For many working mothers who try to juggle their home lives with their careers, finding the time to prepare breakfast and home-cooked meals just isn’t an option for them. That’s why so many moms prefer to find meals that are quick, easy, convenient and on the go. And while every option on the breakfast and lunch menus might not be the best ones, luckily many companies and fast food franchises are offering healthier alternatives these days.
Moms need their fuel first thing in the morning just like the rest of her family. Luckily, there are now more healthy fast-good breakfasts available that actually taste good, too. According brand new research, moms - and let's not forget dads - on the run don’t have to sacrifice their health or worry about their calorie intake while grabbing breakfast at the nearest fast food stop before making their school drop off run.
According to a new study by Consumer Reports, a team of taste testers tried out several different breakfast menu items to come up with the best and healthiest options. After doing heavy research at Au Bon Pain, Dunkin’ Donuts, Jamba Juice, McDonalds, Panera Bread and Starbucks, their findings concluded that moms and their families don’t have to worry about the lack of nutritional value as previously thought.
In fact, Panera Bread’s avocado, scrambled egg white and spinach on a flat sprouted-grain bagel won the best egg-and-cheese sandwich category for its excellent rating on taste and value for nutrition. Panera Bread also took the honors for the best oatmeal for their strawberry and pecan oatmeal, which has 16 grams of sugar.
Jamba Juice, meanwhile, won fans over with their fruit and Greek yogurt energy bowl. The best breakfast box award went to Starbucks for their eggs-and-cheese protein box. It's filled with two hard-boiled eggs, sliced apples, grapes, white cheddar, multi-grain bread and honey peanut butter.
In conclusion, the chain with the highest ratings went to Panera bread, followed by Starbucks, Au Bon Pain, and Jamba Juice. Both McDonalds and Dunkin’ Donuts were on the bottom of the list, as none o their menu items met the nutritional criteria in the study.