We found the smartest choices for morning meals on-the-go.
The words "fast food" and “healthy” rarely belong in the same sentence together. But every once in a while, a hectic schedule combines with the need for a satisfying breakfast, and your best bet is the drive-thru.
Luckily, for the days when you don't have time to make something at home, you can still find a nutritious, satisfying morning meal at some of the most popular fast food chains. That's right—the following options will fill you up and start your day off right, without weighing you down or leaving you starving by mid-morning.
Spinach, Feta & Cage Free Egg White Breakfast Wrap: This low-calorie wrap (just 290) is vegetarian-friendly, and gives you a mega-serving of protein (19 grams) and veggies (spinach and tomatoes) first thing in the morning. It's the perfect complement to your a.m. latte.
Steel Cut Oatmeal with Almonds, Quinoa & Honey: On a chilly winter morning, nothing is more comforting than a big bowl of oatmeal. And this one features 9 grams of fiber, 8 grams of protein, and a hint of sweetness, thanks to the cinnamon and honey.
Egg White Delight McMuffin: Now that McDonald’s serves breakfast all day, you can enjoy your favorite egg sandwich at any hour. This 250-calorie option features white cheddar cheese, egg whites, and extra lean Canadian bacon on a whole grain muffin. Though it's a more nutritious choice than most things on their menu, it's high in sodium, so don't make it a daily habit.
Greek Yogurt Parfait: Greek yogurt is high in protein and will tide you over until lunch, making this parfait a great choice for breakfast. This version features fresh strawberries and blueberries. If you can, ask for one without the granola or cookie crumbs to reduce the total amount of added sugar.
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Veggie Egg White Flatbread: If you look past the glistening display of sugary treats at this popular donut chain, you’ll find that this breakfast option, with 18 grams of protein, is equal parts tasty and nutritious.
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Egg Whites, Cheddar & Avocado on a Skinny Wheat Bagel: Yes, you can enjoy a bagel even if you’re watching what you eat. And this one—with avocado, cheddar, and egg whites — provides all the healthy fats, protein, and fiber you need to set you up for a successful day.: