Top 10 Ways To Eat Fast Food And Still Be Healthy

Top 10 Ways To Eat Fast Food And Still Be Healthy

August 28, 2019 52 By Bertrand Dibbert


We all have to admit it: fast food is just
too convenient and just too inexpensive to ever completely deny yourself, even for the
best health reasons. You don’t have to worry about compromising
your waistline or health with junky fast food, nor your enjoyment of the price, wide availability,
and practicality of fast food. With just a little bit of planning and know-how
gained from our tips, you’ll be able to easily navigate 10 ways to eat fast food and
still be healthy. Don’t deny yourself We’ll start out by altering your basic mindset
in the area of fast food. Fast food places are so, so common now all
over the country. There is such a huge variety of different
foods available these days, and the attention and care to quality and superior ingredients
is only growing better as the years go by. Fast food shouldn’t be something that you
should feel you have to ever deny yourself completely, or feel like anything at any restaurant
is worth compromising your health over. Attaching this negative stigma to the eateries
only creates an association with shame and failure if you end up eating at one in the
end. In fact, if you deny yourself any certain
food, no matter from a fast food restaurant or not, you will only crave it even more and
maybe even not be able to stop thinking about it. In the end: don’t deny yourself from something
you want. Eating healthy isn’t a punishment! Just change your mindset to be educated in
your choices and make smarter decisions, not eliminating them entirely. After you change your mindset to looking for
healthy and better options at fast food establishments, rather than cutting them out of your mind
forever, the following tips will help you eat your way to your best life. Don’t order electronically Another tip that will help you still keep
on the healthier side when eating at fast food restaurants is, as tempting as it can
be, don’t order electronically, for example with an app or online. More and more restaurants these days are adopting
an even more convenient and faster route of ordering online or through an app, or even
at an electronic kiosk, found in many McDonald’s now, for example. If you place your order for the meal digitally,
you’re more likely to feel more comfortable to over-order or add unnecessary extras to
your order, because it’s just too easy to press a couple of buttons. Psychology also explains that you’re more
likely to be more sensible and reserve yourself when in the presence of other people or ordering
in person with a cashier or waiter. In electronic ordering, with no one to, for
lack of a better word, “judge” you for your food choices, you’ll be more likely
to order more unhealthy food or just more in general. Unless you have the iron will and self-control
of a saint when ordering electronically, we recommend ordering in person or at least with
a group of friends to help reinforce those healthier choices, even perhaps subconsciously. However, if you do have an iron will with
digital ordering, it could be an easier way to customize your meal to your new health
standards. It all depends on the kind of orderer you
are. Take control Perhaps you’ve already subconsciously or
otherwise made the smart decision to educate yourself and to improve your lifestyle and
health while still enjoying the exceptional convenience of fast food. It’s time to literally take full control
your selections from the menu, and lightly customize your meal to your health advantage. When you can be the one to add however much
(or leave off entirely) various seasonings, salt, dressing, toppings, and more, you’ll
be able to truly facilitate your health without succumbing to the more unhealthy options offered. Politely request for meals and sides without
certain toppings, for example unsalted sides so you can season them lighter yourself. Or, request salad dressings and the like on
the side so your food will not be over-flooded with just too much topping that you really
don’t need. You can also request something with less cheese,
less sauce, less bacon, less bread, less sour cream, etc. Or, go the other direction, and ask for extra
veggies and healthy toppings or ingredients. Yet another benefit of a slightly customized
meal? It will ensure that your meal will be made
fresh to your specifications! Don’t be timid in speaking up, kindly mind
you, to order something your way. Most if not all employees would be happy to
make an easy, little alteration to your meal so you feel more comfortable to enjoy it to
the fullest while simultaneously caring for your well-being. Change breads An extremely easy and simple way to alter
your fast food tendencies to a healthier route is to change your choice in bread. Carby but unfortunately delicious, bread is
a common culprit to be associated with a less healthy lifestyle. It needn’t be eliminated entirely as an
option, however. Just switch to more health-conscious bread
choices, like flatbread, pitas, tortillas, whole wheat, whole grain, or multigrain. Fast food places such as Subway, Amato’s,
Deangelo’s, Panera Bread, Tim Hortons, and many more already have a myriad of different
bread choices available that can be substituted in your sandwich or meal of choice. This automatically increases the healthier
aspect of one of the main concerns of unhealthy foods: all that extra bread. These restaurants aren’t limited to just
mainly sub or sandwich places as well, with advances like McDonald’s McCafe, there are
more choices across many places. This small change to whole wheats or less
carby, nice and thin pitas and tortillas will certainly make a difference in the long run
in making healthier food and lifestyle choices over all. And it will add the benefit of getting to
enjoy the fillings even more. If you want to eliminate bread entirely, go
for “alternative” options, like lettuce wraps! Change sides and drinks Yet another case of adopting forethought and
wise decision-making in your ordering choices. Most fast food restaurants have greatly expanded
the range, options, and healthier choices of sides than only the same old, greasy, deep-fried
french fries. Healthier sides include such examples as apples
or mixed fruit, yogurt and yogurt parfaits, baked potatoes, (better than deep-fried potatoes,)
side salads, chips, red beans and rice, and many more! You shouldn’t feel limited to a greasy,
unhealthy side. Search and/or inquire about the different
options that are available with meals. In addition, you shouldn’t feel that you
need to get a syrupy, sugary soda just because it comes with a meal or is in some way easier
or is more opportune. There’s nothing beneficial about getting
any “diet” soda, either. It’s just as damaging and not beneficial
for your bod! Make sure you ditch the addictive, zero-nutrient
soda habit and request a different drink with your meal, such as 100% juice, low fat milk,
natural lemonade, unsweetened iced tea, and more. Even hot tea and coffee is better than any
kind of soda! Just about the healthiest option would of
course be a bottle of water, or, a large cup of icy tap water, which is usually free or
crazy cheap. In the end, you’ll save money and your health
by making these smart, simple swaps. Grill it No worries, you don’t have to even think
about eliminating what is most of our favorite part of fast food: chicken! An effortless and very underrated swap and/or
substitute is to just opt for the “grilled” or unbreaded version of chicken, instead of
the “crispy” or breaded version. It may not seem like much of a difference
at all or too easy or obvious of a tip, but when you think about it, it can really add
up. Eliminating the deep-fried, greasy, carby,
layer of breading and going for the grilled choice will help in the long run to keep more
grease, carbs, and fat out of your system for good and to instead fill your tum with
nice, pure, “natural” white meat. White meat, of course, always being a slightly
better choice over red meats, like steak and beef. Although, they do all offer a good source
of protein in the end! Just about all chicken choices on menus of
fast food restaurants countrywide offer a breaded and unbreaded option in the meal. Think about it–grilled chicken, lettuce,
tomato, onion, flatbread–sounds like an extremely healthy and fulfilling, wholesome choice for
a meal that your body will surely appreciate! Salads are, like, really good now Fast food salads were once thought to be (and
many were) a poor excuse for a salad; a wilted, thrown-together afterthought to the arguably
more popular burgers of the day. They tried in the past, they really did, but
luckily, these days, fast food salads are actually good. Forget just “good”– they’ve advanced
to being really delicious. Whether the fully packed chicken club salad
from Burger King, a mixed and rich taco salad from Taco Bell, and the several tasty options
of salads McDonald’s now offers, you’ll be set and sure of a very filling, truly yummy
and healthy salad practically anywhere you choose to go. Of course, there are always amazing salads
offered from more chains like Subway, Jack in the Box, Wendy’s, Carl’s Jr, Chick-fil-A…the
list is growing more and more every year as more people show a preference for fresher
and healthier food choices in their life. Try them all out and see which hearty and
healthy choice you like the best. And, of course, if there is the option for
grilled over breaded chicken, take it for an even more smart and healthy choice! Go for chili Now let’s get down to the literal meat of
the topic–meat in chili, that is! The option of chili, while unorthodox when
thinking of examples of fast food, is actually available at many different fast food restaurants,
and not just ones known for soups, like Tim Hortons or Panera Bread. It’s also always available at Wendy’s
and not limited to regions like some other chains are. When you look at the components of a typical
chili mix itself, it sure doesn’t add up to even a remotely unhealthy option. Beef, beans, cheese, vegetables, tomatoes–this
is all combined to form a hearty and wholesome meal of protein, veggies, and beneficial spices
and seasoning. In addition, a nice, dense, hot and thick
cup of chili is very filling, making it stave your hunger longer and not requiring you to
eat more food or even have the option to get an unhealthy choice. So next time you’re craving something hot,
filling, and frankly moderately healthy, don’t pass over the option of tasty chili! In-n-Out Protein Style Burger This is a way to eliminate the problem of
carbs, bread, or getting the best bread substitute at all. Just opt for the famous Protein Style Burger
from the highly popular chain, In-n-Out. With all the regular benefits of a cheeseburger–veggie
toppings, protein from beef, calcium from cheese, etc.–the bun is taken completely
out of the equation and is instead replaced with a thick layer of fresh, large lettuce
leaves. Adding that extra element of crunch and freshness
highlights the flavors of the delicious meat and hearty fillings, and actually sounds almost
more appealing than bread buns that sometimes manage to be both dry and soggy. This is additionally an excellent option available
who have certain dietary restrictions, such as not being able to have gluten typically
found in most bread. Give this fresh and tasty version of an already
tasty In-n-Out burger a taste next time you go. Over time, eliminating bread and adding literally
layers of even more vegetables on top (and below) will help your health, waistline, and
eventually, lifestyle! McDonald’s cheeseburger No way a regular old McDonald’s cheeseburger
can be a healthy option for you, can it? Well, in comparison, it certainly seems to
be. When browsing through all the options of fast
food out there, it’s frankly alarming how much of it is fried. We feel as though many menus must be 80% or
even 90% fried, carby, or both, in one way, shape, or form or another. When possible, try to steer clear of all the
oily, deep-fat-fried foods and just go with a classic, all beef, McDonald’s cheeseburger. There’s nothing deep-fried about it, it’s
a source of rare, non-battered protein, and it additionally has a decent source of nutrient-rich
vegetables with toppings like onions, and pickles and even a good source of dairy in
the cheese. The classic burger is also not a ridiculous,
over-inflated size, like some hamburgers from some fast food restaurants can be, layering
patties, crazy toppings, and more bread. Just go for this fine standard with confidence,
adopting and adding the other tips mentioned above to your meal and to your way of thought
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