These are the 7 healthiest meals you can buy at McDonald's
Think you can't make a healthy choice under the Golden Arches? Think again. Fast food has come a long way in providing things that are actually good for you and nutritionist Lily Soutter is here to pick apart the menu and play Ronald McDonald at his own greasy game. Here are seven of the healthiest meals you can buy at McDonald's.
1. McDonald's porridge - 194kcal, 5.3g fat
Unsurprisingly, the plain Quaker Oat So Simple porridge pots are one of the most balanced breakfast options at Maccas. "These are made with wholegrain rolled oats and 100% organic milk. With 9.6g of protein per portion, these oats perfect breakfast to balance blood sugar," Lily says. This means it'll keep you full up throughout the morning, rather than giving you the slump of a sweeter breakfast like a muffin.
2. Bacon Roll - 319 calories, 8.4g fat
Don't fancy oats? Lily recommends a good old fashioned bacon bap. "The bacon roll contains the least additives and preservatives and contains fewest ingredients," she explains. "The bacon provides 18g of protein per serving, the protein will slow the rate at which sugar from the roll enters the bloodstream allowing for more stable energy levels throughout the day."
3. Hamburger - 250 calories, 8.3g fat
Who'd have thought it?! With no addition of fatty cheese, this is actually a decent meal - "the beef patty is made of 100 percent pure beef, with no additives, fillers, binders, preservatives or flavour enhancers," Lily explains. "This burger only provides 250 calories, which is extremely low as burgers go, and has healthy toppings such as onions and pickles".
4. Grilled chicken salad - 133kcal, 3.7g fat
Okay, so it's not the lowest cal item on the salads list, (that'll be the shaker salad at a mere 18 calories) but it's got a much bigger protein hit that'll fill you up for longer, and you can still afford to have a McFlurry or chips on the side. Both the dressings have less than 30 calories and 1g fat, so drizzle as much as you dare. Alternatively, Lily suggests, dress it yourself with oil and lemon.
5. Carrot sticks - 34 calories, 0.2g fat
We know, it's obvious, but it's really worth thinking about switching your fries for these guys - one bag provides you with one of your five-a-day, plenty of fibre, and beta-carotene for eye health and immunity. You could even splash out and add them to the leaves, cucumber and tomatoes of the shaker salad for a vitamin-packed, super low-calorie side.
6. Melon fruit bag 17 calories, 0.1g fat
Feeling truly virtuous? This bag of fresh fruit will give you the sweetness you may crave whilst providing you with one of your five-a-day. Is it an ice cream sundae? Is it heck. But with 3.4g of sugar per teeny plastic pouch, it should be satisfying enough to tide you over 'til you can get your hands on something more substantial.
7. Apple pie - 250 calories, 14g fat
Lily opts for this as it's is one of the lower calorie desserts, providing only 250 calories per serving, and also has the lowest sugar content with just 9.5g - plus, it's prepared in the restaurants using non hydrogenated-vegetable oils. It's even got 1.4g of fibre per serving, which is pretty rich compared to the other options - so if you must have a dessert, skip the McFlurry and give a pie a try.
You may think you're duping McDonald's but in the end, you are buying products from them. They are the true winners here.