4 healthy-sounding fast-food breakfasts that aren’t (and what to eat instead)

Published on Thu Jul 01 14:29:00 UTC 2010
Brierley Wright

4 healthy-sounding fast-food breakfasts that aren’t (and what to eat instead)

We’ve all been there, me included: standing in line at a fast-food spot or convenience store for a quick breakfast trying to decide what the healthiest meal is to order.

You scan the menu for healthy descriptors—reduced fat, yogurt—and order accordingly. And then, if you’re like me, you log on to the chain’s website later to find out how many calories you actually ate, only to discover that healthy-sounding food was actually a diet-buster.

Yes, even though I’m a registered dietitian, I’ve been duped before. So, in the interest of not making that mistake again, here are some healthy-sounding fast-food breakfasts that you should skip—and lighter alternatives you can feel good about ordering.

Related Link: Find 6 more healthy-sounding foods that aren’t here.

 

Muffins

You might think that choosing a reduced-fat option would save calories, but that’s not always the case.

 

Granola Bars

Granola sounds healthy, but it’s often high in calories and fat.

 

Yogurt

Yogurt is a great way to get bone-strengthening calcium, but not all are created equally and when eaten in a parfait it’s easy to consume even more calories thanks to those granola fixings.

 

Oatmeal

Instant oatmeal is awfully convenient, but the flavored varieties typically deliver a lot of added sugars.

Blog Tags: Blog Topics: