Mornings can get hectic and breakfast can end up a side note so it can be easy to just have a stash of breakfast sandwiches in your freezer for the on-the-go breakfast. Here is the skinny on the best and worst options for frozen breakfast sandwich options from our recent, “Love it, Like it, Hate it” segment on WGNO.
The options have been increasing in the Love It! category. Sweet Earth Breakfast Sandwiches are a relatively new brand and they have great options with Veggie-based meats that keep the animal-based saturated fats down and sodium in check. Whole grains, protein and sodium are important to look at. Evol. Lean & Fit brand is found at Target and Whole Foods. They have a good ratio of protein to carbohydrates and the flax breads are mostly whole grain. Another good option is to build your own sandwich with Good Food Made Simple Egg White Patties.
Amy’s Breakfast Scramble has 21 grams of protein and is made with organic tofu, not meat. They do not make the Love it! category because the wrap is a blend of white and whole wheat flour. Special K Flatbread Breakfast Sandwiches are also made with whole grain and white flour and have a whopping 700 mg of sodium. Lean Pockets Applewood Bacon, Egg & Cheese has whole grain and whole carbs so sodium creeps up and so does the animal-based saturated fats.
Pillsbury Grands Biscuit Sandwiches might be lower in calories than the other items on the Hate it! list but they do have 750 mg of sodium and other ingredients like modified cornstarch, yellow #5 and yellow #6. All varieties of Hot Pockets are made with white bread and filled with salt and saturated fats. Other ingredients include margarine, corn syrup solids and tons of other ingredients that fill the entire side panel of the box. You might consider the Aunt Jemima Griddlecake Sandwiches to be on the sweet side but not only are they high in sugar, but they have 900 mg of sodium.
For more details on this topic, watch Molly’s full “Love it, Like it, Hate it” segment on WGNO New Orleans.