The common reaction to hearing about new healthy versions of our favourite dishes is that they’re going to pale in comparison to the original. We tend to stick stubbornly to the original, as bad as it might be for us, until now. Read on about these healthier choices of our long time favourites.
Two well-known food companies have now introduced whole-grain versions of their famous dishes, and they taste just as good as the regular version, and they’re better for you!
At McDonald’s, you can now choose to have Egg McMuffin, Sausage McMuffin and Sausage McMuffin with Egg with whole-grain muffins instead of the classic English muffin. By default, the Chicken Muffin and the Chicken Muffin with Egg are served with whole-grain muffins. These sandwiches also come in breakfast sets along with a corn cup as opposed to hash browns. For the calorie counter, one of the breakfast sets comprising a whole-grain sandwich, a corn cup and premium roast coffee contains fewer than 350 calories.
McDonald's Whole-Grain Egg Muffin and Whole-grain Chicken Muffin with Corn Cup and Coffee
When we sampled the whole-grain version of the Sausage McMuffin with Egg and the Chicken Muffin, we found that the whole-grain muffin tasted just like the regular one. It pulled a satisfying punch with its chewy texture and it had that classic taste that fans of McDonald’s know and love. With eight grams of whole-grains in every sandwich, the whole-grain muffins is a healthy, tasty option, without any sacrifice. Even better — the whole-grain sandwiches cost the same, despite the fact that they cost around 20 per cent more to produce.
McDonald's Wholemeal Egg Muffin
McDonald’s (Ang Mo Kio Park) | Address: 10 Ang Mo Kio Street 12 and various locations | Tel: 6451 3365 | Opening Hours: 24 hrs and branches islandwide
For their part, the chefs at Formosa Delights created a wholemeal version of their crowd-pleasing ban mian. With wholemeal noodles that contain 20 per cent whole-grains, the new and improved dish is higher in fibre and richer in nutrients. Tasting just like the original, the hefs use the same wholesome broth, fresh ingredients and serve the same quantity. The only difference? The wholemeal noodles were chewier, and helped us stay fuller for a longer period of time.
And there’s more good news! Formosa Delights has other healthy dishes too such as the spinach-based “Jade” noodles, pumpkin noodles, Japanese yam or konjac noodles. There is also a dish of wholemeal cold noodles that come with slices of carrot and cucumber. There’s no shortage of delicious healthy options at Formosa Delights.
Formosa Delights' Wholemeal Ban Mian
Give these wholemeal dishes a chance, and you’ll be surprised to find how delicious and satisfying they are. In fact, you may not even notice that you’re eating a wholemeal version, while getting all the benefits of one.
Formosa Delights | Address: 154 West Coast Road, #B1-53, West Coast Plaza and various locations islandwide | Tel: 6777 5386 | Opening Hours: 11.00am-10.00pm