Mega-chain McDonald’s is currently testing three new value-packed menu items to try to woo customers: a new Signature Burger, the McCafe Green Apple Smoothie and Mini Meals (including the unexpectedly massive Classic Pack), which will be sold as part of the giant’s Lovin’ Value Menu. The Signature Burger is probably closest to what fast-food junkies would expect from the industry giant–it’s basically a double cheeseburger with some slightly more gourmet toppings–while the Green Apple Smoothie is now being sold only in select markets.
More exciting than the burger and smoothie are the portion-controlled choices the chain is testing: mini meals, which are downsized combo meals (basically, Happy Meals for adults). If you’re going to succumb to the addictive call of fast food and indulge, making your meal a mini instead of the usually monstrous, calorie-laden combo option is definitely a smarter move. You can choose most of the classic menu picks, like a Cheeseburger, Double Cheeseburger or McChicken meal, so you can get the signature McDonald’s taste you crave— without having to supersize your pants.
The mini meals cost about $3-$4 (prices vary by location) and still contain between 600 and 820 calories each, so while they aren’t exactly diet fare, they’re a much better option than the average-size meal. A Big Mac, medium French fry and soft drink tops out at just over 1,000 calories and packs 43 grams of fat, so choosing a 600-calorie mini meal on a rare occasion instead of your usual McDonald’s order could save you big time–just about 6 pounds a year if you make this switch just once a week, in fact.
Nutrition information has yet to be released about the new Green Apple Smoothie so, for now, use our guide to healthy smoothies you can find at fast-food chains.