How To Make Healthier Choices At The Drive Thru
When you are trying to stick to a healthy diet, ordering from a drive-thru can be frustrating and confusing and is often something people try to avoid. Sometimes, though, life happens and you are left with either going with the convenience of a quick meal from a drive-thru or skipping a meal.
To most people, a meal from a drive-thru means consuming a meal that is higher in calories than most of us consume in a day.
However, there are some tips for choosing healthier options when you find yourself in one of those situations when you just have no choice but to grab a quick meal.
Choose Grilled Over Fried:
Avoid anything fried or breaded, including nuggets, fried chicken and fried fish sandwiches. Many fast food spots offer grilled options for most of their meat sandwiches.
Choose A Salad
Most every fast food drive thru now offers salads; usually they will have one with grilled chicken breast. If you consider the dressing’s calories and go easy on the creamy varieties, skip the croutons and any other high fat additions like bacon, you can get a very healthy meal.
Stick With The Single:
When you order your burger, don’t choose the quadruple, triple, or double patty burgers. The more meat your put on the high the caloric content of that burger will be. Stick to a single patty burger.
Skip The Bun
A great way to save over 150 or more calories is to get your burger or chicken sandwich lettuce wrapped. This concept made popular by low carb diets such as Atkins, is now widely offered in most fast food restaurants.
Don’t Order Fries:
Some better options for side dishes are salads with light dressings, baked potatoes with light toppings, a fresh fruit cup, or apple slices.
Check Your Condiments:
You can save a few calories by skipping the mayo, 1000-island dressing, tar tar sauce and other fatty condiments by asking for mustard instead. Add fresh toppings, like lettuce, tomato, and pickles for extra flavor and crunch.
Avoid Super Sizing
Super size is a calorie death trap. Choose the smallest sizes when you are ordering your sandwiches, burgers, and sides. Often, children’s menus contain more reasonably sized portions.
Choose Your Drink Wisely:
Avoid selecting drinks that are being advertised as coffee drinks but have just as many calories and fat in them as milkshakes. A bottle of water is the best choice for something to drink when you are going through a drive through.
The Name Isn’t Everything:
You may think that a whole grain muffin is a good choice because it’s made with whole grains. This isn’t always the case. Often, muffins at coffee shops and fast food restaurants are simply glorified cakes that are high in calories and fat.
Plan Ahead When You Can:
If you know you are going to have to hit the drive thru for your meal, knowing the healthier options ahead of time can make it easier than trying to make a decision at the last minute.
If you are ordering with children as well, giving them only the healthier options to choose from will allow them to get excited about getting to pick their meals as well.
Sometimes we have no choice but to go through the drive thru and get a quick meal. A fast meal is better than skipping a meal. However, going through the drive-thru doesn’t need to equate to consuming more calories in one meal than you usually would in a day.
By following the tips we have laid out for you above, you can enjoy a meal that, while it may not be the healthiest of all options, is lower in calories and fat and won’t leave you feeling bloated and crampy later.