Healthy Eating at Fast Food Restaurants

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UPDATED: Mar 26, 2020

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Eating healthy helps you save money on your term life insurance. And when is it healthy to eat fast food? The answer is: rarely. Typically, fast food is low in nutrition and high in trans fat, saturated fat, sodium, and calories. When it comes to fast food, moderation is key. It’s okay to indulge a craving for a burger and fries now and then, but you shouldn’t make it a regular habit.

Finding a healthy, well-balanced meal in most fast food restaurants can be a challenge. But there are always healthier choices you can make. Below are some tips for eating better at fast food restaurants, for those times when you just can’t resist the drive thru!

Healthier Choices

Making healthier choices at fast food restaurants is easier if you prepare ahead by checking guides that show you the nutritional content of meal choices at your favorite restaurants. Many fast food chains post nutritional information on their websites. There are also many websites geared toward making healthy choices at restaurants depending on your specific dietary needs.

Knowing the facts can help you evaluate your options. Dishes labeled deep-fried, pan-fried, basted, batter-dipped, breaded, creamy, crispy, scalloped, Alfredo, au gratin, or in cream sauce are usually high in calories, unhealthy fats, or sodium. You should order items with more vegetables and choose leaner meats for a healthier option.

Watch Portions

An average fast food meal can total 1,000 calories or more! Choose a smaller portion size, order a side salad instead of fries and don’t supersize anything. At a typical restaurant, a single serving provides enough for two meals. Take half home or divide the portion with a dining partner to save on calories.

Drink Water

Soda is a huge source of hidden calories. One large cola packs about 425 calories, which can quickly gulp up a big portion of your daily calorie intake. Why waste your calories on a beverage when they could be better spent on your meal? Instead, order water and feel a little less guilty about the meal you’ve chosen.

Lose the Extras

When choosing items, be aware of calorie and fat-packed salad dressings, spreads, cheese, etc. Order your sandwiches without the mayonnaise and add flavor with a packet of ketchup to control how much you put on your sandwich. It’s always tempting to order bacon on sandwiches and salads for extra flavor, but bacon has very few nutrients and is high in fat and calories. Instead, try ordering pickles, onions, lettuce, tomatoes, or mustard to add flavor without the fat.

The benefits of eating right are undeniable. This is especially true when it comes to saving money on your term life insurance policy. A healthy diet and smaller waistline could help reduce your premiums. Let your term life insurance broker know if you are dieting or have recently gained or lost weight. They will assist you in choosing the best life insurance company for you and your lifestyle.

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