Has McDonald’s really changed from the days of the Super Sized meals that led to Morgan Spurlock’s fast food diet in the documentary Super Size Me?
With two teenage sons, I do occasionally go through the McDonald’s drive-thru, although not so happily!
Recently my sons asked for an apple pie, one three piece chicken select with ranch dipping sauce and an ice cream cone. Sounds simple enough.
I ordered one apple pie, but the woman taking the order put down two. I reminded her I asked for one. She said the second one is free. Is said, even so, I just wanted one.
I picked up my order at the next window, peeked inside the bag to find two apple pies. I handed one back to the young man and said, “I only ordered one.” He said, “But the second one is free.” One baked apple pie, which doesn’t even taste as good as the old-fashioned fried ones we grew up on, has 250 calories and 13 grams of fat. Double that and it becomes 500 calorie and 26 grams of fat in dessert. Splitting one pie would be fine for anyone whether child, teen or adult!
Then the McDonald’s worker informed me they are out of ice cream, and would I like something else besides an ice cream cone from the dollar menu or a milkshake? I said, just put the vanilla milkshake in a cup and top with a cone. He repeated, “But we don’t have any ice cream.” A second time, I explained the idea, and he asked another person for help. That person also seemed confused about the concept of using milkshake as ice cream. But finally, I received the milkshake in a cup with a cone.
I noticed they forgot the ranch dipping sauce. I should have been happy they forgot it because the ranch dipping sauce, I discovered later, contains 170 calories and 18 grams of fat. Next time I’ll encourage my son to get the honey mustard sauce with 60 calories and 2 grams of fat, which is a better choice for those eating a fast food diet.
In some parts of the country McDonald’s offers 2-for-1 deals for their McDonald’s coffee. It’s fine if you are ordering for more than one person and avoid the sugary coffee drinks.
On the positive side, I was impressed when I did a review of the McDonald’s fruit and yogurt smoothies because they do contain real fruit. People still wonder are the McDonald’s smoothies healthy. The small strawberry banana smoothie and the McDonald’s small wild berry smoothies contain 210 calories and only a half a gram of fat. The smoothies are perfect for a healthy fast food diet.
Also on the positive side of my McDonald’s review, I give them credit for posting the McDonald’s nutritional information and calories. It helps fast food dieters make informed choices.
McDonald’s seems to be getting away from the Super Size concept a little bit by offering the snack wraps, although it’s important to realize one snack wrap contains plenty of fat and calories.
McDonald’s snack wrap calories:
Pick This: A honey mustard grilled chicken snack wrap is more reasonable with 260 calories and 9 grams of fat.
Not That: One Angus deluxe snack wrap has 410 calories and 25 grams of fat.
Has McDonald’s changed? McDonald’s has changed its ways a little since the days of Super Size Me, but they still are the ultimate fast food pusher.
I’d like to see McDonald’s offer creative ways of serving real vegetables (besides salads). I give them credit for providing real fruit on the menu. How about vegetable soups such as those served by Panera Bread? Or McDonalds could serve a few gluten free menu items such as the Taco Bell gluten free tacos.
One thing I know for sure, McDonald’s is always evolving. I just hope they evolve with more mini items and fewer McDonald’s 2-for-1 apple pie specials!
Source: McDonald’s website
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