Ok, who doesn’t enjoy that delicious little breakfast sandwich from the nearest fast food place? Kids and parents alike love that tasty, greasy bite of heaven. But in the time it takes you to walk/drive to the nearest restaurant, wait in line, pay and get your sandwiches, you could have easily made and eaten a healthier version that both your wallet and waistline would appreciate.
With a little foresight into having these common ingredients in your kitchen, this should take you a max of 10 minutes to make. Plus, you can indulge more often and not feel guilty about all the extra fat and calories if you exchange a few healthy alternatives to the classic.
Start by toasting and slightly buttering whole wheat English muffins. Fry up an egg – this is the most labor-intensive part, which should still only take about 3 minutes. Add fried egg to the English muffin. Top with baby spinach, your favorite light cheese (like fat-reduced cheddar, Colby or Havarti) and tomato and/or avocado slices. Done. Easy, fast, has all the major food groups and the kids love it.
Have an extra few minutes and want to indulge more? Buy frozen, ready-made potato hash browns and pop them in the oven, as directed. My kids love these – it adds to the feeling of having a special restaurant treat, but the fat is way reduced by baking instead of deep frying.
– Whole wheat English muffin – toasted and lightly buttered
– Fried egg (pref. in a little Canola or other light oil)
– Baby spinach leaves
– Fat-reduced cheese (cheddar, Colby or Havarti)
– Tomato and/or avocado slices