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Have you ever just been in the “Mood for Fast Food”? It happens, especially since we live in a Fast Food society and almost all of us have been exposed to this type of eating as children. I remember when I was little McDonalds was considered a treat for “good behavior”. Happy Meals were a childs favorite treat. Oh, and lets not forget going to Burger King and getting the Crown… I don’t quite remember going there for the food as much as for the crown.

Unfortunately we have been trained to think that eating fast food is “treating” ourselves, which would be perfectly fine if as a society we were known for making healthy eating choices. Since we are not, we have developed a lifestyle of “treating” ourselves so often that the actually “treat” to our bodies is when we decide to eat carrots instead of fries, apples instead of apple pie. Catch my drift?

Listen we have all eaten our share of fast food, and if in fact you do decide to indulge yourselves make sure you know exactly what you are eating. Especially if you are in the process of losing weight.

Below I have listed the “Best Sandwiches/Items” you can eat from a fast food restaurants. It’ll serve as a reference for you when you are in the Mood for Fast Food!

**NOTE** The sodium tends to high in almost all fast food choices, so please keep that in mind if you are on a restricted/limited sodium diet.

McDonalds   

 

Item Calories Total fat (g) % cals from fat Sat. fat (g) Cholesterol (mg) Sodium (mg) Fiber (g)
Best Sandwiches:
Hamburger 260 9 31% 3.5 30 530 1
Cheeseburger 310 12 35% 6 40 740 1
Chicken McGrill 400 16 36% 3 70 1,010 3
Filet-O-Fish (no tartar sauce) 310 9 26% 2.5 30 520 1
Egg McMuffin 290 11 34% 4.5 235 850 2
McVeggie Burger* 350 8 20% 2 0 1,200 8
*Available only in New York and California.
Best Desserts:
Fruit ‘n Yogurt Parfait (with granola) 160 2 11% 1 5 85 <1
Vanilla Reduced-Fat Ice Cream Cone 150 3.5 21% 2 15 60 0
Apple Dippers 35 0 0 0 0 0 0
Best Salads*:
Grilled Chicken Bacon Ranch Salad 240 9 34% 4 85 940 3
Grilled Chicken Caesar Salad 200 6 27% 3 70 820 3
Grilled Chicken California Cobb Salad 270 11 36% 5 145 1,060 3
California Cobb Salad (no chicken) 150 9 54% 4.5 85 410 3

*Totals do not include dressing; for 1/2 packet of Low-Fat Balsamic Vinaigrette, add 20 calories, 1.5 g fat, 0 g saturated fat and fiber, 0 mg cholesterol, and 375 mg sodium to each total. 

 Note: The best sauces at McDonalds are:   
 
 

 

 
 
 

 

  •  Ketchup, with 10 calories and 0 gram fat, 100 milligrams sodium per package
  • Barbeque sauce, with 45 calories, 0 gram fat, 260 milligrams sodium per package
  • Hot Mustard sauce, with 50 calories, 2 grams fat, 260 milligrams sodium per package

Burger King

 

Item

Calories

Fats

Carbs

Protein

Croissan’Wich Egg & Cheese

310

16

27

12

BK Breakfast Shots

270

17

18

13

Item

Calories

Fats

Carbs

Protein

Whopper Jr. w/o Mayo

290

12

31

16

Double Hamburger

420

22

30

26

Item

Calories

Fats

Carbs

Protein

Tendergrill w/o Mayo

380

9

51

25

4 Piece Chicken Tenders

180

11

13

9

Item

Calories

Fats

Carbs

Protein

BK Veggie Burger w/o Mayo

340

8

49

23

Tendergrill Chicken Garden Salad

210

7

8

29

 
 

 

  Wendy’s

 

 

Item Calories Total fat (g) % cals from fat Sat. fat (g) Cholesterol (mg) Sodium (mg) Fiber (g)
Best Sandwiches and Entrees:
Plain potato with a small chili 470 6 11% 2.5 35 805 12
Sour cream and chive potato 330 5 14% 3.5 20 40 7
Jr. Hamburger 280 9 29% 3.5 30 600 1
Jr. Cheeseburger 320 13 37% 6 40 810 1
Ultimate Chicken Grill sandwich 370 7 17% 1.5 75 1,230 2
Home-style Chicken sandwich with ketchup instead of creamy tangy sauce 480 15 28% 3 50 1,320 2
Hamburger Kids’ Meal, with Mandarin oranges and diet soft drink 360 9 23% 3.5 30 630 3
Best Salads:
Fruit Bowl 220 1 4% .5 <5 85 3
Mandarin Chicken salad, with 1/2 pack low-fat honey mustard dressing 191 4.5 21% 1 50 910 3
Mandarin Chicken salad, with crispy noodles and low-fat honey mustard dressing 370 8 19% 2 50 1,250 4
Taco Supremo Salad with salsa (no chips or sour cream) 390 16 37% 8 65 1,530 9
Best Dessert:
Jr. Frosty (6 oz.) 160 4 23% 2.5 15 75 0
 
 

 

Chicken Strips vs. Nuggets
Do chicken strips beat nuggets in grams of fat and calories? When you compare them ounce for ounce, home-style strips have a lower percentage of calories from fat, as well as fewer calories and total grams of fat. Ten nuggets equal three chicken strips, by weight. Chicken strips have 39% calories from fat, while nuggets have 57% calories from fat.

Taco Bell

 

Item
Calories
Total fat (g)
% cals from fat
Sat. fat (g)
Cholesterol (mg)
Sodium (mg)
Fiber (g)
Best Entrees:
Beef soft taco
210
10
43%
4
25
620
1
Chicken soft taco
190
6
21%
2.5
30
350
<1
Grilled steak soft taco, no sauce
190
7
33%
3
25
550
1
Bean burrito
370
10
24%
3.5
10
1,200
8
Tostada
250
10
36%
4
15
710
7
“Fresco Style” options
(order the following items “fresco style”):
Grilled steak soft taco
170
5
26%
1.5
15
560
2
Baja-Chicken Gordita
230
6
23%
1
25
570
2
Baja-Beef Gordita
250
9
32%
3
20
640
4
Chicken Burrito Supreme
350
8
21%
2
25
1,270
6
Chicken Enchirito
250
5
18%
1.5
25
1,230
5
Steak Enchirito
250
7
25%
2
15
1,220
6
Tostada
200
6
27%
1
0
670
8
 
 

 

Most fast food choices will be higher in sodium, so keep that in mind if you are on a restricted/limited sodium diet.

Make wise decisions if in fact you plan to eat out during the week. If you make a decision to eat fast food, don’t feel guilty about it. Just do your best to make the best/healthiest decision possible. If you don’t make the best choice, but rather the best tasting choice, that’s okay to. There is no judgement here so don’t feel bad. One step at a time remember??

As always, it is my goal to help you “Live Better & Live Longer”!

~ Shay

(The information obtained in this post was taken from a WeBMD Article entitled “Fast Food that won’t Supersize You” & BodyBuilding.com (http://www.bodybuilding.com/fun/burger_king_fast_food_items.htm)

 

 



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  • angelaostafichuk: It's so scary! Obesity is becoming a "BIG" problem! We are on the movement of eat less, eat better : ) It gets harder though when you get older...
  • sheletialatrice: Thank you, I appreciate the feedback.
  • TaQuinda Johnson: This is awesome! I will never look at cleaning the same :)