Let’s face it; the truth is that sometimes we must to go to a fast food restaurant. We may be traveling. We may be at the mall shopping, and we are starving. Your refrigerator at home may be stocked with fresh produce, lean meat, and low fat dairy products. There’s whole grain bread, pasta, and rice cakes in your pantry, but you are too tired to cook, and don’t want to deal with the clean-up afterward. You may be tired and depressed and have already blown your New Year’s resolution to lose weight, and you want something quick and easy to eat now.
Tasty, cheap and convenient, fast food chains are here to stay. However, you do not have to order a 2100 calorie, heart attack in waiting, burger with fries. In the last few years, most chains have added more healthful food items to their menus. Here are a few decent selections that taste good and won’t leave you feeling like a big fat diet failure. Best of all, you don’t have to cook anything.
Healthy Fast Food Options. Good choices
Ultimate chicken grille sandwich…370calories
Caesar chicken salad (use low-cal dressing and no croutons)…..190 calories
Chilli small…..220 calories
Mandarin chicken salad (low cal dressing)….170 calories
Low fat strawberry flavored yogurt…..260 calories
Hamburger, lettuce, tomato …no dressing……250 calories
Premium classic grilled chicken sandwich…..no dressing…..370 calories
Caesar salad with grilled chicken…..no dressing……220 calories
Grilled chicken, bacon, ranch salad……no dressing…..260 calories
Vanilla reduced fat ice cream cone…..150 calories
3. Burger King
Order the regular Flame-Broiled Hamburger without the mayonnaise and save 50 calories. Ask for extra lettuce and tomato. Get a small order of fries and share half.
This meal has about 500 calories compared to the Double Whopper with cheese, which has 990 calories
4. Sonic Drive-In
Junior burger…..355 calories
Grilled chicken sandwich…..350 calories
Grilled chicken salad…..no dressing…..365 calories
Chicken strip snack…..280 calories
French fries, regular…..185 calories
5. Quizno’s Subs
Small honey bourbon chicken sandwich…..330 calories
Small turkey lite sandwich…..360 calories
The toasted wrap with Original Recipe Chicken Strip without the sauce has 270 calories.
Add a side order of 50 calorie green beans for fiber and vitamin A.
7. Taco Bell
Anything on their Fresco Menu
Regular Bean Burrito…..350 calories
Fresco Crunch Taco…..150 calories
Always add extra tomato, lettuce, onion and salsa to your meals. They add nutrition and fill you up.
A few things to avoid…super size anything, anything breaded and fried, chicken nuggets any high fat sauces, and extra cheese. Finish your meal with a bottle of water or diet soda. Use low calorie salad dressings….bring your own.
All the fast food chains have web sites listing the calorie count of all their food items, and if you look carefully or ask, you can find the calorie counts of all menu items at the fast food restaurant. Just do your homework first before you order.
St. Pete Times