Eating Healthy At: McDonalds

In my EVA article about Mcdonalds, I gave it a poor review due to a lack of veggie options. So let us see if it can recover from that by offering some more healthier food options. I personally don’t think that many really healthy food options will be available though, due to salt and other issues.

All burgers, especially those with bacon or cheese is a no-no due to saturated fats among other issues such as beef and pork being linked to colorectal cancer by the WHO. so in order to find anything healthy we must remove those items off the list, and what we have left, separated categorically by caloric content, is:

Under 400 Calories

  • Premium Southwest Salad with Grilled Chicken (Not crispy, as fried chicken is not healthy)
  • Premium Grilled Chicken Sandwich

Under 300 Calories

  • Fruit and Yogurt Parfait
  • Fruit Maple Oatmeal

Under 100 Calories

  • Side Salad (try for vinaigrette dressing instead of ranch or Caesar, or simply not use as much)
  • Apple Slices
  • Cuties (Tiny oranges)

And to wash it all down there are only a few different options to choose from, of which there is:

  • Diet Coke
  • 1% Milk
  • Coffee (plain, with few creams/sugar, or substitute with calorie-free sweeteners)

So in terms of food there are quite a few options for those that are health conscious. Although I would still be careful, as they are often really full of┬ásalt, such as the Grilled Chicken Sandwich has a whopping 960 mg of Sodium. So these foods are healthier than most, but if you have a chance, I’d just recommend baking skinless boneless chicken breast in the oven.

The side salad costs about the same price as the cheeseburger, and is comparable in terms of size. The oatmeal and the Parfait are also cheap, so I don’t want to hear the tired excuse of “7 dollar salads vs 1 dollar burger” that constantly sweep the nations excuse-record for why obesity is rising.

Eating Vegetarian At: Panda Express

Panda Express is the Asian version of what Taco Bell is to Mexico, totally not authentic at all! But everyone loves Panda Express just the same despite that, sadly there is none in my area or I would frequent it more often for some more Tofu goodness (I love it when other people make Tofu, I just can’t do it justice). The one thing I like about Asian-style cuisine is how much of it is more plant-based in nature, for example, from what I can see, pure vegan items at Panda Express include:

  • Chow Mein
  • Steamed Rice
  • Mixed Vegetables (?)
  • Country Style Bean Curd
  • Hot Szechuan Tofu
  • Eggplant Tofu

While as a comparison, Lacto-ovo vegetarian have some options too, which include:

  • Fried Rice
  • Egg Roll

But if you don’t like eggs, or are just a Lacto-Vegetarian, there are options for you as well, including:

  • Chow Fun
  • Cream Cheese Rangoon
  • Veggie Spring Roll
  • Fortune Cookies

There are no products on the list for simply Ovo-vegetarians.

And even for the Pescaterians they have shrimp and some fish dishes. I added a (?) next to the mixed vegetables because the Allergen guide claims that the mixed vegetables contain milk, but the ingrediants listed only mention steamed vegetables. So… there MIGHT be a milk product in there somewhere? But since it has less than 1 gram of fat which comes from the vegetables, I think the fact that they listed it at all is a fluke.

I really like the large selection of veggie-friendly foods that Panda express has

My Eating Healthy At Series: Coming Soon!

Welcome to my new series, based off of my previous series Eating Vegetarian At, where I showcased menu options from various fast food restaurants that were vegetarian or vegan in nature. In this series I am simply showing healthy food options, regardless of whether or not they are vegetarian. As I have mentioned before, Vegetarian =/= Healthy, at least not automatically.

How would I decide if a food is “healthy” or not? Well, I would be taking a wider analysis of this by bringing many factors into account. But in order for a food to be included on my list, it must:

  • Not be made out of beef, pork, or any other form of red meat, lean or otherwise
  • Has to have a good nutrient balance for the caloric content
  • Cannot be fried at all, even less so if it is in lard of beef tallow
  • Little to no cheese if possible
  • Egg whites are OK, but egg yolks are not
  • Too much sugar is a no no

I am excluding beef and pork because of the WHO study that found that red meat is correlated with a higher risk of colorectal cancer. Cheese is excluded in higher amounts due to the large amount of saturated fat that it has. Egg yolks also have a large amount of saturated fat, so none of them either.

I would like people to read this list of foods and take their health into consideration. I hear many people claim that eating healthy at fast food is hard because salads are expensive and burgers are cheap, not only is that complete bull, but I want to show people that there is a wide array of healthier food options to choose from, and many of them are pretty cheap.

No more excuses

So I hope that you all enjoy this series!