One of the most difficult aspects of losing weight is finding low calorie desserts that don’t taste like cardboard. Generally finding low calorie desserts is like Goldilocks trying to find the right bed; some taste gross but have very few calories and others taste delicious but have more calories than you care to admit.
Enter the McFlurry, an ice cream dessert made even more decadent by handfuls of candy or cookies. Keep reading to find out why the calories in a McFlurry should make you reconsider what counts as a low calorie dessert.
Major Nutrients Found In A McFlurry
You should never be surprised to learn that anything with ‘Mc’ preceding it has a ton of calories and sugar added. The calories in a twelve ounce McFlurry are enough to constitute an entire meal…and this is just dessert!
With nearly 30 grams of fat the McFlurry is not a dessert you should turn to if calories are your concern. Looking at McFlurry nutrition facts indicates that this dessert has too much sodium, carbs and cholesterol for a snack. Of course because it is ice cream the McFlurry is paced with calcium and potassium not to mention protein.
Choosing a McFlurry is simple; just decide what sugary candy or cookies you want mixed in. You do have the option of fruit in some restaurants, which could slightly reduce the calorie count, but not enough to allow you to enjoy this sweet confection without worry.
Store your McFlurry in the freezer until you’re ready to eat it. Keep the McFlurry in a cold place to prevent it from melting.
Eat It With:
If you feel that you must have a McFlurry you should have it with nothing. A 12-ounce McFlurry is nearly 600 calories so if you pair this with another dish you can easily exceed 1,000 calories in one sitting. The snack size has slightly fewer calories, but not enough to allow you to pair the McFlurry with another item and feel good about your weight loss efforts.
Burn Off Calories In A McFlurry
To burn off the calories in a McFlurry, you would need to do:
- 161 minutes of walking
- 61 minutes of mountain biking
- 142 minutes of Windsurfing