When I think of McDonald’s, I immediately have flashbacks to three things:
1) The role of Happy Meals (and the toys that came with them) in my childhood.
2) Going on long road trips and stopping by one to eat and use the restroom.
3) Watching Super Size Me in my high school health class, and feeling disgusted.
It’s no secret that McDonald’s has earned a reputation over the years for being the most unhealthy (although most popular) fast food chain in the country. To be honest, I haven’t really eaten at one since middle school. Since then, I must have missed all the changes they’ve undergone. Apparently, they’re targeting a more health-conscious audience now.
Yesterday, Michael and I had lunch at the local McDonald’s – I was very surprised with how many healthy options they offer now, compared to what the menu was like in my childhood! I ordered their new Fruit & Maple Oatmeal and Strawberry Banana Smoothie, both of which tasted better than I expected – they were actually really good! At first I was skeptical, but the nutrition information on their website convinced me that it was legitimate. Their marketing team does a great job at advertising their new direction, too.
I still try to maintain my Lose it! diet, but it’s becoming more and more difficult to stay under 790 calories every day. And although I’m not as strict with it anymore, it does make me feel great to choose healthier alternatives. I may actually consider becoming a pescatarian while I’m a school – mostly because they serve low-quality chicken & beef on my campus. What do you guys think?