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24 Fast Food Breakfasts That Aren't Terrible for You

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Better-for-you fast food

by Jessica Migala

In a perfect world, you’d prep a healthy, veggie-heavy breakfast in your own kitchen every morning. In the real world? Travel, early meetings, or even just oversleeping can get in the way, and sometimes a fast-food breakfast may be your only option.

In a pinch, you can find healthier options at the drive-through. The 25 breakfasts that follow all come close to these rough nutritional recommendations set out by Chicago-area dietitian Christine Palumbo, RDN: no more than 500 calories; at least 20 grams of protein, which will keep you full until lunch; and at least a gram of fiber, another filling nutrient (aim for 25 to 40 grams a day). And since fast food is notoriously salty, you’ll need to watch your sodium intake for the rest of the day—the recommended daily cap is 2,300 milligrams (1,500 if you have high blood pressure).

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