My in-laws are generously taking our entire family on a four day trip to Chicago. I KNOW I will be eating McDonalds at least once, but more likely twice to three times a day. It happens every time we travel with them.
Yes, I know McDonalds is terrible in every way possible.
No, I cannot refuse to eat there or be difficult about it. They are good people paying for everything so our family can have this adventure. They would be hurt if I did and I won't hurt them for the world.
Therefore, I must find a "Paleo-Hack". So, my fellow Paleo-People, what do you recommend eating at McDonalds that is as Paleo-ish as possible?
Geez. Just get a McDouble and throw away the bun. Add a side salad with vinagrette dressing. Having McDonalds every once in a while isn't going to kill anyone. I think we all need to settle down a bit. I'm sure we unknowingly injest much worse things from time to time. Have fun and don't sweat this small stuff.
I'm from Chicago, and we have more Chipotles than McDonalds, especially in tourist areas. I'd say don't eat it! Go to Chipotle instead and just get a bowl of meat :).
I wouldn't eat McDonald's for anyone. If your in-laws are great, they should understand your lifestyle choice and respect that. I'm all for flexibility, but McDonalds? Never.
I would not eat the chicken. Fast food chicken is always full of MSG. So is McD's Angus Beef - but they claim that their regular hamburger patty is 100% beef, no fillers. From their website:
100% Angus Beef Patty: 100% Angus beef. Prepared with Grill Seasoning (salt, black pepper) and Angus Burger Seasoning: Salt, sugar, onion powder, natural (animal, plant and botanical source) and artificial flavors, spice, maltodextrin, autolyzed yeast extract, dried beef broth, dextrose, garlic powder, worcestershire sauce powder [distilled vinegar, molasses, corn syrup, salt, caramel color, garlic powder, sugar, spices, tamarind, natural flavor (fruit source)], spice extractives, beef fat, caramel color, annatto and turmeric (color).
100% Beef Patty: 100% pure USDA inspected beef; no fillers, no extenders. Prepared with grill seasoning (salt, black pepper).
Check out all their ingredients here.
Quarter Pounder without cheese (or double quarter pounder without cheese), no bun. Ask for leaf lettuce (not shredded). Use the lettuce as "bread". No ketchup.
Ice tea (unsweetened) or water to drink. Side salad, if you need a side.
This is an OK option.
That's my 2 cents worth.
Hi everyone, I'm just putting my two cents in because this hits a nerve with me. Other than recently diagnosed as gluten intolerant I committed to eating clean years ago. I once informed a traveling companion that I would starve before I would ever eat anything from a McDonalds. Nothing there qualifies as food in my book.
Lauren, feelings aside, can you not possibly have a talk prior to the trip with your family about how fast food does not agree with you or your eating lifestyle. After seeing the "ingredients" (soy, corn syrup, MSG just to name a few) should give you some courage to defend your desire to not spend the trip or any time thereafter sick. Maybe it is because I have a family that would NEVER ask/force me to eat anything that makes me uncomfortable, ill, or just outright gags me that I don't understand how feelings come before personal preference or health. To me, there is no eating at McDonald's, no matter who is footing the bill.
Take the advice that says bring your own food and snacks. I would stay home before putting myself in a position that compromises my lifestyle and my digestive health. And yes, I felt that way long before the gluten intolerance. My dad is celiac, and my mother is thrilled I have turned her on to Paleo. It is so celiac friendly. I would use this as an opportunity to at least try to educate these nice people about how clean eating could make the trip much more enjoyable for everyone. If it is a matter of finances, I would start setting money aside so that you too can have a say in where meals are consumed.
Please forgive my soap box, but I am a firm believer that no one dictates all or most of the venues at another persons expense. My stomach has already turned inside out at the prospect of having to even enter one of those establishments.
You have my sincere sympathy.
Don't eat at McDonald's. Pack snacks in your bag: tins of sardines, tuna and salmon, gluten-free jerky, nuts, fruit, chopped veg, hard-boiled eggs. A bag of root veggie chips would even be better than McD's fries. There are lots of snack and travel-friendly options that have been posted here in previous posts-do a search.
Toss the bun, toss the bun... pfft, just eat the bun assuming you're not celiac or allergic to wheat! It's a couple meals over a couple days, out of your entire lifetime. You'll get over it, you'll "recover".
For the money: McDouble with only cheese and extra pickle. Toss the buns. McDonald's just quit using pink slime, patties are 100% beef seasoned only with salt and pepper, cheese is 70% milk products (not bad, considering what I expected).
Each McDouble contains 20g protein. Three makes an easy meal.
Not ideal, but if you have to go that route (sometimes you do), you're getting 60g all-beef protein for $3.
Side note: I JUST ate this, and it has never made me feel ill (as nearly anything else I've eaten there typically does).