While we don’t eat a lot of fast food in our house, we do occasionally eat it, usually when we take road trips. At most we eat fast food maybe 4-5 times a year. One particular fast food restaurant we’ve frequented is McDonald’s.
Last month, McDonald’s invited me to learn about the launch of McDonald’s New York Metro Nutrition Network as well as their healthier menu options.
The Nutrition Network, is:
a new community outreach initiative to provide funds to local organizations for grassroots nutrition programs. Through the program, New York Tri-State McDonald’s restaurant owners are offering seed money to help local organizations bring nutrition information and guidance to the communities they serve. This initiative is an extension of McDonald’s national commitment to offer improved nutrition choices.
Best-selling author and registered dietitian Tanya Zuckerbrot was also at the launch event. She offered Tips on Wholesome Eating at McDonald’s and answered many tough questions from some of the bloggers in attendance. One question I really wanted answers on was whether or not McDonald’s uses pink slime. The answer is no!
At the presentation, we also had the opportunity to sample some of the healthier options that are now available at McDonald’s.
Breakfast – Egg McMuffin®, Fruit ‘N Yogurt Parfait with Granola and a Premium Roast Black Coffee – 460 calories, 14 g fat, 22 g protein, 3 g fiber
Lunch – Hamburger, Side Salad with Low Fat Balsamic Vinaigrette, Snack Size Fruit & Walnuts, Diet coke – 510 calories, 19.5 g fat, 17 g protein, 5 g fiber
Snack – we had a choice between the Ranch Snack Wrap (Grilled) and the McCafé Wild Berry Real Fruit Smoothie
Calorie count for each:
Ranch Snack Wrap (Grilled) – 270 Calories, 12 g fat, 16 g protein, 1 g fiber
McCafé Wild Berry Real Fruit Smoothie – 210 calories, .5 g fat, 2 g protein, 3 g fiber
Dinner – Premium Southwest Salad with Southwest Dressing
with Grilled Chicken, Chocolate Chip Cookie, Bottled Water – 550 calories, 22 g fat, 30 g protein, 8 g fiber
You can find more details about the meals we sampled here.
I was happy to learn about some of their healthier food items and feel more comfortable with the fact that we do occasionally eat there. Tanya further stressed that when it comes to any kind of food, moderation is key. I totally agree.
Here is a list of resources regarding some of McDonald’s new initiatives that may interest you:
- Health Victory: McDonalds finally removes pink slime from hamburgers
- Healthier Happy Meal: McDonald’s Menu Gets A Makeover In Chicago
- McDonald’s Announces Commitments To Offer Improved Nutrition …
Disclosure: This is a sponsored post from The Motherhood. Samples of McDonald’s menu items were also provided. All thoughts and opinions are 100% my own.