Fast Food Review: Fruit and Walnut Salad from McDonald’s
A lot of us have become really good at coming up with excuses to why we don’t always make the healthiest food choices. At a fast food restaurant like McDonald’s, it’s getting harder and harder to be stuck with making the choice for a McDouble or 4-piece McNuggets. The truth is, no matter how hard you try to avoid it, you can really eat some nutritious items when out and about. One good example of this is the $1.49 Fruit and Walnut Salad from McDonald’s .
While it’s true that value menu items usually don’t offer the healthiest choices, you’ve got to admit $1.49 isn’t a whole lot of scratch to drop for a healthy snack. The Fruit and Walnut Salad is a prepackaged small tray of seedless red grapes, apple slices, sweet candied walnuts and low-fat yogurt. The fruits, walnuts and yogurt are all contained in their separate sections of the plastic package. I have found myself drowning all the walnuts into the yogurt and then dipping each fruit into the sweet concoction as if it were chips and nacho cheese. It really is a refreshing treat and a nice substitute for french fries. While it’s true, I’d like to see an expansion to the fruit portion of this salad, the red grapes and sliced apples are always clean and fresh. The candied walnuts are sweet, crunchy and really make the package complete. The low-fat yogurt is light and creamy and compliments the fruit and walnuts very well.
So those who are looking for healthier choices, stop at your local McDonalds and pick up the Fruit and Walnut Salad. The small combination of fruits, walnuts and yogurt may not satisfy a big appetite, but it will definitely work as a nice side item or snack. At the price of $1.49, why not give it a try? More fast food places need to get on the bandwagon and add healthier items to their value menus. This is a very good supplemental item for your order when you consider the price and the fact that it’s way more nutritious than fries.
Pros: A healthier alternative to fries. Inexpensive at $1.49. Sealed and fresh. Sweet and tasty.
Cons: Not a great variety of fruits, just apple/grapes.
Grubbing on-the-go: 7.25/10
Overall GrubGrade: 7.50/10
More Info: McDonalds.com
Calories - 210
Total Fat - 8 grams
Saturated Fat - 1.5 grams
Carbs - 31 grams
Cholesterol - 5 milligrams
Sodium - 60 milligrams
Dietary Fiber - 2 grams
Sugars - 25 grams
Protein - 4 grams