Thursday, May 31, 2012
mcdonalds offers new healthy choices
after today, my opinion may just be changing.
tate and i had the opportunity to head downtown to the ubercool rock 'n' roll mcdonald's for a special presentation about the new and improved nutrition choices that are available at mcdonald's. i learned a lot.
mcdonald's has made great strides to offer those who are health-conscious a variety of great options. for a breakfast under 300 calories, choose an egg mcmuffin (300 calories), fruit 'n' yogurt parfait with granola (160 calories; 130 without granola), fruit and maple oatmeal (290 calories; 260 without brown sugar) or fruit and walnut salad (210 calories). mcdonald's is now also offering blueberry banana nut oatmeal (280 calories) that provides 2 servings of natural whole-grain oats.
for a lunch or dinner that provides 400 calories of less, choose a premium grilled chicken classic sandwich (350 calories), snack wraps with grilled chicken (250-270 calories), a cheeseburger (300 calories), 6-piece chicken nuggets (280 calories) or any of the premium salads with grilled chicken (190-290 calories).
my concern with the happy meal is that my kids are always still hungry when they are done. i'm glad to see that apples are being offered along with french fries, since they have had a hard time choosing between the two. we usually have to supplement the meal with extra food, even for two-year-old lilianna, which adds calories and fat grams, without adding much in the way of nutrition.
the website for ingredient and allergen information. the also offer a mobile app so you can access this information on-the-go. you can also find the information on product packaging or on the tray liner. you can also access a comprehensive brochure in participating restaurants or call 1.800.244.6227 toll-free for a voice-activated system to answer your questions. you can also find dietitian-approved choices at healthy dining finder.
we still won't be choosing mcdonald's as a weekly option, but it is nice to know that, as a special treat, we have a variety of nutritious and delicious options available to us.
tate and i received lunch, an informational seminar, behind-the-counter tour, all of the above information and a goodie bag from mcdonald's as part of mcdonald's commitment to nutritional education. regardless, the thoughts and opinions expressed here are purely my own.