Nutrition

Eat this, FastFood breakfast!

**Even though I don’t encourage fast food, sometimes it’s just unavoidable and necessary when you’re on long road trips, starving, in between athletic events, don’t have time to go anywhere else, etc. So I’ve pulled out a few items from some of the most common fast food restaurants. It’s an “eat this not that” kind of post. It entertains me to see how crazy some menu items can be, so let’s check it out!**

Sometimes we just don’t know what is and isn’t healthy at a fast food restaurant. The “healthiest” looking item may be your worst enemy. Most people consider salads the healthiest choice, but is a taco salad really healthy? Well, you’ve got your beans-protein, greens-veggies, meat-protein, and cheese-dairy, you’re set!…but not so fast- there’s the fried shell that comes with it, the overload of sodium from the beef in the salad, the cheese may contain a whole ton of fat, and even though I don’t like sour cream, if you get that, you’re piling on even more fat. So when you compare that to a simple taco….it’s a nutritious disaster! Anyways, this EAT THIS/NOT THAT post is about fast-food breakfasts.

McDonald’s: EAT THIS:
Egg McMuffin with Hash Browns
450 calories

22 g fat (6 g saturated)
1,120 mg sodium
(also try the fruit and maple oatmeal (290 calories, 4g fat, 160 mg sodium)

McDonald’s: NOT THAT:
McDonald’s Big Breakfast with Large Biscuit, Hotcakes, Margarine, and Syrup
1,370 calories
64.5 g fat (21.5 g saturated)
2,335 mg sodium
49 g sugar

Dunkin’ Donuts: EAT THIS
Dunkin’ Donuts Cheese Danish 
330 calories
17 g fat (8 g saturated)
17 g sugars(***Also try the cinnamon Raisin Bagel Twist: 350 calories, 3.5 g fat, 19g sugar)

Dunkin’ Donuts: NOT THAT:
Sausage, Supreme Omelet and Cheese on Bagel

730 calories
31 g fat (13 g saturated fat) 76 g carbohydrates

1,870 mg sodium

Wendy’s: EAT THIS:
Wendy’s Sausage & Egg Burrito

350 calories
22 g fat (8 g saturated)
850 mg sodium(**Also try-Artisan egg sandwich with baconL 380 calories, 21 g fat, 830 sodium, steel cut oatmeal: 150 calories)

Wendy’s: NOT THAT:
Wendy’s Mornin’ Melt Panini with Sausage
650 calories
46 g fat (22 g saturated, 1 g trans)
910 mg sodium

Arby’s: EAT THIS:
Bacon Egg & Cheese Biscuit

450 calories
26 g fat
(**Also try Arby’s ham egg and cheese croissant: 350 calories, 20g fat, 20g carbs)

Arby’s: NOT THAT:
Arby’s Sausage Gravy Biscuit
1,040 calories
60 g fat (22 g saturated, 2 g trans)
107 g carbohydrates
4,700 mg sodium

Burger King: EAT THIS:
Burger King’s Double Croissan’wich with Double Bacon
440 calories
25 g fat (11 g saturated, 0.5 g trans)1,190 mg sodium
6 g sugars
(**Also try: ham, egg, and cheese muffin sandwich: 260 calories, 10 g fat, 1,080 mg sodium)

Burger King: NOT THAT:
Burger King Ultimate Breakfast Platter
1,310 calories
72 g fat (26 g saturated, 1 g trans)
2,490 mg sodium
41 g sugars

Einstein’s: EAT THIS:
Asparagus, Mushroom & Swiss sandwich
270 calories
12 g fat (4 g saturated fat)
30 g carbohydrates
425 mg sodium

Einstein’s: NOT THAT:
Einstein’s Bacon and Spinach Panini
860 calories
51 g fat (15 g saturated fat, 1 g trans fats)
66 g carbohydrates
1,610 mg sodium

Panera: EAT THIS:
Egg & Cheese Breakfast Sandwich

380 calories
14 g fat (6 g saturated fat)
43 g carbohydrates
620 mg sodium

Panera: NOT THAT:
Spinach & Bacon Baked Egg Souffle
570 calories
37 g fat (20 g saturated fat, 1 g trans fats)
36 g carbohydrates
990 mg sodium


Jamba Juice: EAT THIS:
Jamba Juice Blueberry and Blackberry Steel-Cut Oatmeal

290 calories
3.5 g fat (1 g saturated)
25 g sugars

Jamba Juice: NOT THAT:
Jamba Juice Chunky Strawberry Topper Parfait (16 oz)
570 calories
17 g fat (3 g saturated)
59 g sugars

If you liked this post, keep coming back to find more like this; I intend to put on more EAT THIS/NOT THAT posts because I find them entertaining and insightful to the food in fast food industries. If you’re interested in nutrition at fast food restaurants check out my post on THIS APP!

http://eatthis.menshealth.com/content/14-best-fast-food-meals-under-500-calories?article=1&page=1

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16 thoughts on “Eat this, FastFood breakfast!

  1. lovely post, although i’m not an advocate of fast food, many do eat it so they may as well know what they should be eating

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  2. I hardly ever eat fast food, preferring to pack my meals each day. However as you said, it is sometimes necessary. If I do eat fast food while traveling, it is likely to be Chic Fil-A or Subway. I have not eaten ANYTHING on McDonald’s menu in over 3 years (probably owing more to Supersize Me, than anything.) They are the worst! Even their oatmeal has tons of sugar and added junk. It’s definitely a no-brainer.

    1. Agreed! And yes I think super size me is so fascinating! However I love making my own sandwiches at subway, but sometimes you have to watch out for all the sodium they add in their sauces! Hope you have an awesome day thanks for stopping by!

  3. Thanks for writing this! I really struggle sometimes being a healthy eater and then being caught out. Eg Road trips. It just a nice positive msg that no matter what you can always try your best 🙂

    1. of course (: I definitely agree! some of my best tips for eating out, is always have the dressings on the sides, order grilled for any meat, hold the butter or creamy sauces on meals, order whole WHEAT (not whole grain) grains, and opt for veggies as sides instead of friend dishes! I hope you have an awesome week, thanks for commenting and visiting my blog 🙂

  4. Hi! Great information! Sometimes feel like eating crappy food but I should read your blog before I buying them… Thank you for visiting my blog. I will definitely check your blog time to time!

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