Steak and Shake Breakfast Menu
It’s a brand new day with brand new possibilities, but before you run out the door this morning for a big fast-food breakfast (or even a small one), let’s talk a little about the Steak and Shake Breakfast Menu. The current menu is 4 pages long, and looks delicious! And breakfast is the most important meal of the day, right? At least, that’s what my mom always used to tell me! And now, let’s assume that you try to eat sort of healthy – every once in a while – maybe – if you feel like it…
Actually, breakfast is very important, and we should all try to eat healthy, all the time. But it can get difficult, especially when you’re eating restaurant food. So let’s look at some of the most healthy choices (and unhealthy choices) on the Steak and Shake Breakfast Menu, so you can choose your poison intelligently – ha!
Country Breakfast Skillet
Just perusing through the Steak and Shake Breakfast Menu, one of the best looking items is the Country Breakfast Skillet. Looks amazing, right?! It’s described as “A hearty breakfast of shredded hash browns topped with a buttermilk biscuit, sausage patty, sausage gravy, cheddar cheese and two eggs, any style.” Sounds great! Well here’s the real scoop:
As you can see, the calorie count is 1240, and based on an 2000 calorie recommended daily intake, the Country Skillet would make up 62% of your calories for the day! Not to mention the sodium, which is MORE than the total amount of sodium you should eat in a whole day. Not so healthy!
Home Style Breakfast
So let’s check out something else that maybe seems a little more like a healthy choice – the ever-popular Home Style Breakfast.
It looks like the calorie count is better – 510 calories total, which is only around 25% of your daily amount. The cholesterol number is 132% though, which is pretty huge! There are tons of brand-new studies being done on the effects of cholesterol on our bodies, but the results don’t seem to be placing as much importance on the raw cholesterol numbers – so we won’t necessarily freak out about that one yet. The sodium is kind of high, almost half of your daily recommended amount. Better than the skillet, but still pretty high. Not a terrible choice, if you have to eat a fast food breakfast. Leave off the hashbrowns & it would actually be pretty decent! Add some iced coffee and it tastes better!
Fruit ‘N Yogurt Parfait
For the last one, let’s try and go totally healthy, and check out the numbers for the Fruit ’n Yogurt Parfait.
Sounds pretty good & healthy, right? Well it mostly is, mainly because it’s not that big. It’s only 210 calories, which is not that high. But it might not be enough food make you feel very full, so you’d be likely to want to order something else; which means more calories, sodium, etc.
The problem with the parfait is the sugar content – 29 grams is a lot of sugar – especially if you end up eating more in order to feel like you actually ate breakfast! You can subtract the fiber from the carbs to get your net carbs, but with only 1 gram of fiber, the net carb total still comes to 37. Might as well drink a Coke for breakfast! Actually, don’t do that – ha.
So let’s wrap it up:
- Country Skillet (or any of the skillets, for that matter)
Huge amounts of fat, sodium, and carbs (net 60? wow!)
Very little fiber
Way too many calories for one meal
- Fruit ’n Yogurt Parfait
Low in calories (not enough for a full meal)
Very high in carbs, mainly sugar
Not worth much as a meal – more like a snack
- Homestyle Breakfast
Decent calorie count
Too much sodium for one meal
Decent protein source
Lots of cholesterol
This is just a sampling of what’s on the Steak and Shake Breakfast Menu, but we couldn’t really find anything that seemed to be more than an “OKAY IDEA” for your healthy breakfast ideas. Very quickly, here’s some brief info on a few other items on the Steak and Shake Breakfast Menu:
- 1 biscuit alone is 310 calories!
- Bacon, Egg, & Cheese biscuit is 520 calories, and 1530mg sodium – and I think I could easily eat 2 of them!
- Blueberry Pancakes are 560 calories, with very little nutritional value (but they are good!)
Nothing on the Steak and Shake Breakfast Menu is really a “healthy” choice. Simply put, if you eat semi-healthy and leave without feeling really full, you won’t have done much damage to yourself. If it has to be a fast-food breakfast, you’re actually better off to drive through McDonald’s, get an Egg McMuffin, and leave off one piece of the bread. But I know, sometimes a big bacon, egg, and pancake breakfast (680 calories) at Steak N Shake is what you’ve got to have – just make sure you don’t do it every day (or even every week)!
So, if you have to eat from the Steak and Shake Breakfast Menu, at least try and make intelligent choices with your health in mind. It really is true that “what you are is what you eat,” which means your health actually depends on the food you put in your mouth!
Now, go have an awesome, healthy day!