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March 29, 2012 8:29 PM
I always ordered the Chicken fajitas, but they took them away in my region. Low in fat..probably wicked sodium though!
  20169982
March 29, 2012 8:34 PM
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I don't understand why people are laughing or being sarcastic. I think everyone's been in a situation where they had to eat something on the go because they didn't plan ahead of time or forgot to bring something.

This...just cause McDonald's is a fast food place doesn't mean you can't eat something that's at least halfway healthy.
  12862512
March 30, 2012 1:20 AM
It is totally possible to eat clean at McDonalds - they have plenty of healthy foods but you just need to be prepared so you don't arrive, get lazy and just choose "Meal 1" which is full of fat.

Personally I like the salads without dressings at all... maybe a spritz of lemon (which I'd have to request). However the salads don't have enough meat. I need that meat doubled. So I'd say the ideal meal would be any salad, no dressings and with an added slab of grilled chicken.

If I'm absolutely craving a burger I'll order a double (no cheese) then toss out the bun.
Edited by alpha_andy On March 30, 2012 1:21 AM
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March 30, 2012 1:33 AM
For breakfast, they advertised (and it's in MFP), the ham egg cheese mcmuffin is only 300 calories. Have that with water, and that's a decent breakfast... should keep you until lunch!! As far as lunch/dinner, I've been avoiding it.
  19018789
March 30, 2012 1:41 AM
I'm hoping to go there tomorrow and get some nuggets and a quarter pounder. Maybe even a latte. :3
  9233173
March 30, 2012 1:43 AM
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I'm hoping to go there tomorrow and get some nuggets and a quarter pounder. Maybe even a latte. :3

Mmmm I love their nuggets...I haven't had a quarter pounder since November...cause people keep telling me I'll get fat grumble
  12862512
March 30, 2012 1:43 AM
I am guilty of being in that situation and just opting for the unhealthy option.

BUT for the purpose of this thread (and maybe to encourage me to eat healthy there too)..

I suppose for breakfast: porridge, an egg mcmuffin or bagel without the meat butter and cheese, or plain bagel with philadelphia

Rest of the time: salad with the balsamic dressing, a grilled chicken wrap or deli sandwich (on brown bread) without sauce, fruit bag, bag of carrot sticks, water, fruit juice, diet or zero sugar fizzy drinks.

That's all I can think of off the top of my head.
  7004250
March 30, 2012 1:44 AM
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QUOTE:

I'm hoping to go there tomorrow and get some nuggets and a quarter pounder. Maybe even a latte. :3

Mmmm I love their nuggets...I haven't had a quarter pounder since November...cause people keep telling me I'll get fat grumble


Say the same to them as they bite into their burger!
  7004250
March 30, 2012 1:47 AM
i dont eat clean and maccas. i just have a happy meal :) because im little anyway it suits me. but a chicken nugget happy meal is only 400 calories :)
March 30, 2012 1:52 AM
QUOTE:

I am guilty of being in that situation and just opting for the unhealthy option.

BUT for the purpose of this thread (and maybe to encourage me to eat healthy there too)..

I suppose for breakfast: porridge, an egg mcmuffin or bagel without the meat butter and cheese, or plain bagel with philadelphia

Rest of the time: salad with the balsamic dressing, a grilled chicken wrap or deli sandwich (on brown bread) without sauce, fruit bag, bag of carrot sticks, water, fruit juice, diet or zero sugar fizzy drinks.

That's all I can think of off the top of my head.



OMG.....you guys still have the bagels??????? sad that was ALWAYS my favorite thing to eat at McDs until they took them away :(
Edited by manda1002 On March 30, 2012 1:52 AM
March 30, 2012 1:52 AM
Google Mc Donald's nutrition then look under build your own meal. Then you will know what you think is healthy before you are in this situation again.
  19311101
March 30, 2012 1:53 AM
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I don't understand why people are laughing or being sarcastic. I think everyone's been in a situation where they had to eat something on the go because they didn't plan ahead of time or forgot to bring something.

I can understand the laughter and sarcasm. Get something on the go yeah but why not go to a deli and get a sandwich or something?
  14846545
March 30, 2012 1:57 AM
QUOTE:

QUOTE:

I am guilty of being in that situation and just opting for the unhealthy option.

BUT for the purpose of this thread (and maybe to encourage me to eat healthy there too)..

I suppose for breakfast: porridge, an egg mcmuffin or bagel without the meat butter and cheese, or plain bagel with philadelphia

Rest of the time: salad with the balsamic dressing, a grilled chicken wrap or deli sandwich (on brown bread) without sauce, fruit bag, bag of carrot sticks, water, fruit juice, diet or zero sugar fizzy drinks.

That's all I can think of off the top of my head.



OMG.....you guys still have the bagels??????? sad that was ALWAYS my favorite thing to eat at McDs until they took them away :(



Yeah we do. Well as far as I am aware we still do, I haven't eaten a McDs breakfast for AGES so not entirely sure but pretty sure we do! They've introduced a breakfast wrap now though so may have replaced it?

What country do you live in? There's a lot of stuff on the US McDs menu that I wish they had on the UK one and it saddens me that we don't have as much choice frown I suppose it's better that we don't though as I'd just put on more weight than I want to lose laugh
  7004250
March 30, 2012 1:58 AM
A bacon roll might also be an option for breakfast, without the sauce of course.
  7004250
March 30, 2012 2:38 AM
I work at a McDonalds in Australia, so I know this situation! I often have to eat there on my lunch break! :) However, it really is easy to stick to your calories and macros there. While salads are good, like everyone says, any of the seared wraps are actually really, really good in terms of calories. They range from 300-400 calories between the tandoori, sweet chilli or ceasar for the seared version.
March 30, 2012 3:59 AM
McD's is not the healthiest of fast food choices, but they do have some options. For breakfast, the oatmeal is soooooo good! One of my faves. And the fruit n yogurt parfait is a good call. For lunch and dinner, you might look at a kid's meal rather than the full size meal.
  7030416
March 30, 2012 4:03 AM
Parfait is delicious and not too bad. The grilled chicken sandwich (no sauce) isn't terrible either. They also have the fruit and walnut salad and their fruit and maple oatmeal is really good.
March 30, 2012 4:06 AM
I know it may sound odd after the other postings, but. If I have to do McD's i opt for the kids 4 piece chicken nugget with apple slices. Don't eat the caramel and have an ice tea with lemon.
  16494420
March 30, 2012 4:15 AM
I can't offer anything about their breakfast, but their Southwest Salad with Grilled Chicken is really good. I normally don't even use the dressing. IF i do, it's not even 1/4 of the packet.
March 30, 2012 4:21 AM
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I work at a McDonalds in Australia, so I know this situation! I often have to eat there on my lunch break! :) However, it really is easy to stick to your calories and macros there. While salads are good, like everyone says, any of the seared wraps are actually really, really good in terms of calories. They range from 300-400 calories between the tandoori, sweet chilli or ceasar for the seared version.

Is 300-400 calories good for a wra, just asking becuase a Big Mac is around 550 calories
Edited by 714rah714 On March 30, 2012 4:22 AM
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March 30, 2012 5:40 AM
McDouble with no cheese. It has the most amount of protein while keeping the other macronutrients low. I also think McDonald's tastes like garbage, so I don't know why you'd even bother going there.
Edited by AeolianHarp On March 30, 2012 5:41 AM
April 1, 2012 9:23 PM
I actually eat McDonalds quite often, and I don't feel ashamed of it. I'm still losing weight. I just avoid the fries, and avoid most of the drinks there unless it's water or a black coffee. A seared chicken burger (New Zealand McDs) is quite filling on it's own without having too many calories. Same with the filet o fish burger. Today I was craving a cheeseburger so I got a combo with fries and a milkshake. Really bad idea. All up it was about 965 calories, just for one meal. But at least now I know to avoid that next time.
  14355630
April 1, 2012 9:38 PM
I have to admit that there really isn't any fast food that is off limits for me. I am out a lot for work, and driving between meetings. If I don't find fast food, drive thru without a line, I don't get to eat. Or I'd I am travelling or away, I don't have the security of home to make my food choices, and still need food.

For mods, for breakfast, I will have a large coffee with 3 milks, and a egg mcmuffin with no butter, and I throw awy the top muffin. It's about 300 cal for both.
Order two breakfast wraps, and put the filling all in one, throw out the other wrap.

Grilled chicken sandwich, no mayo or sauce, extra veggies, throw the top of the bun away
Salad, don't put any of the extra stuff like croutons, or noodles, with grilled chicken no dressing, or a lrittle low fat Italian.


You can order apple slices any time.
I find the yogurt healthy but not low cal.


I think it's all about moderation, and being creative in asking for modifications, or making the modifications yourself. Getting everything without the sauce is a good start, ask for no butter or oil when cooking, staying away from the deep fried, stick with the grilled, take off some of the breads or buns. These are some of the guidelines I use.
  13064050
April 1, 2012 9:46 PM
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I also think McDonald's tastes like garbage, so I don't bother going there.


Fixed this for you.
April 1, 2012 9:54 PM
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I actually eat McDonalds quite often, and I don't feel ashamed of it. I'm still losing weight. I just avoid the fries, and avoid most of the drinks there unless it's water or a black coffee. A seared chicken burger (New Zealand McDs) is quite filling on it's own without having too many calories. Same with the filet o fish burger. Today I was craving a cheeseburger so I got a combo with fries and a milkshake. Really bad idea. All up it was about 965 calories, just for one meal. But at least now I know to avoid that next time.


I dont know how clean french fries are - probably not because of the oil they use - but I do get a medium fry and a diet coke once a week if I want it - it takes away my fast food craving and the sodium in a medium fry is only 260 or 270 - its actually one of the few low sodium options on their menu. All of their sandwiches and salads with chicken are too high (for me).
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