For me, at least, the decision has been the right one. Since beginning this experiment, I have much more energy throughout the day, and my lunchtime hunger pangs can now be quieted by a healthy snack rather than a full meal that tended to drag me down by 2pm.
Fast and Healthy at Home
Most days, I opt for the at-home option which includes an egg, 2 slices of bacon, and a slice of whole wheat toast with butter. I’m not the swiftest person at 5am, so I only trust myself to use the toaster and microwave.
Consequently, the eggs are hardboiled on Sunday evening for the entire week. Breakfast takes about 4 minutes to prepare (timed it), and around 10 minutes total including prep, eating, and cleanup, i.e., throwing the paper plates in the trash.
Fast and Healthy in the Car
I also decided that twice each week I’d give myself a break and choose the fast food option. Fortunately, my 30 minute drive to work provides a cornucopia of choices, both good and bad. I consider my standard at-home breakfast a pretty decent balance healthwise, so I decided to stay with this.
Through a time consuming process of taste testing and on-line research, I’ve narrowed down my top three fast food breakfasts. I’m pleased to say that many of the on-line health sites such as Men’s Health and WebMD also include these high on their lists:
#3 Dunkin’ Donuts Egg Cheese English Muffin Sandwich
I like the taste even though there’s no meat included. More importantly, my local restaurant doesn’t have drive-thru, so this drops to the bottom due to laziness/logistics.
320 calories, 15 g fat, 34 g carbs, 14 g protein, 1 g fiber, 820 mg sodium
#2 Subway Egg White and Cheese Muffin Melt
A little ‘blah’ as advertised, but Subway provides numerous veggies to ramp up the taste. This provides a lot of combinations to keep it interesting. Also has the least amount of sodium of the three.
150 calories, 3.5 g fat, 18 g carbs, 12 g protein, 490 mg sodium