F is for fattening: With bread, meat and cheese, this school breakfast favorite looks like a complete meal — but in terms of nutrition, it’s more like a complete disaster. Prepackaged ham or sausage plus cheese on a croissant allows schools without kitchens to serve students a hot breakfast using minimal equipment, says Dr. Roizen. Unfortunately, the convenience comes at a health cost, with as much as 900 calories and around 65 grams of saturated fat per croissant.
A+ alternative: In just three minutes, you can whip up this healthy breakfast sandwich for your kids: Split and toast a whole-grain English muffin. Spray a ramekin or Pyrex custard cup with nonstick spray and fill with one cracked egg. Scramble and microwave for 30 to 45 seconds. Top toasted muffin half with the cooked egg, one slice of cheese and the other muffin half to make a sandwich.
Extra credit: Add sliced tomato, baby spinach or another veggie.