Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Weight Lost Wednesday : Healthier Side of McDonalds

We live in a crazy busy world so there is a very good chance that you will be in a situation when the easiest choice for food will be a fast food restaurant.

So if you find yourself picking McDonalds as a solution here are some healthier choices.

Breakfast Items 300 calories or Less

Fruit & Maple Oatmeal without Brown Sugar = 260 Calories
Fruit & Maple Oatmeal = 290 Calories
Egg McMuffin = 300 Calories
Sausage Burrito = 300 Calories
English Muffin (160) + Hash Brown (150) = 300 Calories

**Remember that Hash Browns are 150 calories... be careful when adding it to a meal.

Lunch/Dinner Items 550 Calories or Less.

Burgers

Kids Meal : Hamburger (250) + Kids Fries (100) + Apple Slices (15) = 365 Calories
Hamburger (250) + Small Fries (230) = 480 Calories
Quarter Pounder with Cheese (no fries) = 510 Calories
Big N' Tasty with Cheese (no fries) = 510 Calories
Cheeseburger (300) + Small Fries (230) = 530 Calories
Big Mac (no fries) = 540 Calories

Chicken Sandwiches

Premium Grilled Chicken Classic Sandwich (no fries) = 350 Calories
Premium Grilled Chicken Ranch BLT Sandwich (no fries) = 380 Calories
Premium Grilled Chicken Club Sandwich (no fries) = 460 Calories
Grilled Honey Mustard Snack Wrap (250) + Small Fries (230) = 480 Calories
Grilled Chipotle BBQ Snack Wrap (250) + Small Fries (230) = 480 Calories
Grilled Ranch Snack Wrap (270) + Small Fries (230) = 500 Calories


Nuggets

4 Piece McNuggets (190) + Small Fries (230) = 420 Calories
10 Piece McNuggets (no fries) = 470 Calories
6 Piece McNuggets (280) + Small Fries (230) = 510 Calories


Salads 500 Calories or Less WITHOUT dressing.

Side Salad = 20 Calories
Premium Caesar Salad without Chicken = 90 Calories
Premium Southwest Salad without Chicken = 140 Calories
Premium Bacon Ranch Salad without Chicken = 140 Calories
Premium Asian Salad without Chicken = 150 Calories
Premium Caesar Salad with Grilled Chicken = 190 Calories
Snack Size Fruit 7 Walnut Salad = 210 Calories
Premium Bacon Ranch Salad with Grilled Chicken = 230 Calories
Premium Asian Salad with Grilled Chicken = 270 Calories
Premium Southwest Salad with Grilled Chicken = 290 Calories
Premium Bacon Ranch Salad with Crispy Chicken = 390 Calories
Premium Caesar Salad with Crispy Chicken = 390 Calories
Premium Southwest Salad with Crispy Chicken = 450 Calories
Premium Asian Salad with Crispy Chicken = 420 Calories

Salad Dressing under 100 Calories

Newman's Own Low Fat Balsamic Vinaigrette = 35 Calories
Newman's Own Low Fat Family Recipe Italian Dressing = 50 Calories
Newman's Own Low Fat Sesame Ginger = 90 Calories


Fries Facts

Kids Fries = 100 Calories
Small Fries = 230 Calories
Medium Fries = 380 Calories!! Dangerous
Large Fries = 500 Calories!!!! Super Bad


Healthier Sides

Apple Slices = 15 Calories
Fruit 'n Yogurt Parfait = 160 Calories

**Please remember that these calorie counts don't include a beverage. Diet sodas and water don't have any calories and are safe to add. If you are thinking about adding a regular soda, juice, or other option then please use the link at the end of this post to look up its nutrition.

Is McDonalds my first thought when eating out... Hell No... but sometimes you find yourself traveling or running around and just don't have the time to know what's a good local choice. This list may be a little long, but what I suggest is go through it and find the items that you would normally pick and just save your healthier choices to your phone. That way if you find yourself at a McDonalds, you will already know which items are healthier to eat.

Know the enemy. For more information about McDonalds Nutrition go to : McDonald's Nutrition

I hope this helps you make healthier choices in the future :)

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