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Fast food is quick and cheap, but rarely healthy. However, sometimes you just don’t have a choice. You may be out with friends or on the road, and there’s not much of a selection for you to choose from. Maybe it’s just one of those late night cravings (which is okay to give into once in awhile as long as it’s not a part of your daily lifestyle). If you’re faced with fast food, you can still make healthy choices.
Most fast food restaurants now offer salads, baked potatoes, fresh fruit, and yogurt. Grilled chicken sandwiches are always good choices as long as you’re mindful of the mayonnaise, dressings, and cheese that often accompany them. Ask for your sandwich to be condiment free, and then use mustard to spice things up. You can even make your own honey-mustard dressing from the honey and mustard packages at the condiment station!
Stay away from foods that are deep-fried, pan-fried and batter-fried. You may want to forfeit the cheese, as well. Choose fresh fruit, salad, or a baked potato as your side and drink bottled water with your meal instead of soda or juice. If you’re lucky, you may end up in a fast food restaurant that serves veggie burgers or wraps – just remember to watch the condiments!
For breakfast, some fast food restaurants are now offering hot oatmeal with fruit or nuts. You can also have fresh fruit with yogurt, or an egg on a muffin – minus the cheese.
Fast food is already high in sodium. Be mindful of this fact and do not add more salt to your meal. If the choices are all unhealthy, you can always get a small portion, or cut the portion in half to share.