We love whipping up AWESOME guilt-free breakfast recipes. But sometimes you probably just want someone else to cook for you. Here are your best, best options for breakfast OUT...
Jamba Juice Hot Oatmeal (w/o Brown Sugar Crumble)
PER SERVING (one container with fruit topping and without brown sugar crumble): 240 - 250 calories, 2.5 - 3g fat, 20 - 30mg sodium, 49 - 52g carbs, 5 - 6g fiber, 16 - 18g sugars, 8 - 9g protein -- POINTS® value 4*
Starbucks, you're no longer the only grab 'n go oatmeal game in town. (But we love you anyway!) Jamba Juice is doing the oats thing, and it's fantastic. This oatmeal comes with one of three fruity toppings: Fresh Banana (good), Blueberry & Blackberry (very good), and Apple Cinnamon (so good we almost passed out when we first tried it). The berry and apple toppings are sweet, gooey, and delicious, like pie filling. And the oatmeal itself is creamy (thanks to soymilk) and wholesome-tasting (courtesy of steel-cut oats). And you really don't need that "brown sugar crumble" -- if you want, just add a little no-calorie sweetener to the banana one (the others are sweet enough). Our only concern? The toppings aren't as portion-controlled as Starbucks', and we suspect our smoothie operator was a little heavy-handed with 'em.
Dunkin' Donuts Egg White Veggie Flatbread
PER SERVING (1 sandwich): 290 calories, 9g fat, 680mg sodium, 39g carbs, 3g fiber, 4g sugars, 11g protein -- POINTS® value 6*
If you're lucky enough to have a Double D location near you, seek this sandwich out STAT! It's got an egg-white patty crammed with red and green peppers, green onions, roasted mushrooms, shredded potatoes, Monterey Jack cheese, and Swiss cheese. Add a layer of reduced-fat cheddar and toasty multigrain bread, and you've got one completely unique and delicious breakfast sandwich. P.S. There's also an equally delicious Turkey Sausage version with spinach and mozzarella -- that has 280 calories and 6g fat (POINTS® value 6*). Pleeeease come to California, Dunkin'! PLEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEASE?!
IHOP Spinach, Mushroom & Tomato Omelette (on the IHOP For Me menu)
PER SERVING (1 order): 330 calories, 7g fat, 660mg sodium, 37g carbs, fiber n.a., sugars n.a., 30g protein -- POINTS® value 6 - 7*
Kudos to IHOP for offering a guilt-free omelette that requires no special ordering. Made with fat-free egg substitute (a.k.a. Egg Beaters), it's stuffed with spinach, mushrooms, onions and Swiss cheese, topped with diced tomatoes, and served with a side of fruit. It even has a small amount of pancake batter in the mix for added fluff factor. One word of advice, though: Be SURE to specify that you want the "IHOP For Me" omelette -- the standard Spinach & Mushroom Omelette has 980 - 1,620 calories and 30 - 41g saturated fat (and the total fat is likely WAY higher than that). Eeeeks!
Starbucks Egg White, Spinach & Feta Wrap
PER SERVING (1 wrap): 280 calories, 9g fat, 1,140mg sodium, 35g carbs, 8g fiber, 4g sugars, 19g protein -- POINTS® value 6*
This is our hands-down favorite breakfast option at The 'Bucks. In fact, it was love at first bite. This thing is flavor-packed and filling, thanks to spinach and feta, two types of tomatoes (sun-dried and roasted), and an INCREDIBLE sun-dried tomato cream cheese, all wrapped up in warm wheat lavash bread (which is like a tortilla, in case you didn't know). Quite simply, it rocks... a lot. Pssst! Check out the swap we whipped up when this item temporarily disappeared from stores!
Starbucks Perfect Oatmeal
PER SERVING (1 container, nothing added): 140 calories, 2.5g fat, 105mg sodium, 25g carbs, 4g fiber, 0g sugars, 5g protein -- POINTS® value 2*
There is room on our list for two oatmeals! We love them each for different reasons. This one's great because it starts off plain and unsweetened, with little extras on the side for you to add as you like: a 100-calorie pack of assorted nuts, 100 calories' worth of dried fruit, and a 50-calorie packet of brown sugar. (Click here to see how the stats add up with each of those.) We recommend adding half of each add-on -- then your b-fast will clock in with a total of 265 calories and 7g fat (POINTS® value 5*). Save the leftover nuts and fruit for midday snacking!
McDonald's Egg McMuffin w/o Cheese and a Fruit 'n Yogurt Parfait w/o Granola PER SERVING (one sandwich without cheese and one parfait without granola): 380 calories, 11g fat, 640mg sodium, 54g carbs, 2g fiber, 21g sugars, 19g protein -- POINTS® value 8*
If you need a filling day-starter straight from the drive-thru, this slightly modified match is a pretty good option. You'll find the parfait on the dessert menu, but it's totally appropriate for an AM meal. If you want something a little lower in calories and fat, opt for an English muffin with grape jam or strawberry preserves instead of the McMuffin -- then your little b-fast combo will come to 320 calories and 5g fat (POINTS® value 6*). Not bad!
Jamba Juice Jamba Light Smoothie with Whey Protein Super Boost PER SERVING (16 fl. oz. with 1 boost): 205 - 215 calories, 0 - 0.5g fat, 250mg sodium, 35 - 37g carbs, 3 - 4g fiber, 26 - 33g sugars, 17g protein -- POINTS® value 3 - 4*
Anyone familiar with HG knows that we'd much rather chew our meals than sip 'em. So if we're gonna slurp breakfast through a straw, we have a few requirements. 1. It has to be reasonable in the calorie and fat departments. 2. It must have a respectable amount of protein and fiber, so that it actually leaves us feeling full. And most importantly: 3. It needs to taste fantastic. Luckily for us all, Jamba Light smoothies fit the bill, especially once you add the protein-packed boost. These smoothies are made with a reduced-calorie dairy base, some fruit juice, and lots of real frozen fruit. They come in three great flavors: Berry Fulfilling, Mango Mantra, and Strawberry Nirvana. Nicely done, smoothie-chain people!
Ingredients: 1 package House Foods Tofu Shirataki Spaghetti Shaped Noodle Substitute 3 oz. cooked boneless skinless lean chicken breast, roughly chopped 1 wedge The Laughing Cow Light Original Swiss cheese, broken into pieces 1/4 cup jarred roasted red peppers in water, drained, roughly chopped 1/4 cup canned artichoke hearts in water, drained, roughly chopped 1/4 cup canned mushrooms in water, drained, roughly chopped 1 tbsp. precooked real crumbled bacon 1 tbsp. fat-free sour cream 2 tsp. reduced-fat grated Parmesan-style topping Salt and black pepper, to taste
Directions: Rinse and drain shirataki noodles well. Pat dry. In a microwave-safe bowl, microwave for 1 minute. Drain excess liquid. Dry as thoroughly as possible, using paper towels. Cut noodles up a bit.
Top noodles with cheese wedge pieces, sour cream, and Parm-style topping, and microwave for 1 minute. Mix thoroughly.
Add all other ingredients except bacon to the bowl and mix well. Microwave for 1 - 2 minutes, until heated. Sprinkle with bacon. Enjoy!
PER SERVING (entire bowl): 283 calories, 7.5g fat, 1,161mg sodium, 18g carbs, 6g fiber, 5g sugars, 35.5g protein
Hungry for more?Click here for our must-have Breakfast Out Survival Guide! And don't miss next Friday's email (8/28)... We'll be reviewing a slew of new food offerings from Starbucks and Jamba Juice!
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