Breakfast on the go


photo by Sarah Dreyer

Junior Jennifer Mustafa orders a Sausage Biscuit, Hash Brown, and a Caramel Frappe every time she goes to McDonalds.

Sarah Dreyer, Staff Reporter

Junior Jennifer Mustafa wakes up for school at 5:30 a.m. She goes the pantry to find Goldfish and crackers, and other non-breakfast related items. She then opens the fridge, to find a gallon of milk and leftovers from dinner. Still nothing good for breakfast. Desperate for something to eat, her last option is McDonald’s before school.

“I don’t have many breakfast foods at my house,” Mustafa said. “I usually go on Wednesdays to McDonald’s to get some breakfast at least.”

She usually orders the hotcakes and sausage, but recently, the sausage biscuit, hash browns with a small caramel frappe has been her choice.

Mustafa is not the only one that eats fast food for breakfast. According to, about 45 percent of Americans find breakfast drive-thrus convenient. Although the high school number is not as high, Mustafa prefers eating breakfast at McDonald’s because of the price, convenience and it is on the way to school.

Mustafa is not alone eating McDonald’s for breakfast. Sometimes sophomore Charlotte Coello gets McDonald’s on Saturdays because of the proximity and convenience.

“My dad usually picks it up for us to have as a nice treat,” Coello said.

According to the Modern Wellness Guide, about 93 percent of Americans believe that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Yet, according to, more than 53 percent of Americans skip breakfast at least once a week, and 12 percent never eat breakfast.

Popular food items at McDonald’s is the pancakes and sausages; however, Coello prefers the hotcakes to the sausages. There are also healthy options such as the Fruit and Maple Oatmeal, Fruit N’ Yogurt Parfait and the Egg McMuffin.

Junior Christian Hernandez goes for the McGriddle above all, sometimes adding a hash brown if he feels “extra”.

Although he rarely has McDonald’s for breakfast, he only goes if running late for school or an appointment.

“I’ve had their food before,” Hernandez said. “I know what to expect when ordering from McDonald’s.”

Other fast food place common among students is  Chick-Fil-A. Like McDonald’s they serve breakfast daily.

Sophomore Autumn Leggio eats at McDonald’s and Chick-Fil-A for breakfast sometimes, but prefers Chick-Fil-A.

“The food is good if you want something quick,” Leggio said.

A popular item at Chick-Fil-A for breakfast is the Chicken Mini’s, Leggio’s favorite. These are breakfast sandwiches with chicken. The Cinnamon Cluster is good to eat, with it.

Whether it’s at McDonald’s, Chick-Fil-A or other fast food place, breakfast at food chains are easy and convenient.

“I do enjoy McDonald’s because it both tastes good and I’m not constantly eating it,” Hernandez said.