Here's The Healthiest Food At McDonald's, According To Nutritionists
1. Artisan Grilled Chicken Sandwich (with some modifications)
Full disclosure: I have not had McDonald’s since college finals, which was a long time ago. Since then, I believe they've made some attempts at better options, but with all fast food, it's going to be high in salt and saturated fat. I'd choose the Artisan Grilled Chicken sandwich, but I'd make some tweaks. I'd ask for triple the lettuce and tomato, no dressing at all, and I'd eat it as an open-face sandwich (so I'd ditch the top half of the bun). Tripling up on the veg gives me some extra fiber, vitamins, and minerals; and ditching the dressing and half the bun cuts back on the sugar, refined carbs, and salt and makes it an overall leaner meal. I'd also be sure to drink plenty of water with it to help offset the excess salt from the sandwich.
2. Southwest Grilled Chicken Salad
This Southwest Grilled Chicken Salad includes sliced grilled chicken, a nice blend of romaine and baby kale, a veggie blend (corn, black beans, tomato, and poblano pepper), shredded cheese, and a cilantro-lime dressing. It's a pretty well-rounded meal, clocking in at 37 grams of protein, 27 grams of carbs, 11 grams of fat, and 6 grams of fiber—but it does pack a whopping 1,070 milligrams of sodium, which is high for a bowl of veggies with chicken. Some of it is coming from the dressing, so you could use half the amount, but it's also coming from all of the components, so there's no way to drop it down to a more reasonable 400 to 500 milligrams without removing a key component of the salad. Once in a while, this is fine; just make sure to follow it up with plenty of H2O!
3. Egg McMuffin
If you need breakfast on the road at McDonald's, your best bet is to opt for the Egg McMuffin. It provides a combination of protein (17 grams), fat (12 grams), and carbs (30 grams) that will keep you fuller than most of the breakfast items. If you want to scale back on the sodium and processed ingredients, simply ask them to hold the cheese and Canadian bacon. Pair it with a black coffee, Americano, or some water.
—Jess Cording, R.D., mbg Collective member
4. Double up on plant-based sides.
I personally think it's best to avoid the meat- and animal-based products, which are not high-quality. I would order two side salads or a Southwest Grilled Chicken salad (without the chicken, if possible). I'd also get a side (or two) of apple slices. Even though I typically tell my clients to have protein at every meal, I would say you should skip the protein here (since there are no plant-based options) and simply enjoy extra protein at your other meals to make up for it.
5. Treat yo'self to a Kiddie Cone.
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