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Healthy Eating / Busy Lifestyle

Let’s face it. Life is really busy. Shuffling the demands of work, family and extracurricular activities can be very overwhelming. Sometimes (okay, a lot of the time), it is necessary to rely on fast food chains to provide our daily nutrition. Sound ironic? It doesn’t have to be.

When you must make that drive through run (and we all have to at one point or another), here are a few options that won’t leave you feeling full of grease . . . or guilt:

McDonald’s

Choose the hamburger, side salad with low-fat balsamic vinaigrette and a bottle of water for a meal under 350 calories.

Steer Clear: The quarter pounder with cheese has 730 calories on its own!

Taco Bell

Order anything that sounds good to you off of the Fresco menu and take in a measly 9 grams of fat or less.

Steer Clear: The Fiesta Taco Salad has 46 grams of fat!

McDonald’s

Perfect for fall and winter – enjoy a large chili for only 330 calories and 9 grams of fat. Feel free to have a cup of mandarin oranges for an extra 80 calories.

Steer Clear: The Big Bacon Classic has a whopping 580 calories and 29 grams of fat!

Subway

Subway offers many healthy options through its Fresh Fit Choices menu. The 6” turkey breast on white bread has only 280 calories and 3.5 grams of fat. This leaves plenty of room to load up on veggies. Pair with a bag of baked chips or apple slices and a water or diet drink. You will have a healthy, satisfying meal without the bulk.

Steer Clear: Be leery of heavy sauces. One tablespoon of mayonnaise can add an extra 5 grams of fat. Stick to lighter options like yellow mustard or lite mayo.

For more drive-thru dos and don’ts, visit:
http://www.fitnessmagazine.com/recipes/healthy-eating/on-the-go/healthy-fast-foods/?page=6