Improve Your Families Health: Take a Fast Food Vacation
If you decide to dine out, make sure to make healthy choices:
- Salads may sound healthy, but sometimes they may contain as many calories as a fast-food meal. Make sure to avoid any fried food items in your salad. Your protein should be no bigger than a deck of cards, and limit the amount of cheese, bacon and croutons. Aim to choose a lower calorie dressing and always ask for it on the side. Dip your fork into the dressing first, then into your salad. This allows you to have a taste of the dressing without saturating your healthy salad. This will also allow you to realize just how much dressing you don’t need.
- Avoid combo meals and huge burgers or sandwiches with added sauces. A regular hamburger or grilled chicken sandwich with added vegetables and a side salad or baked potato would be a better choice. Make sure to watch your toppings on the baked potato and salad.
- Sub sandwiches can be a good choice. A 12-inch sub can easily be made into three or four sandwiches. Plus, you have the opportunity to choose whole grain breads, added vegetables and you can limit the amount of added fats. You can always choose a side salad or fresh fruit as a side item. Due to their fiber content, these two side items will keep you fuller than chips or cookies.
Don’t blame the restaurants for sabotaging your family’s eating plan. It is up to you to be prepared to make smart choices for your family and for yourself. Whether it is dining out or packing your meals, you control the outcome.
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This post originally appeared on our May/June 2011 Magazine