Eating A McDonalds? Here Are The Healthy Choices

So you have no food, you are hungry and have been driving on the road for quite some time. You the see the big, yellow M in front of you and two thoughts come into your head. Do you make a pit stop and choose something to eat and drink or do you carry on driving as McDonalds only offer poor choices? For all of you that take the turn and pull into the car park, I want to give you some options that might not be as bad as you think and that won't affect your health and fitness goals. After all, you aren't super human (sorry to break it to you guys) and there will be times when you are on the road and need to eat something. So here are some choices I think you could have that won't leave you feeling bloated and regretful of what you just ate ;)

What McDonalds Offer? 

There are thousands of McDonalds restaurants worldwide and I am positive that from reading this the next time you need to make an emergency run to one of them you will make a better choice. Although McDonalds might not be the best option there are some choices which you can choose that aren't too bad. I want you to choose something that isn't full of saturated fat and has more additive in it than real food itself. Remember this is in place in case you have to use it. I am not saying you should all adopt a McDonald's diet but rather have it as a back up for when you need it.

The Menu

FORGET the burgers, fries and cokes and stick with the healthy options that are on offer which may have overlooked your eyes. Going into McDonald's is just like going into the supermarket. All the rubbish, cheap and nasty 'food' is eye catching and appealing. For some reason they want you to buy this nonsense and well, you just need to be a little smarter. Choosing your options in one of these restaurants is all about 'mix and match'.  It is going to be near impossible to find something that hasn't been fried but you will find a meal which is low in fat, salt and has good carbohydrates and protein. Here are some ideas


Chicken Select Pieces with Garden Side Salad 

Calories - 365

Protein - 21g

Carbohydrates - 26g of which sugar - 1g

Saturated fat - 2g

Salt - 1.7g


Fillet O Fish (minus the bun) With Garden Side Salad

Calories - 363

Protein - 14g

Carbohydrates - 1-2g with no bun

Saturated fat - 1g

Salt - 1g



Grilled Chicken Salad Wrap

Calories - 330

Protein - 24g

Carbohydrates - 38g of which sugar - 6g

Saturated fat - 2g

Salt - 1.5g



Try To Avoid

Avoid meals with larger amounts of saturated fat and salt. Meals like Big macs, Quarter pounders, and other meals which contain large amount of sauces and are going to contain more sugar. Stick with the options above and you will not squash your healthy lifestyle.


In A Nutshell

Firstly remembering that these options are there as a last resort and to fill your hunger pangs. There are three options above of which will serve the purpose of choosing something healthy and low in fat and sugar. As you can see they all contain a good amount of protein and carbohydrates. They are low in saturated fat and low in salt. Accompany these meals with a bottle of water and you are all set. So next time you think you shouldn't stop at a McDonald's maybe you will think twice and pop in, feel good and be back on your journey. I hope this helps you :)

About the Author

Job Role Nutritional and Fitness Advisor Qualifications Premier International Diploma in Personal Training, Nutrition and Sports Massage Therapy Scott has always been active growing up being involved in different sport teams and individual sports such as boxing and Jiu Jitsu. It wasn't until Scott dislocated his left knee during a Jiu Jitsu Competition when he developed a new passion which was going to the gym. Scott studied an International Diploma in Personal Training, Nutrition and Sports Massage Therapy which he has used for over 8 years in the Fitness Industry. Scott has been successful in his field in the UK and in other countries of the world. He has helped many people achieve their goals in Fat Loss, Weight gain, Hypertrophy and other areas of Health and Fitness. Scott is very passionate and is a big motivator who is going to provide you with expert advice and looks forward to helping you with your goals. There is more to see of Scott as he will be competing in Fitness Modelling competitions this year and next so keep a look out for him.
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