Healthy Fast-Food Options

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A few healthy choices are found on McDonald's menu. For example, a McDonald's hamburger has 250 calories and 9 fat grams. Not bad, as long as you skip the fries. You could add the snack size fruit and walnut salad at 210 calories with 8 fat grams. So, this meal has vegetables, some fruit, and protein. Or if you prefer, substitute apple dippers plus low fat caramel dip (instead of the fruit/walnut salad). The dippers plus dip totals 105 calories and a fat gram.

If you prefer, the Southwest Salad with Grilled Chicken is nutritious, having 320 calories and 9 fat grams. Order 1% milk at 100 calories and 2.5 fat grams to add calcium. Or treat yourself to a large, iced nonfat latte with sugar-free vanilla syrup for 50 calories and no fats. Now that's what I call a great lunch.

One of my favorites at McDonald's is the fruit n yogurt parfait with granola. At only 160 calories and 2 grams of fat for the parfait, you can add the snack size fruit and walnut salad and still eat lunch for under 400 calories.