Personally I’m not a fan of processed foods, which leaves fast food on the bottom of my list when making meal choices. Somewhere on my journey to concious eating, I strayed away from McDonalds, and the like.To me the differential is not worth it. If I’m craving a burger, I’ll opt for a veggie or turkey burger on a whole wheat english muffin. Craving something savory? Sweet potato fries do the trick with half the fat and sodium that the average french fry contains.
I wont bore you to death with homemade alternatives right now, that’s not the objective of this post. My objective is to show you how to create healthier options, using actual foods offered at chain fast food restaurants. Whether you have a friend who loves fast food or you’re are stuck in a food court, reality challenges us everyday. One cheeseburger never made anyone fat, but stick to these tips and you’ll body will thank you in the long run.
I’m not one to suggest counting but an average fast food meal can run to 1000 calories or more, so choose a smaller portion size, order a side salad instead of fries, to be on the safe side.
Meal One: Burger King
- Veggie burger (360) without the bun (130) = 230 calories
- Apple slices without caramel topping = 70 calories Total 300 calories
Meal Two: Wendy’s
- Small chili (210) & Garden side salad (210) = Total 420 calories
Meal Three: McDonalds
Skip the fruit smoothie, despite the natural claim, it’s filled with sugary juices, instead opt for:
- Fruit & Walnut Salad Total 210 calories
- Or Fruit & Maple Oatmeal Total 290 calories
Say no to soda: Soda is a huge source of hidden calories. While a large soda contains enough calories for a meal with no nutrient source, diet soda can actually make you crave more sugar. Try adding a little lemon to your water or ordering unsweetened iced tea.