Breakfast might be the most important meal of the day, but that doesn’t necessarily mean you’re cooking yourself a huge breakfast every morning. In fact, if you’re like most people, it’s hard enough getting out of bed and go to work on time, let alone cook yourself a whole spread. But that doesn’t mean you have to give up on the endeavor entirely. Instead, many people who are on the go in the morning opt for a frozen breakfast.
If you’ve been to your local grocery store’s frozen aisle, you’ve undoubtedly seen many of these products. In fact, you may even buy them yourself — after all, a frozen breakfast is usually better than some cold cereal or a granola bar on the go. However, you shouldn’t think that all frozen breakfasts are created the same.
Some are downright delicious and will make your mouth water before they even come out of the microwave. Others are somewhat tasteless and not really worth your time. And still, others are so unhealthy, you should probably run in the other direction and rethink your granola aversion. So, without further ado, let’s take a look at the six best and six worst frozen breakfast foods you can buy.
Best: Daily Harvest Apple + Cinnamon Oat Bowl
If you spend much time on social media, you’ve likely seen plenty of advertisements for Daily Harvest. It’s a food delivery service that provides customers with pre-prepared meals that they can grab on the go. For those who want to cut down on time in the kitchen (and who have some money to spend — this meal delivery stuff isn’t cheap), Daily Harvest is definitely worth a try, especially if you love healthy, filling breakfast foods that will get your day off to an amazing start.
One suggestion? Try the Daily Harvest Apple + Cinnamon Oat Bowl. According to Real Simple, this stuff actually tastes like pie in a cup. Uh, we’re here for it. The bowl boasts oats (of course), along with walnuts, apples, and pumpkin seeds, which provide just enough fat and the perfect amount of sweetness. Oh, and the best part? You don’t even have to go to the store to get it. Instead, this stuff is delivered right to your doorstep. It couldn’t be easier — or more delicious — than that.
Worst: Kellogg’s Eggo Nutri-Grain Whole Grain Waffles
We’ve probably all had an Eggo waffle at some point in our lives. It was a staple in many American households throughout the early 2000s, and it’s never totally gone out of vogue. Sure, are these frostbitten waffle pucks the greatest food in the world? Of course not. But when you’re in a hurry and you have nothing else to eat for breakfast, it doesn’t hurt to pop a couple in the toaster.
But with so many Eggo flavors available, there’s absolutely no reason why you should choose the Eggo Nutri-Grain Whole Grain Waffles. Spoiler alert! These things aren’t actually that healthy, according to Eat This, Not That! They’re loaded with carbs and calories with very little in the way of nutrition to get your day off to a good start. But the worst part? They don’t taste good, either. Instead of being the nice, fluffy Eggo from your childhood that you’re used to, this supposedly healthier version tastes dry and lifeless, with an almost cardboard-esque taste. Sure, you could drown it in butter and maple syrup and somehow manage to choke it down, but why would you when there are so many better, more delicious items on this list? Leggo your Eggo and move on to greener breakfast pastures.
Best: Evol Egg & Green Chile Burrito
It’s not every day you get to try a frozen breakfast item that actually tastes unique, but that’s exactly what you’ll be getting when you buy an Evol Egg and Chile Burrito. Unfortunately, far too many breakfast sandwiches are lacking when it comes to spice. However, with the addition of Hatch green chiles in this burrito, you’re getting something that actually has some zing to it. If you have a weak stomach in the morning, then this may not be the right choice for you. But for the rest of us, it may just be the perfect breakfast to get our day started.
And the best part about it is the fact that even vegetarians can eat this burrito (not vegans, though, as it does contain real egg). If you’re really on the go, you can easily pop this bad boy into the microwave for some quick cooking. However, if you want it to taste even better, you should follow the suggestion offered by The Kitchn to heat it up in the oven or on the stovetop. That helps heat the burrito through completely.
If you keep these in the house, they may go fast, so make sure to pick up a few the next time you’re at the grocery store.
Worst: Kellogg’s Special K Flatbread Sandwich Sausage Egg & Cheese
It may be tempting to pick up a package of these guys whenever you head to the frozen section, but you might want to think again. First of all, we will admit that they do taste pretty good. The sausage and the egg stay moist even when you microwave these sandwiches. The flatbread may be a bit too thin for our taste, but as it is a flatbread, we can’t complain too much. Overall, the taste is decent and it’s probably something you wouldn’t mind taking a bite of when you’re in the car on your way to work.
But if you think you’re getting a healthy breakfast because you’re opting for a flatbread, you can think again. As Eat This, Not That! points out, these breakfast sandwiches are absolutely brimming with salt, to the tune of 700 milligrams of sodium per sandwich. Not exactly the best way to start your day, especially where your blood pressure is concerned. It’s also relatively high in calories and fat, not to mention the long list of ingredients you’ll never be able to pronounce without an advanced degree.
Love this sandwich but want a healthier version? You can always make something similar ahead of time and put it in the freezer so it’s always ready to go when you are.