Getting breakfast from a fast food joint? Sounds like a diet disaster! Well these days, you are in luck. There happen to be many options for a quick breakfast run, that aren’t half bad, and you won’t have to pray over it first! According to Christine Gerbstadt, MD, RD, spokeswoman for the American Dietetic Association, “It is about finding a good mix of complex carbs like whole grains, protein, and healthy fats to keep you satisfied.” Many food giants are rolling out healthy breakfast options, that even your doctor can’t deny are healthy! Here are just a few:
COSI – Spinach Florentine Breakfast Wrap
Dr. Gerbstadt shares that this meal “refuels you and keeps you satisfied so you don’t overdo it the rest of the day. The fiber and protein content is much higher than you’d usually find in a breakfast meal.” On the downside of things, the fat content is a bit higher than one would like (this is because of the eggs). Try to offset this by eating low fat meals throughout the remainder of your day!
Calories 334; Fat 21g (sat 8g); Protein 24g; Carbohydrate 21g; Fiber 11g; Sodium 516mg
Starbucks- Protein Artisan Snack Plate
This sampler morning snack is amazing because not only is it yummy, it offers a little bit of all that one needs to start their day-protein, fiber, whole grains, and fresh fruit. The portions are just right, and it tastes fab! On the downside the honey butter paired with the cheese can make this meal a bit higher on the fat side. Maybe try reapportioning those items to just half!
Calories 370; Fat 19g (sat 6g); Protein 13g; Carbohydrate 36g; Fiber 4g; Sodium 470mg
Jamba Juice- Berry Topper Ideal Meal
According to nutrition expert, Robin Miller “It really is an ideal meal because it meets all of your nutrient needs. It’s made with yogurt and soy milk, great sources of calcium and vitamin D—two nutrients women often lack. Also blended in are vitamin C–packed strawberries, blueberries, and bananas. And the organic pumpkin flaxseed granola gives you a dose of healthy fats for heart health.” On the downside if you get the medium or large size you may over do it in the calorie department. Stick with the small!
Calories 300; Fat 4.5g (sat 0.5g); Protein 9g; Carbohydrate 59g; Fiber 7g; Sodium 85mg (for 12 ounces)
IHOP- Simple and Fit Veggie Omelette
Cooked to perfection, this mixture of green peppers, mushrooms, onions, and oven roasted tomatoes is just the right mix of nutrition for your morning. The side of fruit is just the icing on top! On the downside, this meal is prepared with egg whites, if you prefer the full egg you have to make a special request!
Calories 320; Fat 10g (sat 1g); Protein 21g; Carbohydrate 40g; Fiber 8g; Sodium 420mg