Look what McDonald’s has done to kale! This nutritious superfood chock full of vitamin B6, dietary fibre, calcium and more has been blended with lettuce and drenched in Asiago Caesar dressing tossed with “crispy chicken” and parmesan. A long way from the 49 calories in a 100grams of kale, the “Keep Calm, Caesar On” chicken salad contains 730 calories, 53 grams of fat and 1,400 milligrams of salt.
If that’s not enough to shock you, consider this: this is more calories and fat than a Double Big Mac. (A Double Big Mac does contain more saturated fat).
Why has this superfood undergone such a stunning transformation?! Adding kale to the menu might be a cloaked attempt at increasing sales by appealing to the healthy minded who believe they are getting a far better option at the fast food counter. The unfortunate part is that it convinces many people that they are making a good choice, when in fact they are making one very damaging to their health. The truth is, and it’s hard to hear for those who like fast food or find it convenient, fast food is not healthy food.
Consider the oatmeal at McDonald’s, also dubbed as nutritious and convincing many that it is a lighter option. The Maple Oatmeal at McDonald’s offers 33 grams of sugar. Some of that sugar may come from apples and dried cranberries but the rest blows your daily sugar allotment way out of the water. The World Health Organization suggests that you shouldn’t be consuming more than 25g of sugar in a day. That’s all of it and then some, even before breakfast is through.
And I’m not just beating up on McDonald’s the truth is not-so-healthy food is disguised as healthy food everywhere, at the grocery store, at our favourite restaurant, though fast food restaurants are likely targets. Foods that we think are ideal for our children are actually the brainchild of a marketing guru who has convinced us that yoghurt in a tube is full of calcium and therefore great for after-school re-fuelling. What is skimmed over is that it contains added sugar and sodium. That’s why kids find them so delicious! You may remember when I took a look at what’s really in probiotic yogurt and why you should get your probiotics elsewhere.
We find “breakfast cookies” at the grocery store, and think we are giving ourselves and our kids a fiber-rich boost. Granola bars? Don’t get me started. The kids like the ones with the chocolate on top and no wonder, they really are just chocolate bars disguised as something that might be healthy, with oats and nuts. I always recommend you make your own. They are far more delicious, contain no processed sugar and you control the sodium.
The truth is health-washing is everywhere and it is misleading consumers.
Don’t be tricked into eating kale at McDonald’s. Make your own kale salad at home, in just a few minutes with just a few ingredients. Here’s how.
Simple Kale Salad
1 head of kale
Extra-Virgin Olive Oil, Approx. 3 tbsp or as you like
Sprinkle of salt
Remove the kale leaves from the stem. Drizzle olive oil over top and massage to coat the leaves. Sprinkle with salt. Let stand for at least an hour, or ideally overnight.
Top with your favourite fruits or vegetables (try roasted beets, diced chicken, toasted pumpkin seeds, hemp hearts and diced apple) and serve with a sprinkle of your favourite vinegar, a squeeze of a lemon or both. You might also like to try our simple salad dressing.
So much delicious, and good for you.