Can There be Healthy Fast Food?

From the Doctor’s Blog July 8, 2015

Healthy Fast Food Choices

Let’s face it, fast food is time saving and always just around the corner. Despite your best intentions to eat well, there are days when time is just plain limited. Days where, for whatever reasons, we just have to hit the the drive-thru.

That’s ok. But let’s see if we can make this trip just a bit healthier.


Watch the Buzzwords

‘Crispy,’ ‘crunchy,’ ‘creamy,’ ‘smothered,’ ‘breaded,’ and ‘double’ or ‘triple’ anything spells trouble.
Also, it’s nearly impossible to find a ‘fish filet’ that’s not fried, so avoid those as well, unless you know it’s been prepared without added fat.

Look for ‘grilled,’ ‘steamed,’, ‘broiled,’ or ‘baked.’


Unpack Your Food

Nearly every item you buy at a fast food establishment, even if it says ‘Grilled’ or ‘Steamed’ has those extras inside that pile on the fat and calories. Unpack your food and remove the sauces, cheese, bacon and other unhealthy toppings. That includes salads – and don’t forget to order the low-cal dressing.

Skip Those 'Value' Meals

Order a la carte. Those value meals can pack in more calories than you need all day. Skip the fries and the drink, order a sandwich or wrap instead. And check out the kid’s menu that have smaller portions and healthier sides like fruit.

Think Beyond Traditional

Fruit and yogurt can be a nutritious alternative to a burger; some Mexican fast-food chains have healthy and delicious tomato- and broth-based soups. Some places will offer oatmeal with dried fruit all day long, so don’t be afraid to ask.


Hopefully, we don’t even need to tell you why you should avoid regular soda; just a small one can have 200 calories. But even diet soda may not be the healthiest choice, either. Instead, ask for good old-fashioned water (and you’ll save yourself a couple dollars at the same time)!
This article is for informational and educational purposes only. It is not intended as and does not substitute for medical advice. Please consult your health care professional for evaluation of your individual case.