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We've all been there: You're running late to a morning meeting, the kids are late to their before-school choir practice, and you haven't gotten to the grocery store in more days than you'd like to admit. So, you pile everyone into the car and (against your better judgment) drive to the nearest drive-thru for a good old breakfast of eggs, bacon and American cheese on a slightly-greasy roll, with a side of fried hashbrown nuggets.
Relax. While we'd all like to make a homemade fiber and protein-rich meal for our families every morning, some days it just doesn't happen. Luckily, there are some healthier choices available at some of the most common fast-food joints.
The new issue of ShopSmart rated the best and worst breakfast choices at seven popular chains. So what did they say?
Stick with the Ham, Egg & Cheese Wake-Up Wrap, which packs 10 grams of protein for just 200 calories. That's a big step up from their worst option, the Sausage, Egg & Cheese on Croissant. The sandwich is a whopping 640 calories.
Recently the chain has made an attempt to offer healthier options. Sure, their Big Breakfast with Hotcakes, a massive 1,150 calorie combo of scrambled eggs, sausage, buttermilk biscuits, hash browns and three hotcakes, isn't exactly health food, but their Fruit 'N Yogurt Parfait is a reasonable 130 calories.
A raspberry scone may not sound that bad (there's fruit, right?), but the 18 grams of sugar and 500 calories isn't an ideal way to start the day. With 5 grams of protein and 4 grams of fiber, the 140-calorie Perfect Oatmeal is a better choice.
Or, avoid the fast-food mess all together and whip up a batch of these make-ahead Whole-Wheat Apple Oat Muffins. They come together quickly and freeze beautifully, so they are ready to go whenever you are. Or try these easy on-the-go breakfast ideas.
Plus, test your knowledge with the Which is Worse? Fast-Food Breakfast Quiz!