Fresh Fruit and Beverage


For millions of Americans, breakfast is a quick fast food sandwich. They some in biscuit, muffin and burrito form. With it also comes a lot of calories and sodium.

While many nutrition experts consider breakfast the most important meal of the day, some people simple do not feel like eating breakfast. Or, what they consider to be breakfast. There is a big difference between a traditional full American breakfast and a Continental breakfast. Breakfast is an excellent opportunity to introduce fresh fruit which is sorely lacking in most peoples diets.

Plate of Fresh Fruit

Why fruit? There are many reasons.

  • They are naturally sweet
  • Low in calories
  • High in fiber, vitamins and minerals
  • Mostly water
  • Come in a wide range of flavors and textures

Binging on one pound of fruit provides between 240 and 400 calories. One 4.7 to 5.8 ounce McDonald’s egg McMuffin® has between 300 and 470 calories.

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McDonalds Egg McMuffin With Canadian Bacon®

English muffin based breakfast sandwiches are health food compared to biscuit based breakfast sandwiches. One Carl’s Jr. Monster Biscuits weighs in at 9.4 ounces and 800 calories.

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Carl’s Jr. Monster Biscuit®

If you want the whole enchilada or in this case burrito, Jack In The Box’s 10.5 ounce Grande Sausage Breakfast® burrito with salsa has 1,044 calories, 20 grams of saturated fat and 2,131 grams of sodium.

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Jack In The Box’s Grande Sausage Breakfast Burrito®

When it comes to fast food, you have a choice of bad, badder, and baddest. Up to a half days worth of calories and a days work of sodium in one meal.

One disadvantage to eating only fruit for breakfast is that it may not make you feel full for very long since it has so few calories and can be high in sugar. But, if you prefer a light breakfast or no breakfast, eating one piece of fresh fruit for breakfast may help you eat less calories later.

For added protein and fat, you can eat one egg or a slice of whole grain toast with butter. With a continental breakfast, the possibilities are unlimited.

Meal Description

Fresh fruit, about 8 ounces (225 g)

Beverage: 8 ounces (240 ml) water, tea, coffee

Preparation

  1. None except making tea or coffee

You can drink as much water or unsweetened tea and coffee as you want for zero calories. Each teaspoon (4 g) of added sugar provides 16 calories.

Meal Calories
Food Calories
Beverage 0-16
Fruit 100-200
Total 100-216

NOTE: Food calories are rounded to whole numbers and can vary by a couple calories from the total calories.

Calories and nutrients varies for each type of fruit.

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