The healthiest meals are usually the ones prepared at home. Everything is made using fresh products, healthy ingredients, and cooked to perfection. Unfortunately, eating home cooked meals every day isn’t an option for most people.
Trying to find healthy fast food choices each day can be challenging.
Many might think of the term ‘healthy fast food’ and scoff. Can there be such a thing as healthy fast food? Those people opt to not eat from a fast food restaurant at all – ever. If you have such long-term disciple, great! But is it really necessary to be that strict with yourself?
For some, the answer might be yes due to personal dietary restrictions. Outside of that, let's dig a bit deeper and find out if there are viable fast food options. After all, the last thing you want to do is sabotage all of that hard work you’re doing in the gym!
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Healthy Fast Food Choices
1) Revise Your Order
One of the options you have when placing an order at a fast food restaurant is to change things up a bit. For example, those delicious, creamy condiments they spread on the hamburger buns can add 94 calories per teaspoon, or more! They can also be high in sodium. Asking for no spread on the buns is certainly a healthier choice.
If you’re looking to cut down on carbs, ask to have them replace the buns with lettuce. Also, instead of ordering large fries and a large coke, ask for no fries and a large unsweetened iced tea with lemon. Now you’ve just created a much healthier meal for yourself.
2) Order From the Healthy Menu
Over the years, fast food restaurants have increasingly come under fire for offering food that tastes great but has contributed significantly to major health problems like obesity and type 2 diabetes. To show their concern and willingness to support healthier food options, many have created a healthy menu.
Here are a few healthy fast food choices from some of the top fast food restaurants in the country:
Salads made with chicken, vegetables, and fruit.
Chicken salads and chicken wraps.
Salad with chicken breast and vegetables. Also, whole grain bread for their sandwiches.
In Eureka, Humboldt Soup Company offers fresh soups prepared daily plus healthy sandwich and salad options - all using clean, local, non GMO ingredients whenever possible.
3) Dine In Vs. Drive Thru
Have you ever noticed restaurants which are considered ‘fine dining’ never have a drive-thru? Why? Because it takes time to prepare healthy, quality meals. Locally, places like Japhy's Soup and Noodles, Eureka Natural Foods, and Los Bagels offer food options that lean more towards fast food than fine dining, and typically offer healthier choices. Take the time to dine in and enjoy a healthier meal.