Guest Post: Jen
I have to admit, even though I try to eat as healthfully as possible, I eat fast food on a pretty regular basis. Honestly, I simply like things that taste good — and I don’t like spending a lot of time on prep or cooking.
But I have to say I was surprised to read the news that Mickey-D’s was teaming up with Weight Watchers to rebrand some McDonald’s fried classics as “healthy.”
True, you can get a handful of items at McDonald’s for only a handful of Weight Watchers points (each). But even in the world of fast food, there are better, lower-in-fat, lower-calorie options out there.
Go Fit Girl! had a great guest blog a while back on the importance of researching your fast food. The McD/WW partnership inspired me to revisit that, AND make a little chart of my faves — plus some homemade stuff that’s as fast and yummy as making a fast-food run.
Here’s my list, based on the three popular McD’s items that have been reported for the Weight Watchers list.
|Chicken Nuggets||McDonald’s McNuggets (6 piece)
280cal, 18g fat, 13g protein, 540mg sodium*,
|Jack in the Box Grilled Chicken
Strips (4 piece)
250cal, 7g fat, 43g protein, 1070mg sodium,
|Tyson Grilled Chicken Breast Strips
(4oz. portion. Prep and serve in 15
(Sorry, this doesn’t even
|Long John Silver’s Battered Fish Filet
(I can’t vouch for the taste — haven’t had it).
|Trader Joe’s Marinated Ahi Tuna Steaks
(4.5 oz. portion. Prep and serve in 15 minutes).
|Chicken Wrap||McDonald’s Honey Mustard Crispy Chicken
Snack Wrap. 330cal, 16g fat, 11g protein, 700mg,
|McDonald’s Honey Mustard Grilled Chicken
250cal, 8g fat, 16g protein, 650mg sodium, 6
|Jack in the Box Chicken Fajita Pita
234cal, 3g fat, 17g protein, 842g sodium,
Check out the GFG! comment section for some of my other fast-food faves that are also low in fat and calories!
*According to mayoclinic.com, the 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans recommend limiting sodium to less than 2,300 mg a day — or 1,500 mg if you’re age 51 or older, or if you are Black, or if you have high blood pressure, diabetes or chronic kidney disease.
**I entered the WW points as they (Weight Watchers Points Plus) are currently listed on the Weight Watchers website.
Thanks so much Jen for sharing this with us. Jen has written a few guest posts for Go Fit Girl! If anyone is interested in writing a guest post for Go Fit Girl! let me know via comments or send me an e-mail to: firstname.lastname@example.org.