10 Tips for Healthier Fast Food Choices

It's possible to make wise choices and eat a fairly healthy meal at fast food restaurants if you order carefully.

  1. Instead of French fries or onion rings, order healthy side items like vegetables and fruits. Consider salads, apple slices, or carrots.

  2. Select from the restaurant’s healthy menu, if available. Most chains have their menu online.

  3. Order the smallest sandwich on the menu, or get the kid’s size.

  4. Ask for grilled chicken instead of fried chicken in sandwiches, wraps, and salads.

  5. Ask for sandwiches without mayonnaise, sauces, or cheese.

  6. Opt for low-fat or low-calorie sauces and dressings such as mustard, fat-free salad dressing, or salsa.

  7. Order a main course salad, but be careful. Sometimes salads with a lot of high-fat meats and cheeses actually have more calories than a cheeseburger. When it comes to salad dressing, a little can go a long way, so use the smallest amount possible and always order it on the side.

  8. Choose lean meats or veggies for subs; try the turkey or grilled chicken breast sub instead of a meatball sub.

  9. For subs, ask that some of the bread be scooped out before it’s assembled and pile on fresh veggies.

  10. Choose sugar-free drinks, such as water (best choice!), unsweetened tea, coffee, or diet soda.

Thank you to the American Diabetes Association for providing this content.

 

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