Since our budget is chronically tight, even fast food is somewhat of a luxury. I discovered something this week when ordering at our local Burger King. I already liked BK better than many other fast-food places because their burgers are broiled, not fried.
After this last visit, I also know I can replace those calorie-ridden French fries with a healthier side salad. It tasted better, too. The salad was fresh and crisp; just what I'd been craving! Next time maybe I'll go even healthier by requesting the Lite Italian dressing instead of Ranch.
By Lelia Jo Cordell from Springfield, OH
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You have probably noticed that the serving sizes at most restaurants is either more than a person can eat or more than a person should eat.
Do your homework before you go out if at all possible. It is nice to take a break and go out; no dirty dishes, or cleaning up, if you can afford it health wise and in your pocket book.
Here are some tips for when eating out. Order a plain hamburger or a junior roast beef sandwich. Order a grilled chicken sandwich, not fried chicken sandwiches, or chicken nuggets/strips.
Speaking as a person who lost over 100 lb. in one year, one of best recommendations is to only go to restaurants where you know you can get something that fits into your diet profile - calories, carbs, fats, etc.
Don't let restaurant meals throw a curveball into your diet and exercise plan. With a little advance planning, ordering a healthy meal is do-able, whether the cuisine is Chinese, Indian, Italian or American.
I found a wonderful combination to put together, from the deli at our local Food City. I found that I could purchase a small container of rainbow pasta, and sprinkle pieces of the salmon on top, and it makes a wonderful, light lunch, and was very delicious!
When eating at a fast food place, I order a side salad off the Value (i.e. dollar menu) Menu and a 5-pc chicken nuggets.