How to Eat Healthy at a Fast Food Joint
Anyone who has ever tried to lose weight, or who just makes healthy eating habits, knows to avoid fast food restaurants. Those cheeseburgers, fried chicken sandwiches, fries, and milkshakes can wreak havoc on your best intentions.
Sometimes fast food restaurants are inevitable. If you are on the road and nothing else is available, or your kids are screaming for toys in children’s food, you may not have alternative food choices.
But that does not mean you have to be tempted or cheated. Here’s a guide to healthy eating at fast food joints!
Tex-Mex Seductive … But Can Also Be Healthful
Stop at a fast-casual tex-mex place like Chipotle, Qdoba or Moe’s? Skip the burritos, guacamole (the price is more expensive!), And whatever soup or salad is on a plate made of fried tortillas.
A burrito bowl can be a good choice, though, if you miss the rice, cheese, and sour cream. Load peanuts, lean proteins like chicken, and fajita vegetables. To enhance the taste of your bowl, add extra low broth such as cilantro, Pico de gallo or salsa, and black olives.
Yes, You Can Eat at Joint Burger
As long as you are very careful with your order, even a hamburger place was forbidden. Choose a plain burger without mayo or “special sauce”, and request extra lettuce, tomatoes, and shallots.
Or try a grilled chicken sandwich, again with extra vegetables. Mustard adds a kick without adding calories, but be careful with ketchup, which is loaded with sugar and salt. Another option here is to go bun-less and your burger is wrapped in lettuce.
If you find yourself in Wendy’s, try their famous chilli – which is huge only 310 calories and will fill you up. Their baked potatoes can also be a good choice, provided you limit the toppings.
A word to the wise: do not be fooled by healthy-sounding options than dogs, like salads. While some fast food salads come in a healthy lifestyle, others are calorie bombs. Anything with fried chicken, creamy dressings, and extra high fat like nuts or crunchy noodles should be on your black list.
Pizza can be an indulgence, but there are some healthier options. Most weight-loss programs for women do not prohibit food explicitly, but suggest modifying and controlling portions.
Some chains offer varieties of “gardens”; In general, the more vegetables you can accumulate on your fast food supply, the better!
If you have a choice between thin and thick crust, a thin crust is the winner.
Either way, keep your intake down to one slice, but beware the sodium level, and work to consume less sodium in the rest of your day’s food.
Get Your Sandwich
If you pass the melted meatballs and cheese, the sub-store can be relatively healthy. Turkish breasts are a safe bet, especially paired with whole wheat bread, abundant fresh vegetables, and mustard instead of mayo.
Of course, you should also say “no thanks” to any combo food that adds chips, cookies, or soft drinks to your lunch. Drink water instead, or choose low-fat milk for calcium.