Food that arrives through your car window isn’t known for being the most nutritionally sound choice. Loaded with fat, high fructose corn syrup and sodium, many fast food meals have a bad reputation they thoroughly deserve. Unlike burgers and fries, though, drive-through breakfast options are often surprisingly healthful, combining great taste and convenience in a nutritionally sound package.
McDonald’s created the drive-through breakfast menu with its Egg McMuffin, and the tasty starter is still one of the best choices you can make for taste and nutrition. At 300 calories and 18 grams of protein, the McMuffin will tide you over until lunch without breaking your calorie budget. Choose the classic version with a slice of ham over the sausage variety; switching the ham for the sausage raises the calorie cost to 450.
Although they’re famous for serving up quick lunches, Subway has made the leap into breakfast foods with folded flatbread sandwiches. Like all Subway offerings, the flatbreads are available with extra vegetables; pile peppers and tomatoes on a flatbread breakfast sandwich and order egg whites instead of whole eggs to drop calorie counts under 200 calories without sacrificing taste. Go light on the onions if you’re headed to the office, though.
Breakfast is synonymous with coffee, and Starbucks has capitalized on that by offering tasty treats along with your venti latte. Consider the baked goods an occasional indulgence rather than a daily meal; at 440 calories apiece, the maple oat scones are the equivalent of a thick slice of birthday cake. Instead, go with the spinach and feta breakfast wrap for 290 calories. The protein in the wrap will stick with you far better than a high-carb muffin or scone.
Wendy’s has staked a claim on second place in the drive-through burger race, and they’re making inroads for the morning meal too. The chain’s Honey Butter Chicken Biscuit is as decadent as it sounds at 510 calories, but it’s delicious. If you’re hungry, you can choose the Artisan Egg Sandwich with bacon and a side order of steel-cut oats for the same calorie cost.