The Healthiest Menu Items You Can Order At McDonald’s
We all know fast-food spots (and even some fast-casual chain restaurants) aren't the places to find healthy eats, but there are smart-ish choices to be made. Here's what you should order if you'd prefer to be health-conscious at McDonald's.
Best Breakfast: Egg White Delight McMuffin
Since it's not entirely fair to compare a 150-calorie fruit and yogurt parfait against 1,000-calorie pancakes, we decided to cast out the obvious option and compare breakfast sandwiches alone here. And the winning option is Egg White Delight McMuffin, which clocks in at 250 calories and 8 grams of fat. If you're not into egg whites, the traditional Egg McMuffin is a close second, at 290 calories and 12 grams of fat.
Best Burgers: Hamburger
This simple order only contains 250 calories and 8 grams of fat, whereas the Double Quarter Pounder racks up 780 calories and 45 grams of fat. The runner-up is a standard cheeseburger which includes 300 calories and 12 grams of fat.
Best Sandwich: McChicken
This is the smartest choice among all of McDonald's sandwiches since it contains 350 calories and 15 grams of fat. To us that's a little head-scratching, since it's a fried chicken option that somehow beats out even the Filet-O-Fish, which contains 390 calories and 19 grams of fat. But whatever you do, avoid the Buttermilk Crispy Chicken Sandwich, which contains 570 calories and 23 grams of fat.
Best Salad: Bacon Ranch Grilled Chicken
Surprisingly, a salad loaded with bacon and ranch is the winner here. Made with grilled chicken, it will only set you back 320 calories. The Southwest Grilled Chicken Salad isn't so bad either, with 350 calories. It's the crispy chicken option that will tack on an extra 200 calories or more—yikes.
Best Snack/Side: Apple Slices
An order of apple slices is just 15 calories and contain zero fat. Meanwhile, fries start at 230 calories and 11 grams of fat.
Best Dessert: Kiddie Cone
Sweets are obviously not inherently nutritional, but you can make a smart choice here by ordering the kiddie-size soft-serve ice cream. It's only 45 calories, compared to the standard size that contains 200 calories.