Healthy Fast-Food Options

You’re rushing around, your stomach is growling, and you barely have time to stop, let alone get out of your car.

When fast food is the answer, you don’t have to worry that all your good health intentions will go out the window.

Tasty tips

Fast food used to be another way of saying fried food, but these days you’ll usually find some healthier items on the menu. Of course, you still need to watch out for the calories, saturated fats, and sodium. Not to mention those extra carbs. Here are some healthy hints:

  • What’s in that “special” sauce? Cheesy and mayonnaise-based toppings are often calorie-rich. Mustard and ketchup may be better choices.
  • Pickles, onions, lettuce, or tomato? Or all of them? They’re packed with flavor—without the fat.
  • When in doubt, you might want to think about a salad or a sandwich with grilled chicken—and pass on fried chicken or burgers.
  • You say potato? Great, make it baked instead of french-fried. Try topping it off with veggies or low-fat sour cream. Think twice before you ask for extra cheese or butter.
  • Shakes and soft drinks—and calories. Regular sodas and creamy shakes are also high in sugar and low in nutrients. How about juice, water, or fat-free milk instead?
  • Bigger is not better. A serving size of meat is 2 to 3 ounces (about the size of a deck of cards). A single meat patty is usually more than that. So that double-patty burger or extra-meat sandwich may be way more than you need.

It’s good to keep an eye on what you put on your tray. Making sensible choices could make a healthy difference.

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