We all know that fast food is not healthy for us. Many of us stop for fast food due to our hectic lifestyles, however. Making healthier choices is the best thing that we can do when we must eat fast food. Here is a list of some of the healthiest fast food choices at McDonalds.
When ordering a burger or sandwich at McDonalds, keep in mind that anything with the words “big,” “deluxe,” or “double” are not the healthiest options. If you are planning on a burger, McDonald’s plain hamburger has 250 calorie (80 from fat), and 9 grams of total fat. Opting for a McDonald’s cheeseburger will bring you up to 300 calories (110 from fat), and 12 grams of total fat.
Remember that McDonald’s crispy chicken is always higher in calories and fat than grilled chicken. The Premium Grilled Chicken Sandwich has 420 calories (90 from fat), 10 grams of total fat and a high 1,190 mg of sodium (50% of your daily value). Slash off 50 calories from fat, 5 grams of total, and 85 mg of sodium by passing on the mayonnaise. McDonald’s crispy chicken version of the sandwich will bring you up to 630 calories (250 from fat), 28 grams of total fat, and 1,360 mg of sodium.
McDonald’s Filet-O-Fish sandwich is one of the lower calorie options on the menu, though it is high in fat. It only has 380 calories (170 from fat), but a whopping 18 grams of total fat. The sodium only checks in at 640 mg, however, which is significantly lower than the chicken sandwiches.
The Chipotle BBQ Snack Wrap with grilled chicken will cost you 260 calories, 80 of which are from fat. You’ll also be consuming 9 grams of total fat and 830 mg of sodium. Not a fan of this particular McDonalds snack wrap? Your best bet is to opt for any of the grilled chicken varieties, as the crispy chicken and burger snack wraps will cost you an additional 100 calories and about 10 more grams of total fat.
Some of the most filling and healthiest fast food choices at McDonalds are its salads. The Southwest Salad with grilled chicken will cost you 320 calories, 80 of which are from fat, and 9 grams of total fat. The downfall to this salad is its 960 mg of sodium. The McDonalds Premium Caesar Salad with grilled chicken will only cost you 220 calories (60 from fat), 6 grams of total fat, and 890 mg of sodium. A crispy chicken salad at McDonalds will cost you about 100 calories more, as well as 20 grams of total fat as opposed to 9.
A medium size order of McDonalds French fries will add 380 calories (170 from fat), 19 grams of total fat, and 270 mg of sodium to your meal. Consider a side salad instead, which only has 20 calories, no fat, and 10 mg of sodium. Keep in mind that the fruit and walnut side salad may seem healthier, but will still cost you 210 calories, 8 grams of total fat, and 60 mg of sodium.
Making healthier choices at McDonalds can be fairly easy with the proper planning ahead of time. Remember that grilled chicken is generally the healthiest way to go if you are planning to eat healthy at McDonalds.
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