Workplace Wellness Ideas
Wellness Idea #30:
Choose Healthier Fast Food Options
Make Healthier Food Choices: There may be days where it is impossible to find the time to sit down for a meal. On those busy days, you may have no choice but to get in the drive-thru lane for a quick meal. Consuming fast food regularly can have a negative impact on your health, so the key is moderation. You should limit the amount of weekly fast food meals you eat and learn how to order the healthier items on the menu. Get Healthy CT has put together some helpful information to help you learn how to make healthier fast food choices.
Tips for Selecting Healthier Fast Food Items
- Control Your Portion Size: Many fast food meals are large enough to make several meals. Avoid supersized and value-sized items, and go for the smallest size available. You can order from the children’s menu for reasonable portion sizes.
- Select Grilled or Roasted Meats: Avoid fried and breaded items, such as crispy chicken and breaded fish fillets. Also, try to avoid processed meats such as sausage, bacon, hot dogs, or ham. Better options when available, are turkey or grilled chicken breast.
- Read Descriptions Carefully: Dishes which are labeled as deep-fried, pan-fried, basted, batter-dipped, breaded, creamy, crispy, scalloped, or au gratin are usually high in calories, have unhealthy fats, and are loaded with sodium.
- Choose Healthier Salads: Be careful when ordering salads, as many fast food salads are loaded with high calorie and high fat toppings. Go without the bacon, extra cheese and ask for salad dressing on the side. Oil and vinegar is a good option.
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