Breakfast on the go

FRESNO, Calif.

Many people eat breakfast on the run, if they're eating it at all.

"I prefer to eat at home, but this is the alternative."

"It's fast. It's convenient."

"It's a quick way to get something to eat in the morning."

Consumer Reports ShopSmart Magazine just sized up better breakfasts from chains like Dunkin' Donuts, McDonald's, and Starbucks. You have to choose carefully.

At McDonald's, for example, skip the big breakfast with hotcakes, which packs 1,150 calories and 20 grams of saturated fat. Instead, opt for McDonald's fruit and yogurt parfait with just 130 calories and one gram of saturated fat.

If you're a Dunkin' Donuts diehard, steer clear of the sausage, egg, and cheese on a croissant. It's got 640 calories and 17 grams of saturated fat! Instead, consider Dunkin' Donuts' ham, egg, and cheese wake up wrap with just 200 calories and 4.5 grams of saturated fat.

And if Starbucks is your go-to morning stop, side step the raspberry scone. It's got 500 calories and 15 grams of saturated fat. Far better, Starbuck's perfect oatmeal without the extras. It has 140 calories and just a half a gram of saturated fat.

Consumer Reports, Jody Rohlena said, "Along with keeping fat and calories down, you want to aim for 12 grams of lean protein and at least three grams of fiber for breakfast."

Peanut butter on a piece of multigrain toast can get you there. In addition to peanut butter, other great sources for lean protein are yogurt, skim milk, cottage cheese, and, of course, eggs. As for carbohydrates, your healthiest choices are whole-grain breads and cereals and fresh fruits. But if you have to eat breakfast on the go, make sure you take a little time to size up a healthy choice.

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