Sometimes you just can't eat breakfast at home. Maybe you are out of town or maybe your child has to be somewhere at some gosh awful early hour, "before dark -thirty" and you just can't see straight to whip up a breakfast. So, you head to a drive-thru. Normally, I would say, nooooooo. However, the fast foods have gotten on the bandwagon to offer healthier options on their menus. Thank heavens! About time! If you find yourself wheeling in a drive-thru with breakfast in mind, I'm here to help. I've done a little research and even a taste test. Here is the low down.
In the winter I like to eat oatmeal. It's filling, warm, healthy and tasty. What's not to like? It's now on some of the fast food menus.
1. The first one I will look at is McDonald's. It is described as "a hearty blend of Steel-Cut Oatmeal with old-fashioned oats" available with choice of toppings. Calories:150; Total Fat 2.5g; Cholesterol 0mg; Sodium 0; Carbohydrate 27g; Fiber 4g; Sugars 0g; Protein 5g
Toppings included are fruit and maple, brown sugar, diced apples, cranberry raisin blend and light cream. Of course, the calories added will depend on the type and amount of topping you add to the oatmeal.
I will say I was pleasantly surprised with this oatmeal. I'll be honest and say I am not a big fan of McDonald's and this likely would not have been my first choice of places to grab a quick breakfast. I decided I had to try it to let you guys know, though!
2. Next is Chick fil a. This is described as a multigrain oatmeal and has limited toppings. The calorie count included toppings. Calories 290; Fat 11gr; Fiber 6 gr; Sugars 20 gr and Protein 2 gr; Carbohydrates 50 gr and Sodium 70 mg.
I have to be honest here. I was disappointed. The consistency wasn't really good and it did not have a good taste. Maybe it was just a bad batch?
3. Last on my list is Starbucks. It is described as, "A hearty blend of steel-Cut Oatmeal with old-fashioned oats, available with your choice of toppings." Nutrition facts are, Calories 150; Calories from Fat 25; Total Fat 2.5 gr; Cholesterol 0 mg; Sodium 0 mg; Carbohydrates 27 gr; Fiber 4 gr; Sugars 0 gr; Protein 5 gr.
Toppings included are dried cranberries, golden raisins and raisins, brown sugar and chopped nuts. They are each individually packaged so you can add what and how much you want. I added a little bit of each and it was plenty to flavor the oatmeal. Starbucks oatmeal was my favorite. I liked the consistency and taste. The portion size was generous and more than I could eat.
Therefore, IF I had to hit the drive-thru for a healthy breakfast, I'd go for an oatmeal from Starbucks. That's just me, though. I'd love to hear what you think.
What do you think? Have you tried them all? What's your fav? And shouldn't there be a rule against school functions on Saturday mornings that begin before 7 am?
(Disclaimer: This post is based solely on my own opinions and experiences. This is not a sponsored post.)