There are over 31,000 McDonald’s world wide; with that many laying around it is hard not to pass one on a daily basis. I have had McDonald’s ONCE in the past year and half (or longer) – just recently in fact was my first trip in a long trip. So why is that EVERY TIME I walk near a McDonald’s I can smell it and crave it, even if I am not hungry? I walk by and my mouth starts to water – and the food isn’t even that good! I don’t dream of the burgers – I dream of the nuggets and fries – why? why? What do they put in that smell that makes you want it so badly? You can smell McDonald’s from blocks away and on the odd chance you do give into cravings and eat it, it is not even that good and you wonder why you wanted it so bad! Tonight I just couldn’t shake the idea of McDonald’s from my head – I kept trying to talk myself into it – luckily I did not give in. Go figure that as soon as I couldn’t smell anymore – I didn’t want it anymore.
One thing though – I must applaud McDonald’s for their FANTASTIC nutrition calculator – I wish all sites where this great. Just for fun I thought I would look up the calories in the chicken nuggets and fries – not as bad as I thought – still high though!
6 chicken nuggets (310 calories) w/ sweet and sour sauce (50 calories)
medium fries (360 calories)
total calories = 720 calories and 54 grams of fat
BUT you can save your self almost 300 calories (280 to be exact) by having 4 chicken nuggets and a small fry and no sauce (happy meal anyone?)
4 chicken nuggets (210 calories)
small fries (240 calories)
total calories = 440 calories and 35 grams of fat
So a happy meal really isn’t that bad – I could eat one and not ruin my day; although, it probably wouldn’t keep me as full as a nice home cooked meal with the same amount of calories. Something I am curious about is how 4 chicken nuggets are 210 calories, 52.5 calories each and 6 chicken nuggets are 310 calories, 51.6 calories each – so I could save myself almost 4 calories if I were to just eat 4 of the 6 chicken nugget pack? haha
As far as McDonald’s is concerned they do have salads that don’t look too bad – can’t say I have ever had one, but when I walk by McDonald’s and get that smell it is not because I am hungry and need something to eat and it simply because I can smell those nuggets and fries. Now if I were to need something to eat and have no other choice then I might consider a McDonald’s salad (with a light dressing) – other wise next time I HAVE TO HAVE the taste of the smell I will get a happy meal and as a bonus I get a toy! woot