School’s back in full force, and parents may feel even more stressed about finding time to eat their own breakfast as they make lunches and feed the troops before the bus arrives.
So, if you have to grab breakfast on the run — as in a fast-food restaurant — nutritionist Tanya Zuckerbrot, a contributor to Cooking Light magazine, has the lowdown on eating a healthy breakfast while on the go:
Starbucks: Go for the Protein Plate — a combo of fruit, peanut butter, a hard-boiled egg and a mini-bagel that totals 370 calories, 5 grams of fiber and 17 grams each of protein and fat.
McDonald’s: Try a side of scrambled eggs with an English muffin, strawberry preserves and a large coffee. All of that comes in at just 365 calories and has half as much sodium as an Egg McMuffin.
Burger King: The three-piece French toast strips with a one-ounce container of syrup make a healthy breakfast option for those with a sweet tooth, Zuckerbrot said. The sticks and syrup come in at 300 calories with 11 grams of fat.
Subway: Sandwich lovers can go for the Western egg white and cheese muffin melt if they want a healthy option to start the day. The meal manages to pack 15 grams of protein and 5 grams of fiber in a 160-calorie muffin.
Dunkin’ Donuts: They make an Egg White & Cheese Wake-Up Wrap — part of the new DDSMart menu — which has 25 percent less fat and calories than the “usual fast-food fixin’s.” The wrap comes in at 150 calories, with 6 grams of fat. It does, however, pack 520 milligrams of sodium.
And listen up, kids (and parents alike). Zuckerbrot reminds us that eating any breakfast (even an unhealthy one and even if you’re dieting), is better than not eating breakfast at all.