We often discuss how we can manage our food plans as long as we are aware of what weíre eating. Fast food places are telling us what we need to know, and thatís something to be happy about. They may have done it kicking and screaming, and as the result of being raked over the coals in public, but theyíve responded nonetheless.
Those commercials for the new apple and grape salads made me wonder just what was in them, and what the numbers were. A trip to the golden arches website revealed some surprising Ė to me, at least Ė information. Did you know that we can special-order our meals here? I had no idea that they would allow us to leave off, say, bacon or cheese! Of course, thereís nothing to suggest that we can, for example, substitute a few extra cherry tomatoes for the bacon, but at least thereís a start here.
So, Iím figuring that for those times when I know that a fast food stop is in the cards, a visit to these websites will let me check out the possibilities before I get there. The nutrition information is right there, and itís possible to remove items to see the effect. Itís easy to use, and itís all printable or downloadable.
For example, itís possible for me to put together a meal of 4 chicken nuggets and a plain salad for less than 250 calories. Those with bigger appetites can have a grilled chicken salad [no dressing] for less than 300. Not bad, considering that an extra large shake carries more than 1100 calories [thatís not a typo, by the way]. Surprisingly, breakfast at this place seems to give the biggest calorie hit, with the lowest nutritional value, and the fewest choices.
I generally avoid fast food restaurants for a number of reasons, including the food. So, even though recent changes in their menus show that any of us can put together a reasonably healthy meal, Iím still not rushing out to visit them. But, itís helpful to know that I can take a road trip and plan for a break at a rest stop without ruining my food intake. Forewarned is forearmed.
And the 411 on that apple and grape salad: 170 calories with apples, grapes, and the yoghurt (100 for the fruit and 70 for the yoghurt). Keeping the candied walnuts brings the calories to 310! So, if I ever end up at this place, Iíll tell them to hold the walnuts so I wonít have to sit there picking them out.