Convenient Food?

It is pretty simple to see that we live in a world of convenience, every street corner has a Starbucks, or a McDonalds, or a 7-11, or some other establishment that serves food.  Every day when I walk to Target Fitness I am bombarded with the site of Tim Horton’s and the overwhelming line up of individuals waiting for their double double and a doughnut; which begs the question how convenient is fast food?  As I crossed the street yesterday at 8:50AM and saw how busy Tim Horton’s was during the breakfast rush it got me comparing how long it takes me to make and eat breakfast.  I usually make 3 different breakfast options depending on the time I wake up and what ingredients I have…

Breakfast #1 – Cereal (Almond Oatmeal Crisp or Vector) with skim milk (300cal), a banana (110cal), and a protein shake (200cal)… takes me about 45seconds to make and 5minutes to eat, approximate cost $3

Breakfast #2 – Oatmeal with natural peanut butter (300cal) and a banana (110cal)… takes me about 3minutes to make and 5minutes to eat, approximate cost $3

Breakfast #3 – 4 scrambled eggs (280cal) on 1 piece of whole wheat toast (70cal) with cheese and/or salsa  and/or avocado (100-250cal)…  takes me about 10minutes to make and 10minutes to eat, approximate cost $5-$6


To get breakfast at Tim Horton’s you need to get there and for arguments sake we will say it is on the way to work so that time is not applicable, but you need to find parking and if you live in Vancouver this can be a chore, but again will go easy and say 2minutes (very generous).  Then you walk into TH’s and the line is huge because everyone else slept in and didn’t have time for breakfast but still needs their morning coffee to function, wait time 10minutes.  Get to the front of the line and place your order and it takes 2minutes and costs you $4 (I have no idea couldn’t find the price online but did find the calories of a double double 230cal and doughnut 300cal).   I have eaten a doughnut before and it only took me about 30seconds but for the average human it may take a minute.  I have never had a cup of coffee before but it takes me 30minutes to drink a cup of tea, I’m a wimp when it comes to hot liquids (but we won’t include this time in our argument).  So the overall stats are 15minutes to get your breakfast, approximate cost of $4 and 500+calories.

It looks like my breakfast at home is the clear winner.  For the most part it takes less time to make and consume breakfast at home than it does to even get your order at Tim Horton’s and it costs less.  The calorie count is pretty comparable with my breakfast at home having a few more calories, however I eat more than the average individual and the calories in my breakfast come from carbohydrates, proteins and good sources of fats… not just sugar and fat so the calorie edge is still tipped in the favour of breakfast at home.  Think twice before running out the door to grab breakfast and if you are still craving your morning coffee grab a banana and shake your protein shake on the way out the door!

Josh Neumann, BHK, PTS, TSCC-1

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