Fast Food Restaurants Have Some Options
I’m not going to begin to say I recommend fast food restaurants. But, I would be incongruent with myself if I didn’t say I know and understand those businesses. Feel free to go back to my introduction posts to learn all about my life in the fast food business. Or listen to the story on Eat Well to Live Well with Kellie Hill. Perhaps it’s this background that has brought me many clients in fast paced businesses who regularly travel and eat out – they really don’t have the option of bringing snacks out during a board meeting or making their own meals when they are on the road three weeks out of every month. Again, we have to go back to that continuum of health I’ve talked about before – trying to take just one or two steps a little closer to healthier while still working without our own lifestyles. That being said, I’m sure I’ll take some heat for making any recommendations at fast food restaurants, but I’m a bit of a realist and I recognize many people are still going to choose to run through a drive-thru from time to time. So, let’s make sure you’re making the best choices.
Fast Food Main Points
First, I did not go through all the menu items of any restaurant – it just takes too long. If there is something you’re really curious about, check out the menu online. Almost every major restaurant now has nutrition information and menu builder – play around until you find what you like that fits within your meal plan. Second, this is not a recommendation to eat at any of these fast food restaurants. Any restaurant not on this list may have acceptable (in a pinch) food items as well, again, I didn’t go through every fast food restaurants menu. If you really want to know about a particular restaurant, just their nutrition information or send me an email. Third, these comments are based on overall health not specific fat, calorie, protein, carbs, sugars, etc. I choose items at these fast food restaurants that would be filling for most people and still not derail your diet plan. I’m not making any comments about the use of factory farmed meats, conventionally grown produce, etc. I’m just choosing the “best” fast food options, if you are going to choose fast food. Fourth, remember all of these places use entirely too much sodium so make sure you are flushing it out of your system with lots of water (yes, I know, extra potty breaks).
Fast Food Choices:
McDonald’s: SW Salad with Grilled Chicken or Caesar Salad with Grilled Chicken (you can even have a kids size fry if you want to splurge); Fruit ‘n Yogurt Parfait and scrambled eggs; Egg White Delight – take off one layer of muffin; Premium Grilled Chicken Classic Sandwich – toss 1/2 the bun; Double hamburger for a splurge.
Fast Food Eating Tips
If you don’t like these ideas, definitely check the companies websites. Know what you are going to order before you drive up or walk-in and don’t get side tracked by the specials, pretty pictures, or recommendations – often what sounds like it will be “healthy” (i.e. many wraps, cripsy chicken salads) is a health bomb. Do your research and stick with it. Really take the time to pay attention to your food. Please don’t eat while driving – you won’t feel satisfied and your mind/body won’t recognize you’ve tried to nourish it. Even though it’s fast food, take 5 minutes to sit (even if it’s in your car in the parking lot) and really “savor” your food. Notice the taste, temperature, texture, flavors, etc. You’ll feel satiated and hopefully you will have enjoyed your splurge (plus you won’t have mustard dripping down your shirt).