While a home-cooked breakfast is undoubtedly best in terms of overall nutritional value, a drive-thru breakfast has become the norm for many commuters. Effortless and delicious, a breakfast sandwich and a cup of coffee has become the morning diet for millions of Americans. Healthier McDonalds breakfast options are included in the choices.
Although many fast food breakfast meals and value bundles are overly high in Calories, fat, and sodium, others aren’t nearly as disastrous as you may think. There are many chioces that allow you to enjoy a healthier McDonalds breakfast.
Looking for a slimmer AM option? Consider these swaps the next time you pull up to the McDonald’s drive thru.
Instead of a Big Breakfast with Hotcakes (1050 Calories) order a Big Breakfast (730 Calories)
While neither of these is a great option, small steps are best for many dieters, especially those who are very overweight or obese. Gradual changes are often easier to stick to than big, all-or-nothing shifts, so for those who must have a big daddy breakfast, ordering a Big Breakfast in lieu of a Big Breakfast with hotcakes will still save you 320 Calories. If you were to make that change just three days a week, you could lose 13 lbs in a single year!
Instead of a Sausage, Egg, and Cheese McGriddle (560 Calories) order a Sausage McGriddle (440 Calories)
For breakfast consumers who crave the salty-sweet combo of a McGriddle, swapping a Sausage McGriddle for a Sausage, Egg, and Cheese McGriddle will save you 120 Calories. This may not sound like much, but if you make that swap three days a week, you could lose nearly 5 lbs in a single year.
Instead of a Sausage McMuffin with Egg (470 Calories) order an Egg McMuffin (300 Calories)
Lovers of the Sausage McMuffin will likely enjoy the classic Egg McMuffin. Swapping the sausage for canadian bacon will save you an impressive 18 grams of fat and 170 Calories. Making that change just three days a week means that you could lose nearly 7 lbs in a single year.
Instead of a Hashbrown (150 Calories) order a package of Apple Slices (15 Calories)
While many AM eaters crave a breakfast side for their sandwich or breakfast platter, many are willing to swap for a fresher, lighter option, especially when the Calorie savings are so impressive. Swapping a package of apple slices for a hashbrown will save you 135 Calories. If you make that swap three days a week, you could lose 5.5 lbs in a single year.
These healthier McDonalds breakfast swaps will save you thousands of calories every year, allowing you to drop pounds without ever feeling deprived!
Morgan Medeiros is a certified nutritionist, holding a both a Bachelor and Master’s Degree in Clinical Nutrition. Morgan completed her undergraduate education at Central Washington University, and her graduate education at Northeastern University. During her time as a graduate student, Morgan focused her area of expertise in health education, weight management, and behavioral change. Morgan has experience working in areas of nutritional neuroscience and disease prevention, obesity prevention, and weight loss. Morgan also works in areas of nutritional analysis and menu labeling for restaurants, where she is able to creatively bridge her interest in food culture and health education. In her free time, Morgan enjoys traveling, reading, writing, running, and spending time with her family and friends (including- most importantly- her dog, Clyde).