Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Get Lean: McDonald's Launches New "Favorites Under 400" Menu Platform

By: Finance Foodie 

In addition to introducing the limited-time “Flavors of Summer” menu, McDonald’s is also continuing to focus on the nutritional commitments they made a year ago to make calorie information more accessible to its customers. Last month, McDonald’s launched “Favorites Under 400 Calories,” a new national menu platform featuring popular food and beverage choices for under 400 calories at counters and drive-thrus nationwide. This menu puts the calories front and center, and serves to empower customers and employees to make choices that are right for their nutrition needs.
Premium Grilled Chicken Sandwich (350 calories)


Many customers will be pleasantly surprised to learn about calories of some of their favorite menu options at McDonald's – in fact, about 80% of McDonald's menu items are under 400 calories! Additionally, throughout the duration of the London 2012 Olympic Games, McDonald’s Executive Chef Dan Coudreaut, Champion of Food Kids, and Olympic Athletes will team-up to share creative home meal ideas, using fun, wholesome and great-tasting recipes with McDonald’s ingredients to help encourage family meal-time activities (You can view them on McDonald’s website by clicking on “The Best Of Our Best Taste” icon).
Fruit and Yogurt Parfait (150 calories)
So you ask - what is my "Favorites under 400" menu item? Well most people are shocked to discover that I eat a Egg McMuffin twice a week for breakfast (300 calories) and have been consistently doing this for the past three years. Not exactly the most glam of foods for a food writer like myself, but hey, it's convenient and gets the job done! Not only is the McMuff a good source of protein and tasty, but the calorie count / filling you up ratio is quite low (favorable) as well. And a little consistency in a volatile market is all I can ask for some days....
Egg McMuffin (300 calories)
***Giveaway***
Congrats - Lara! 

McDonald's wants financefoodie.com's readers to get healthy this summer with a month of free "Favorites Under 400" meals ! One lucky reader will a $25 Arch Card, ten (10) coupons good for any Premium Grilled Chicken Sandwich, Egg McMuffin and Fruit and Yogurt Parfait (10 each)!

Grand Prize: $25 Arch Card, 10 Grilled Chicken, 10 Egg McMuffin and 10 Fruit and Yogurt Parfait free product coupons (ARV: $50)


There are THREE ways to enter
1. REQUIRED: In my comments section, tell me what item on the "Favorites under 400" menu you are most excited to try. Also please include your email address so I can contact you if you win!
2. Follow Finance Foodie on Twitter (leave separate comment telling me this)
3. Reblog / Retweet this giveaway (leave separate comment telling me this)

Contest ends Friday, August 24, 2012 at 5pm EST. Winners will be chosen via random integer generator on random.org announced on the financefoodie.com site shortly afterwards!!

Full Disclosure: The  coupons are being provided by McDonald's. Finance Foodie Media Productions purchased the Arch Card. I was not compensated for this post.

361 comments:

  1. The egg mcmuffin

    karenp247(at)gmail(dot)com

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  2. I love the Spicy Chicken McBites, one of my new favorites. The McCafé Strawberry Banana Real Fruit Smoothie (Medium)is also a favorite

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  3. Follow Finance Foodie on Twitter @kdkdkd

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  4. i like getting a vanilla cone- yes.4eva.r@gmail.com

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  5. i follow on twitter @vivaciousgold

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  6. https://twitter.com/vivaciousgold/status/237942937177174016 - tweeted

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  7. I'm excited to try the Fruit and Yogurt Parfait.

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  8. I follow you on Twitter (@mami2jcn)

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  9. tweet:

    https://twitter.com/mami2jcn/status/237948341013606403


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  10. Well, I am all about the egg mcmuffin!! I love them!!

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  11. i like the premium grilled chicken sandwich

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  12. following you on twitter @aes529

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  13. https://twitter.com/aes529/status/237950319554883585

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  14. strawberry banana smoothie.

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  15. I'd love to try the Filet of Fish. Looks really tasty.
    Thanks so much.
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  16. I am most excited to try the Mango Pineapple Real Fruit Smoothie!
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  17. I'm a twitter follower (peg42)
    Thanks
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  18. i want to try the filet o fish sandwich :)

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  19. Follow Finance Foodie on Twitter @MarciHurst

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  20. Premium Grilled Chicken Sandwich
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  21. following on twitter @akronugurl

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  22. Medium fries! Yummy!

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  23. The mango pineapple smoothie!!
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  24. Filet-O-Fish on a Friday night.

    Hope to win!

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  25. I would love to try some grilled chicken. Nice to see McDs try to improve their menu.

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  26. I'd love to try the Grilled CHicken Sandwich!

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  27. I follow @financefoodie1 on Twitter @Gathering_Roses

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  28. August 21 Tweet:

    https://twitter.com/Gathering_Roses/status/238011186304655360

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  29. I'm excited about the Premium Grilled Chicken Sandwich

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  30. I would love to try the Fruit and Yogurt Parfait.
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  31. egg mcmuffin

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  32. Premium Bacon Ranch Salad.
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  33. follow you on twitter @JT2ofusanddeals

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  34. I follow you on twitter.
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  35. I tweeted this giveaway.
    https://twitter.com/LUCKYLADY4663/status/238034785228967936
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  36. i am interested in trying the grilled chicken sandwich.

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  37. i am interested in trying the grilled chicken sandwich

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  38. Hi Finance Foodie!

    This is GREAT! I think the Egg McMuffin is one of my favorite things to eat in the morning! And it is awesome to see it is only 300 cals! Mmm.. Maybe I could pick one up tomorrow!

    Thanks for the chance to win these awesome prizes! Crossing my fingers!

    -Tracee Lopez

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  39. Premium grilled chicken sandwich
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  40. follow on twitter - @mannabsn
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  41. The Fruit and Yogurt Parfait.
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  42. the cheeseburger

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  43. Angus Bacon and Cheese Snack Wrap

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  44. following financefoodie1 twitter as ky2here1

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  45. https://twitter.com/ky2here1/status/238049782252322816

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  46. I would get the premium grilled chicken sandwich

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  47. following finace foodie on twitter
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  48. Love to try the medium mango pineapple smoothie, tracietrump@yahoo.com

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  49. I'd like to try the premium grilled chicken sandwich
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  50. I'd like strawberry banana smoothies

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  51. https://twitter.com/tcarolinep/status/238074754312048640

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  52. Follow Finance Foodie on Twitter

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  53. Two vanilla cones ring in under 400 calories and taste awesome.

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  54. cant wait to try the orea mcflurry. haven't had a mcflurry in years because of the calories
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  55. I would get the bacon ranch salad.

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  56. I would get the bacon ranch salad.

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  57. Follow finance foodie on twitter

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  58. I want to try the strawberry banana fruit smoothie

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  59. I follow you on twitter (JenniferCNP)

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  60. tweeted

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  61. My favorite is the Egg McMuffin its nice to know its under 400 caloires!

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  62. I followed you and retweeted! https://twitter.com/financefoodie1
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  63. Following you via twitter @amomofboys

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  64. Tweeted https://twitter.com/aMomOfBoys/status/238105549319852032

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  65. I am @sohamolina twitter follower----eddiem11@ca.rr.com

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  66. Egg McMuffin!

    8 tries and I still haven't gotten the Askimet right - it's not easy when you have bad site :(

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  67. I am most excited for the egg mcmuffin!

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  68. following you on twitter-@kelliechio

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  69. fruit and yogurt parfait

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  70. https://twitter.com/kelliechio/status/238117123635957760

    tweeted

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  71. The egg Mc Muffin


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  72. I am most excited to try the Crispy Chicken Ranch Snack Wrap!
    Thank you for the giveaway :)
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  73. I follow you @financefoodie1 on Twitter, I'm @AmberGoo
    Thank you for the giveaway :)
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  74. I tweeted about the giveaway, I'm @AmberGoo:
    https://twitter.com/AmberGoo/status/238121811865382912
    Thank you for the giveaway :)
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  75. eclairre(at)ymail(dot)com

    I've never tried the bacon ranch salad. I'd like to though!

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  76. Premium Bacon Ranch Salad
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  77. I follow financefoodie1 on twitter @smilekisses
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  78. i'm digging the strawberry banana real fruit smoothie

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  79. totally the egg mcmuffin. :: drools ::

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  80. twitter follow @xferriza2

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  81. tweeted @xferriza2

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  82. I had no idea McDonald's even had an under 400 cal menu - I never would have guessed. That would make me visit more! I would like to try the Strawberry Banana Smoothie. Thanks for the chance! :)
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  83. I follow you on twitter (username: @whitechocolatec).
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  84. I tweeted: http://twitter.com/whitechocolatec/statuses/238192396633010176
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  85. I would like to try the premium grilled chicken sandwich.

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  86. Grilled chicken

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  87. The premium grilled chicken sandwich. I have never had one, and it sounds good.
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  88. I love the hash browns!

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  89. The strawberry banana smoothie, definitely! Thanks for hosting!

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  90. I like the fruit and yogurt.
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  91. Twitter follower. @jen_r_horn
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  92. https://twitter.com/jen_r_horn/status/238262583587655680
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  93. I want to get the Egg Mcmuffin!
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  94. Their fruit & yogurt parfait looks delish!

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  95. https://twitter.com/prismperfect/status/238266738662330368

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  96. The Egg McMuffin!

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  97. I would like the Grilled Chicken Ranch Snack Wrap.
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  98. I follow you on twitter(kellydinpa)
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  99. tweet
    https://twitter.com/Kellydinpa/status/238286525698285568

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  100. Filet O'Fish!
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  101. Probably the egg mcmuffin (less the ham - wish I knew the way to order that correctly so as not to pay for the ham, too).

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  102. I always liked the Fish Sandwich
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  103. The premium grilled chicken sandwich.
    Thanks for the chance.
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  104. Egg McMuffin
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  105. I'm most interested in trying the STRAWBERRY BANANA REAL FRUIT SMOOTHIE

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  106. I follow you on Twitter. User name: @b22squared

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  107. egg mcmuffin dguillen at kc dot rr dot coom

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  108. Follow Finance Foodie on Twitter @rrob1111

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  109. tweeted https://twitter.com/rrob1111/status/238327520372600832 dguillen at kc dot rr dot com

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  110. Fruit and maple oatmeal
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  111. I would like to try the Fruit and Maple Oatmeal.
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  112. I follow you on Twitter..tmoyer6980
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  113. Retweet..https://twitter.com/financefoodie1/status/238328034594267138
    @tmoyer6980
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  114. The filet-o-fish sandwich, for sure!

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  115. I'm following you on Twitter @isitinmyhead

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  116. I tweeted! https://twitter.com/isitinmyhead/status/238340509234520064

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  117. i am most excited about the fruit and yogurt parfait

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  118. tweeted https://twitter.com/stigay/status/238342497661763584

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  119. medium fries...can't beat french fries

    (my e-mail is the google account I signed in with)

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  120. Grilled Chicken Ranch Snack Wrap sounds good. trinitygsd at yahoo do tocm

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  121. Follow you on twitter - @happishopr. trinitygsd at yahoo do com

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  122. https://twitter.com/happishopr/status/238358149751508993

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  123. I love egg mcmuffins so I would choose them
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  124. follow on twitter
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  125. I have always love the egg mcmuffin

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  126. bacon ranch salad

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  127. The Grilled Chicken sandwich. Mmmmm
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  128. Premium Grilled Chicken Ranch BLT Sandwich sounds so good! I used to get the regular one, but I've never tired the ranch blt.

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  129. I follow you on Twitter @pierreplover

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  130. wanna try the premium grilled chicken sandwich - regnod(at)yahoo(d0t)com

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  131. filet-o-fish s2inamug at aim dot com

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  132. I like the egg mcmuffin.
    Jason
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  133. I WOULD LIKE THE MANGO
    PINEAPPLE SMOOTHIE
    CATHY TRUMAN
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  134. Fruit & Walnuts snack

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  135. the Fruit and Yogurt Parfait is divine

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  136. I would like to try the fruit and yogurt parfait.

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  137. Follow Finance Foodie on Twitter

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  138. Chicken Selects Premium Breast Strips

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  139. The Medium Fries!

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  140. I really like the egg mcmuffin. I'd like to try the strawberry banana smoothie

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  141. Twitter follower @getalonghome

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  142. i like the premium grilled chicken sandwich

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  143. i'm excited the egg mcmuffin is under 400 calories
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  144. I would like to try the Premium Grilled Chicken Sandwich

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  145. chrisdeglen tweeted:
    twitter.com/chrisdeglen/status/238621955002089472

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  146. Well, I've already tried everything but the grilled chicken sandwich. So I guess that's what I will try next.
    I have a McDonald's on the corner from where I work, so I eat there almost everyday. :-)

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  147. Since I've already tried everything else, I will try to grilled chicken sandwich.


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  148. Premium Southwest Salad with Grilled Chicken

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  149. Premium Southwest Salad with Grilled Chicken

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  150. Premium Southwest Salad with Grilled Chicken

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  151. I follow on twitter. I'm sjdio.

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  152. I love the egg muffin. Plus their grilled chicken sandwich is one of my favorite.

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  153. https://twitter.com/SJDio/status/238670051425796096

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  154. I love the strawberry/banana smoothie, it is so refreshing and I can really taste the fruit

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  155. I would love to try the McCafé Strawberry Banana Real Fruit Smoothie.

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  156. I follow Finance Foodie on Twitter.

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  157. im most excited to try the egg mcmuffin
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  158. The Fruit and Yogurt Parfait looks yummy!

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  159. Angus bacon & cheese - really?

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  160. I'm most excited to try Premium Southwest Salad with Grilled Chicken.
    Thanks for the giveaway!
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  161. I follow you on Twitter @eswright18
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  162. tweet
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  163. I like the Strawberry Banana Real Fruit Smoothie.

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  164. Follow you on Twitter - @chryskay

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  165. Tweeted:

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  166. I want to try the Strawberry Banana real fruit smoothie.

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  167. I follow you on twitter under @1brisket

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  168. I tweeted at https://twitter.com/1brisket/status/238707583031062529

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  169. the Fruit and Yogurt Parfait.
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  170. i follow on twitter under amy deeter
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  171. Premium Grilled Chicken Sandwich

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  172. the strawberry banana smoothie

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  173. I would like to try: egg mcmuffin

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  174. I follow you on twitter @llehciMMichell
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  175. https://twitter.com/llehciMMichell/status/238745050429943808
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  176. Frozen Yogurt Parfait sounds yummy
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  177. Follow on twitter @katyjv1988
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  178. I would like to try the Fruit and Walnuts. Thanks!

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  179. I'm most excited about the sausage mcmuffin!

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  180. I follow you on Twitter @jennafer211

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  181. I'm most excited for the sausage mcmuffin!

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  182. I Follow Finance Foodie on Twitter!

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  183. I retweeted too!

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  184. I like the Egg McMuffin

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