There are ways to eat at fast food restaurants without feeling like you've ingested a tire with a glass of grease. Hands down, my family & I prefer Subway. It is inexpensive, it is fresh, and it is delicious. My husband and I split a $5.00 footlong, typically a chicken breast sub loaded with vegetables. Every one seems to have their favorites!
Here are some tips when choosing meals at fast food restaurants:
- Downsize your meals. As I mentioned in my previous post on portion control, many times the kid menu options are an adult serving, and less expensive!
- Choose water. Water is free at most restaurants. When you are moving, going from sports or activities/events with your children, or just had a hectic day at work, do your body a favor and keep it hydrated! Your body will love you and you will not feel as bloated.
- Be mindful of your meal. Yes...you are in a hurry and you are busy. If you don't take time to let your stomach tell your brain that it is full, then you are likely to over-eat. Take some deep breaths and give yourselves at least a minimum of 20 minutes from the first bite to the last bite to finish your meal.
- Look at the way your meal is cooked. If it is deep-fryed, crispy, or smothered in a cream sauce, then it is not the healthier choice. Choose grilled or baked items, as well as items with vegetables and leaner meats.
- Watch the condiments & plan ahead. Mayonnaise can add up to over 100 calories for 2 TBSP and over 140 calories for 2 TBSP of ranch dressing. Choose low-fat condiments, watch your portions, and plan ahead! Knowing where you are going to eat beforehand will allow you time to plan for the healthier options!
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