You know the feeling – desperately craving some fast food, yet trying hard to resist because you know the feeling of guilt that will inevitably follow if you get some. So you silently fight that battle, hoping that the feeling will go away. Sometimes it does, sometimes (most times!) it doesn’t. So you cave in and then of course feel guilty. Fast foods induce guilt in us for the simple reason that we know it’s not something we should indulge in, or at least not often. Yet we don’t really want the alternative – some bland and boring veggie salad/carrot stick/celery stick or whatever. Ugh! But is it possible that the problem is not so much “fast food” in itself, but our idea of what it represents?
The truth is that the idea of what fast foods means has shifted over the last few years. In the past, it is not uncommon to solely define fast foods as fried food. However, with increased attention to healthy eating and living, people are a lot more aware and seek alternatives to the traditional fast foods. Consequently, fast food restaurants have had to adapt their menu to accommodate healthy fast food alternatives that people can eat without guilt or risks towards their health. Before I give you an idea of It healthy fast food options that are available out there, I first want to clearly define what I mean by “healthy fast foods”.
What are healthy fast foods?
Fast foods are typically considered to be those food options that can be made very quickly, are high in saturated fat, sodium (salt) content, sugar, calories and are very bad for your waistline and your heart health. In most cases, that perception is true. Imagine eating one fast food meal and almost breaking even with the recommended daily intake of sodium? Or eating a fast food meal with over 500-800 calories at a go? Of course, you’d feel guilty! That said, 80% of the time, that is what most customers at fast food restaurants are likely to eat – foods that are very high in saturated fat, sodium, sugar, and calories. However, healthy fast foods are the exact opposite of this. They are low in calories, sodium content, fat and sugars, and surprising enough, many of them are actually yummy. And what’s more, you can find them at fast food restaurants.
In the past, the only healthy options you would have if you entered a fast food restaurant would be salads. Those days are, thankfully, over. Below is a list of 12 fast food meals you can grab on the go without additional health risks or the guilt that you’re aiding and abetting poor health.
- Premium Grilled Chicken and Classic Sandwich
- Grilled Chicken Drumsticks, green beans, mashed potatoes, unsweetened iced tea
- Large chili
- Yogurt and Fruits
- In-N-Out Burger’s hamburger with onion, mustard, and ketchup instead of spread
- Power Kale Caesar Salad with Chicken (half salad) with Half-Size Caesar Dressing from Panera Bread
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