Not all fast food is bad. Today, more and more fast food restaurants are offering healthier options and new menu items. There are also ways you can customize your order to be healthy for you.
If you are looking for ways to cut down on some of the calories and extra fat in many fast food options, try some of the tips listed below.
- Don’t order the biggest sizes. While it may seem like a bargain to super-size your order, it is no bargain for your health. The largest sizes have the most fat, calories, sugar, and sodium. You will probably be just as satisfied with a smaller portion.
- Sugar soda is full of sugar and calories, but it does not fill you up. It is important to stay hydrated, but make a smarter choice and select skim or low-fat milk, fruit juice, diet soda, or water.
- Sauces such as mayonnaise, tartar sauce, some spreads, or salad dressing can add loads of extra fat and calories where you might not need them – as can cheese, sour cream, guacamole, gravy, and “special” sauces. Order a sandwich without the condiments, or ask for them on the side so you can add your own. Most places give you more salad dressing than you need, so add it yourself and don’t use the whole packet. Chose low-fat or reduced fat options when possible. Salads are a healthy option, especially with a healthier dressing.
- Generally, fried foods are not the best choice. Choose items that are labeled as grilled or baked.
- Go for the kids menu. The portions are smaller, and you can usually make substitutions. Another option is to bring half of what you order home to eat later instead of all in one sitting.
- Choose from the items labeled as “healthy” or “light”. Most places now offer special sections on their menu.
Fast food does not have to be bad for you. By making smart choices, eating fast food restaurants can still be healthy.