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Suggestions on low-cal fast-food breakfasts

March 21, 2011 12:00:00 AM PDT
At home there are plenty of selections in the morning, but now there are plenty of selections at fast-food and fast casual restaurants that won't break your calorie bank.

Who knew that oatmeal was going to be the big buzz word when it comes to a fast morning fix? Starbucks led the way and now McDonald's has some pretty good fruit and nut oatmeal.

But even better is Jamba Juice's version. Its Berry Topper wins as good tasting and good for you. At 300 calories, 4.5 fat grams and a whopping 7 grams of fiber, you get steel cut oatmeal with an antioxidant-packed punch.

If you like a bit more protein in your plate, grab the Protein Artisan Snack Plate at Starbucks. It has 370 calories with 19 grams of fat, 13 protein grams and as much fiber as a serving of oatmeal.

Denny's home of the Grand Slam has lightened up quite a bit with their "better for you" breakfast sides. Order scrambled egg whites, chicken sausage and fruit for 230 calories, 19 grams of protein and 9 fat grams. The sodium is even award-winning, under 500 mg.

IHOP is flipping more than flapjacks. Its simple and fit veggie omelet is a great choice with 320 calories, 21 grams of protein,10 fat grams and it also kept the salt under 450 milligrams.

If you like a morning sandwich, Subway has a western egg white, black forest ham and cheese muffin melt for 160 calories, 15 grams of protein and 5 grams of fat. And what I love, they'll throw in veggies of your choice as well.

Finally, there is a power sandwich from Panera. This is egg, lean ham and cheddar on a really great bread made from Rye Amaranth and spelt. You're looking at 330 calories, a whopping 22 grams of protein and 14 grams of fat. Substantial!