How to Make a Drive-Thru Run Healthier
Whether you’re in a rush, at a loss for what to fix for dinner, have no energy to navigate the grocery store, or just craving French fries, drive-thru restaurants can be a beacon in a dark night or a brighter light on a sunny day. But, by picking the wrong options (see French fries), the solution you crave to stall your hunger pains can quickly turn into a problem. Bad food won’t feed good health. So when it comes to fast food drive-thru restaurants, is it even possible to eat healthy (ish)?
According to the Sari N. Harrar, Prevention.com writer, there are ways to honor your healthy eating habits even during a drive-thru run.
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Healthy option number one may be obvious, but a salad can be healthy and satisfying.
“Skip any crispy, batter-dipped, or fried toppings like fried chicken, bacon bits, croutons, huge amounts of cheese (a little’s fine) and crunchy noodles. Ask for low-fat dressing and only use half the packet. Here’s why: While a half-pack of fat-free dressing has about 35 calories, a half-pack of blue cheese delivers 180 calories—almost as much as the salad itself,” advises Harrar.
Of course, most drivers are in pursuit of a burger, and by downsizing and skipping the mayo or sauce or opting for the turkey burger option, you’ll be indulging in a better-for-you burger.
“Ordering a plain burger instead of a cheese burger saves you at least 50 calories, 40 of which come from fat. Ask for twice as much lettuce, tomato and onion (if you’re an onion-lover) and you’ve not only got a more satisfying sandwich, you’ve also just had an extra serving of heart-protecting, cancer-fighting veggies, too,” according to Harrar.
Chili is perfect on a cold day or when you need a bit of comfort food, and according to Harrar it presents less fat and calories than chicken nuggets or a small burger.
Summon all of your willpower and resist ordering a milkshake, sweet tea, soda or options that begin with “double,” “big,” “king,” “triple,” or “supersized,” which are calorie-busters, warns Harrar.
And, although crispy or battered usually packs more of a tasty punch than grilled or baked, they’re definite diet saboteurs, according to Harrar.
Scouting out the healthiest options on your drive-thru restaurant menu is a good-for-you way to take advantage of a convenient meal on-the-go without sacrificing your health.
News Source: Prevention