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Make Fast Food Friendlier

Feeding your children nutritious meals between all your daily activities can be a challenge. While you zoom back and forth between soccer practice, the dance recital, the PTA meeting and picking up the dry cleaning, you’re lucky to find time to grab a meal at the drive-thru. If you must eat on the go, here are some tips to make fast food healthier for you and your family members:

  • Pass on the “value-size.” When you supersize, the size of your fries isn’t the only thing that gets bigger.
  • Skip the sides. Eating a burger or sandwich by itself is often filling enough. If you do want a side, consider ordering a fruit cup or side salad. Most fast food restaurants now offer them.
  • Avoid double meat and bacon. A serving size of meat is 2-3 ounces — about the size of a deck of cards. You’re probably getting well over that with a single meat patty. Bacon is high in calories and fat with little nutrient content.
  • Try the grilled chicken sandwich. Poultry without skin is significantly leaner than the meats most fast-food companies use in their burgers.
  • Eat your sandwich open-faced. By eating only half the bun, you can eliminate unnecessary calories.
  • Ask for a wheat bun. Some places offer a wheat alternative, some don’t. It never hurts to ask.
  • Skip the mayo and other sauses. These dressings and sauces add unncessary calories.
  • Drink water, diet soda or low-fat milk. Sodas are loaded with sugars, which have calories you don’t need.