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Are Restaurants Value Meals  really a value?

We are bombarded with commercials about value meals, tapping into our money saving instinct to make us beleive that the fast food industry really cares about our health and  wallet. Lately every restaurant seems to be having a $5 special. The value meal price may seem attractive but a closer look at the nutritional information sounds more like “run Forest, runnnnn”. Before ordering , consider if those value meals will add value to your health.

  1. McDonalds McCafe Frozen Lemonade (270 calories, 67grams of sugar)
    Summer time is here and those frozen drinks seem like the ideal refreshment.  They are not.  They are loaded with sugar that will turn into stored FAT in your body.  Make your own lemonade , I’m sure the sugar count wouldn’t even come close to this.
    value meals lemonade
  2. Dunkin Donuts’ Blueberry waffle breakfast sandwich (550 calories with 1250 grams of sodium, oh yeah 38 grams of fat)
    America runs on Dunkin. Sure the coffee is good for some and cheap but the chances of you walking out of there with just coffee are slim to none.  You know how it goes; you order something and the picture of this delicious sandwich stares at you and you say “hold on, can I have the new blueberry waffle breakfast sandwich with that?
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  3. KFC’s Grilled Thigh $5 value box ( 500 calories, 30 grams of fat, 1340 grams of sodium).
    It’s actually ironic that KFC has a healthy campaign going on  called “eFit4Me” when the only thing on their menu with 70 calories is 1 hot wing. Only 1 wing, who stops at 1 wing?  While we are at it, let’s not forget the “Reusable” containers they are also promoting.  So they are going green, urging you to stay fit and serving you fried chicken loaded with FAT.  Sweet!
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  4. Friendly’s Create your own meal for $9.99
    For $9.99 you get 3 choices, a sandwich, ice cream and a drink.  So I chose the Honey BBQ Chicken supermelt (1400 calories, 75 grams of fat, 2160 grams of sodium).  For dessert I picked the Hunka Chunka Fudge (1700 calories, 104 grams of fat, 1060 grams of sodium).  So I guess we can save some calories with the drink by ordering a diet soda right?
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  5. Denny’s $4 Fried Cheese Melt (1260 calories, 63 grams of fat, 3070 grams of sodium)
    I am just speechless at that one.  $4.00 is a very good price but if the guideline for sodium for adult is 6 grams per day, having this meal would be like having salt for 511 days in 1 day.
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Be wise, be smart and really save your money by not putting a price on your health.

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  1. You’re so right in bringing up the sugar topic… I often feel like I want something with a flavour to drink, not only water. I LOVE lemonade but never thought of making my own, that’s a nice idea, I’ll have to look for recipes! Regarding other snacks, I can’t eat most of them anyway (I’m coeliac) but really, even my own snacks are waaaay too unhealthy, the thing is that I want to try what you can make gluten free… so I wanna try those choc muffin recipes and things like that… leaning more towards fruit now though.

    • Susie thanks for bringing up the Gluten free options. I will be adding some gluten free alternatives on my recipes. A lot of people I know are talking about those cheap value meals. I just had to look into the nutritional facts. After what I saw on their websites, I pass.

  2. Alexis of NorthOnHarper says:

    THIS is why I do not eat at these sort of places…. besides, food tastes like NOTHING with that much salt and who wants to consume fat and sugar like that?!? YUCK!!!!!

    Thank you for sharing!

    • Sadly people don’t pay attention to this kind of information. When you go to their websites, you have to download a PDF file and scroll a lenghty excel sheet to view the nutritional information.

  3. Great list – I don’t eat fast food often. Absolutely PROMISE never to eat any of these!!!

  4. Great info! I’m trying to start my journey in weight loss. Not an easy task at all. Congrats to your success! You look great. My husband is Haitian as well as my son. Looking forward to following your stories. Hope you will check out my blog too.



  5. This is awful! That is all I can say….well maybe not! Its amazing to me how quickly we can be tricked into mistaking value for healthy. I am still convinced that the best thing to do is to make your own meal!

    • Best thing is really to make your own food and always ask a restaurant for the nutritional information. I hoping it becomes a national law to list the nutritional information on every single menu.

  6. I wish I could delete fast food entirely! I studied nutrition in grad school (I’m a public health policy person) and now can’t even smell french fries without getting sick to my stomach. Keep up the good messaging!!

  7. That’s madness! I never really stopped to think about it. I’ve stopped eating as much fast food as I used to. Now I only eat it maybe once or twice a month. Thanks for the info. I had to share!

  8. Hey ms. webly!
    Love what you are doing here!
    Just wanted you to know that I am sending you a very tardy notice of a little bloggy award I’m passing on to you! Hopefully it will help get some folks to find you from my little piece of the cyber world :).
    (PS-I didn’t follow all the rules on it & it seemed a little “chain letterish,” but I wanted to pass on the love.)


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