This Fast Food Fix is one that I think many people, including myself, will relate to. Probably 3 times a week I hit my local Dunkin Donuts drive thru for a large coffee with a shot of espresso. Yep, The Angry Trainer needs his caffeine fix just like the rest of you!
When I was a kid, the Dunkin Donuts menu was literally just donuts – but now the options have expanded vastly. The question is – are the new choices healthy?
Let’s see. Here are my 3 best picks from the menu.
1. Egg White Turkey Sausage Flatbread– I’ve eaten this options and am glad to say it’s a winner. It has 280 calories and just 8 grams of fat. It also has 32 grams of carbohydrates with 3 grams of fiber, and a nice dose of protein with 19 grams. As with most other sandwiches, the wrap is too big, so I trim off the excess and save a few calories.
2. Ham and Cheese Flatbread – Here’s anther flatbread sandwich coming right in at 300 calories and 30% fat. It too has 19 grams of protein and around 35 grams of carbohydrates. The sodium, as with all the wraps on the Dunkin Donuts menu, is lower than average with 880mg.
3. Egg White Veggie Flatbread – This version of a flatbread sandwich is 280 calories with 10 grams of fat and 16 grams of protein. It also has 3 grams of fiber and the sodium is low at 690 mg.
Okay here’s the section you’re all waiting for…
Caution: Avoid at all costs! I’m serious.
1. Big N Toasty – This is the sandwich that’s been getting a lot of commercial time recently. Well guess what? It’s nearly 600 calories and more than half fat! Out of 35 grams of total fat, 11 grams are saturated goop. With fried eggs, bacon, cheese, and doughy Texas toast, this food is a real waistline expander.
2. Sausage, Egg, and Cheese on Croissant – If the Big N Toasty doesn’t have enough calories and fat for you, this concoction has more! With almost 700 calories and nearly 70 grams of carbohydrates, your blood sugar will spike and then fall faster than Charlie Sheen’s career! What’s worse is that out of 48 grams of fat, the croissant has even more of the saturated variety, with 19 grams this time. Not winning.
3. The Coolatta - Don’t think that because a drink has a fruity name that it’s good for you. I know these taste good as I’ve had a sip or two! But do you know why they’re so tasty? SUGAR! The small size contains between 60 – 70 grams of simple sugar, and nothing else. And when you look at the ingredients, actual fruit makes up just a small portion of the recipe. Drinking one of these is like an IV infusion of sugar that wreaks havoc on your system. As I say with all drinks like these, unless you’re about to run a marathon, skip it.
Bonus – Adding to the frozen drink line up, DD has introduced Iced Hot Chocolate. A small one of these monsters delivers 410 calories, 72 grams of pure sugar, and 5 grams of fat!
To be honest I was disappointed with the Dunkin Donuts menu. Honestly, the only items I would order are the flatbread sandwiches. Nearly all of the other breakfast, chicken, and tuna salad offerings are right around 50% fat, and that’s just too much in my opinion. Plus, when viewing the mega fat calorie sandwiches, the menu suggests you pair them with hash browns, which adds even more calories!
I’m also not a big fan of bagels, with nearly 400 calories of simple carbohydrates and not much else, I see them as donuts in disguise. In fact I even say, “Eat a bagel, be a bagel – smooth and round”. If you must eat one, I suggest scooping the doughy part out and using minimal butter or cream cheese.
Personally I don’t see Dunkin Donuts as a food establishment – or a place you should consider when trying to find a healthy meal – but as a coffee stop, or if you’re in the mood for a treat.
See the Dunkin Donuts facts yourself.
What do you think of my suggestions? Do you have a different recommendation? Any more questions…