This week one of my friends Mary lamented about the poor healthy choices found at most drive thrus. I have to agree, it can be very frustrating. But there are some “fast foods” out there that are healthy (although not all may be drive-thru ready!).
My favorite is Subway. I really love their food, particularly loading up on veggies on a sub. If your goal is general health this is an excellent choice as you get to choose from a majority of healthy selections. I skip out on the cookies and chips unless it’s going to be a special occasion. I also love that it is friendly to pregnant women by offering to toast the meat and there are some low calorie option available (skip cheese and condiments for starters). Subway is also a sponsor of one of my new favorite shows The Biggest Loser and I was thrilled to find out that a six-inch Sweet Onion Chicken Teriyaki sub with mostly veggies on it is 385 calories and I find them very filling! (By the way, I do the cheese on my subs, I just love cheese and don’t eat a lot of it, so I indulge a little here). So they aren’t a terrible choice for weight loss either.
Another great, and Christian, company is Chick-fil-A. They have a great selection of salads and offer grilled chicken and fruit cups. Not open on Sundays, but also have very family friendly activities and restaurants.
Wendy’s has a variety of salads that you can purchase full size or half size. Many of the half-size salads are quite reasonable calorie wise. There are also wraps that are healthy there as well.
McDonald’s does actually pretty well with their salads (watch the dressing though) and also I love that they offer oatmeal now and you can choose if you want the maple syrup or not! And even a regular hamburger or cheeseburger isn’t terrible on calories (as long as that’s not the only thing you eat at every meal).
They aren’t exactly fast food, but Applebees offers various WeightWatcher’s items on their menu and has an under 550 calorie entree menu. I’ve ordered off of it and didn’t eat the potatoes which meant lower carbs and calories. And Applebees offers their take-out service which makes it a bit easier on the go.
So, what are some of your favorite healthy fast foods?