Limit Nutritional Destruction at the Drive Thru

Drive Thru Sign at Fast Food Restaurant

Our lives are busy and when we are in a hurry, a drive-thru dinner can seem like a good option. While fast food gets a bad rap in general for its high fat and sodium content, you can make wise choices that will limit your diet destruction.


Subway has long been branded as the nutritional, fresh choice in fast food. Many of their menu offerings are great choices while on a diet. Go with their whole wheat sandwich bread or flatbread. Choose lean cuts of meat, such as chicken or turkey, and load up on the whole, healthy veggies like tomatoes, spinach, peppers, and cucumbers. Reduce your sandwich's overall calorie content by leaving off the cheese and by choosing a spicy mustard in place of mayonnaise as a condiment.


Wendy's has a full assortment of salads, grilled chicken sandwiches and wraps, as well as real-ingredient menu items like their famous chili to help you make good lunch and dinner choices. Try the half-size Asian Cashew Chicken Salad for a salad that packs a nutritional punch rather than a devastating drive thru defeat.


Chick-fil-A's hallmark ingredient is tender white meat chicken. If you avoid the breaded, fried versions of the chicken, their dishes can be quite diet-friendly. They have several low-calorie, low-carb options. Great breakfast options include the chicken breakfast burrito, sunflower multigrain bagel with cream cheese, or the multigrain oatmeal with fresh fruit cup. Lunch and dinner options include grilled chicken sandwiches with healthy side choices.

Eating fast food can be convenient and it doesn't have to be destructive. Whenever possible, choose whole grain bread, lots of vegetables, grilled, lean meats, and pair it with a cold bottle of refreshing water to get the most out of your meal.


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