3 Healthier Breakfast Choices at McDonald's
Question of the day: Now that some McDonaldâ€™s locations are offering free coffee on Mondays, are there smart breakfast options there for people who are trying to eat healthier?
The answer: Yes. â€œWe think of quick-serve restaurants too simply, and we paint them too black and white,â€ Roberta Duyff, RD, author of the American Dietetic Association Complete Food and Nutrition Guide ($21, amazon.com), tells Health. â€œBe smart about what youâ€™re choosing. Be judicious, and you can do fine at McDonaldâ€™s.â€
Given how important a meal breakfast is, Duyff says that if the lure of free coffee will get you to McDonald's, and help you to eat breakfast, then it's a good thing all around.
Duyffâ€™s top choices for breakfast at McDonald's include:
Fruit âN Yogurt Parfait
150 calories, 2g fat, 4g protein, and 10% of your daily calcium
Fruit & Maple Oatmeal
290 calories, 4g fat, 5g protein, 5g fiber, 10% of your daily calcium
Egg White Delight McMuffin
250 calories, 8g fat, 18g protein, 4g fiber (Duyff notes that the sodium count is higher on this selection at 770mg; she recommends being cautious about sodium-rich foods for the rest of the day.)
She said even the regular Egg McMuffin is an OK choice with 300 calories, 13g fat, 17g protein, and 4g fiber. â€œThe sodium content is on the high side (750mg), and so is the fat,â€ she cautions. â€œSo you have to be cognizant of what else you eat that day.â€
McDonaldâ€™s is offering the free coffee in selected cities, including parts of Washington, D.C., Pennsylvania, Virginia, Indiana, Ohio, and Texas, Money reports. Call your local store to see if theyâ€™re offering it.