It is pointless to discuss and argue that McDonald’s is a nutritious and healthy meal choice. You can often see some influent people including Bill Clinton finishing their routes at McDonald’s for a high-calorie meal.
When people like Clinton seem to adore unhealthy foods it can send a message that unhealthy fast food is good. But have you ever heard that McDonald’s advises their own 700,000 employees against consuming their own product?
How Healthy is McDonald’s Healthy Menu?
In the last few years McDonald’s has made changes that seem like a positive step forward. For example, they swapped iceberg lettuce for carrot curls and red leaf lettuce, andthey swapped margarine for butter which resulted in doubling their sales (MrMuffins).
While it seems like McDonald’s accepts the health-consciousness as a movement and is making necessary changes, there are still some divergences. You probably think that choosing McDonald’s salads, wraps or fruit smoothies would make a difference. But, the numbers don’t lie.
Sometimes, healthy options are higher in sugars, fats, calories, or preservatives. Check it out:
- Medium Blueberry Pomegranate Smoothie: 54 g of sugar and 260 calories (compared to a medium Coke: 42g of sugar and 170 calories)
- Guacamole Chicken Burger: 24.1 grams of fat, 499 calories and 2.95 grams of salt
- Six-Pack of Chicken Nuggets: 13 grams of fat and 259 calories
- Buttermilk Chicken Salad with Kale and Edamame: 22 grams of fat, 410 calories, 12 grams of sugar, and 1.85 grams of salt.
Some experts point these high-calorie foods to things like the salad dressings. These meals are large, but they’re full of empty calories that offer your body little nutritional value.
9 Healthy Fast Food Chains
It is up to you whether you decide to continue to eat from major fast food chains. Our point is that you’re no longer limited to places like Burger King or McDonald’s. Nowadays you have some reallyhealthy and deliciouscompetitors to choose from:
1. LocoL (Los Angeles, California)
The food these people put out is high in calories but they use high-quality, whole ingredients that they grow locally.
Perks: tofu and cooked grains comprise 30% of all their beef patties and aguasfrescas are made in-house daily instead of sodas.
2. Freshii (North America)
This fast food began in Canada and spread to the United States. Freshii specializes in bowls, wraps, and salads.
Perks: its foods have less than 700 calories and cost less than $7.
3. Eatsa (San Francisco, New York, and Los Angeles, DC)
This vegetarian chain takes your order via an iPad and a kitchen team prepare it in the back.
Perks: quinoa bowls cost less than $7, and range from 450 to 700 calories.
4. Veggie Grill (California, Oregon, and Washington)
This vegan chain restaurant serves chicken and burgers that are made up of pea, soy, or/and wheat proteins.
Perks: prices start from $3.50 and Veggie Grill burgers taste better than McDonald’s Big Mac.
5. Salad and Go (Arizona)
This is strictly a drive-thru salad chain offers faster and more convenient service than other drive-thru chains.
Perks: you can get 48 ounce salads for about $6 and smoothies, soups, or breakfast for about $4.
6. LYFE Kitchen (California, Texas, Colorado, Nevada, Illinois, Tennessee)
This healthy chain menu contains meals with under 600 calories and a 1000 milligrams of sodium.
Perks: Most of their food cost less than $10 and LYFE Kitchen’s meals are free of high-fructose corn syrup, cream, butter, trans fats, preservatives, and MSG.
7. Dig Inn (Boston and New York City)
This healthy chain works together with local farmers. Its prices are relatively low and ensures fresh food.
Perks: Most meals cost from $8 to $11. But you pay for convenience and quality.
8. Everytable (Los Angeles)
This chain makes food available and accessible to everyone.
Perks: They make fresh meals every day. They keep things nutritious and fast so you can grab and go!
9. The Kitchenette (Memphis, Tennessee)
This healthy fast food chain is part of a restaurant chain called the Kitchen. The Kitchenette serves sandwiches, soups, and salads.
Perks: Most meals cost $4.95.