Monday, January 16, 2006

Scottish Food

I find myself dining (against my better judgment) at McDonalds, at least a couple times a month week. I tried to brainwash the kids by calling it "IckDonalds", but they just laugh heartily and ask to go there anyway. If I am going to eat something that's not healthy, I would prefer to do it at a restaurant where the food is really delicious and enjoy the heck out of it!

A meal at IckDonalds usually involves driving while eating. Lately, I have been trying to get their salads there because I figure it will help me eat more vegetables, but it's hard to eat in the car. I can only do that when we dine in. Besides, some of their salads, even without dressing have over 300 calories in them, and over 20 g of fat. Yikes! And let's not even talk about the dressings - some of them have over 15 g. If I am going to eat that, I might as well make some other choices. I do really like McDonald's french fries, but only if they are piping hot. A small bag is only 11 g fat - but who wants a small bag when you can Super Size it - a large fry is 25 g. Chicken McGrill is 16 g, but I get it with no mayo, so it is 4.5 g, but it is still 300 calories. I am getting all this from McDonald's web site, which is pretty neat. You can figure out all the nutritional stuff using their "bag a meal" option.

What's the best meal on the menu to you and what is the healthiest option? If I am going all out at McDonald's, I'd probably get a quarter pounder with cheese and a large fry and a chocolate shake. I'd feel guilty the next morning, that is for sure. To try to be healthy and dine in, I'd get a salad and a diet coke. For something car edible, I'd get a small fry and a Chicken McGrill and a small fry and a diet coke. For the kids, it is always a Big Kids Happy Meal. Help!