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Nutrition

Healthy Fast Food: Does It Exist?

In our busy lives, many people find themselves in the drive-thru line choosing their meals from a fast food menu rather than carefully planned, home-cooked meals. Let's face it:  eating on the go makes it difficult to eat healthy!

If you're trying to shed those extra pounds and eat healthier, one question remains: How can I survive extra value meals and greasy foods? Is healthy fast food even possible?

A recent study published in Shape magazine by nutritionists from the Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) found healthy fast food choices can surprisingly be made on the run!  They studied menus of some of the most popular fast food restaurants and found healthy fast food choices on their menus. 

Some of the healthier choices they discovered include:

Wendys Mandarin Chicken Salad: This salad contains 420 calories and includes mixed greens, one chicken breast, roasted almonds, mandarin oranges, and Oriental Sesame dressing.

Burger King Chicken Whopper Jr: Any grilled chicken sandwich is a good choice, but this one is only 350 calories and is actually tasty.

Subway Low-Fat Subs: Subways select subs like Honey Mustard Ham, Sweet Onion Chicken Teriyaki, and Red Wine Vinaigrette Club range from 310 to 370 calories.

McDonalds Fruit and Yogurt Parfait: A good choice for breakfast, snack or dessert, this triple layer parfait (berries, yogurt, and granola) comes in at 380 calories.

Other suggestions include choosing a smaller order of french fries and water, as opposed to a drink full of sugar and caffeine.  Some fast food chains are now offering other healthier sides like salads or fruit instead of fatty fries. This certainly makes healthy eating much easier.  Choosing ethnic take-out like Chinese, Thai or Indian is another great choice because they tend to be rich in vegetables.

Don't get stressed out when you have to rely on fast food meals when you're on the go. I know you're busy, but if you take the time to make educated decisions when it comes to fast food, weight loss and healthy eating is possible.  By simply reading through the menu a little longer and making healthier substitutions, your health and weight loss goals can be achieved.  This is a fact my friend: it IS possible to find healthy fast food!

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