Breakfast at McDonald’s: Doing the Mad Morning Dash with iChoose600

by Sandra Foyt on June 6, 2011

in Food Adventures

mcdonalds-drive-thruIt was one of THOSE mornings. Everyone was in a rush to get somewhere on time, and cooking a hot, filling breakfast was way down low on the list of priorities.

Not that it’s ever high on the list. Our usual morning meal is a bowl of cereal, but today my son would be starting his first week of camp. For him, this is a big deal. Since he has been homeschooled for several years, this would be the first time in a long time that he would follow a typical 9am-3pm school schedule.

He needed a filling meal, and I wanted him to have a celebratory start to his new academic career.

It took him but seconds to select a breakfast of Hot Cakes (350 calories) and Low Fat Chocolate Milk (170 calories) on the iChoose600 calorie counter, for a total of 520 calories. I chose the Fruit & Maple Oatmeal (290 calories) and Large Latte (210 calories,) for a total of 500 calories.


I was surprised at how good the oatmeal was, even without brown sugar. The chunks of apple and dried berries were enough of a sweetener. But my son surprised me by foregoing the maple syrup in favor of chocolate milk. Later, he described the pancake meal as being, “like an orchestra without a director.” No, this was not a special occasion breakfast, but he was satisfied with his choice.

Both of us enjoyed quick and filling breakfasts, with calories to spare.

The iChoose 600 Challenge:

Take a Bite Out of Fast Food with iChoose600

Healthy Fast Food at Burger King

Can You Eat Less Than 600 Calories at Five Guys?

Fast Food Breakfast at McDonald’s

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Disclosure – Albany Kid received compensation for an advertising campaign that included sponsored blog posts; opinions and content are entirely my own.

| Sandra Foyt is a storyteller, photographer, and road trip junkie. A veteran of six cross-country road trips, she drove Route 66, the Lincoln Highway, the fossil freeway, the extraterrestrial highway, and even “the loneliest road in America.” Find her on, an award-winning destination guide to extraordinary travel in and from Northeast USA, on her portfolio site at, and in freelance gigs on Family Travel 411, Minitime, Huffington Post, and Matador Network. Email:, Twitter @SandraFoyt.

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