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Big Mac and Shamrock Shake - my order at McDonald's.

Big Mac and Shamrock Shake – my order at McDonald’s.

When I tell people I’m a dietitian, they automatically assume I eat super healthy and never eat fast food. I would say my efforts to eat a balanced, healthful diet are above average but certainly not extreme. And I certainly eat out, even fast food. I’ve said many times on this site that I think all foods can be included in a healthy diet, and I truly believe it.

My husband sent me this article from CNN: “10 Nutritionists Reveal What They’d Order at McDonald’s“. It is ten registered dietitians talking about what they eat at the fast food giant. Most are some variation of a salad. My favorite is number six: fries and a milkshake. Hooray for someone we can all relate to and be friends with!

My real approach to what to order at fast food or any restaurant really depends on frequency. I go out to eat a couple times a month, maybe averaging once a week on an extravagant month. I don’t feel the need to always get a salad or avoid a more “indulgent” choice when I do. As pictured above, my last McDonald’s run was colorful only due to large amounts of food coloring in my shamrock shake. Compare that to my husband, who goes out to eat at least three times a week. His restaurant food choices matter more in the grand scheme of his overall diet.

What do you order at McDonald’s? I’d love to hear your thoughts on fast food dining in the comments.

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