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How to Eat Healthy With Fast Food

November 9, 2010

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Arby's, Burger King, Carl's Jr., Dairy Queen, Hardee's, Kentucky Fried Chicken, Long John Silver's, Quiznos, Wendy’s, White Castle—the list of fast food restaurants goes on and on.

Face it: fast food is convenient, especially when you’re pressed for time. But it’s not always healthy. If you feel challenged by menu selection, keep in mind menshealth.com’s list of the 10 worst fast food meals. [One shocker is BK’s large Triple Whopper with Cheese value meal with fries, which serves up an insane number of calories (1,790) along with triple-digit fat content (111 grams).]

Rest easy. There are ways to eat healthy, even during a fast pit stop.  San Diego Chargers nutrition consultant Karen Freeman offers some quick tips for fast food eating. If you’re eating fast food post-game, Freeman suggests two or three regular-sized burgers—without any special sauce or cheese. They provide carbs from the bun and protein from the beef. If you want a deluxe burger, go with one McDonald's Quarter Pounder, with 410 calories and 19g of fat.

Want more wholesome fast food options? Check out these two solid picks below:

Breakfast sandwich: Subway Western Egg, Ham and Cheese English Muffin Sandwich
This quick morning meal provides the combination of protein and carbs needed to fuel your body throughout the day, while limiting fat and empty calories.

Nutrition totals:
Calories: 180
Protein: 15g
Carbohydrates: 19g
Fat: 7g

Deli Sandwich: Arby’s Medium Roast Beef Sandwich
Arby’s trademark roast beef sandwich provides a large serving of carbs and protein to fuel your muscles, with only a modest amount of fat.

Nutrition totals:
Calories: 451
Protein: 19g
Carbohydrates: 37g
Fat: 34g

Source:  menshealth.com
Photos:  marketingpower.com and menshealth.com

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