionists at Health came up with the list based upon each item's calories, fat, sodium, portion size and use of fresh produce and ingredients. Here is what they concluded are your best choices for a healthy breakfast on the fly.
Topping their list at number one is the Spinach Florentine Breakfast Wrap from Così . Although high in fat, this meal is full of fiber and will keep you feeling fuller longer. Other reasons to start your day with this wrap: recent reports attributed a high fiber diet to weight loss, lowered cholesterol and longevity.
Grab a Protein Artisan Snack Plate when you stop to order your coffee from Starbucks. This item, at number two on the list, is well balanced and includes fresh apples, grapes, protein and fiber which scored well with Health's nutritionists.
Further down on the list at number six is McDonnalds's Fruit & Nut Oatmeal. This meal's high soluble fiber content and fruit toppings are what the writers said made this item stand out.
After McDonnald's comes number seven: Dunkin' Donuts Egg White Turkey Sausage Wake-up Wrap. Surprisingly this item only has 160 calories and 5 grams of fat while still packing 11 grams of protein. The downside is the item lacks in fiber, which is key to keeping hunger in check throughout the day.
Other items featured on the list include Berry Topper Ideal Meal from Jamba Juice, Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal from Au Bon Pain, Scrambled Egg Whites, Chicken Sausage and Fruit from Denny's, Simple & Fit Veggie Omelet from IHOP, Western Egg White & Cheese Muffin Melt from Subway and the Breakfast Power Sandwich from Panera Bread.
Although the items on the list have been called “healthy”readers should exercise caution. Many of these items are high in fat and calories and may not be the best options for weight loss or cholesterol control.
According to nutrition experts, healthy breakfast choices include whole-grains, low-fat protein, low-fat dairy and fruits and vegetables. This combination of health-promoting nutrients can aid in many health goals, including weight loss.
It is encouraging to see fast food chains offering more options for the health conscious consumer, however we are still a long way off from making fast food healthy. Keep in mind that always the best way control the quality of food you eat is by making it at home.
Resource: Health magazine March 2011 edition