Eating Out doesn't have to equal Pigging Out Part Four (Finally)!

Monday, August 2, 2010

I apoligize for the delay! Eric and I made the big move from College Station to Dallas this weekend. I thought I was going to have internet until Friday, but I lost it on Thursday. Anyway, let's tackle some Fast Food! In this fast paced world, we often eat what is convenient instead of what is healthy. Fast Food restaurants can be tasty, convenient and cheap, but they are also calorie bombshells. A seemingly innocent sandwich, can cost you 2,000 calories faster than you thought possible! Let's go over some of the healthiest options at your favorite fast food spots. Check out their websites for even more options!

McDonald's (
  • Premium Grilled Chicken Classic Sandwich: hold the mayo and you will save calories and fat. 370 calories, 4.5g fat, 1g sat. fat, 65mg cholesterol, 1,110mg sodium, 50g carbs, 3g fiber, 32g protein.
  • Premium Asian Salad with Grilled Chicken: The majority of the calories in this salad comes from the almonds. 300 calories, 10g fat, 1g sat. fat, 65mg cholesterol, 890mg sodium, 23g carbs, 5g fiber, 32g protein
  • Fruit and Yogurt Parfait: This is your sinless sweet tooth fix! It is made with low-fat yogurt and topped with low fat granola, strawberries and blueberries. 160 calories, 2g fat, 1g sat fat, 5mg cholesterol, 85mg sodium, 31g carbs, 1g fiber, 4g protein
Taco Bell (
  • If you order it "fresco style," the regular cheese and sauce are replaced by a flavorful combo of tomatoes, onions, and cilantro!
  • Fresco Style Ranchero Chicken Soft Taco: 170 calories, 4g fat, 1.5g sat. fat, 25mg cholesterol, 730mg sodium, 21g carbs, 3g fiber, 12g protein
  • Fresco Crunchy Taco: 150 calories, 8g fat, 2.5g sat. fat, 20mg cholesterol, 370mg sodium, 13g carbs, 3g fiber, 7g protein. 
  • 6" Oven-Roasted Chicken Breast: 310 calories, 5g fat, 25mg cholesterol, 830mg sodium, 5g fiber
  • 6" Veggie Delite: 230 calories, 3g fat, 0mg cholesterol, 500mg sodium, 5g fiber
  • Soups: These are a great alternative to chips. Each of these have 160 claories or fewer: cream of broccoli, minestrone, new england style clam chowder, roasted chicken noodle, spanish style chicken with rice, tomato garden vegetable with rotini, and vegetable beef.  
Chick-fil-a (
  • Chargrilled Chicken Sandwich: 270 calories, 3g fat, 1g sat. fat, 50mg cholesterol, 1,260mg sodium, 37g carbs, 4g fiber, 28g protein
  • Chargrilled and fruit salad: 290 calories, 8g fat, 3.5g sat. fat, 65mg cholesterol, 760mg sodium, 32g carbs, 5g fiber, 22g protein
  • Honey BBQ Sandwich: 280 calories, 3.5g fat, 1g sat. fat, 60mg cholesterol, 780mg sodium, 40g carbs, 3g fiber, 22g protein
  • Tender Roast Sandwich: (ask them to hold the sauce) 300 calories, 4.5g fat, 1.5g sat. fat, 70mg cholesterol, 1,060mg sodium, 28g carbs, 2g fiber, 22g protein
  • Roasted Ceasar Salad: Ask them to hold the croutons and use fat-free ranch dressing. 250 calories, 8g fat, 4.5g sat. fat, 70mg cholesterol, 1,240mg sodium, 14g carbs, 3g fiber, 31g protein
**Nutrition facts compliments of and the individual restaurant's websites.

Next time you are forced to grab fast food, choose wisely and your diet will stay intact!

Yours truly,

Lauren G.

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