Thursday, September 29, 2011

The Choice is Yours...Fast Food on the Go!

I am moving this weekend & it has just been crazy between work, packing, soccer games, closing on the house, cleaning the house...that finding time to eat has been trivial at times.  Now that our dishes are packed up and we have about 72 hours of insanity, we are going to have to have a few meals on the go. 

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. 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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