Fast food can be healthy

McClatchy Newspapers

If you’re too busy to cook, you can still find some nutritious fast-food options. You just need to know what to order.

Here are six suggestions on how to make the healthiest choices when ordering fast food, from Ronni Litz Julien, registered dietitian and author of "What Should I Feed My Kids?"

SAY (NO) CHEESE, PLEASE: On a sandwich, just one slice of cheddar packs more than 100 calories. On pizza, ask for half the usual amount; your kids won’t even notice the difference.

DRESS FOR SUCCESS: Save up to 150 calories by using low-fat and fat-free dressings instead of full-fat versions.


EAT LIKE A KID: When in doubt, order a child-size portion for fewer calories and less fat.

WATCH OUT FOR CONDIMENTS: Chicken sandwiches are often slathered with mayonnaise or other calorie-filled sauces; plain mustard is a much healthier option.

CLICK BEFORE YOU PICK: Before chowing down, check out The site offers nutritional breakdowns for offerings at 200 fast-food chains and restaurants.

SWAP THE SODA POP: Fountain drinks (loaded with sugar and calories) come in alarmingly large sizes. For the kids, take advantage of the low-fat milk many chains now offer. Adults, stick to water with a slice of lemon. Or top off diet soda with a splash of regular to boost flavor without adding many calories.

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