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Ms. Shapen
04-05-2006, 05:57 PM
Okay, I know that after I tell you this, you will be thinking, I should have read the package . . . *sigh*

I chose a McDonald Fruit and Walnut Salad the other day. Now, I know that walnuts are high in fat, but they are also good for you, but these have some sort of crunchy glaze. (Sometimes I eat them, sometimes I don't.)

Anyway, I went to the McDonald website where you can recalculate food by taking off the cheese, etc. I took a look at the F & W Salad and the walnuts are 140 calories and the fruit and yogurt are only 160 ! ! I won't be eating the walnuts anymore.

I picked up a nutrition guide while I was there and I've made several notations on it, so that I can make good choices if and when I have to eat there.

I was just surprised that the nuts cost more in calories than the whole salad itself. Amazing.


LLV
04-05-2006, 06:10 PM
Doesn't surprise me any, nuts are high in calories. Especially if they're glazed.

Peanuts, for example, have 160 calories per ONE OUNCE. But I still love them and eat them occasionally.

Could you give me a link to the website you're talking about? :)

Chefmaker
04-05-2006, 09:38 PM
Just went to Mickey dees and had cheese burger and small fries. (12 Points) Wish I had tried a salad. Had to go because my daughter's school was having a McTeacher night. A sad waste of 12 points. :(


Ms. Shapen
04-06-2006, 10:23 AM
I don't know if I am supposed to post a webaddress, but I'll give it a go . . . at McDonalds.com, in the Food/Nutrition section, click on Nutrition (along the left side), then click on "Choose/Customize a menu item." You can select a crispy chicken sandwich (for example), remove the mayo, click "recalculate," and see how the calories, fats, etc. have changed.

I love their Steak, Egg & Cheese bagels. (I primarily love the steak.) My tummy doesn't like the cheese and I can take or leave the egg, so I have both removed. I also have that butter sauce removed as well. I know, it's pretty dressed down, but I still love it and have taken a 700 calories sandwich and made it a 400 calorie sandwich.

I picked up a nutrition guide to carry in the car with me. I highlighted all the reasonable things that I could eat with small notations in the margin, so that I know how to order and keep my calories within a healthier range.

I have also picked up a nutrition guide from Taco Bell and Wendy's, so I'll be doing some highlighting on those as well.

As far as the walnuts on the Fruit & Walnut Salad, yeah, nuts are high in calories, but they are also supposed to be good for you (in moderation, of course). But those prepackaged sweetened ones really aren't that great. I'd prefer they just leave them plain. I would think they would have added some cinnamon, but it's better that they didn't, because I don't care to eat them the way they are. McD's actually did me a favor with that. LOL

LLV
04-06-2006, 06:05 PM
As far as the walnuts on the Fruit & Walnut Salad, yeah, nuts are high in calories, but they are also supposed to be good for you (in moderation, of course). But those prepackaged sweetened ones really aren't that great. I'd prefer they just leave them plain.
Yeah, but this is McDonald's we're talking about here, lol!

They wouldn't know healthy if it came up and bit 'em on the ***. Even their salads are loaded with fatty stuff and/or they're massively high in sodium.

angel-eyes
04-06-2006, 08:23 PM
Ms.Shapen......I went to Wendy's before and ordered their Oriental chicken salad......great right? grilled chicken, manadarin oranges, lettuce (lots of it).....then comes the whammy......crunchy rice noodles (bad) and their WONDERFUL ginger dressing...(very bad) the dressing is more than 2x the calories of the entire salad!!! I now check the websites for the hidden extras in case I stop for lunch. DairyQueen, McD's, Wendy's, Chick-filet...you can't trust them!!! Don't even get me started on Starbucks!!!

SuchAPrettyFace
04-10-2006, 04:00 PM
My McD's Staples:

egg mcmuffin, no ham
bacon ranch salad, NO CHICKEN
fruit salad, no yogurt, no nuts
cheeseburger happy meal, apples instead of fries & milk to drink

Sandi D
04-10-2006, 04:19 PM
I don't want to but often go to micky d's and geta double cheeseburger minus the bug onions and ketcup,
just cheese and pickles 2 carbs
not bad but.......
sandi

LLV
04-10-2006, 06:52 PM
My McD's Staples:

egg mcmuffin, no ham

Why no ham?

Just curious.

LLV
04-10-2006, 06:52 PM
My McD's Staples:

egg mcmuffin, no ham
bacon ranch salad, NO CHICKEN
And why no chicken on the salad?

Don't mind me, I'm just being nosey :)

doodlebug3414
04-10-2006, 11:50 PM
I haven't been able to eat McDonald's since I watched the show Supersize Me. I watched it and thought I was going to not eat it very often and really watch what I ordered. Then I saw the extras on the DVD where he took different sandwiches and fries from McDonald's and a Mom and Pop place and put them in jars for 6 months (ended up only being five months). The fries looked exactly like they did when he bought them....five months later. And the sandwiches took forever to breakdown. No wonder I am having such problems with my stomach.

Believe me, I do crave their fries and a cheeseburger, but I look at it totally differently after watching that movie.

Misti in Seattle
04-10-2006, 11:56 PM
Yeah, but this is McDonald's we're talking about here, lol!
They wouldn't know healthy if it came up and bit 'em on the ***. Even their salads are loaded with fatty stuff and/or they're massively high in sodium.

LOL! Definitely! I bought their fruit and yogurt... the yogurt LOOKED like plain yogurt, but was absolutely loaded with sugar!!! Ewwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww

LLV
04-11-2006, 09:49 AM
LOL! Definitely! I bought their fruit and yogurt... the yogurt LOOKED like plain yogurt, but was absolutely loaded with sugar!!! Ewwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww
I believe it.

I'm not saying I never eat fast food. I still do on rare occasions and I love the grilled chicken caesar salads from McDonald's. But anytime I buy a fast food salad, I do a bit of modifying. If it has cheese on it, I pull it off. I don't order the salads loaded with bacon (bacon and cheese is where a lot of the fat and calories are hidden) and I always use my own dressing. I never use the dressing they give.

With a lot of those salads at fast food places, you're sometimes better off just eating a hamburger.

Ms. Shapen
04-13-2006, 11:29 AM
First, I never use dressing on my salad, especially at McD's because they use Newman's brand and that's enough to gag a maggot. :lol: I DO get the chicken on the salad because I need the protein to keep me from getting too hungry too fast.

The fries looked exactly like they did when he bought them....five months later. This might be the secret to looking young well into old age. :joker: Or, it will eliminate the need for embalming fluid when we die. EEEEWWWW Okay, that was just creepy. :halfempty:

Misti in Seattle
04-13-2006, 09:20 PM
LOL Ms. Shapen, your comment reminded me of the Randy Stonehill song, "American Fast Food." It is hysterical!!

BTW I use salsa on my salads instead of dressing... it's great!

LLV
04-13-2006, 11:00 PM
LOL Ms. Shapen, your comment reminded me of the Randy Stonehill song, "American Fast Food." It is hysterical!!

BTW I use salsa on my salads instead of dressing... it's great!
Yick. I've tried that and can't do it. Unless I'm eating a taco salad. Sometimes I'll make my own taco salads at home and on those, yes, I like the salsa. But not on a regular salad.

lilybelle
04-13-2006, 11:27 PM
I ate at McDonald's today for the first time in 9 1/2 months. My husband wanted it , so I went along. I had the chicken, bacon ranch salad and it wasn't bad. I didn't eat hardly any of the dressing, because I read on package how bad it was. Mostly just ate the chicken. I did notice on my husbands Double Quarter Lber that is listed the fat, calories, carbs and sodium. This was news to me that they were now listing these things. I really don't ever trust them, after seeing Supersize Me.

Misti in Seattle
04-14-2006, 01:03 AM
II really don't ever trust them, after seeing Supersize Me.

I certainly don't trust McDo's either... but Supersize Me was not fair to them IMO. Someone went there and intentionally ate all the most fattening things on the menu and gained 70 gazillion pounds. I think that would happen at ANY restaurant you went to if you did that! Certainly not defending McDo's... LOL even their fruit and yogurt is half sugar! :dizzy:

LLV
04-14-2006, 10:59 AM
I certainly don't trust McDo's either... but Supersize Me was not fair to them IMO. Someone went there and intentionally ate all the most fattening things on the menu and gained 70 gazillion pounds. I think that would happen at ANY restaurant you went to if you did that!
Exactly.

You can do the same thing at home as well.

No, we didn't get fat overnight, but we did it from years of eating the exact crap we're now avoiding. We did nothing different than that guy on the Supersize Me show. We just did it slower.

Will I still go to McDonald's after watching that show? Of course I will. But I'm not an idiot, either, and I know how to make proper choices.

tori34
04-14-2006, 11:26 AM
I eat a few things from McDonalds and the like BUT I do not eat anything they serve that has trans fat. Trans fat is way worse than sat fat and most of the food they serve contains massive amounts of the artery clogging, bad cholesterol stuff. I just read an article yesterday..see below..that should make you think twice about eating certain fast food especially of you are trying to diet and eat healthy but more importantly for your overall health.

BTW...Taco Bell is the worst of the worst.

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/7279844/did/12287818?GT1=7938

LLV
04-14-2006, 11:33 AM
I just read an article yesterday..see below..that should make you think twice about eating certain fast food especially of you are trying to diet and eat healthy but more importantly for your overall health.
Well ****, that's a no-brainer. Are they trying to tell us something we don't already know?

lol

And Taco Bell isn't necessarily the worst. Any restaurant can be 'bad' if we make the wrong choices. Yeah, if you go to Taco Bell and get a Mexican Pizza or a Taco Salad, there's major fat and calories. But a regular taco without cheese is only 140 calories and 2.5 grams of saturated fat and a chicken soft taco without cheese is 160 calories (the flour tortillas are higher in calories than the crunchy corn shells) and only 1 gram of saturated fat.

So it all depends on the choices you make.

By the way, I just read a report that McDonald's sales are up. So much for the Supersize Me show hurting business, lol!

lizzbabe
04-14-2006, 12:15 PM
A friend of mine said that Whataburger is the worst chain...apparently Weight Watchers offers you point-friendly alternatives at different restaurants and there was NOTHING at Whataburger that could be fit into a good diet. I've never been so I don't know.