I'm A Home Chef But Gasp...Sometimes I Get Takeout! Can I Eat Fast Food, and Still Be Healthy?
The words fast food and healthy do not usually go together, but can they? Is it possible to enjoy fast food without loading up on fat, and sodium, and sugar? I think the answer is yes. Many fast food chains offer healthy, low calorie options, but that is not usually what we are there for. Just like many Americans I love french fries and burgers, but I also love a great salad, turkey sandwich, or a tasty soup.
At Wendy's you can get a half size caesar side salad for 250 calories, and you can add a small chili for another 180 calories. That's not bad and is actually really filling. Or you can grab some Panera Bread for breakfast, and have their breakfast power sandwich, which is delicious, for just 340 calories. Go back for lunch and get their cream of chicken wild Rice soup for 310 calories. You can view all of Panera Bread's nutritional values at panerabread.com. I recommend doing this for all restaurants before eating out.
Don't get me wrong, I love cooking, and taking leftovers for lunch. But sometimes there are no leftovers from the night before, or I am craving something different. It is nice to know that I can get fast food, and have somewhat healthy options. Now, whether or not I am choosing the healthy options is between me, and my scale. I would also like to add the caveat that low calorie doesn't necessarily mean healthy. Don't forget to look at the fat, sugar, and sodium content.
Let's be honest, it is always healthiest to cook at home. You can control the fat and sodium content that goes into your food. But in our busy lives sometimes we go for what is fast and convenient. I don't believe that means we have to sacrifice healthy food choices.
When you go fast food, do you go healthy? Do you never have fast food? Or do you just say to hell with it, and get whatever you want?