Everybody loves to “hate” McDonalds. My post yesterday about my favorite fare at the Golden Arches incited many interesting comments. Some of my co-workers could not believe I would eat there. “How could you?”, was mentioned more than once. Well in the spirit of self improvement, I would like to take on the exercise of “Building a Better Biscuit”.
I decided to put my favorite Sausage Biscuit through the I-Force. The I-Force is Information, Innovation, and Imagination. Let’s take a look.
1. Currently the Biscuit has 410 calories, 26 grams of fat, 34 grams of Carbs and 10 grams of Protein. It only has one lowly gram of fiber.
2. Analyzing the situation we see that it has too much fat and not enough fiber. We might want to increase the protein a little and make sure our carbs are low glycemic.
3. We want our finished product to taste better than the original.
1. Lets replace the pork sausage patty with a low fat turkey patty. Savings 20 grams of fat.
2. Lets replace the white flour hi glycemic biscuit mix with a whole wheat one. Lets add some oat bran (soluble fiber) and a little physillium (insoluble fiber) and a little protein powder to our recipe mix. Results: much lower glycemic index and more satisfying (fiber).
3. Lets add a slice of low fat cheese for added flavor. More protein and a little added fat.
1. We look at the results. The Biscuit now comes in at a respectable 350 calories, is 25% larger, and has only 8 grams of fat. With 8 grams of fiber and 15 grams of protein, the breakfast treat will keep us satisfied all morning.
2. With the added slice of low fat cheddar cheese the new creation has a much better taste and we don’t need any added salt to raise the sodium level. Bottom line: It tastes great!
3. The biscuit can be built at home for less that 75 cents. With a little more imagination you can see how a healthy fast food chain could be built around the idea of a better biscuit! Yes… a McHealthy Treat. Substitute a veggie patty and even Steve Pavlina might eat one.
While this new biscuit won’t make everyone happy, it is a great improvement over the current one. It would even work on Bert Webb’s low fat diet. Add a rich robust coffee and you have a wonderful breakfast!