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.
Better Option to Make at Home and Bring Along: Breakfast Parfait, 248 calories.
Total Savings vs. Diet-Busting Yogurt Parfait: 62 calories.
Instant oatmeal is awfully convenient, but the flavored varieties typically deliver a lot of added sugars.
Diet-Busting Oatmeal: Quaker Oatmeal Express, Baked Apple flavor, 200 calories and sugar is the second ingredient on the list.
Lighter Option to Order: Quaker Organic Instant Oatmeal, Regular flavor, 100 calories and there’s no sugar added.
Savings: 100 calories.
Better Option to Make at Home: Overnight Oatmeal, 193 calories, 0 grams added sugars.
Total Savings vs. Diet-Busting Oatmeal: Only 7 calories, but there’s no added sugars and you get 9 grams of fiber with the Overnight Oatmeal and only 4 grams with the Quaker Oatmeal Express, Baked Apple flavor.
What’s your favorite healthy fast-food breakfast? Have you been duped before by a healthy-sounding fast food that isn’t?