As a move towards more healthier menu options, McDonald’s just launched their new, 250-calorie Egg White Delight McMuffin this week. To help celebrate the launch, the company enlisted 17-year-old gymnast and two-time Olympic gold-medalist Gabby Douglas — an appropriate “flipping” partner and longtime McD’s patron, interestingly enough.
I caught up with Douglas on the new partnership and some words on her climb to the top:
Beauty and the Feast: How did you decide to partner with McDonald’s?
Gabby Douglas: I’ve loved McDonald’s since I was little. I was always a big fan, especially now that they just came out with their Egg White Delight. For me, I’ve always loved egg whites — it’s a great source of protein and this just tastes so good.
BATF: Do you have a particular McD’s menu item that you’re partial to?
Douglas: I was always obsessed with their McFlurries! I still am. I mean ice cream and M&M’s – I’m in heaven! And to be honest, right after the Olympics, I went straight to McDonald’s and got an Egg McMuffin.
BATF: When you win the gold at 16, what’s next? You’re already at the top.
Douglas: One of my goals is definitely to go back and defend my title. Do it all over again. Just getting back into the gym. I start training again in May.
BATF: I read that you left home to start intensive training in Iowa. At what point did you know that this is what you’re meant to do?
Douglas: I knew since I was little that this was it. If you have a dream, that’s just what you have to do.
BATF: What advice would you give aspiring athletes?
Douglas: My advice is just fight for your dreams. I’m so honored and blessed to be in a position where I can help girls pursue their dreams and tell them to believe in themselves. If you do that and you have confidence in yourself, you can achieve anything.
BATF: What did you think the moment you realized you won?
Douglas: I just thought about all the hard work and dedication I put into the sport. It was all worth it and I’d do it again in a heartbeat.
BATF: What are some of the sacrifices you had to make to focus and be the best?
Douglas: If you want to be the best, it’s really going to cost you. You have to make some sacrifices for sure. For me, it was not going out with my friends, the movies, not going to prom, not being a regular teenage girl and having a boyfriend. One of the biggest sacrifices was moving away from my family. But in the end, it was all worth it.
BATF: I’m sure a lot of cool opportunities have been coming your way. What were some of them?
Douglas: Meeting my fans and the celebrities. The fans are awesome! They always say very kind words to me. Yesterday, I went undercover and flipped in Times Square as a surprise [to promote the launch of the new Egg White Delight McMuffin] It was so fun – no one was expecting it!
BATF: You mentioned celebrities – were there any who you were particularly thrilled about meeting?
Douglas: The cast of The Vampire Diaries! I love that show. Meeting Ian Somerhalder and Nina Dobrev was exciting — they were so sweet.
BATF: Part of my blog is beauty, so I wanted to ask: what’s the one product you can’t do without?
Douglas: Mascara. I cannot live without CoverGirl’s mascara!
The Egg White Delight McMuffin ($2.69) as well as the option of freshly grilled egg whites with white cheddar on any egg and cheese breakfast sandwiches are now available at McDonald’s nationwide. Thanks to Gabby Douglas for her time and McDonald’s for organize the interview!