Surprisingly Healthy Fast-Food Breakfasts

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Fast food breakfasts are definitely not an ideal choice when you’re watching what you eat. But some breakfast sets are low in calories. We don’t recommend eating fast foods because they are high in saturated fats and preservatives, but these breakfast options from your favorite fast food joint are surprisingly healthy:

Starbucks’ Sandwiches

Our recommendation: Spinach & Feta Wrap

Starbucks isn’t exactly known for serving up healthy foods, but a few of its sandwiches are quite low in calories. For instance, the Spinach & Feta Wrap packs a modest 290 calories and yields about 6 grams of fiber and 19 grams of protein. What makes the wrap even healthier is  the whole wheat bread and cage-free egg.

Dunkin Donuts Sandwiches

Our recommendation: Ham Egg & Cheese English Muffin

Dunkin Donuts offer a great selection of low-calorie breakfasts including the Ham Egg & Cheese English Muffin. This breakfast muffin yields about 280 calories, 17 grams of protein, and 7 grams of fiber. You can beef up the protein content of the muffin without increasing the caloric content by adding egg whites! Dunkin Donuts also offer a range of flatbread sandwiches that contain 300 calories or less. To keep the caloric content in check, try not to add any fattening trimmings. Also, watch out for their more indulgent toasted packs. Each pack contains about 500 calories and 28 grams of fat.


Our recommendation: Classic Egg McMuffin and Egg White Delight McMuffin

Everyone’s favorite breakfast sandwich, the Egg McMuffin, is surprisingly light on the stomach! A single serving of Egg McMuffin contains 290 calories, 17 grams of protein, 12 grams of fat and 31 grams of carbohydrates. To keep the calories down, do not eat the sandwich with hash browns and juice.

The Egg White Delight McMuffin is another low-calorie breakfast sandwich. It clocks in at 250 calories, 18 grams of protein, 7 grams of fat and 30 grams of carbohydrate!


Our recommendation: Build Your Own Sandwich

Subway is a popular choice among dieters and the health conscious alike because of the healthy menu. But instead of ordering one of their classic offerings, try building your own sandwiches. Choose nine-grain or whole wheat bread and add low-calories veggies like lettuce, tomatoes, and spinach. An average make your own sandwich contains 350 calories and 14 grams of fat.

Au Bon Pain Café Bakery

Our recommendation: Egg White Cheddar & Avocado

Au Bon Pain’s Egg White Cheddar & Avocado yields 310 calories and it’s packed with high-quality protein and beneficial fats. To keep the calories down, try ordering egg whites instead of a whole egg. This will shave down the caloric content of the sandwich to about 230 calories and 20 grams of protein.


Our Recommendation: Ham Egg White & Cheddar Muffin

Wawa is known for its calorific offerings, but there are a few low-calorie options too! Try the Ham Egg White & Cheddar Muffin. The sandwich yields about 240 calories, 20 grams of protein and 7 grams of fiber. To reduce your caloric intake, resist the temptation of adding all the trimmings and washing your meal down with soda.

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