Up until I started the low FODMAP diet a few years ago to figure out some IBS issues, I rarely took the time to eat breakfast in the mornings. I always felt that, for whatever reason, if I ate food in the morning my stomach would hurt worse and I would feel awful and nauseous most of the day. But after starting the low FODMAP diet, and forcing myself to eat some sort of breakfast every morning, I kind of came to the conclusion that maybe my stomach bothered me in the morning because I DIDN’T eat breakfast…
Now I’m clearly not talking about anything fancy, I wasn’t making myself pancakes or bacon and eggs every morning, I was just trying to fill up on anything that was “safe” to eat in regards to FODMAPs.
And honestly, the majority of the time that was just a bowl of Fruity Pebbles cereal.
I know, I know, it’s definitely not the healthiest breakfast food in the morning, but being that it’s made from rice (which meant no wheat), and it uses real sugar as opposed to high fructose corn syrup, it was the easiest food I could find that was on the low FODMAP side. I literally ate Fruity Pebbles every morning for at least six weeks during the elimination phase, and still eat it quite a bit now. But since I reintroduced wheat, and know that it doesn’t affect me, I’ve been able to branch out to other cereals and other breakfast items instead.
And that’s why we’re here today, to talk about Jimmy Dean Delights Honey Wheat English Muffin breakfast sandwiches with Canadian bacon, egg white and cheese.
Jimmy Dean vs. McDonald’s Egg McMuffin
Breakfast sandwiches in general are one of my favorite foods… actually, bacon/ham, eggs, and cheese in any sort of sandwich or burrito form is acceptable as well, but on a toasted English muffin is usually my go-to method of consumption. And with a McDonald’s within a couple blocks of my house, it takes a lot of will power to not drive over there and drop $3-4 on an Egg McMuffin every morning…
Ok, let’s be honest, I’m super cheap in general so there’s no way I’m buying myself Egg McMuffins every morning, but despite the obviously unhealthiness of it, if I had the money, I probably would. I actually think I recall reading somewhere once (or maybe not) that outside of some salads, the Egg McMuffin is one of the healthiest offerings that McDonald’s has. I mean, it’s a real egg (cooked in a circle form, which I do at home also), a strip of Canadian bacon, and a piece of American cheese… It’s not weird processed “meat” with a ton of fillers in it (which I also enjoy), it’s just straight up real food… from what I understand.
So while I don’t eat them from McDonald’s every morning, it probably wouldn’t be much worse than these Jimmy Dean breakfast sandwiches that I have been eating every morning for the last couple weeks…
Looking at the nutritional value of the Jimmy Dean Delights breakfast sandwiches compared to an Egg McMuffin, the Egg McMuffin has 300 calories as opposed to 230, it has 17g of protein compared to 14g in the Jimmy Dean sandwich, it has 760mg of sodium compard to 690, and it has 6g of saturated fat compared to 2.5g. So really not all that different in terms of nutritional value when it comes to the Egg McMuffin vs. Jimmy Dean Delights Breakfast Sandwiches.
The main difference for me though is the price.
The Egg McMuffin usually costs around $2.79 for just the sandwich, unless they are running their 2 for $4 special, but on average it costs right around $3 after taxes. The Jimmy Dean Delights breakfast sandwiches come in around $7 for a package of 4, which puts it right under $2 per sandwich. Not a huge savings, but $1 difference every day for a month adds up (I don’t tend to eat these on the weekends though). Not to mention I don’t have to waste time driving to McDonald’s and waiting in the drive thru lane to pick one up. It’s just there waiting for me in the freezer, and BAM! 90 seconds later, it’s done and ready to eat.
Jimmy Dean Delights Breakfast Sandwich – Taste
I’ll get straight to the point… an Egg McMuffin from McDonald’s tastes way better than the Jimmy Dean Delights Breakfast Sandwich, but that doesn’t mean it’s awful. It does the job that it needs to do in that it saves me a few bucks, gives me a few more calories and protein in the morning when compared to cereal, and is super simple to heat up. But it definitely lacks in the taste department.
Like a lot of these frozen/microwaveable egg foods, the egg whites are very rubbery once heated up. It’s kind of hard to describe, it’s like biting into a piece of Styrofoam. Not that I eat Styrofoam, but it’s how I would imagine that Styrofoam tastes. It’s not chewy… but it flops around like it’s made of rubber, and it just has that consistency that a fresh egg wouldn’t ever have. As for the taste though, I actually prefer my eggs with the yolk, and since these are just egg whites, that might lend to the slightly bland taste of the egg. I’m sure there are other breakfast sandwiches out there that include the yolk, but for now, this is what I’m eating…
The English muffin that surrounds the meat, egg and cheese, is also a bit squishier than I would like. But, that definitely comes from microwaving a piece of “bread” that’s been frozen. The moisture that’s in there always makes the bread a bit soggier than it should be. Even when you wrap it in a paper towel, per the instructions, it’s still going to come out a little too soft and mushy. It still tastes ok, but you just kind of get what you get when it comes to these frozen meals.
But not everything is bad on the sandwich… I mean, if it was, would I still be eating them?
The cheese and the Canadian bacon are pretty solid. Nothing that is going to blow your mind or anything, but the Canadian bacon (ham), is always pretty easy to bite through, it’s nice and salty, and has a decent texture to it. The cheese is just your typical piece of American cheese, nothing special about it. I do feel it loses a bit of flavor from being frozen and microwaved, but it always adds that cheesy taste with every bite.
So while these types of foods might not be for everyone, the Jimmy Dean Delights Breakfast Sandwiches work if you’re a bit lazy and don’t feel like making eggs every morning, or if you’re on the go and just want something quick you can pop in the microwave for 90 seconds and be done with.
Anyone else have a frozen breakfast sandwich that they love? Or maybe a breakfast burrito that’s easy to make? I’m not sure that anything you suggest could compare to the Chicken Sausage Breakfast Burrito from Trader Joe’s, but I’m will to give other options a try!