You know what an oxymoron is right? Jumbo Shrimp? Smart Jason? You see it’s using an adjective to describe the opposite really. In more Merriam-Webster speak an oxymoron is: is a figure of speech that combines contradictory terms.
Yesterday I was using Google to search for what would be considered the healthiest food. I wanted to know what the ‘experts’ thought was the one food that had it all and I was curious if I was eating it. If you ask me its the banana. I mean you get potassium, Vitamin C, Folate, Vitamin B6, Magnesium and Manganese plus a limited amounts of fat, cholesterol and sodium. Not to mention that they are cheap. I just bought 9 lbs of bananas for $4.46.
As I typed healthy into my Google search bar the automatic drop down showed healthy fast foods. I thought well what could that entail. What is considered fast food and what would be considered healthy? There were a ton of links but what drew my eye was the article from CNN because it was about breakfast.
As you know breakfast and I are best friends. I love breakfast not just in the morning, but sometimes for lunch and at least once per week for dinner. Last night before making a terrific meal (recipe may be revealed tomorrow as I’m making it again tonight and will take pictures) I thought of making pancakes with sliced banana and strawberry. Then I contemplated making french toast and finally settled on the meal that I made. That did not stop me from having a bowl of granola a few hours later.
So with peaked interest I clicked on the link and saw some items from places I had never heard of. It was interesting to see what was considered healthy and from where. I can tell you that I cannot recall the last time I ate a fast food place (by my definition fast food is Jack In The Box, McDonald’s, Burger King, IHOP, etc.)
Here are the 10 places and items that were considered the healthiest of choices at fast food chains for breakfast along with how to improve each choice:
1. Spinach Florentine Breakfast Wrap (Cosi)
Room for improvement: The fat content is on the high side (since the wrap is made with eggs), so eat low-fat fare throughout the day — or split this hearty pick with a friend.
2. Protein Artisan Snack Plate (Starbucks)
Room for improvement: Along with all that protein and fiber, you get 19 grams of fat. Tip: Eat half of either the honey peanut butter spread or the cheese.
3. Berry Topper Ideal Meal (Jamba Juice)
Room for improvement: Stick to the small (12-ounce) size — larger serving sizes load on the calories.
4. Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal (Au Bon Pain)
Room for improvement: The protein content is a bit low: Make it more filling by eating a few nuts or a yogurt on the side.
5. Scrambled Egg Whites, Chicken Sausage, and Fruit (Denny’s)
Room for improvement: Order a piece of whole-grain toast (without butter or margarine) to increase the fiber factor, adding about 100 more calories.
6. Fruit & Maple Oatmeal (McDonald’s)
Room for improvement: Watching calories? Order it without the brown sugar to save 30 calories. “You won’t miss it with all the fruity flavors,” Largeman-Roth explains.
7. Simple & Fit Veggie Omelette (IHOP)
Room for improvement: This omelette is made with “egg substitute” (which contains mostly egg whites); if you prefer the real thing, ask your server to substitute egg whites instead.
8. Western Egg White & Cheese Muffin Melt (Subway)
Room for improvement: This pick didn’t show up higher on our list because the sodium count is high.
9. Egg White Turkey Sausage Wake-Up Wrap (Dunkin’ Donuts)
Room for improvement: This pick tastes rich, but it’s small, so it may not keep you full for as long as the egg options higher on our list, Largeman-Roth explains. It’s also low in filling fiber, so pair it with a piece of fruit for more fuel.
10. Breakfast Power Sandwich (Panera Bread)
Room for improvement: “This sandwich has a lot of sodium,” Largeman-Roth notes. But you can slash 300 milligrams simply by ordering it without the smoked ham.
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