Having an exceptionally busy day at work? I totally understand! The good news is some Fast Food places have really stepped up and added healthy options to their Menu choices. Here are a few of my favorite Fast Food Options for the next time you are stuck in a time crunch:

This might come as a surprise to many but they don’t all have to be ‘evil’ and the enemy of good health!

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Burger Joints

Now I don’t know about you but the first place that comes to mind when I hear “Fast Food” is burgers, and honestly who doesn’t like a good burger? But let’s be real here most burger combos have more calories than what you need in a day… maybe even in twice! So if you’re trying to have a healthier lunch at places like McDonald’s, Burger King, Wendy’s and Hardee’s, then remember to go junior vs up-sized.

What I mean by that is stick to the kids Menu – which also usually has healthier choices like milk and fruit as sides. And let’s not forget that you get a free toy too!

The Best Option – McDonalds:

While Wendy’s has always had some good choices like baked potatoes and chilli, I have to say I’ve been quite impressed by not only the great healthy menu options that McDonalds Some of my favorite offerings include: has added from meal salads to healthy yogurt parfaits and wraps for breakfast. The best part is they actually taste great too!

Some of my favourites include:

Egg mcmuffin (no meat)

Fruit and maple oatmeal

Southwest grilled chicken salad

Artisan Grilled Chicken Sandwich

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The Worst Option – Burger King:

On the flip side, unfortunately the King of burgers just hasn’t gotten with the program! If you have no other choice than go for a grilled chicken with a side salad instead of fries and water, juice or milk – NOT a milkshake.

But If you’re thinking Pizza…

Both Pizza Hut and Dominos have choices that can be on the healthier side, as do most local pizza places. The best way to have your pizza is two thin crust slices, loaded with veggies, no meats and half the cheese. If you really want some protein you should think chicken – on your pie or as tenders not wings – or seafood plus a salad with an oil based dressing on the side.

Sandwiches – plus other assortments

Sandwich shops like Subway, Arby’s, Chic fillet and Taco Bell (OK maybe the last two don’t really qualify as sandwich shops)  have always offered some of the healthiest options when it comes to Fast Food. But don’t be fooled, they also have some extremely unhealthy options too!

So stick to grilled chicken, roast beef on whole grain breads – choose small rounds or 6″ ones – skip deluxe, crispy and mayo-based sauces – you can ask for these on the side.

What about Fried Chicken and Fish?

Well really I think that the word fried says it all. But if you’re in a bind or just want to enjoy some good old Southern cuisine then quantity is important so 1-2 piece snack box with mashed potatoes and corn is your best bet.

So here’s the synopsis

Although I’m not big on counting calories over nutrients, my tip for eating at Fast Food places is to definitely look up the nutrition information and aim to have no more than a 500 kcal meal. Swap the fries/chips for a side salad when possible and limit the cheese, secret sauces and salad dressings.

One last thing – it’s always a good idea to grab lunch over skipping a meal and now that you have the inside scoop from a nutritionist/dietitian, you don’t have to dread your neighborhood fast food joint anymore, even when your not having a treat meal. Bon appetit!

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