Low Calorie and Healthy Choices at McDonald's

Let’s first look at the calorie content for a typically meal from Mc Donald’s:

A quarter pounder with cheese, medium fries and large coke.

This meal is not “Super Sized” but still has 1200 calories! It may not look like a lot of food on your plate, but 1200 calories is close to an entire days worth of calories for many trying to lose weight.

The good news, Mc Donald’s offers plenty of low calorie meal choices. You just need to know what to order. Below I included a list of 500 calorie or less meals, this is a calorie level that is appropriate for many people trying to lose weight.

Tips for Making Low Calorie Choices at Mc Donald’s

· Choose a regular size burger or cheeseburger.

· Some healthy and lower calorie side dishes include; Snack Size Fruit and Walnut Salad, Fruit and Yogurt Parfait, Apple Dippers, and Side Salad with Newman’s Own® Balsamic Vinaigrette.

· Pick grilled chicken (instead of breaded) for the chicken sandwich, snack wraps and salads.

· Skip the mayonnaise on sandwiches, as it adds plenty of extra calories and fat.

500 Calorie or Less Meals from Mc Donald’s

♥ Denotes meals that contain less than 30% calories from fat, less than 10% from saturated fat and less than 1 gram of trans fat.

1. 2 Hamburgers (500 calories)

2. Hamburger and Small Fries (480)

3. Hamburger and Snack Size Fruit and Walnut Salad (460)

4. ♥ Hamburger, Side Salad with Newman’s Own® Balsamic Vinaigrette, Apple Dippers with no Caramel, Fruit and Yogurt Parfait with no Granola. (475)

5. ♥ Hamburger, Side Salad with Newman’s Own® Balsamic Vinaigrette, Vanilla Ice Cream Cone (460)

6. Cheeseburger, Side Salad with Newman’s Own® Low- Fat Balsamic Vinaigrette, Fruit and Yogurt Parfait with no Granola (490) FPM

7. Cheeseburger, Vanilla Ice Cream Cone (450)

8. Double Cheeseburger, Side Salad with Newman’s Own® Balsamic Vinaigrette (500)

9. Double Cheeseburger, Apple Dippers without Caramel (475)

10. Quarter Pounder without Cheese, Side Salad with Newman’s Own® Balsamic Vinaigrette (470)

11. Quarter pounder without Cheese and Apple Dippers without Caramel (445)

12. Filet-O-Fish, Apple Dippers with Caramel (485)

13. Filet-O-Fish, Side Salad with any Newman’s Own Balsamic Vinaigrette (440)

14. McChicken, Fruit and Yogurt Parfait with no Granola (490)

15. McChicken, , Side Salad with Newman’s Own® Balsamic Vinaigrette, Apple Dippers without Caramel (455)

16. ♥ Premium Grilled Chicken Classic Sandwich without Mayo, Fruit and Yogurt Parfait with no Granola (500)

17. ♥ Premium Grilled Chicken Classic Sandwich without Mayo, Side Salad with Newman’s Own® Balsamic Vinaigrette, Apple Dippers with no Caramel (465)

18. Grilled Snack Wrap (Chipolte BBQ, Honey Mustard, Ranch), Small Fries (490-500)

19. Grilled Snack Wrap (Chipolte BBQ, Honey Mustard, Ranch), Side Salad with Newman’s Own® Balsamic Vinaigrette, Fruit and Yogurt Parfait with Granola (480-490) Best Choice

20. 4 Piece Chicken McNuggets with Choice of Sauce, Small Fries (470-480)

21. 6 Piece Chicken McNuggets with Choice of Sauce, Fruit and Yogurt Parfait with Granola (490-500)

22. ♥ Premium Southwest Salad with Grilled Chicken, Newman’s Own® Creamy Southwest Dressing, Apple Dippers (455)

23. ♥ Asian Salad with Grilled Chicken, Newman’s Own® Low Fat Sesame Ginger Dressing (390)

24. Premium Bacon Ranch Salad with Grilled Chicken, Newman’s Own® Ranch Dressing, Apple Dippers (465)

Comments 11 comments

Hank 5 years ago

i went andthey didn't have most of the options that are listed here.


Angela 5 years ago

I work there and yes they do.


Chey 5 years ago

I work there as well. All that my McD's does have is the Asian Salad and the Fruit & Walnut salad.


Chey 5 years ago

*doesn't


Sabrina 5 years ago

VERY HELPFUL! I work there and have to eaat there often this article really helped


Oskar 5 years ago

Is this for the whole world or just america? I work at mcdonalds denmark, and we doo not have that stuff...


Holly 4 years ago

At almost anywhere you eat fast food you can get low cal items. It might not be exactly what you want but if your trying to be strict about your dieting needs you will have to compromise, the key is to check nutrition menus before you go out and are starving.


Ken L 4 years ago

They really do have healthy choices, you just have to want the items which, are really good!


Christian 4 years ago

THE DOUBLE CHEESEBURGER HAS 1.5g OF TRANS FAT, WHO'S UP FOR CORONARY HEART DISEASE?

your only supposed to have max 0.5 trans/day if any at all.

btw it's not the calories it what the calories come from


diamond 4 years ago

Wow there are no good choices at McDonald's at all! That's why I take lunch or if I'm out and won't be home for awhile I will grab some fruit somewhere. Lots of places sell single bananas,apples,or other fruit this is way better and 1 piece of fruit will fill you up


Someone 4 years ago

I don't work there, nor do I eat there, but I enjoy reading. So +1 for giving me something to read.

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