Several years ago, McDonald’s caused a stir when it introduced oatmeal, a seemingly healthy option—with as much sugar as a candy bar. The outcry forced the chain, and others like it, to take a serious look at their breakfast menus, and the results may surprise you.
Today, a drive-thru breakfast can actually be as good as one you make for yourself—excellent news for your morning commute. “Restaurant labeling has helped tremendously in making wiser choices,” says Bonnie Taub-Dix, RD, creator of BetterThanDieting.com.
Some key things to look for? Karen Ansel, RD, author of Healing Superfoods for Anti-Aging, recommends keeping it in the range of 300 to 400 calories, with protein, fiber, and some healthy fat at the top of your hit list. “If you can squeeze in a serving of fruit or vegetables, that’s a bonus,” she says. “And some chains actually let you do that.”
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We rounded up some top picks at major chains, all nutritionist-approved, for your convenience.