Fast Food Options to Consider in a Pinch

Let’s imagine you are doing some summer travel, and you’re in the middle of nowhere, with limited food options. The only viable places to eat are fast food options. What’s the best way to eat at these restaurants without being that unhealthy? Check out these great tips via LifeHacker:

“With all of that in mind, Bellati suggests that there are a few tips you can follow at most chains to find those food items that are the lesser of evils:

  • Avoid fried foods when possible.
  • Opt for smaller portions if they’re available (or share food with someone).
  • Pass on sugary beverages like soda and drink water or unsweetened iced tea instead.
  • Be wary of sauces(dressings, sandwich toppings, and for dipping)because they can be high in sugar and sodium.
  • Say no to mayo. It can save you a lot of calories and fat.
  • When in doubt, use your smartphones to look up nutrition information and healthy options.”

For example, the article suggests these items for McDonalds:


  • “Ranch Snack Wrap: Get the grilled chicken version since it has a good amount of protein and is lower in fat and carbs when compared to most sandwich items on the menu.
  • Side Salad: A fairly safe choice at most fast food places because it’s all vegetables, and there’s nothing extra thrown on top of it. When you add on the dressing things obviously change, but if you go with a balsamic vinaigrette or simple Italian it remains a pretty decent option.
  • Artisan Grilled Chicken Sandwich  This sandwich is pretty high in processed carbs (43g, mostly from the bun sauce), but it’s still one of the better sandwich options on the menu. It can fill you up without going overboard.
  • Hamburger: It might seem a little surprising, but the basic McDonald’s hamburger is probably your best bet if you want a sandwich.”

Read the whole article HERE