No matter where you are in the world, you can always count on a cheap, delicious meal from McDonald’s. But as far as your healthy New Year’s resolutions are concerned, you should probably bid farewell to all of your fast food favorites, right?
Wrong. As a matter of fact, you can indulge on several nutritionist-approved items on the McDonald’s menu. And no, you don’t even have to give up fries. (By the way, this is the secret ingredient that makes McDonald’s French fries so addictive!)
First of all, don’t underestimate the power of a Happy Meal. Sarah Koszyk, R.D.N., a sports dietitian and weight management specialist, recommends ordering a cheeseburger, kids fries, and apple slices for a relatively well-balanced meal. “The best part is the food comes in proper portion sizes to enjoy the main foods McDonald’s is known for—burgers and fries,” she told Women’s Health.
With 350 calories, 27 grams of protein, and six grams of fiber, the Southwest Salad with grilled chicken is another great choice. Just pay attention to the amount of dressing you add—it’s one of the salad mistakes that could make you gain weight. Or, pack in your lean protein with the Artisan Grilled Chicken Classic Sandwich, which is also low in fat and high in protein.
Running late in the a.m.? Grab an Egg White Delight McMuffin. “For 260 calories, you’ll get a protein-packed sandwich filled with egg white and extra lean Canadian bacon,” Melanie Flinn, a registered dietitian, told Women’s Health. Here’s another tip for your morning munchies: This is the only McDonald’s breakfast dish that uses real eggs.
But if you really can’t pass those golden arches without chowing on a burger, nutritionists suggest opting for a regular hamburger with a side salad and small fries. You’ll satisfy your cravings—without sacrificing calories and fat.
Didn’t see your favorite menu item listed here? Check out more healthy options at the most popular fast food restaurants.
[Source: Women’s Health]