12 Healthier Options at McDonald’s: Low Calorie and More – Healthline

If you’re trying to eat healthfully, figuring out what to order at fast-food restaurants like McDonald’s can be challenging.

Unfortunately, McDonald’s recently discontinued many of their healthier selections, including their signature salads and fruit and yogurt parfaits. This makes it harder to navigate their menu when you’re trying to stick to a specific diet.

Thankfully, there are still options that suit ketogenic, low sodium, or vegetarian diets.

Here are 12 healthier options to order at McDonald’s.

1. Hamburger

A plain hamburger at McDonald’s contains 250 calories, which means it’s one of the lowest-calorie items on the menu.

It also contains 12 grams of protein, a macronutrient that can help curb cravings and keep you feeling full between meals (1).

To keep the calorie count low, be sure to skip the cheese and pair your hamburger with a side of apple slices instead of fries.

2. Six-piece Chicken McNuggets

With 250 calories per serving, the six-piece Chicken McNuggets from McDonald’s can be a good option if you’re trying to lose or maintain weight.

These chicken nuggets contain 14 grams of protein and can be paired with your choice of condiment or dipping sauce.

To keep the calorie count relatively low, opt for dipping options like the Spicy Buffalo, Tangy Barbecue, and Sweet ’N Sour sauces instead of higher-calorie alternatives like Creamy Ranch.

3. Filet-o-Fish (no tartar sauce)

Compared with other items on the