One solution that I have come up with and become quite fond of is going through the drive through at coffee shops and picking up a soy latte and an oatmeal. So many places are starting to sell oatmeal, which is amazing because it's so much healthier than eating a meat/cheese/egg/biscuit or a donut! I've tried a few different places so far and here are my conclusions:
1. Kickstart - Blueberries, cranberries, sunflower seeds, & more.
297 calories, 6 g fat, 54 g carbs, 8 g protein
2. Jackpot - Raspberries, blackberries, strawberries, & pecans.
270 calories, 5 g fat, 50 g carbs, 7 g protein
3. RU Nuts - Walnuts, sunflower seeds, almonds, & flax.
273 calories, 6 g fat, 48 g carbs, 8 g protein
4. Not Guilty - Blueberries, apples, flax, & chia. No added salt or sugar.
224 calories, 6 g fat, 36 g carbs, 8 g protein
I've tried all of these oatmeals and I think they're all really good! My favorite flavors are the Kickstart and the Jackpot; they are also the ones with the most carbs, which is good for me because I'm back to my high-carb, low-fat, whole-foods, plant-based diet :) The baristas prepare the oatmeal for you by adding hot water and letting it steep for about 5 minutes. All the fruit & nut goodies are already inside the container.
Not to be outdone, Starbucks offers 2 different varieties of steel-cut oatmeal:
1. Classic - brown sugar, fruit medley, walnuts
400 calories, 12.5 g fat, 66 g carbs, 8 g protein
2. Hearty Blueberry - agave syrup, fresh blueberries, fruit/nut medley
280 calories, 8.5 g fat, 50 g carbs, 7 g protein
I've only tried the Classic flavor of this oatmeal and I will say it was delicious! It has a thicker texture than the Port City oatmeal, which is more similar to a hot muesli. For preparation, Starbucks adds water to the container & lets it steep for 5 minutes. Then, it's up to you to add the toppings yourself, which, maybe I'm lazy but I'd rather not have to do that.
I was initially impressed that DD offered oatmeal and I tried it one day when I picked up 3 dozen donuts to take do a doctor's office. There is only 1 flavor:
1. Brown Sugar Flavored Oatmeal - dried fruit topping
300 calories, 4 g fat, 61 g carbs, 7 g protein
This oatmeal was a huge let-down! As soon as I tasted it I could tell there was milk in it. I immediately called DD and asked how they prepare their oatmeal and they said, "hot water with a splash of milk." Needless to say this did not align with my tastebuds. Not only that, it's potentially dangerous for anyone with a milk or dairy allergy. However, if you find yourself at Dunkin,' the oatmeal is certainly a healthier option than their namesake.
I've never tried McDonald's oatmeal and I can't say that I plan to. But, for the sake of comparison:
1. Fruit & Maple Oatmeal - "We take two full servings of 100% natural whole-grain oats and add a touch of cream..." Enough said.
290 calories, 4 g fat, 58 g carbs, 5 g protein
Footnote: For athletes who need to consume a lot of calories and carbohydrates per day to maintain energy levels for training, I'd also suggest adding any or all of the following to your breakfast: 100% OJ or other 100% fruit juice, banana or other whole fruit, Naked Smoothie, Cliff Bar, water. These are all usually things that coffee shops tend to offer as a la carte items and are easy to grab and go when you've decided to sleep in that extra 15 minutes :)