Saturday, February 26, 2011

America's Healthiest Fast Food Breakfasts?

I received this link in my inbox this past week: America's Healthiest Fast Food Breakfasts, via CNN. My mind immediately went to predict what they would hail: dry, rather unappealing egg-white based breakfast sandwiches. I was somewhat right. Other items on the list included sugared-up oatmeals and a soy-milk based Jamba Juice smoothie. Eeeek.

The article went on to make suggestions as to how to further "healthify" the options on the list - and a couple of discussion points had to do with ways to reduce fat. The case of the McDonald's Fruit & Maple Oatmeal was the only "healthify this" suggestion that dealt with how to avoid any blood-sugar-spiking carbohydrates - and that was by omitting the option to add brown sugar! In fact, the "healthifying" suggestion for the Denny's Scrambled Egg Whites, Chicken Sausage and Fruit plate is to add a slice of whole grain toast. Ack!

But one spread on the list that caught my eye - the Starbucks Protein Artisan Snack Plate, said to include: "...hard-boiled egg, cheddar and apple slices, multigrain muesli bread, grapes, and honey peanut butter spread..." Wow! What a pleasant surprise. Especially if we were on a family road trip or in an airport, it is great to know that this could be a reasonable travelling option for us because a) it is based on whole foods - I'd just chuck the grain-based muesli bread - and b) Starbucks locations are becoming more and more ubiquitous.

Do you know of any other primal and paleo friendly fast food breakfast options for those times when you're on the go?


  1. Starbucks also has a plain oatmeal option, unlike McDonald's which is loaded with crap.

    My best friend on the road? Supermarkets. Seriously - by the deli section, they almost always have fruit, cheese, veggies, HB eggs, guacamole, hummus, etc., all right in the front.

  2. I also noticed Au Bon Pain has a protein kind of option as well. Going to their website just now, I don't see it.

    And Jimmy John's sells any of their sandwich as a lettuce wrap. Make it an unwich. :) Not so much a breakfast option, but I'm pretty ecstatic about it. :)

  3. Starbucks also has a Fruit, Nut and Cheese plate that is good if you're okay with dairy. It comes with almonds, cubed cheeses, sliced apples and dried cranberries. It also comes with some crackers that I take out. I'm sure the cranberries have sugar in them, but on a road trip or as a treat I think they'd be fine. They also have fruit cups sort of like a fruit salad. I don't usually get them because I think they're too expensive when I have good fruit at home, but again on a road trip it could be a decent option.

  4. Oooo some really good tips here. Thank you all!

  5. What's wrong with the bread?

  6. Hi, Anonymous,

    The bread contains grains and other ingredients that I'd rather not eat, especially in a commercially/industrially prepared form.

    See them here:
    mini pita (unbleached wheat flour [wheat flour, ascorbic acid, niacin, iron, thiamine mononitrate, riboflavin, folic acid], filtered water, raisins [raisins, vegetable oil], organic evaporated cane syrup, flax seeds, multigrain mix [cracked wheat, cracked rye, crushed flax seeds, millet meal, cracked triticale, barley grits, sunflower seeds, rolled oats, durum semolina], sunflower seeds, wheat bran, rolled oats, natural apples, yeast, sunflower oil, sea salt, cultured wheat starch, citric acid, enzymes)

    Taken from the Starbucks website.


I cherish your comments, each and every one!

Please note that comments that are off-topic or of a gratuitously promotional nature will not be published. Also, for reasons of privacy, comments with my name or family members' names will not be published.

Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...