Every time the name “McDonald’s” is mentioned, the mind clocks to some few things including a Happy Meal, fast food, Ronald McDonald, a Big Mac or sometimes shoestring fries. But in modern days, the “M” has been refined over time to stand for “menu changes”, reports CNN.
According to the food chain, its journey in the food world has been a positive one for a wider range of customers. In order to maintain its top position, McDonalds has over the years been slightly modifying its menu. For instance, all the U.S. Happy Meals now comprise of seasonal fruits like an orange/apple slice or a low-fat diary option. Yes, the Happy Meals are still made up of fries, but you now have the yoghurt or fruit option.
Some other notable recent changes are ribbon-cut carrots, red leaf lettuce, baby spinach and baby kale; chicken McNuggets lacking artificial flavors, preservatives or colors; an artificial growth hormone; and cow milk that hasn’t undergone rBST treatment.
McDonald’s is not only growing in the food chain sector but also integrating advanced technology in its services. The eatery boasts of having a website that lets you add or subtract meal components online so that you can see beforehand how these will nutritionally impact you.
Putting the menu and the website improvements aside, there are limitations to the food chain’s options, more so when it comes to red and processed meats. Carefully analyze and you will realize the favorite options feature these in more than one category. But we cannot blame them. What can you do when all your options revolve around only two main salads, bacon being one of them yet it offers a limitation in salad-wise? Have you ever noticed the Southwest chicken salad is usually mentioned in very few occasions and most times has slight variations? The same can be said for the Egg McMuffin which have made it to the top of this list, compiled by a CNN nutritionist.
When it comes to drinks, do your best to keep of sugary beverages but rather go for bottled water or a McCafé Latte with nonfat milk. Also, do not let the shakes deceive you in terms of their sizes. Consider this, a small strawberry shake adds you extra 18.5 teaspoons of sugar. Guess what? That exceeds by almost three times the recommended daily sugar intake for women. For men it is extra by about twice the recommended amount.
If you want to remain healthy, then the following McDonald’s choices should at your fingertips. These have been categorized for athletes, kids, drivers, vegans and vegetarians.
Healthy McDonald’s Choice for Kids
Happy Meal with chicken McNuggets (4 pieces) with honey mustard dipping sauce, apple slices, Yoplait Go-gurt low-fat strawberry yogurt and low-fat (1%) milk jug.
Healthy McDonald’s Choice for Vegetarians
Southwest salad (of course keep off chicken); or Fruit and yogurt parfait featuring Newman’s Own creamy Southwest dressing.
Vegans have a wider choice from the McDonald’s. The best choice include Southwest salad (avoiding cheese or chicken) with Newman’s Own low-fat balsamic vinaigrette. Also, side salad featuring balsamic vinaigrette and hamburger bun; and a “Cutie” (mandarin orange) can do.
Healthy McDonald’s Choice for athlete
Fruit and maple oatmeal without brown sugar; or artisan grilled chicken sandwich; and fat-free chocolate milk jug would be great.