We all know fast food isn't good for us, but sometimes it seems like there's no other option. Follow these rules, and you can drive through with a clear conscience!
11 Ways to Beef Up (the Nutrition in) Your Fast Food Meal
Look up nutrition info online before you go so you can plan your meal.
Say no to combo meals, even if you'll save a bit of money. They're inevitably larger and full of empty calories.
Say no when asked "Do you want fries with that?"
Get a baked potato, a fruit cup or some vegetables instead (check the kids menu). If you can't resist, get a small order and split them with a friend. Eat them one at a time to savor them.
Eat side dishes, like chili, soup, or baked potatoes, as a main course, or split appetizers among several people.
Order from the kids menu. The portions are smaller and there are usually healthy side dishes (fruit cups and carrot sticks) and drinks (milk or real fruit juice).
Drink water. Regular sodas can have as many as 400 calories!
Ask to order sauce on the side and nix the cheese. (It's just processed American cheese anyway, so you're not missing much in terms of flavor.)
Choose ketchup, mustard and salsa over mayo or creamy dressings.
Take off the top slice of bread or bun to save calories (at least 75)!
Nix anything "crispy," breaded or fried. Opt for grilled or roasted meats instead.
Avoid trendy or specialty menu items. They're likely to have high-calorie extras like bacon, cheese or creamy sauces. Stick to original or traditional hamburgers and other sandwiches.