Eat What... Where?!
If you are an on the go type of person, then you are all too familiar with the overall convenience of picking up a quick bite at the nearest fast food joint. While convenience here is the keyword, you are probably also well aware of the guilty feeling that often follows that super-sized meal of a burger, fries and a drink. With keeping that thought in mind, take heed in knowing that why opting for a fast grab at the nearest fast food place is not the best choice, you can actually make some pretty decent, health conscious choices, regardless of where you may find yourself!
Here are some examples from some of the top fast food restaurants across the country:
Kentucky Fried Chicken
Instead of: KFC’s Chicken Pot Pie (790 calories, 45g fat, 37g saturated fat, 1970mg sodium and 75mg cholesterol!)
Go For: Kentucky Grilled Chicken Whole Wing & Drumstick: 170 calories, 8.5g of fat, 23% daily value of sodium with Green Beans: 25 calories, 0g of fat, 10% daily value of sodium
Why? It should really come as no great surprise that grilled chicken is going to be the healthier option when compared to the fried stuff. While ordering only a few pieces can additionally assist you in keeping the calorie count down as well. And, opting for green beans, which are naturally low in calories is most certainly a great option as even KFC green beans have more nutritional value than the lettuce you will find on any fast food sandwich.
Instead of: The Grand Mac (860 calories, 52 g fat, 18 g saturated fat, 2 g trans fat, 1,470 mg sodium, 62 g carbs (5 g fiber, 13 g sugar), 41 g protein). And, that’s not including the fries and drink that you are likely to order as well.
Go For: Hamburger: 240 calories, 8g of fat, 20% daily value of sodium and a side salad with Newman’s Own Low Fat Family Recipe Italian Dressing: 70 calories, 2g of fat, 16% daily value of sodium
Why? Strikingly, a plain ole hamburger from McDonald's is its most healthy sandwich, due to the fact that it lacks all of the extra carbs of the larger bun options and it is additionally a simple and filling way to keep yourself satiated during your lunch hour. Top it off with a side salad and you will be able to incorporate all of the veggies that the plain burger omits.
Instead of: Taco Bell’s XXL Grilled Beef Stuft Burrito (870 calories, 41g fat, 14g saturated fat, 2,200mg sodium, and 70mg cholesterol!)
Go For: Two Fresco Soft Tacos with shredded chicken: 280 calories, 7g of fat, 39% daily value of sodium with black beans & rice: 180 calories, 4g of fat, 18% daily value of sodium
Why? The sole purchase behind Taco Bell's new Fresco menu is good food, with reduced calorie options and it also concentrates on replacing Taco Bell’s famous heavy sauces with Pico de gallo. Which proves to be an awesome combo when paired with the chicken soft tacos! While rice and beans are a notably great combo, be sure to opt for black beans as opposed to refried beans which can leave you feeling overly full and sluggish.
There are a ton of healthy options that you can find if you have to hit your local fast food joint. Be care to not let names fool you, and if possible be sure to review nutritional info at the restaurant as these can be found readily available and only need a quick glance to get the gist.