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Drive-Thru Nutrition

Food That's Fast and Healthy


1/27/2017 11:55:15 AM

Looking at the choices - original and the alternatives I can only think - why bother with either. I no longer have a sense of taste but these hit me in the gagging refex area.

Someone else suggested Chick a fil - I won't eat them (dry as dust) but Subway does offer a lot of options that actually (in memory) do pretty well on both calories and taste.
11/12/2016 9:13:09 AM

HMBROWN1's SparkPage
I was surprised that they didn't mention any veggie burger options in the article? Or even chicken instead of burgers? I love Harvey's (not sure if they are in the US but all over Canada) They make a fantastic veggie burger. Even my (die-hard carnivore) hubby had to admit they are like real burgers. A fraction on the calories and fat.
11/11/2016 2:07:12 PM

GADGETCC's SparkPage
My 9 y/o only likes Chick-Fil-A and Subway, so I get the same things... A grilled sandwich at Chick-Fil-A with a side salad... Subway has lots of sandwiches for around 300 calories (I don't put Mayo on it).

I found that when you go out and order salads, they often have more calories than a sandwich.
11/11/2016 4:20:15 AM

TUKARAMA's SparkPage
We just got a Burger King nearby, and since we get little American food here I wanted to get one. I looked on the BK website and the Whopper (no cheese) is listed as 630 calories...but with no mayo... 470. That is a lot of mayo calories! Easy for me as I hate all things mayo. I carry a small mustard container with me since almost no Filipino restaurant seems to have any ha ha. So the Whopper (470), small fries (230!?), and Coke Zero was 650 calories. Crazy high for a single meal, but I planned for it and stayed well under my calorie goal for the day. ...and I certainly do not do it every day.
9/13/2014 11:22:21 AM

It's amazing just how sluggish you feel after a meal like that. Makes you wander where's the fiber and nutriences? The beef doesn't taste as good as it use to either. I'll either have a tossed salad, hold the dressing & use lemon or nothing until I'm home. I always have a water bottle when I'm out.
7/1/2014 8:46:49 PM

If I need a quick meal, I grab a McDonalds Hamburger Happy Meal. With a diet soda, it's only 365 calories (according to their calorie count). You get a burger, a tiny size fries - which gives you about 10 - just perfect, and apple slices. It fills me up and I don't feel terribly guilty.
11/18/2013 11:02:24 AM

SADDHU1's SparkPage
I am so glad I am a veg and don't eat at these greasy fast food joints! I agree with the woman who suggested hitting up the local grocery store for salads or fresh fruits instead. It takes no longer and is healthier. I do go to the occasional sandwich shop or deli for a veggie sandwich.
5/6/2013 8:19:08 AM

DELLMEL's SparkPage
I eat out maybe every two months and maybe not then. But when I do I go to Burger King and get a whopper cut in half and share it with my hubbym we get a small onion ring. Have our own water but if not ask them for water.
1/27/2013 1:35:59 PM

In this article, the author writes, "If you MUST get a soda, get the small." What I do when I get a soda is ask for extra ice (sometimes you have to specify, "Fill it up with ice and THEN add the soda") in addition to getting the small drink. In this case, there is less soda, less sugar, so on and so forth. I know that some people hate watered-down drinks but if you can tolerate the extra ice, this is a great tip.
6/14/2012 9:49:24 PM

Am I the only one annoyed to open spark and find a photo of french fries?? maybe I am just being cranky...
6/14/2012 3:28:35 PM

KRISZTA11's SparkPage
I never eat fast food in the restaurant anymore.
If we want to have some fast food, I take away a small hamburger and small fries and eat at home with steamed broccoli. It goes very well together!
The rest of the family can eat what they want...
6/14/2012 1:38:48 PM

SPARKLINGME176's SparkPage
Thanks for this GREAT info! I skip the mayo, (90 per TB). I'm learning to order large salads, (no crutons or cheese) with vinager & oil dressing on the side. I only use a teaspoon or less, buy putting the dressing in a small container & dipping my fork before a bite. Not every bite, either. This keeps the cals. WAY DOWN. I always eat salads this way! Also I always ask for grilled chicken. Yes, if they have veggi burgers, I'll order VERY lite. I only like fries at the place that starts with Mc. So that part is usually eaiser for me. Also, be careful with the oatmeal. Ask for less sugar. They add it after it is "cooked". Denny's is a great breakfest for me! Dry egg whites; 1 wwheat with Blueberries pancake with honey, 1/2 a pack; chicken patty & fruit sunday cup. This is still about 500 calories, but it is VERY satisfying. Holds me for many hours & it is available 24/7!
Again, GREAT input! Thanks!
6/14/2012 8:12:59 AM

I have never bought a bottle of regular Mayo that was only 54 calories per Tbls.

I looked it up and Kraft Mayo is 90 calories per Tbls. Duke mayo is 100 calories per Tbls. I'm not sure which Mayo you're referring to, but Mayo is typically around 100 calories per tbls. Perhaps you are talking about light Mayo, but most places don't put light mayo on their sandwiches. So you can knock off 100-200 calories on most sandwiches and wraps by asking them to leave off the Mayo.
6/14/2012 12:19:59 AM

I LOVE my greasy fries and fatty burgers. I go with the husband unit and we share a SMALL fri, and I either get a chicken wrap or a small burger and don't eat the bun.

Because i'm only eating half of a small fry, i get the feeling of decadance, but much fewer fat grams. Usually , all I need is a taste of the old, to feel satisfied and I can have your health food!
12/9/2011 2:15:55 PM

Fast food as a once in a while treat is more than fine. I do think fast food can be avoided 99% of the time - go to a grocery store instead! Even corner stores have fresh fruits and veggies these days. Also - oatmeal from fast food restaurants might sound like a good idea, but it's not entirely true. There's more sugar in most oatmeal portions from McD and such than a candy bar!

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