5 Ways to Make Fast Food Healthier
We all know that fast food is generally unhealthy, so if you want to start living a healthier lifestyle and eating a better diet, how do you manage if you don’t the extra time needed to make home-cooked food each day? What if you’re on the road a lot? Here are five ways you can make food fast healthier and make better choices.
Going vegetarian is a quick and easy way to choose a healthier option most of the time. Even fast food chains such as Burger King have vegetarian burgers, and as well as often being lower calorie than other types of burgers, they don't contain as much bad fat either. Do note that vegetarian doesn’t always equal healthy. Be aware of your portion sizes.
Go without sauce
When you eat fast food, a lot of the sugar, calories, and unhealthy features come from sauce. If you ask for your food without sauce, you'll be making a healthier option straight away. You can either swap the sauce to a healthier one, bring your own along, or just get used to eating without it.
Skip or switch the sides
You don't always need to get sides with your fast food, and many of us order sides such as fries out of habit or because it comes as part of a deal. In most cases, we wouldn't be hungry any more after just eating the main part of the meal, so there's really no need to add on the extras just because it's a deal or a habit. If there are healthier options for your side, like apple slices or a side salad, go for it!
Don't use as much salt
Too much salt adds to an increase in blood pressure, which can result in a variety of health issues, such as strokes and heart attacks. If you ask for your food without salt, the staff will usually have to make it fresh, which means you'll get better-tasting food too.
Go for the smaller option
If you normally order a large meal, choose a medium one instead. Most of the time, the medium-sized meals aren't much smaller than the large ones anyway, and the drinks especially can often fit into the same sized cup. You can often get a kids’ meal and be satisfied, too! Not only will you reduce the amount of calories and salt that you're consuming, but you'll save plenty of money over the course of the month too.
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