Sometimes the convenience and quickness of eating fast food wins out and we induldge. Some options are much healthier than others, so be sure to make an educated choice. Here are a few healthier options that I recently shared with Mainstreet.com.
McDonalds Egg White Delight McMuffin– is balanced breakfast option that is lower in calories, and cholesterol then the traditional breakfast sandwich options. The protein from the egg whites will help keep blood sugars stabilized.
Deli Subs– the worst part of most sub shops is the quality of the meat. Grocery store (Publix, Kroger, etc.) deli subs offer Boarshead deli meats over traditional luncheon meats. These meats are lower in sodium and other harmful preservatives like nitrates. Subs are a great source of protein, just make sure you load them up with vegetables to increase the nutrient value of the sandwich and order a bread that is higher in fiber like wheat bread options or better yet go for a lettuce wrapped sub to avoid eating excess carbohydrates from the large sub roll.
Chipotle burrito bowls are a perfect balanced meal option. The bowls compared to the actual burrito are lower in calories and carbohydrates, saving your blood sugars from a spike. The bowls are rich in protein from the chicken or beef, and fiber from the vegetables, beans and rice. Also, top the bowl with fresh guacamole to incorporate heart healthy fats.
Thin Crust veggie pizza. Thin crust pizzas reduce overall calorie and carbohydrate content compared to original crust options. Load the pizza up with vegetables and have alongside a dark leafy salad to increase overall nutrient and fiber content of the meal.
Grilled chicken salads. Most fast food places have salad options, always get one with protein and the grilled chicken over the fried option. Protein will keep you feeling full for a longer period of time, avoiding overeating later on. Use just enough dressing rather than 2 entire full packets that comes with the salad. Most of the calories and processed fats in fast food salads come from the dressing packets. Try to get an oil and vinegar dressing for a heart healthy fat, as compared to the processed oils/fats in creamy dressings.
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