Irrespective of where you are in the world, you could always count on an affordable and delectable meal from McDonald’s. You might assume that you need to bid adieu to your favorite fast food items if you want to lose weight. You won’t be able to achieve your New Year’s resolutions if you keep eating McDonald’s, will you.
You are wrong. In fact, you could indulge on a variety of nutritionist-approved and healthy items on the McDonald’s menu. And if you are thinking about fries, you do not have to give them up. In fact, there is actually a secret ingredient, which makes their French fries so addictive!
When people hear "McDonald's", many things may pop into their mind. These usually include fast food, a Big Mac, a Happy Meal, Ronald McDonald, McMuffin or even shoestring fries. However, these days, the popular "M" which makes up the golden arches may as well represent "menu changes".
The fast food chain claims that it is on a revolutionary "food journey". They profess their full commitment to change, which would make a positive and healthy difference for its customers. This reason is why the fast food giant changed its menu significantly over the last couple of years.
In the US, for example, all Happy Meals now have either a low-fat dairy option or seasonal fruit (like apple slices or orange). Although McDonald’s Happy Meal still comes with those golden fries, you may opt for yogurt or fruit instead.
Here are some of the most nutritious items that you should order the next time you visit McDonalds.
In case you are looking for a light breakfast, this is an excellent choice. The healthy Egg White Delight McMuffin comprises of egg whites and super-lean Canadian bacon. This item helps you shave off a little saturated fat. However, Mickey D's still serves it on an English muffin with plenty of cheese.
The sandwich contains about 18 gm of protein and has 280 calories. That said, you should be wary of one thing with this food item: sodium. The sandwich contains almost thirty percent of the daily-recommended allowance.
You may not know this but McDonald’s serves some breakfast items much longer than most people may think. Thus, this healthy-for-you option stays on their menu well into the evening.
The tasty sausage burrito is delicious and contains sausage, scrambled eggs, green onions, melted cheese, as well as a soft and smooth tortilla. On the whole, the menu item has about 300 calories, 12 gm of protein, 16 gm of fat, and 780 mg of sodium.
Unlike the notorious Mexican mierda you would find at Taco Bell, McDonald’s great spin on the traditional breakfast burrito will not have you running for the bathroom (or the border).
Not actually a full meal and more of a grab-and-go starter, Fruit ‘N Yogurt is a relatively new addition to the restaurant’s menu. The item does what it is meant to do, which is to offer a lively and light choice on a menu, which is devoted to eggs and bacon.
It is a very good snack since it has 4 grams of protein. The Parfait contains 150 calories, 30 g carbs and 22 g sugar.
When you feel like you are low on energy and McDonald’s is your one and only bet, try to get the yummy fruit and maple oatmeal. It is better to skip the calorie-laden cream, brown sugar, raisins and Craisins.
This item will likely curb your appetite until the next meal. The carbs will take much longer to digest compared to your typical high sugar pastry or donut.
If you are visiting McDonald’s for your morning caffeine kick, try to avoid the frappes and machiattos for a great energy boost. Although many of these drinks would definitely give you a short-lived sugar high, in the long run you may experience a crash.
Instead, a better option is to go for plain coffee. This is because it offers many health benefits and could give you the energy boost you need. McDonald’s standard drip coffee is famous and surprisingly delicious. However, if you do not like drinking black coffee you can add some sweetener or milk to your coffee- you do not have to resort to Splenda.
If you are craving for a delicious cheeseburger, you may be better off keeping it simple. Unlike more elaborate as well as calorically high burgers at McDonald’s, the regular cheeseburger at the restaurant keeps it fairly light when it comes to the toppings. The calorie count for the burger is 300, with 12 grams of fat.
Obviously, we will not claim that eating any type of cheeseburger at McDonald’s is the same as eating about 300 to 320 calories of a nutritious, home-cooked meal.
That said, there is nothing wrong about having a regular cheeseburger at McDonald’s for, dinner or lunch, every once in a while.
In order to cut down more unhealthy fat from fast food, you could always forgo the cheese. Although cheese can actually add a little nutrition to most fast food meals, it all depends, to a large extent, on the kind of cheese you are adding.
Keep in mind that McDonald’s uses processed slices of traditional American cheese, which is not the healthiest option. It is also not the most delicious cheese to put on cheeseburgers. On the other hand, a typical hamburger that you can buy at McDonald’s has only 250 calories; it also has 480 mg of sodium and 8 gm of fat.
That said, make sure you go a little easy on the various condiments. Consuming them in excess can affect your cardiovascular health. The sodium, in particular, can affect your blood pressure and cholesterol levels.