The 7 Healthiest Things You Can Eat at McDonald’s

When you think about McDonald's, you might not think about healthy eating, but that's about to change!

McDonald’s is delicious (there’s a reason its Coke taste so good) but, like all fast food, it’s not always the healthiest choice. If you’re in a time or money bind but still looking to stay on track with eating more mindfully, try these healthier options at the Golden Arches.

The below items are made with whole and real ingredients. While the recipes keep it pretty simple, you won’t be missing out on any flavor. Plus, it helps that they’re priced reasonably!

Fruit & Maple Oatmeal

Running late for work? A hot Fruit & Maple Oatmeal will hit the spot, and it’s completely customizable, whether you’re a fan of brown sugar, fresh diced apples, a splash of cream or a blend of dried cranberries.

The stats:

  • 310 calories
  • 4g fat
  • 62g carbs
  • 6g protein

Hamburger

If you’re craving a classic burger, go for a no-frills hamburger. It contains a healthy amount of protein and other nutrients. To cut down on sodium and carbs, skip the side of fries (there’s a secret reason those are so addicting). That’s not necessarily exciting, but will still keep you full.

The stats:

  • 250 calories
  • 8g fat
  • 31g carbs
  • 13g protein

Southwest Grilled Chicken Salad

This zesty chicken salad is filling, sweet and crunchy, without any extra fat. Opt for grilled items at any fast food chains, as “crispy” or “fried” menu items usually just mean extra fat and carbs that you’re probably trying to steer clear of.

The stats:

  • 350 calories
  • 11g fat
  • 27g carbs
  • 37g protein

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Bacon Ranch Grilled Chicken Salad

Looking for a more classic salad blend? Grilled chicken, bacon, tomatoes, carrots and cheese are tossed with greens for a flavorful, satisfying lunch. Whether you’re in a Southwest or a Bacon Ranch mood, make sure to specify the grilled variety, as both salads have a crispy chicken counterpart.

The stats:

  • 320 calories
  • 14g fat
  • 9g carbs
  • 42g protein

Egg McMuffin

You can take comfort in knowing that the eggs in your egg McMuffin are 100% real, and are free from any added ingredients, unlike some of the other all-day breakfast offerings. No matter what time you’re craving breakfast, the Egg McMuffin is definitely the healthy way to enjoy a morning-inspired sandwich.

The stats:

  • 300 calories
  • 12g fat
  • 30g carbs
  • 18g protein

Artisan Grilled Chicken Sandwich

For a sandwich without unhealthy extras, give the Artisan Grilled Chicken Sandwich a bite that will satisfy your cravings in a healthy way. Win-win!

The stats:

  • 380 calories
  • 6g fat
  • 45g carbs
  • 36g protein

Fruit ‘N Yogurt Parfait

Looking for a sweet dessert without the guilt? The Fruit ‘N Yogurt Parfait layers low-fat vanilla yogurt with fresh strawberries, blueberries and granola for a sweet treat you can enjoy at any time of day.

The stats:

  • 150 calories
  • 2g fat
  • 30g carbs
  • 4g protein

When in doubt, you can take a quick glance at the nutrition facts, which chain restaurants are now required to publish. Look for menu items with minimal ingredients and preservatives. If you don’t cook with them at home, you probably don’t want to eat them at a restaurant, either.

Psst: This restaurant is officially one of the healthiest fast foods.

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Jacqueline is a blogger and writer, passionate about sharing the latest in helpful tips and trends in food and cooking. In her spare time, you’ll find her trying new restaurants and experimenting in the kitchen.