Healthy Fast Food? Oxymoron?


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Offer Some Of The Healthiest Fast Food Choices

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.



Starbuck's Artisan Breakfast

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.



Probably Not The Healthiest Choice

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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  1. lance1971 says:

    I rarely eat fast food. If I do its Subway, and only when I’m in a real bind. Like when I forget my lunch on the kitchen counter. Wendy’s can be good also, baked potato,side salad and chili is safe. And its under 4 bucks.

  2. Christie says:

    I can not remember the last time I ate at a fast food joint. I remember back in college I presented a business plan for a healthy fast food establishment… I was going to call it the ‘Cool Cucumber’ and it was going to be pretty much amazing!:)…Needless to say the professor and students did not find my idea profitable.
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    • CTER says:

      That professor and those other students would be wrong today. I bet you a fast food healthy choice would be profitable. Advances in technology to keep food fresh without preservatives along with a healthier mindset would prove them to be wrong.

      Do you have funding? We can open it up together…….

      • Christie says:

        The main point they made was that the fast food chains really capitalize on quick customer turnover which would be hard to compete with… and where profit margins would already be significantly lower on a per customer basis it’d be hard to compete with some of the fast food super giants. Funding wouldn’t be a problem… just implementing it
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        • CTER says:

          I would argue that your margins don’t need to be as big as them, but need to be where you are comfortable and doing what you love. If McDonald’s clears 50% margins and you clear 25% margins who cares what they make? And again your target market is not going to happen today but grow over time. If you produce a good product then people will talk about it.

          I would also argue that in today’s world of social media having a million dollar advertising budget is not necessary. You can so much more with less dollars to spend these days.

  3. BDD says:

    I was watching a documentry and I dont remember the name of it, but I learn that you can pay (bribe) google to have your website higher up the search list when people google certain words like “healthy food” so basically fast food marketers have paid off google to put their websites higher on the search results. Interesting, isnt it
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    • CTER says:

      I would love for you to remember that documentary because I did not think you could pay Google to put rankings in the organic area. Yes, you can pay for the highest spot on the page and down the right hand side and most do that as a pay per click model but not in the organic area. That being said they probably generate so many hits to their site that they don’t need to worry much about that anyway.

  4. I don’t eat fast food unless you consider Chipotle. And Subway. But Subway breakfast is gross. The egg patties are pre-formed and frozen and disgusting IMHO.

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    • lance1971 says:

      Chipotle is another good choice. There use of sustainable sources is something dear to me. Just don’t eat a whole burrito at once, save the 2nd half for dinner.

  5. marlene says:

    Subway is my go-to “healthy” fast food. I eat it at least once a week for lunch or dinner.

    Otherwise I generally try to avoid it, unless I’m on one of my recovery/indulgence weeks. :)
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  6. Jill says:

    My daughter works at Starbucks and would bring home all those packaged meals (they have to throw them away at night so whatever is left over is free-game)…I like the protein snack, but I would eliminate the cheese and something is really weird with the HB eggs…totally rubbery. They have another, lettuce wraps I think, which are pretty good and “healthy”.
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  7. adena says:

    NINE POUNDS of bananas? Do you eat all of those?!!

    I always look at the oatmeal at Starbucks or other coffee shops locally and can’t believe how high the calorie count is. I bring Oatmeal and single serve cottage cheese to the office instead (and I don’t eat them together). If I have to get something, high fibre/low fat muffin or breafkast sammich, no meat.
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    • CTER says:

      Karen and I eat all 9 lbs in about 4 days. We put them in our smoothies and I slice one to two per day to put on top of my rice cakes that are covered in nut butter and honey. OMG I just got hungry.

  8. Do you guys have Soup Plantations in TX? Is it the perfect healthy FF place? Not if you don’t have any will power. But if you do, you’ll get out fine every time.
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    • CTER says:

      I don’t think we have one but are they affiliated with Sweet Tomato? If so, we have those down here. And you need will power whenever you go to any restaurant regardless of ‘healthy’ or not.

  9. How in the world can you eat 9lbs of nanas before they go bad? Maybe its just me but I can’t stand them if they even start to turn brown. I like then to be a bit green still.

    I am surprised Chick-fil-A did not make the list. When I am on the morning shift I will go there and get a plain multigrain oatmeal with a small fruit cup and it holds me over till lunch. I would say it is low in protein but is around 170ish calories (I think). Now when I am in training season I will ride my bike before work and the 170 calories will not fill me up… Still trying to figure out what the best solution is for mornings in which I am starving but am not home to fix anything.
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    • CTER says:

      We have no problem in this house eating 9 lbs of bananas in 3-4 days. Karen and I both put them in our smoothies. I add mine to my nut butter and jelly on rice cakes. I just cut one up and put it on top of my pancakes. We sometimes cut a few up to freeze and treat them as ice cubes for our smoothies as well.

      Can you get a magic bullet (those individual blenders) and whip up a smoothie? Get the Herbalife24 Formula 1 mix and toss in a banana and some strawberries with ice and water. You will get about 200 calories out of that and its liquid so it goes right into your blood stream and doesn’t need to be broken down as much as solid food. You can toss this all in a back pack (not the ice) and ride that way.

  10. Awesome post.
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