I think that McDonald's actually uses vanilla yogurt rather than plain yogurt. I've been using Dannon All Natural Vanilla Yogurt for my parfaits. The texture of the yogurt is a little thin, but for the most part, it tastes just like the McDonald's one.
I make my own parfaits every morning for breakfast, as a matter of fact I'm eating it NOW!!! I use 1/2 cup non fat Greek yogurt mixed with 3/4 scoop whey protein powder...I put that one top of mixed fruit, today I have mango, pineapple, strawberries and peaches, 1/2 Kaski Original cereal and 12 almonds!!!
McDonald's is making a lot of headway into healthy (and tasty) options. The fruit and walnut salad and the parfait are pretty healthy and relatively low cal options (so is their Asian chicken salad). None of it is truly clean which would be VERY difficult to do based on the logistics of getting fresh product to market without spoiling.
I make a really nice parfait using Activia low-cal yogurt (not clean), Rader Farms 3 Berry frozen mix (from Costco) and the organic pumpkin seed flax granola (sorry, the name is long and I forget - also from Costco). It is very tasty... To get it truly clean, you'd need to substitute plain low-fat yogurt and sweeten (with agave nectar or stevia or even brown sugar) and make your own granola. You might try adding a bit of vanilla to the yogurt too. The problem is that it may not be so low cal by the time you are done getting it tasty (which is why I go the low-cal activia route).
Oh! The Asian chicken salad is basically clean (except for some crunchy things that you can leave off) and the dressing (which you could substitute your own in a little container if you have time).
Edited by: SHANIMCK at: 5/13/2008 (10:35)
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I make my own parfaits, too. I find it hard to believe that anything at McDonald's would be clean. But I have been wrong before. Still being careful and erring on the side of knowing for sure, but it is worth it. Good luck!
I don't know if it's only available in this region (Denver) but Mountain High yogurt tastes incredible, and it is clean, I believe: from their website: "Mountain High Yoghurt is all natural, with NO artificial sweeteners, flavors, colors, starches, or preservatives. It's also made only from rBST-free milk. Perhaps more importantly, it contains live, active, and probiotic cultures. Most commercial brands only contain the "starter cultures" L. bulgaricus and S. thermophilus. These cultures make milk into yoghurt. But Mountain High's unique blend of the live, active and probiotic cultures L. acidophilus, B. bifidus, and L. casei support your overall wellness."
I've always made fruit/yogurt/granola parfaits with their non-fat vanilla ... and they're wonderful. I hope they sell Mountain High in your area!
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Hi, I love the parfaits too. They aren't clean becuase of the sugar, corn syrup etc. I do eat them occasionally as they are one of the best choices on the menu. I'd use it as a treat instead of a staple. Good luck!
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I was told that the first items are an indication of the highest amounts, then going down in order by amount, but that was with things like conditioner for your hair. I wonder if it's true with foods, too? It's from McDonald's - it's going for flavor, so not only the sugar, but the fructose and the artificial flavor, plus there's brown sugar listed too. All of that adds up in flavor, but I can't imagine it's all very good for you.
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Now in my second week of eating clean, I find myself asking this question before eating a lot of my favorite fast/convenience type foods. This is helpful, because most of the time the answer in no so I put the thought out of my head. However, there is one item I honestly don't know the answer to.
The McDonald's Fruit and Yogurt parfait. I love them! I think they are the yummiest things on the menu. Also it seems like it would be clean, low-fat plain yogurt, fruit and granola? But last night I tried to make my own, and the non-fat plain yogurt I used was nowhere near as tasty as the stuff I get from McD's. So that made me question if Mcdonald's fruit and yogurt parfait has a "secret ingredient" or if I just did something wrong when making my own.
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