We all have to eat out sometimes. It’s just the nature of our fast paced society. Whether you’re trying to get something in your stomach on the long commute to work, or trying to sneak in some lunch between classes, we have all given in to our fast food cravings at least a few times.
But being in a position where you have to eat on the run doesn’t mean that you have to sabotage your diet to do so. Believe it or not, it is possible to make healthy and smart choices when it comes to fast food.
Portion control is the key
Eating healthy while eating out can be a difficult task. Most fast and easy food joints don’t have things that you would eat at home. But it’s important to remember that it’s okay to indulge every now and then. Got a craving for french fries and no time between afternoon meetings? Make sure that you choose a small order of fries. That way you only take in the smallest amount of fat and calories available while still satisfying that craving.
Knowing is half the battle
If at all possible, try and look up the nutrition facts for menu items before you have even gotten to the restaurant. Most smart phones have apps in their app stores that help to count calories, and will have nutritional information about restaurant foods. Can’t find it in the app? You may be able to go directly to the restaurant’s website and find the information you’re looking for.
It’s the little things
Something as simple as putting dressing to the side or having a sandwich with no mayo can shave a lot of calories and fat from a fast food meal. So get that chicken sandwich without cheese, or that salad without ranch. You can save yourself some calories and still enjoy your fast food treat.
While it may not be easy to eat right while on the run, it’s easy to make better choices for yourself out of what is available. So don’t fret next time you go through the drive-thru, just think before you eat.