Now that we are a few weeks into the new year, your determination to be healthier may be wavering. I know the hardest temptation for me is fast food – it’s just so easy and convenient after a long day. While it’s almost always best to get home and make a nice, healthy home-cooked meal, that’s just not always plausible. So if you are having one of those days, if you are on an impromptu road trip, or if you are craving something other than baked chicken (that may or may not be my current situation) here are some ways to hit up the drive-thru without ruining your diet.
Burger King – 510 Calories
Grab a Whopper Jr. without the mayo (240 calories), a value fry (240 calories) and some apple slices (30 calories) for dessert.
McDonald’s – 460 calories
While you may want a Big Mac with a large Coke, go for the Premium Bacon Ranch Salad with Grilled Chicken (310 calories) with a fruit and yogurt parfait (150 calories) instead – you’ll thank yourself next time you step on the scale.
Taco Bell – 500 calories
Just because Taco Bell is widely associated with 2 a.m. binge eating after a night of drinking, it doesn’t always have to be that way. Chow down on 3 shredded chicken Fresco Soft Tacos (140 calories each) and enjoy some protein packed black beans on the side (80 calories.)
Wendy’s – 490 calories
Resisting the siren-like call of a Frosty is hard but not impossible. Unless you want to bust your diet for the day, go for a side of chili (170 calories) and a 6-piece chicken nugget (320 calories) rather than indulge.
Arby’s – 450 calories
Arby’s has lots of seemingly healthy “Market Fresh” sandwiches but this is just a clever marketing ploy, these guys are just as bad as the rest of the menu. Rather than fall for it, just go with the Roast Beef Classic (360 calories) and a side salad with Italian dressing (90 calories.)
Frisch’s – 490 calories
You may be eating at Big-Boy’s, but that doesn’t mean you have to eat big portions while there. Order a ham melt (340 calories), cottage cheese (80 calories) and baked apples (70 calories) and keep with your resolutions.
Chick-Fil-A – 420 calories
Of course when you go to Chick-Fil-A you have to get chicken, but it doesn’t have to be crispy. Grab the Grilled Chicken Cool Wrap (340 calories) and a large fruit cup (80 calories). Your tush will thank you!
Always remember that eating healthier should be considered a lifestyle change, not a quick-fix diet. As with all things, the key is moderation. You don’t have to give up eating out all together or the conveniences of fast food, just pay attention to the nutritional menu and make choices that would make your momma proud!