If you are like most people, you are constantly on the go! You have appointments to get to, errands to run, and countless other things keeping you busy. All of a sudden, you realize you’re HUNGRY, but you forgot to prepare or maybe you didn’t have time.
When you’re hungry and on the run, fast food may be the quickest and most convenient option.
But fast-food menus can be tricky and finding a healthy, well-balanced meal in most fast-food restaurants can be a challenge. Don’t get me started on all the things they label “healthy” including salads.
FUN FACT: In many cases, the salad options as prepared aren’t the most balanced choice on the menu- just check the nutrition facts to see for yourself!
So here are 3 strategies for making better fast food choices to help you stay on track.
- Keep an eye on the portion size: Avoid supersized and value-sized items, and go for the smallest size when it comes to sandwiches, burgers, and starchy sides — and stick with the plate method which is ½ plate of non-starchy veggies, ¼ plate of lean protein, and ¼ plate of whole-grain or starchy vegetables when you can.
- Look for grilled or roasted lean meats: Avoid fried and breaded items, such as crispy chicken sandwiches and breaded fish fillets. Choose turkey, chicken breast, lean ham, or lean roast beef instead
- Customize your order: Many menu items can be made healthier with a few tweaks and substitutions. For example, you can ask to hold the sauce or dressing or serve it on the side. Or you can request a wheat bun for your hamburger or whole-grain bread for your sandwich or even a wrap.
We understand life gets busy!
Setting yourself up for success by planning ahead is the best way to ensure you will stay on track with a busy schedule!
Use these 3 strategies next time you are in a pinch and have to grab some fast food.