But as a registered dietitian and nutrition editor for Eating. Well Magazine, I was disappointed by Bittmans nutrition analysis. He only looked at the calories in Mc. Donalds oatmeal when he compared it to the Egg Mc. Muffin. Sure, the Fruit Maple Oatmeal doesnt look so healthy when you call out the fact that its only 1. Egg Mc. Muffin. But the oatmeal looks like a much healthier choice when you see that it delivers less than half the total fat and saturated fat at 4. Mc. Muffin. In fact, the oatmeal contains the least amount of fat of any other item on the Mc. Donalds breakfast menu. You also get 3 more grams of fiber and 6. Dont Miss 4 Healthy Sounding Fast Food Breakfasts That Arent and What to Eat InsteadAnd beyond all that, Bittman made no mention that oats are healthy whole grainssomething that most Americans dont eat often enough. Or that oatmeal is fiber rich and contains proteintwo key nutrients that will help keep you feeling full and satisfied until lunch. And no matter what type you choose, quick cooking, steel cut and rolled oats are equally healthy nutrition wiseand can take mere minutes to cook. More Healthy Breakfasts to Try Easy Slow Cooker Oatmeal and More Healthy Recipes with Oats. Breakfasts That Fight Fat Mc. Donalds Fruit Maple Oatmeal has those healthy whole grains, but, to Bittmans point, the evil is in the toppings and mix ins sweetened dried fruit, brown sugar and cream. For comparison, a plain 1 cup serving cooked with water DIY version at home delivers about 1. Though I do prefer to cook my own oatmealand it can be healthierthe reality is that not everyone is so willing and motivated. If youre going to a fast food restaurant for breakfast, oatmeal is likely to be among the healthiest picks. Heres a look at just how healthyor unhealthythe oatmeal is at some common fast food restaurants and 4 of the healthiest choices to order. The good news These chain restaurants oatmeal choices clock in at under 5. Photos What Does a 1,5. Calorie Day Look Like Mc. Donalds Fruit Maple Oatmeal 9. Its made with a combination of instant and slower cooked oats. Make it a little healthier and skip the brown sugaryoull save 3. Starbucks Perfect Oatmeal about 8 ounces has 1. Its made with quick cooking oats. Recipe For Paella. Dont want the plain variety Add the Nut Medleyalthough it bumps the calories up to 2. The walnuts, pecans and almonds deliver good for you fats and 2 extra grams of protein, but no unhealthy added sugars as the brown sugar and sweetened dried fruit do. Au Bon Pain Oatmeal 8 ounces delivers 1. Its available in three different sizesa small is 8 ounces, a medium 1. Although the large delivers more calories 3. The Apple Cinnamon variety in the same 8 ounce size has an extra 2. Jamba Juice Plain Oatmeal with Brown Sugar 1. The oatmeal serving is on the larger size unless you order the medium or large at Au Bon Pain compared to the others. Interestingly, the oatmeal is made with steel cut oats and is the only one I found to be slow cooked. The Fresh Banana Oatmeal is the flavor that adds the least amount of extra calories 1. Apple Cinnamon, Berry Cherry Pecan and Blueberry Blackberry bump the calorie total to 2. Have you eaten a fast food oatmeal What did you think By Brierley Wright, M. S., R. D. Brierleys interest in nutrition and food come together in her position as an associate editor at Eating. Well. Brierley holds a masters degree in Nutrition Communication from the Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy at Tufts University. A Registered Dietitian, she completed her undergraduate degree at the University of Vermont. Related Links from Eating.