Eating at fast food restaurants is very popular. Fast food is tough to beat when it comes to convenience, ease and unmatched prices. Especially when you are on the run, fast food serves as a meal to grab and go.
But the downside is that fast food is mostly high in fat, calories, salt and sugar. For example, if you eat a single meal of double burger, milk shake and fries, you will have consumed 2000 calories which is the recommended amount for a complete day.
Though ‘healthy fast food’ sounds like an oxymoron, it means that there are ways to eat at fast food restaurants and still eat healthy. So if you are wondering how to eat healthy at places like roast beef fast food restaurants, here are a few tips:
More than half the fat content in fast food items like burgers come from mayonnaise or ranch sauce. Fast food condiments add a lot of calories and fat, like oil based sauces. There are alternatives which are low calorie/ low fat but may contain sodium. Go in for catsup, mustard, BBQ sauce or marinara in place of creamy spreads and sauces.
Be wary of any items on the side that are fried, like onion rings and French fries. If you wish for something to accompany your entrée, look for side salads and cups of fresh fruit. One other option could be to bring along your own vegetables and fruits from home.
Matters will become worse when you add to your main fast food items, some drinks that are loaded with calories like milk shakes, sweet tea, soda, fruit drinks and lemonade. The worst are shakes full of fat. Go in for a no-calorie beverage (un-sweetened tea, diet soda or plain water) or one which is nutritious (100% juice of orange or milk that is low fat).
Keep eating at a fast food as a weekend treat. If you think this way, you will find the trip to the restaurant much more enjoyable. This way you can choose anything to eat. Once a week is a good target.
Majority of persons visit fast food joints when they are on the go. In such case, take some time (a few minutes) to decide what you are going to have before you enter the door. Stick to this and avoid excess snacking.
Many of the fast food joints now provide a list of fats, sodium and calories associated with the fare they serve. If there is no posting of information, request an employee for the required information.
Though Super-size offers may sound attractive as bargains, it is best to avoid them, while trying to save a few cents. You must select the smallest size while ordering a combo meal. With a super-size meal, you will be piling up the calories, salt and fat and may end up eating more than what you want.
These are some points to eat healthy at fast food joints. When you are visiting the famous Londi’s restaurant at Salem, Massachusetts, you can enjoy the delicious fare like Londis roast beef, without worry, if you follow the above tips.
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