You have been bombarded with advices that eating at fast food joints is not healthy. But at the same time, everyone agrees that the food at these places is tasty. And when you are there with your friends circle, you too are tempted to order and have some of those foods. But at the same time, you are worried about the health quotient of these foods. After all, they are junk foods. But instead of feeling guilty over your order, you can be pleased if you order the healthiest foods at these fast food cafes.
Take for example, at the McDonald’s. What can you order and consume that is not only delicious but nutritious also there?
The healthiest foods at McDonald’s
McDonald’s has been trying to up the nutritive value of its food menu dishes and also the quality of ingredients used in the making. There is some transparency there too and they have come up with some healthy food options including for breakfast. Which are the healthiest foods at these restaurants now?
This burrito is tasty and has high proteins in it. Moreover, it satiates. The ingredients are sausage, eggs, cheese, few green chilies and onions. Dietitian Amy Goodson praises:
“The breakfast taco lovers will be excited that the sausage burrito is a top pick on the McDonald’s breakfast menu,”
“It’s calorie-conscious, with 310 calories, and it has 13 grams of protein and veggies. Paired with apples, this breakfast gets a little of a lot of food groups.”
It has 1 g fiber and 17 g fat with 800 mg sodium.
On this, Amy says:
“With 310 calories and 17 grams of protein, the Egg McMuffin is one of the top breakfast choices at McDonald’s,”
“Plus it’s lower in saturated fat than other breakfast options. Paired with apples, this is a satisfying breakfast on the go.”
It has 13 grams fats and out of this 6 grams is saturated fats. Fiber is 2 g and sodium is 770 mg.
“If you are a meat lover, the Sausage McMuffin is for you! With 400 calories and 14 grams of protein, this can be a filling breakfast—plus it provides 15% of your iron needs,”
The fat content is 26 g and 10 g is saturated fats. The fiber is 2 g in this.
Sausage McMuffin with egg
Amy warns about the high calories in it:
“A little high in calories at 480, this is served on an English muffin and can still be a good choice for those who need a hearty breakfast,”
“The Sausage McMuffin with Egg boasts 20 grams of protein. It’s a little higher in fat, so be sure to balance your day accordingly.”
This breakfast sandwich is a meal in itself. It has 430 calories with 24 g fats and 9 g saturated fats. Sodium is 990 mg and dietary fiber is 2 g. Whereas protein is 11 g. It has iron and potassium too. Having a side dish of apple slices will balance this food well.
Fruit and maple oatmeal and milk
This has 420 calories but less fat at 6.5 g. Sodium is 240 mg and protein is 14 g with 4 g of dietary fiber. Further, Amy explains:
“With 4 grams of fiber, oats, and fruit, McDonald’s Fruit and Maple Oatmeal is a heart-healthy choice,”
“Pairing milk bumps the protein from 6 to 14 grams, plus provides calcium and vitamin D. In the winter months, oatmeal is a nutrient-rich way to warm up!”