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Eating Healthy At the Drive-Thru

Updated on February 12, 2009

Eat Out a Lot?

Is eating out too often making you fat? 

It could be.

Everyone has busy schedules in today's world.  Sometimes the only time you get to see your children are when you're hurrying through the Burger King drive-thru line, scarfing down food on your way to a game, recital, or practice.  Understandable.

But do you know how to make the smartest choices at the drive-thru?

First, realize that anything with the skin still on it and fried is your #1 enemy.  When you're choosing that crispy chicken sandwich, you probably think you're doing something great for your body, because chicken is healthier than red meat, right?  At least you didn't order that big greasy cheeseburger, right? 

You may be wrong.

Fried foods (like your crispy chicken) have basically a greasy, fatty coating around them. Choose a GRILLED chicken without skin.

Salads are only a better choice if you go easy on that dressing!  Some packets of dressing have over 400 calories!  And if you have 2 packets of dressing, you might as well order that big cheeseburger you'd rather be eating, because it probably contains less calories! 

French fries are nothing but empty carbs.  They are not good sources of fiber, contain no whole grains, and are fried in grease.  Eat sparingly!  Better yet, go with a baked potato.  Not fried usually means better for you.

Most restaurants nowadays post their nutrition facts online, and some even in the store.  Get educated about what exactly you're eating, and what your food contains. 

Did you know that the item with the most amount of calories at McDonald's is their chocolate shake?  Their chocolate shakes have more calories than a Big Mac!  Surprised?  Me too!  So get educated so you can make better choices! 

Your body will thank you! 


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    • RGraf profile image

      Rebecca Graf 

      10 years ago from Wisconsin

      So very true! Education is important. The problem is that so many of us feel like we are too busy to get that education. Thanks for the info.

    • chicamom85 profile image


      10 years ago

      This is great advice, I wish I could follow it lol. Thank you nice hub


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