If you’re looking for a quick bite to eat, fast food is often your best option. It’s convenient, tasty, and affordable. However, only some fast food is created equal when it comes to health. In this article, we’ll look at some of the best healthy fast-food choices and how you can make them part of a healthy diet plan that will help you lose weight or maintain your current weight.
Choosing Whole Grains
The Whole grains are better for you than refined grains. Whole grains have more fibre, vitamins and minerals.
Whole grains include brown rice, barley, buckwheat, bulgur, millet, oats (steel-cut or old-fashioned), quinoa and wheat berries.
Avoiding Fried Food
It’s important to note that fried foods are not always unhealthy. At the same time, it can be challenging to tell whether a food is fried or not. Many restaurants use the word “crispy” instead of “fried” when describing their dishes on the menu, and many items have sauces, or spices added. You can make them taste like they’re fried but aren’t actually fried at all.
If you need more clarification about whether an item is fried or not. Ask your server what kind of oil they cook with and how they prepare the food. If they say it’s pan-fried or baked instead of deep-fried, go ahead and order away!
Keep in mind that some things are just better off being steamed or grilled instead. If you see something described as “blackened” on a menu item description (such as blackened salmon). However, it is cook over very high heat until charred and burnt!
Steer Clear of High-Sodium Foods
Sodium is a mineral that’s naturally present in foods like salt and seawater. However, too much sodium can cause bloating, dehydration, muscle cramps and high blood pressure—an unhealthy condition that increases the risk of heart disease. Many processed foods contain added salt (sodium chloride) as a preservative or flavouring agent. The daily recommended intake for sodium for adults is 2,300 mg per day—but most Americans consume double that amount each day!
Making Healthy Beverage Choices
When it comes to beverages, the best choice is water. If you’re looking for something with a little more flavour, unsweetened coffee and tea are okay in moderation. But avoid soda (even diet), energy drinks and sweetened ice teas.
Ordering Lean Protein
Lean protein is a great source of protein. Protein helps you feel fuller for longer and helps you lose weight, build muscle and stay healthy. Lean protein is made up of high-quality proteins that are low in total fat and saturated fat, plus it may contain some unsaturated fats.
Lean protein can help you feel fuller for longer because it contains all nine essential amino acids your body needs to function properly (so you won’t get hungry as quickly). This makes lean protein a good choice when trying to lose weight by reducing your overall calorie intake without feeling deprived. It also has important nutrients like iron, calcium and zinc – which means lean sources of protein like chicken breast or fish are great for athletes who need those minerals for their workouts!
Adding Salads and Vegetables
The best way to make a salad at healthy fast-food places is to order the salad and then add protein. For example, if you go to Wendy’s, you can get a salad with shredded chicken or grilled tofu. The side salad is good for one person and comes with mushrooms, tomatoes and cucumbers. You can get the dressing on the side, so you don’t have too much fat in your meal.
Avoid croutons in your salad, as they will fill up space without adding much nutritional value! Also, avoid bacon bits as they are loaded with saturated fats, which increase cholesterol levels in the body, causing heart diseases/strokes/diabetes etc. Cheese has high sodium content, so it is better not to add this ingredient too often because excess salt intake leads directly towards hypertension (high blood pressure) which increases chances of having strokes/heart attacks later on in life!
If you’re a healthy fast-food fan, you don’t have to give up your favourite meal when you’re on the go. With these tips in mind, you can make healthy choices that will leave you satisfied and feel good about what you eat.