Dunkin Donuts for a Healthy Breakfast?

QUESTION:
I know I should have a balanced breakfast, but I am often running late and only have time to stop at Dunkin Donuts for a cup of coffee. Is there anything healthy I can get there for breakfast?donut

ANSWER:
You know you should brush your teeth daily or they will rot and fall out, and I am sure you find time to brush your teeth and use your at-home teeth whitening kits, right? Then how can you not find time for the most important meal of the day! The one that sets the tone for your energy levels, metabolism and immune systems! DO NOT skip breakfast! The body needs fuel for fat metabolism, brain function and activities especially after a 6-8 hour fast (called sleep)!

If you have time to stop at Dunkin Donuts, then you probably have the 15 minutes needed to eat a healthy breakfast at home. There are many quick meals to make and eat at home. The simplest being fruit, cereal, oatmeal or a bagel. A balanced protein/carb meal is best for weightloss and energy, but a healthy snack is better than nothing at all. I’ll discuss fast, tasty breakfast recipes next issue!

Now, to answer your question about Dunkin Donuts. Unfortunately, there are not many healthy choices. The lowfat blueberry muffin (like most of the lowfat muffins) has 250 calories, 1.5 grams of fat, 55 grams of carb (33 of which are sugar) and only 4 grams of protein. This may seem to be a good choice but the lack of protein combined with the high carbs may send blood sugar soaring then drop you and put you to sleep an hour later. A bagel would have to be your least devastating choice. Most contain about 350 calories, 10 grams protein, 70-75 grams of carbs (avg of 4 grams sugars except cinnamon raisin which has 11 grams sugar) and 1-2 grams fat. That is about the same carbs as 2 cups of cooked pasta!

One more note:
Beware the Coolattas! Even the one made with skim milk has 230 calories and 52 grams of carbs (51 grams are sugar).

Nutritional Information from www.dunkindonuts.com
article by Kira Langolf
please note with the new DD menu of 2009 there are more healthy choices!

 

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