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Dining Out Guide

Eating Healthy at McDonald's

From SparkPeople’s Editors
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The "Golden Arches" have come a long way. Beyond burgers, fries and shakes, Ronald and friends now serve up chicken sandwiches, salads and a variety of sides. A bit of research and patience can make your meal here a happy one.

  • When selecting a sandwich, think small. A regular hamburger is your best choice, with 250 calories, 9 g of fat and 520 mg of sodium. Avoid larger signature sandwiches such as the Big Mac (540 calories, 29 g fat, 1,040 mg of sodium) and the Double Quarter Pounder with cheese (740 calories, 42 g fat, 1,190 mg of sodium).

  • Many of the chicken sandwiches--even if they are grilled--are higher in calories and/or fat than we prefer. Your best options are a Grilled Chicken Classic Sandwich without mayonnaise (370 calories, 4.5 g fat, 1,110 mg sodium) or the Grilled Honey Mustard Snack Wrap (260 calories, 9 g fat, 800 mg sodium).

  • A Happy Meal is a well-balanced meal for anyone--not just kids. Try one of these two combinations:

    • Hamburger with Apple Dippers, low fat caramel dip and 1% low fat milk (460 calories, 12 g fat, 680 mg sodium, 20 g protein)
    • Hamburger with Apple Dippers, low fat caramel dip and Apple Juice Box (440 calories, 9 g fat, 570 mg sodium, 13 g fat)


  • Salads are another good choice. A premium Caesar Salad with Grilled Chicken (220 calories, 6 g fat, 890 mg sodium) with Newman's Own Low Fat Balsamic Vinaigrette (40 calories, 3 g fat, 730 mg sodium) paired with a Snack Size Fruit & Walnut Salad (210 calories, 8 g fat, 60 mg sodium) can provide a very filling and nutritious meal for a total of 470 calories, 17 g of fat and 1,680 mg of sodium.

  • McDonald's provides nutrition info on its website.

 

 
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McDonald's Fruit & Yogurt Parfait w/ Granola* 160 calories 69 20 Vote/Comment/
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McDonald's Southwestern Grilled Chicken Salad* 320 calories 63 18 Vote/Comment/
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McDonald's Caesar Salad with Grilled Chicken 220 calories 35 7 Vote/Comment/
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McDonald's Egg McMuffin 300 calories 25 11 Vote/Comment/
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McDonald's Ice Cream Cone - small* 150 calories 23 9 Vote/Comment/
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McDonald's Fruit & Walnut Snack* 210 calories 17 2 Vote/Comment/
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McDonald's McCafe Vanilla Latte with sugar free syrup and nonfat milk* 72 calories 16 2 Vote/Comment/
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McDonald's Side Salad 20 calories 11 4 Vote/Comment/
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McDonald's Grilled Snack Wrap with Honey Mustard* 260 calories 9 6 Vote/Comment/
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McDonald's Filet-O-Fish 380 calories 9 7 Vote/Comment/
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McDonald's 4 Piece Chicken McNuggets 190 calories 9 2 Vote/Comment/
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McDonald's, Hamburger, Plain (no condiments)* 240 calories 8 0 Vote/Comment/
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McDonald's Premium Grilled Chicken Classic Sandwich* 410 calories 8 4 Vote/Comment/
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McDonald's Garden Salad with Grilled Chicken* 150 calories 6 1 Vote/Comment/
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McDonald's Apple Dippers w/Caramel Dip* 100 calories 4 4 Vote/Comment/
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McDonald's Bacon & Egg McMuffin* 290 calories 3 1 Vote/Comment/
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McDonald Double Cheeseburger* 440 calories 3 7 Vote/Comment/
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McDonald's Premium Crispy Chicken Classic Sandwich 500 calories 2 2 Vote/Comment/
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McDonald's Bacon Ranch Salad with Crispy Chicken* 350 calories 2 8 Vote/Comment/
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mcdonald's chicken filet for snack wrap* 60 calories 2 1 Vote/Comment/
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McDonald's Newman's Own Low Fat Balsamic Vinaigrette* 40 calories 2 0 Vote/Comment/
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McDonald's Grilled Chicken Snack Wrap* 250 calories 2 1 Vote/Comment/
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McDonald's Premium Grilled Chicken Classic Sandwich 350 calories 1 0 Vote/Comment/
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McDonald's Asian salad(from Mcdonald's website)* 310 calories 1 1 Vote/Comment/
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McDonald's Sausage Breakfast Burrito 300 calories 1 3 Vote/Comment/
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McDonald's Small French Fries 230 calories 0 1 Vote/Comment/
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McDonald's 4 Piece Chicken McNuggets 190 calories 0 0 Vote/Comment/
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McDonald's Bacon Egg & Cheese muffin* 310 calories 0 0 Vote/Comment/
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McDonald's French Fries - Medium* 380 calories 0 0 Vote/Comment/
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McDonald's Big Mac* 540 calories 0 6 Vote/Comment/
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McDonald's Big Mac 550 calories 0 0 Vote/Comment/
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McDonald's Kiddie Cone 45 calories 0 0 Vote/Comment/
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McDonald's Egg McMuffin 300 calories 0 0 Vote/Comment/
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