Everyone knows that stopping at a fast-food restaurant can lead to unhealthy eating. After all, it seems like just about every item on the menu is high in fat, sugar, and salt. To counter this, many fast food restaurants have begun offering lower-calorie fare, including salads, fruit, yogurt, and chicken dishes. However, not every dish with so-called “healthy” ingredients is good for you. That’s why you must know how to order fast food whenever the mood or necessity strikes. Here are a few tips.
Salads are a common item on fast food menus these days. Many people order them, blindly assuming that they are the healthiest option available. Yet, surprisingly, some fast food salads can be as full of fat and calories as a burger and fries.
The main culprit is usually the salad dressing. A typical salad dressing packet contains 150 to 200 calories. Many salads start at 400 calories even without the dressing. To keep the calorie count down, use a smaller amount of dressing, opt for low-fat dressings, or bring your fat-free dressing from home.
Salads with chicken can also be deceptive. Even if all of the rest of the ingredients are nutritious, a salad mixed with fried chicken strips will automatically add a few hundred calories to the dish, if not more. Grilled chicken is always a better choice than crispy fried chicken.
What about Mexican fast-food establishments? Another surprise may be that taco salad are some of the least healthy fares offered in these restaurants. That’s because there are a lot of calories in the shell. To make this type of salad more nutritious, skip the shell, get it made with grilled chicken instead of ground beef, and use salsa instead of sour cream.
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