Strap on a bib, loosen your belt and prepare your arteries to be clogged, because it's National Fast Food Day! Time to gorge on fried, greasy foods like hogs at a feeding trough! Or is it? At FastFoodNutrition.org, we're dedicated to helping you make smarter decisions with your eating habits. Today we present a few tips to help you make sure your National Fast Food Day meal doesn't come with a side of weight gain.
Chipotle fans love the spiced meats, salsas and beans in a Chipotle Burrito. But getting all of those delicious, fresh ingredients served in a bowl instead of a tortilla can save you a whopping 300 calories. To put that in perspective, to burn off the calories from the tortilla, an average adult would have to run almost 3 miles!
Are you craving something sweet and creamy from McDonald's? You could order a shake, but opting for a Fruit 'n Yogurt Parfait will be much healthier. A small shake has more than twice the calories and seven times the fat of the parfait!
If you must have a burger, exercise a little portion control and opt for the Whopper Jr. You'll still get all the flavors of the original Whopper, but with nearly 50% fewer calories. And as an added bonus, the smaller burger is less likely to leave you in a food coma or feeling uncomfortably full after.
Are you craving a steak taco? There are two on the Taco Bell menu, and one has the clear nutritional advantage. The Grilled Steak Soft Taco packs almost 70% more calories and 300% more fat than the Fresco Grilled Steak Taco.
Going for the thin crust will reduce the number of calories in your cjeese pizza by 20%.
If you're looking to add some flavor to your sandwich, go for the fat free honey mustard. It has roughly a quarter of the calories of the mayonnaise. Thinking about ranch? Don't! That has almost 11x the calories of the honey mustard!
Fried jalapeno bites might not be considered health food, but they are a smarter choice than the curly fries at Arby's. A 5-piece order of jalapeno bites has almost 50% fewer calories than a medium order of curly fries.