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24 Fast Food Breakfasts That Aren't Terrible for You

Health.com Logo By Jessica Migala of Health.com | Slide 1 of 25: In a perfect world, you'd prep a healthy, veggie-heavy breakfast in your own kitchen every morning. In the real world? Travel, early meetings, or even just oversleeping can get in the way, and sometimes a fast-food breakfast may be your only option. <br><br>In a pinch, you can find healthier options at the drive-through. The 25 breakfasts that follow all come close to these rough nutritional recommendations set out by Chicago-area dietitian <a href="http://www.christinepalumbo.com/">Christine Palumbo, RDN</a>: no more than 500 calories; at least 20 grams of protein, which will keep you full until lunch; and at least a gram of fiber, another filling nutrient (aim for 25 to 40 grams a day). And since fast food is notoriously salty, you'll need to watch your sodium intake for the rest of the day--the recommended daily cap is 2,300 milligrams (1,500 if you have high blood pressure). <br><br><b>RELATED: <a href="http://www.health.com/health/gallery/0,,20676415,00.html">The 20 Best Foods to Eat for Breakfast</a></b>

Better-for-you fast food

In a perfect world, you'd prep a healthy, veggie-heavy breakfast in your own kitchen every morning. In the real world? Travel, early meetings, or even just oversleeping can get in the way, and sometimes a fast-food breakfast may be your only option.

In a pinch, you can find healthier options at the drive-through. The 25 breakfasts that follow all come close to these rough nutritional recommendations set out by Chicago-area dietitian Christine Palumbo, RDN: no more than 500 calories; at least 20 grams of protein, which will keep you full until lunch; and at least a gram of fiber, another filling nutrient (aim for 25 to 40 grams a day). And since fast food is notoriously salty, you'll need to watch your sodium intake for the rest of the day--the recommended daily cap is 2,300 milligrams (1,500 if you have high blood pressure).

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