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Wondering how to survive a trip to the Golden Arches? No sweat... We're here to help! 
BEST AM BETS

Egg McMuffin - 300 calories, 12g fat, 30g carbs, 2g fiber -- POINTS® value 7*

HG Tip! Order it without cheese -- you've still got Canadian bacon 'n eggs! -- and it'll total only 250 calories, 9g fat, 29g carbs, and 2g fiber (POINTS® value 5*).


English Muffin - 160 calories, 3g fat, 27g carbs, 2g fiber -- POINTS® value 3*

HG Tip! For more flavor and less fat, skip the margarine and ask for strawberry preserves instead. It'll total 170 calories, 1.5g fat, 36g carbs, and 2g fiber (POINTS® value 3*).

Medium Nonfat Latte with Sugar Free Vanilla Syrup - 90 calories, 0g fat, 22g carbs, 0g fiber -- POINTS® value 2*

HG Tip! Make sure to order "Nonfat" and "Sugar Free" (and it never hurts to double-check again once you get it). If they serve it to you with regular milk and syrup, your drink'll contain 280 calories and 8g fat (POINTS® value 6*).

Bottom Line: Avoid anything with biscuits, sausage, or "Southern Style" in the title. And Canadian bacon is one of the leanest meats you can eat, so enjoy! Also, check out our SWEETS & SIDES! section below for another AM option.

 

THE SALAD SCOOP

Premium Bacon Ranch Salad with Grilled Chicken (No Dressing) - 260 calories, 9g fat, 12g carbs, 3g fiber -- POINTS® value 5*

HG Tip! Ditch the cheese and you're down to 210 calories, 5g fat, 11g carbs, and 3g fiber (POINTS® value 4*).

Premium Asian Salad with Grilled Chicken (No Dressing) - 300 calories, 10g fat, 23g carbs, 5g fiber -- POINTS® value 6*

HG Tip! Nix the almonds and this salad'll have 230 calories, 4g fat, 21g carbs, and 4g fiber (POINTS® value 4*).

Premium Southwest Salad with Grilled Chicken (No Dressing) - 320 calories, 9g fat, 30g carbs, 6g fiber -- POINTS® value 6*

HG Tip! Lose the cheese and tortilla strips for a total tally of 250 calories, 6g fat, 25g carbs, and 6g fiber (POINTS® value 5*).

Newman's Own Low Fat Balsamic Vinaigrette - 40 calories, 3g fat, 4g carbs, 0g fiber -- POINTS® value 1*

Newman's Own Low Fat Family Recipe Italian Dressing - 60 calories, 2.5g fat, 8g carbs, 0g fiber -- POINTS® value 1*

Newman's Own Low Fat Sesame Ginger Dressing - 90 calories, 2.5g fat, 15g carbs, 0g fiber -- POINTS® value 2*

HG Tip! If you can't avoid the full-fat dressings (or simply want to save cals with the low-fat ones), only use half of the packet.

P.S. We don’t think the Southwest Salad even needs dressing!


Bottom Line: Always go for grilled chicken (never crispy). Don't forget to factor in the calories in your salad dressing. And skimping on the cheese will save you every time.

 

SANDWICH & BURGER BREAKDOWN

Hamburger (Single) - 250 calories, 9g fat, 31g carbs, 2g fiber -- POINTS® value 5*

HG Tip! "Beef" it up by adding extra veggies!

Premium Grilled Chicken Classic Sandwich without Mayo - 370 calories, 4.5g fat, 50g carbs, 3g fiber -- POINTS® value 7*

HG Tip! Ask for a regular bun instead of that Honey Wheat one, and you'll knock the total down to 280 calories, 4g fat, 32g carbs, and 1g fiber (POINTS® value 6*).

Chipotle BBQ or Honey Mustard Snack Wrap with Grilled Chicken - 260 calories, 9g fat, 27 - 28g carbs, 1g fiber -- POINTS® value 6*

HG Tip! Say sayonara to the cheese and you'll kick THREE fat grams to the curb. Your snack wrap will then contain 220 calories, 6g fat, 27g carbs, and 1g fiber (POINTS® value 5*).

Bottom Line: Again... always grilled, never fried! "Big" and "Double" are as bad as they sound. If you want something decadent, go for bacon or ranch -- not both. Just say NO to mayo. And don't order a snack wrap expecting it to be much more than just that... a snack (they're not large, people!).

 

SWEETS & SIDES!

Fruit 'n Yogurt Parfait - 160 calories, 2g fat, 31g carbs, 1g fiber -- POINTS® value 3*

HG Tip! Who cares if it's on the dessert menu? Order this thing for breakfast!

Apple Dippers with Low Fat Caramel Dip - 100 calories, 0.5g fat, 23g carbs, 0g fiber -- POINTS® value 2*

Vanilla Reduced Fat Ice Cream Cone - 150 calories, 3.5g fat, 24g carbs, 0g fiber -- POINTS® value 3*

Bottom Line: Replace the standard fries or O-rings with one of these guys. And if you're really craving fried foods, stick with HG's swaps instead!

 

McD’s... HG-Style!

Skip a trip to Mickey D's altogether and whip up guilt-free versions of your favorites at home!

HG's EggaMuffin - Quick, cute, and only 165 calories!

HG's Southwest Salad McSwap! - Mickey D's seasonal salad may come and go, but HG's McSwap is here to stay!

Fiber-Fried Chicken Strips - With about 67% fewer calories than the fast-food version, these are clucking fantastic!

Baketastic Butternut Squash Fries - Two ingredients and a little oven time equals FAT-FREE FRIES!

 


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*The Points® values for these products and/or recipes were calculated by Hungry Girl and are not an endorsement or approval of the product, recipe or its manufacturer or developer by Weight Watchers International, Inc., the owner of the Points® registered trademark.