The 7 Healthiest Things You Can Eat at McDonald’s

When you think about McDonald's, you might not think about healthy eating, but some items on the menu are certainly healthier than others!

McDonald’s is delicious but, like all fast food, it’s not always the healthiest choice. If you’re in a time or money bind but still looking to stay on track with eating more mindfully, try these healthier options at the Golden Arches.

The below items are made with whole and real ingredients. While the recipes keep it pretty simple, you won’t be missing out on any flavor. Plus, it helps that they’re priced reasonably!

The Healthiest McDonald’s Options

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Fruit & Maple Oatmeal

Running late for work? A hot Fruit & Maple Oatmeal from McDonald’s will hit the spot. The best part is that it’s completely customizable, whether you’re a fan of brown sugar, fresh diced apples, a splash of cream or a blend of dried cranberries.

The stats:

  • 310 calories
  • 4g fat
  • 62g carbs
  • 6g protein


If you’re craving a classic burger, go for a no-frills hamburger. It contains a healthy amount of protein and other nutrients. To cut down on sodium and carbs, skip the side of fries. That’s not necessarily exciting, but it will still keep you full.

The stats:

  • 250 calories
  • 8g fat
  • 31g carbs
  • 13g protein

Egg McMuffin

You can take comfort in knowing that the eggs in your egg McMuffin are 100% real, and are free from any added ingredients, unlike some of the other all-day breakfast offerings. No matter what time you’re craving breakfast, the Egg McMuffin is definitely the healthy way to enjoy a morning-inspired sandwich.

The stats:

  • 300 calories
  • 12g fat
  • 30g carbs
  • 18g protein


If you’re looking for something without meat or different from the classic burgers of McDonald’s, their Filet-O-Fish is calling your name. Made with creamy tartar sauce, gooey American cheese and a fish filet between two soft buns, this sandwich is low in calories while still being delicious.

The stats:

  • 390 calories
  • 19g fat
  • 39g carbs
  • 16g protein

Sausage Burrito

Looking for a sturdy breakfast to hold you over until lunch? McDonald’s sausage burrito stuffs a soft tortilla with scrambled eggs, pork sausage, green chiles, onions and melted cheese for a grab-on-the-go treat. For an added 140 calories, pair it with a hash brown for a well-rounded breakfast.

The stats:

  • 310 calories
  • 17g fat
  • 25g carbs
  • 13g protein

6 Piece Chicken McNuggets

Perfect for an in-between-meals snack, McDonald’s Chicken McNuggets are juicy, crunchy and protein-packed. They’re all the good flavor without the added preservatives. Pair it with a side of apple slices for 15 more calories or go for the 10 piece, which is 410 calories.

The stats:

  • 250 calories
  • 15g fat
  • 15g carbs
  • 14g protein


Just as popular as their classic cheeseburger, fans love McDonald’s McChicken for its crunchy goodness. Save on calories by asking for no mayo or add some nutrients by adding vegetables like tomatoes and onions.

The stats:

  • 400 calories
  • 21g fat
  • 39g carbs
  • 14g protein

When in doubt, you can take a quick glance at the nutrition facts, which chain restaurants are now required to publish. Look for menu items with minimal ingredients and preservatives. If you don’t cook with them at home, you probably don’t want to eat them at a restaurant, either.

(Psst: See which restaurant is officially one of the healthiest fast foods.)

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Jacqueline Weiss
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