McDonald's Breakfast Bowl; egg whites, spinach,  sasage

Thank you McDonalds?

McDonald’s is rolling out a low-cal menu for SoCal, featuring Tex-Mex-style breakfast bowls and Chobani parfaits.

McDonald's Breakfast Bowl; egg whites, spinach, sasage
McDonald’s Breakfast Bowl; egg whites, spinach, sasage

Coming back from San Diego, CA last week (at 5 am) I found myself succumbing to the wee hour yearning for some delicious albeit gut-wrecking, diet-crashing, breakfast junk. Sausage biscuit, gravy, hashbrown. You know…the good shit. Anyway, I see a 24 HR McDonald’s sign in the distance, and after much internal deliberation, decide to hit the drive-thru.

The first thing I notice is a strange addition to the normal drive-thru menu, which includes bistro style sandwiches and soup. It’s early, and now I’m wondering if I’m still drunk or maybe asleep on the side of the road somewhere.

The shrill, cracked voice shouting through the lighted menu board assures me this is real, and I order a sausage biscuit with egg and cheese. As I start to drive to the window, I notice other new menu items including a breakfast bowl: spinach, egg whites, sausage, diced tomatoes and , only 250 calories! When I get to the window, I ask about the breakfast bowl and the checkout guy asks me if I want to change my order. I feel bad, but he actually seems more than happy to change the order and as if this is a regular event.

Back in my car, I pull off in the parking lot to check out this breakfast bowl. My expectations are low; I’ve been burned before by McDonald’s promises, like the salad that had more calories than a big Mac, or the McCafe, which promised to be Starbucks but turned out to be McDonald’s coffee with the addition of what tasted like a pureed, rancid donut.

Although it needed a little salt and pepper, it was really fucking good. I was shocked. It tasted clean, fresh and quality. I shit you not.

I give McD’s 5 “Thank You Sweeties!” Thank you for listening not just to those who ask for healthy food, but for those who didn’t ask, but need healthy, cheap options. Good job.

THE DETAILS:

McDonald’s (MCD) is testing two different low-carb breakfast bowls in 800 restaurants in Los Angeles and San Diego.

The egg white and turkey sausage bowl with spinach and kale has 250 calories and 27 grams of protein. The scrambled egg and chorizo bowl with a hash brown, salsa and Pico de Gallo has 460 calories and 26 grams of protein. They each cost $4.39.

McDonald’s is also incorporating Chobani Greek Yogurtinto its Fruit N’ Yogurt Parfaits. The Chobani parfaits are 110 calories, compared to the non-Chobani parfaits, which are 150.

McDonald’s is also using Chobani in its McCafe smoothies, which are flavored with mango pineapple and strawberry banana.

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