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Making healthy choices when you are on the go as much as I am is hard. I always plan on meal planning and packing my breakfast, lunch, and snacks for work but somehow that only happens about 25% of the time.
I work at a hospital and so when I go to work I am gone from 5:45am until 7:30pm. That means I have to plan out ALL my meals for the day and let’s face it, when you are dog tired from a tough work day going through the drive through on your way home sounds a lot better than driving home, letting the dog out, changing clothes, etc and not eating until 8:30 or 9.
I was in a similar situation last week and decided to stop by the McDonald’s by my house and grab something quick and as I was scouring the menu (I had decided to get something different than my usual Quarter Pounder with Cheese) I saw that McDonalds is carrying salads now. I was intrigued so I ordered one.
I went with the Southwest Salad with grilled chicken, Ranch dressing, and a bottle of water. I am a huge fan of Ranch dressing, LOL! McDonalds serves Newman’s Own dressings which I really like because it tastes good and all of the after-tax profits go straight to charity. Pretty amazing, right?
This may not be the prettiest after surviving my driving but it tasted delicious!! According to McDonalds it has “slices of tender chicken breast filet, mixed greens, fire-roasted corn, savory black beans, roasted tomatoes and poblano peppers. Sprinkled with cheddar and jack cheeses, chili-lime tortilla strips, a fresh-sliced lime wedge and served with Newman’s Own Southwest Dressing.”.
Y’all. This salad is where it’s at!! I was pretty hungry by the time I got home and this salad seriously filled me up. I love all of the flavors and textures and the chicken was amazing!
I haven’t been good about eating all of my veggies lately but each premium McDonalds salad contains about three cups of veggies so I think I pretty much crushed it in the veggie department.
Speaking of eating veggies, here is a breakdown of the nutrition info from my salad, dressing included:
Not too shabby! I love that the whole thing is only 520 calories including dressing, most of my fave fast food salads are 1000+ calories including dressing. It also has tons of protein so that will keep me fuller longer. I will definitely be getting this salad again and I won’t feel guilty about getting fast food on my home.
Have you tried McDonalds salads? Which one is your favorite?