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How Many Calories Is in a Fast-Food Breakfast?

To satisfy my curiosity, I have researched many different subjects that pique my interest. The following article is based on my own research

Breakfast: The Most Important Meal of the Day

Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, but if you eat out at restaurants it can also be the most fattening. Most restaurant breakfasts, especially on fast-food restaurant menus, consist of pork products, eggs, dairy, and other foods filled with carbohydrates.

The truth is that the best way to stay on a good diet is to have a homemade, healthy breakfast. However, if you just don't have time to prepare breakfast yourself, you may have to turn to a fast-food restaurant. Take a look first at the calorie and nutritional information for these items, because many of them contain almost a full day's calorie content.

McDonalds Breakfast Menu Options

Since McDonald's is the largest fast food franchise in the world, we will look at them first.

The best breakfast I could put together from the McDonald's menu is a warm bagel or English muffin with a packet of jelly or butter, two scrambled eggs, and an order of hash browns. While it would be better to hash browns out, they do provide essential carbs that help to provide energy. If you order this breakfast, it will be enough to fill you up until your next meal and it will keep you under one-third of your daily values for total calories, fat, sodium, and carbohydrate intake. If you take out the eggs it will probably cut those values in half.

McDonald's Breakfast Menu

ItemCaloriesFat CaloriesDaily Fat %Daily Saturated Fat %Cholesterol %Sodium %Carbohydrates %Fiber %SugarsProteins

Deluxe Breakfast

1190

550

94

75

157

83

43

12

40g

30g

Big Breakfast

700

420

72

65

152

60

15

12

3g

24g

Spanish Omelet Bagel

710

360

62

75

92

63

20

12

10g

27g

Sausage, Egg & Cheese McGriddle

550

300

51

55

87

54

14

4

16g

20g

Sausage & Egg Biscuit

490

300

51

50

82

42

10

4

2g

16g

Hotcakes & Sausage

780

300

51

45

17

44

35

0

40g

15g

Steak, Egg & Cheese Bagel

640

280

48

60

88

64

19

8

9g

31g

Sausage & Egg McMuffin

450

250

43

50

87

39

10

8

3g

20g

Sausage Biscuit

410

250

43

40

12

39

10

4

2g

10g

Bacon, Egg & Cheese Biscuit

460

250

43

45

82

57

11

4

3g

21g

Deluxe Cinnamon Roll

510

210

35

40

20

28

27

16

35g

8g

Sausage McGriddle

420

210

35

35

12

40

14

4

15g

11g

Ham, Egg & Cheese Bagel

550

200

35

40

85

63

19

8

10g

26g

Sausage McMuffin

370

200

35

45

17

33

9

8

2g

14g

Bacon, Egg & Cheese McGriddle

440

190

32

35

80

53

14

4

16g

19g

Sausage Burrito

290

150

25

30

57

28

8

8

2g

13g

Cinnamon Roll

440

170

29

25

27

14

20

8

33g

7g

Sausage

170

150

25

25

12

12

0

0

0g

6g

Hotcakes

600

150

26

15

7

32

35

0

40g

9g

Egg McMuffin

300

110

18

25

78

35

10

8

3g

18g

2 Scrambled Eggs

160

100

17

18

142

7

0

0

1g

13g

Biscuit

240

100

17

13

0

27

10

4

1g

4g

Hash Browns

130

70

12

8

0

14

5

4

0g

1g

English Muffin

150

15

3

3

0

11

9

8

2g

5g

Bagel

260

10

2

0

0

22

18

8

7g

9g

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Burger King Breakfast Menu Options

Burger King is another popular fast food restaurant that has terribly high calorie breakfast items. Their breakfasts taste good, no doubt, but you would be hard pressed to find an item on their breakfast menu that doesn't include more than one third of your daily calorie values.

If I had to pick one thing to eat from Burger King's breakfast menu, I would choose the French Toast Sticks, but I would still be hungry afterwards, so I probably won't be eating breakfast there any time soon.

Burger King's Breakfast Menu

ItemCaloriesFat CaloriesDaily Fat %Daily Saturated Fat %Daily Cholesterol %Daily Sodium %Daily Carbs %Daily Fiber %SugarProtein

Ultimate Breakfast Platter

1310

650

110

130

150

100

50

15

41g

32g

BK Breakfast Bowl

540

380

65

65

125

42

6

10

4g

24g

Sausage, Egg & Cheese Sour Dough Sand.

540

350

60

65

70

48

10

8

3g

20g

Sausage, Egg & Cheese Croissan'wich

520

350

60

70

70

45

8

4

4g

19g

Sausage & Cheese Croissan'wich

420

280

48

55

15

35

8

0

4g

14g

Large Hash Brown Rounds

390

230

38

35

0

32

13

16

0g

3g

Bacon, Egg & Cheese Croissan'wich

360

200

34

40

65

32

9

0

4g

15g

Bacon. Egg & Cheese Sour Dough Sand.

380

200

34

40

63

40

10

8

3g

16g

Ham. Egg & Cheese Sour Dough Sand.

380

180

31

35

65

65

10

8

3g

19g

French Toast Sticks

390

180

31

23

0

18

15

8

11g

6g

Ham, Egg & Cheese Croissan'wich

360

180

31

40

67

63

8

0

3g

18g

Egg & Cheese Croissan'wich

320

170

29

35

62

30

8

0

3g

12g

Small Hash Brown Rounds

230

130

23

20

0

19

8

8

0g

2g

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Wendys Breakfast Menu Options

Wendy is one of the older establishments, but it offers little in the area for healthy breakfast options. The first item on their menu is my selection of choice.

While the Grand Burrito Sandwich does pack a lot of fat, it is not necessarily a bad option. Fat is actually good if you are packing on additional carbs. Our bodies need fat to provide us with energy throughout the day.

Wendy's Breakfast Menu

ItemCaloriesFat CaloriesDaily Fat %Daily Saturated Fat %Daily Cholesterol %Daily Sodium %Daily Carb %Daily Fiber %SugarsProtein

Grande Burrito Sandwich

740

430

73

85

147

82

15

12

5g

30g

Sausage Panini Mornin' Melt

690

441

75

115

300

1050

11

8

4g

32g

Maple Baked Frescuit Sausage Sandwich

620

360

62

95

265

1590

13

8

5g

21g

Bacon Panini Mornin' Melt

570

342

58

95

280

880

12

8

3g

28g

Buttermilk Frescuit Sausage Sandwich

580

351

60

90

255

1450

10

8

4g

20g

Big Breakfast Sandwich

580

342

58

75

220

1510

11

8

8g

24g

Bacon Fire Roasted Burrito

510

252

43

55

305

1130

14

12

5g

22g

Maple Baked Frescuit Bacon Sandwich

500

261

44

80

245

1419

13

8

5g

18g

Artisan Sausage & Egg Sandwich

480

288

50

65

270

850

9

4

4g

21g

Sausage & Biscuit

470

261

44

75

45

1160

9

8

4g

13g

Buttermilk Frecuit Bacon Sandwich

419

225

38

75

230

1300

10

8

4g

17g

Artisan Bacon & Egg Sandwich

370

189

33

45

255

670

9

4

4g

17g

Sausage Gravy & BIscuits

370

189

33

60

5

1280

13

4

4g

7g

Hashbrowns

190

117

19

10

0

250

6

4

0g

2g

Sausage & Egg Burrito

360

198

34

40

255

940

8

0

2g

15g

Chicken Biscuit

380

171

31

50

30

1070

12

4

2g

17g

Egg & Cheese Biscuit

340

171

31

60

180

1060

9

4

4g

12g

Blueberry Muffin

210

99

17

10

30

210

9

0

14g

0g

French Toast Sticks

310

108

18

10

0

275

18

0

0g

3g

Hardees Breakfast Menu Options

Hardees is by far my favorite breakfast restaurant, offering many different healthier choices than its competitors. The best item for dieters is the low-carb breakfast bowl, which contains minimal carbs and sugars and provides a greater balance of dietary fiber to help process the meal.

Hardee's Breakfast Menu

ItemCaloriesFat CaloriesDaily Fat %Daily Saturated Fat %Daily Cholesterol %Daily Sodium %Daily Carb %Daily Fiber %SugarsProteins

Big Country Steak Platter

1150

610

105

80

152

94

33

16

12g

36g

Big Country Sausage Platter

1060

570

98

75

152

89

30

16

13g

30g

Big Country Chicken Platter

1140

540

94

65

160

108

35

16

12g

44g

Big Country Bacon Platter

980

500

86

65

145

87

30

12

13g

28g

Big Country Country Ham Platter

970

470

82

60

153

108

30

12

12g

33g

Big Country Breakfast Ham Platter

970

470

80

60

152

102

30

12

13g

34g

Low-Carb Breakfast Bowl

620

450

77

105

58

58

2

8

2g

36g

Smoked Sausage Biscuit

620

410

71

75

13

70

12

0

5g

15g

Sausage & Egg Biscuit

610

390

68

55

78

54

12

0

4g

17g

Country Steak Biscuit

620

370

63

55

12

57

15

0

3g

16g

Sausage Biscuit

530

340

58

50

10

52

12

0

4g

11g

Bacon Biscuit

560

340

58

55

75

57

12

0

4g

16g

Sunrise Sausage Croissant

550

340

58

75

88

43

10

0

5g

22g

Bacon, Egg & Cheese Biscuit

560

340

58

55

75

57

12

0

4g

16g

Ham, Egg & Cheese Biscuit

560

320

54

50

82

75

12

0

5g

23g

Biscuits & Gravy

530

310

52

40

3

65

16

0

6g

8g

Chicken Filet Biscuit

600

310

52

35

18

70

17

4

3g

24g

Loaded Omelet Biscuit

500

300

51

45

72

48

12

0

4g

14g

Large Hash Rounds

460

260

45

30

0

27

15

16

2g

5g

Sunrise Bacon Croissant

450

260

45

60

80

38

9

0

5g

19g

Country Ham Biscuit

440

240

40

30

12

71

12

0

3g

14g

Sunrise Ham Croissant

430

230

40

50

83

44

9

0

5g

23g

Made from scratch Biscuit

370

210

35

25

0

37

12

0

3g

5g

Smoked Sausage

250

200

35

50

13

33

1

0

2g

9g

Medium Hash Rounds

350

200

34

25

0

20

11

12

1g

4g

Cinnamon Roll

390

180

31

15

7

33

32

8

43g

8g

Tortilla Scrambler

310

170

29

35

77

24

6

0

2g

15g

Country Steak

240

160

28

25

10

20

3

0

0g

11g

Small Hash Rounds

260

150

25

20

20

15

8

8

1g

3g

Sausage Patty

150

130

22

25

10

15

0

0

1g

6g

Frisco Breakfast Sandwich

360

110

20

25

77

28

13

8

4g

24g

Scrambled Egg

160

110

18

15

135

4

0

0

1g

12g

Chicken Fillet

230

100

17

10

18

33

5

4

0g

19g

Biscuit Gravy

160

100

17

15

3

28

4

0

3g

3g

Croissant

210

90

15

20

2

8

9

0

4g

4g

Folded Egg

80

50

9

10

68

2

0

0

0g

6g

Bacon (3 strips)

120

90

16

20

4

18

0

0

0g

4g

Pancakes

300

45

8

5

8

35

18

8

12g

8g

Grits

110

40

8

5

0

20

5

0

0g

2g

Country Ham

60

30

5

10

12

34

0

0

0g

4g

Breakfast Ham

60

20

5

5

10

28

0

0

1g

10g

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