The Healthiest Foods To Order At McDonald's

McDonald's is one of the most popular fast-food restaurants in the world. Every day, millions of people flock to the golden arches to enjoy burgers, fries, and shakes. While this restaurant isn't exactly a health food destination, some menu items are better than others.

Some of the healthiest options at McDonald's can be found on their breakfast menu. The Fruit & Maple Oatmeal is a good way to get protein, fiber, and healthy carbs first thing in the morning. Just avoid the raisins and brown sugar to keep the sugar content reasonable.

"With 4 grams of fiber, the Fruit & Maple Oatmeal is a great option to start the day," Amy Goodson, MS, RD, CSSD, LD, and author of The Sports Nutrition Playbook, told Eat This, Not That!. "Fiber is well known to promote good heart and gut health."

McDonald's Egg McMuffin is another decent option with 300 calories, 17 grams of protein, and 30 grams of carbs per sandwich. All that protein will keep you satisfied for a long time. Also on the menu is the Sausage Burrito, which has 310 calories and 13 grams of protein. It also has some veggies added for a nutrient boost.

You can find healthier options on the lunch and dinner menu too

If you really want a burger, your best bet is to stick with the classic. 

"The 3.5-ounce serving of meat in the classic burger contains a healthy dose of 12 grams of protein and is lowest in calories of all meat patties, at 240 calories and 8 grams of fat," Sharon Zarabi, R.D., C.D.N., C.P.T., the program director of bariatric surgery at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York, told Shape.

Aside from McDonald's classic option, it's best to stay away from hamburgers when looking for a healthier choice. The Grilled Ranch Snack Wrap is a great pick with 300 calories and 21 grams of protein if you leave out the ranch dressing. Salads like the Bacon Ranch Grilled Chicken Salad and the Southwest Grilled Chicken Salad are also good options that allow you to get a hefty dose of veggies in your fast-food meal.

"Be careful with dressing," Zarabi said about choosing salads. "Try to use half the packet or lightly dip your fork into dressing before taking a bite."

Of course, everything can be enjoyed in moderation at McDonald's as long as your indulgence is part of a well-balanced diet.