I’ve confessed countless times that I’m a convenience eater. And even with going low carb, fast food is still a regular part of my diet. Regular as in at least weekly if not several times a week.
This week I happened to go to McDonalds for lunch, and mainly only because I was craving one of their Iced Coffees. 🙂 There are plenty of options to eat low carb at McDonalds, so I just decided to grab lunch while I was there getting my coffee.
I order my Iced Coffee with sugar free vanilla, by the way. They do use half & half for creamer, so you’ll have a slight carb count for that.
At home, or at other coffee shops, I would use heavy whipping cream in my coffee instead. Back to the rest of the menu, though…
When going for low carb fast food, you want to be cautious about your choices. The best thing you can do is pull up the nutrition facts and double check items before you order. You can download Nutrition Facts for almost any restaurant online, and print the PDF file for easy reference. Or you can just pull it up on your mobile phone if you’re out and about.
As an example, you might be inclined to get the Angus Bacon & Cheese Snack Wrap when going for low carb at McDonalds:
I’ve tried it, and it IS tasty. But it’s definitely a “snack”. As you can see above, even without the onion and ketchup, it’s approximately 22 net carbs. And that’s all in the wrap. You’d be much better off to just order the Angus Bacon Cheeseburger without ketchup and remove the bun – which is what I did this week:
I just brought it home, stripped off the top bun & onions, held it by the bottom bun and ate it (not the bottom bun, everything else -lol). That bun alone is over 50 carbs, by the way.
Keep plastic silverware in your car or in your bag. You never know when you might need it as a low carber.
Carry snacks and “snack accessories” (lol) with you. Low Carb Tortillas can be brought along in a Ziploc bag, and they’re great for handling a big messy burger – with a lot less mess. 😉
Low Carb Fast Food: Eating Low Carb at McDonalds
Here’s a quick list of Low Carb Fast Food you can order at McDonalds:
- Any burger, without bun or ketchup
- Grilled chicken sandwiches, sans bun
- Caesar Salad with Grilled Chicken
(no tomatoes or croutons)
- Bacon Ranch Salad w/ Grilled Chicken
(no tomatoes or croutons)
- Any breakfast sandwich, without biscuit/bread
You can use the McDonalds Food Menu to select specific food items and see the nutrition facts. It will let you uncheck things like bun and ketchup to get a carb count on any item. This little tool has been a big help in choosing low carb at McDonalds!
Happy Eating! 😀